I’ve been wanting to make this blog post for a long time. There’s an older version here if you want to check it out. There are many things in there I still do but I wanted to make this post with a little bit more detail. Keep in mind I’m no professional photographer.
1. That being said my first tip would be to try things out. I feel like my photos have improved a lot since I started. (You can clearly see that here or here). Sometimes I’ll try something new and it ends up looking awful. There’s nothing wrong with that, practice makes perfect. So if you’ve only started and your photos look amazing, great! If not, just keep practising and give it time!
2. Background. The background on your photos is super important. You don’t want it to be too much and distract from the product you’re actually trying to show. However, don’t underestimate how much of a difference a good background can make. I printed an A3 marble background, cost me 30 cents and I really recommend it. I also try to play with colour and texture on the background. You can see that in the photo above. However, as you can see in the photo at the end of this post, here, I opted for a clear background and it looks great if you ask me!
3. Bokeh. One of my favourite things to do in photos is to have that blurry background effect, going really close up on a product. You can see that very well on this post. It just looks so beautiful and professional for some reason. This is a tricky one to do if you’re not using a ‘proper’ camera, but you can still achieve it on your phone, and photoshop can always be of help!
4. Getting close up. This one won’t always work but when it does it looks beautiful. I loved how it turned out on this post. It goes hand in hand with bokeh, the closer you get to the product the more the background goes out of focus.
5. Just like I said, you can still get a great photo on your phone, especially if you have on of those mega-expensive phones. However, in my opinion, nothing tops a good camera photo. For some reason photos just look better on a camera. I’ve been using the Samsung NX3000 for a couple of years now and it was the best investment I’ve made for my blog. It makes getting a clean photo super easy and the quality just doesn’t compare to my phone.
6. Light. My personal preference when it comes to my blog photos is having them as clean as possible. I love having lots of light in my photos, clear colours and brightness. I think I’ve managed to do this consistently and it’s something I’m really happy about. This post and this one look particularly nice and bright. The fact that I live in a sunny city in Portugal and my furniture and walls are white also helps. For those who aren’t lucky to have these conditions, you can always purchase lighting equipment online. This one is only 24$ and is very easy to store away when you’re not using it. Using white surfaces (like a big piece of cardboard!) to bounce off light can also be a great way of achieving a brighter photo.
Let me know what are your best tips for taking good product photos! Do you have a professional camera or do you use your phone? I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it can be of any help!