Updated: Feb 21
Product Photography Cheats
I don't know about you but as a small business owner, I never realised how much was involved in running a business until it was well underway. As an artist a big part of it is to make my work look good in photos, let's face it - it's what makes the customer want to buy. So suddenly I have to be a photographer too, eeeek!. Now don't get me wrong you can't beat professional photographs especially for press releases and listings but sometimes you may not be able to afford it. With this in mind, I thought I am just going to have to give it a go myself. So with a camera (well phone actually), I started on the journey.
As a product-based business, it soon became apparent that part of that is the background complimenting your work. With some of my pieces being quite large the portable photography lightbox doesn't work for me. Please understand that I'm not claiming to be an expert by any means, simply sharing something I do by making my own photography backdrops.
Below you can see examples of how the finished backdrop works with my products on either flatlays or at an angle. Obviously, props help to make a photo more interesting but be careful not to make them more apparent than your product or the eye is drawn to the wrong element.
Like I say I am no expert and either pro photo shoots or photo background boards can create a more professional look but I love to give things a go. I would love to know if you do it and what your tips are?
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