I’m not claiming to be a photography expert by any stretch, but when you make your own products, or review other products, you need to be able to take a decent picture.
I wanted to share a few really simple tips that I hope might help anyone starting out and wondering how to style their photos.
Use Natural Light.
This one is mentioned time and time again by countless people, but it makes such a difference to your pictures and it’s something that can’t ever quite be matched in post production.
I’ve included a couple of photos below, one of which I composed at night (attempting to recreate natural light by bouncing lamp light off of a white wall, haha), and the other by day light the next morning.
As you can see, it makes a huge difference to the colours and clarity, and both reflections and shadows are less intense.
Choose an appropriate background.
Nothing let’s a photo down like the background of a radiator, an unmade bed, or a distractingly patterned carpet. You don’t need to spend a fortune or find a special venue to pose your products either.
Yep, something as simple as a sheet of cardboard in a well lit area works perfectly.
My glamorous assistant is never far behind.
It doesn’t have to be a plain background, and of course you can use a table top, or whatever you want (as long as it’s well lit and clean), but it should compliment your product, not distract.
Use relevant props.
This is another obvious one, but highlighting aspects of your product with a bit of styling is an easy way to make your pictures stand out.
Walk around your home, pop to your local park or the supermarket and grab a few bits you think are relevant. Luckily, usually, as a maker you already have relevant products dotted about!
If you sew, include some bobbins or fabric. If you bake, some utensils. People love to see the raw materials of your finished products.
There are some excellent photography courses out there, brilliant books and online tutorials. But I have to say, my favourite form of inspiration is Instagram!
A few of my favourite’s below:
I hope these simple tips will be useful! If anyone has any others they’d like to share please do tweet or leave us a comment below.
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