Here's a look at one of my old photographs, taken with a simple point-and-shoot camera in a poorly lit lightbox, edited in GIMP:
It isnt a horrible photo... But I want to see better!
And here's an example of my new photography, taken with a D3200 Niko HDSLR in a well lit room on a rustic-looking background:
So happy with the results!
So, here's some little tidbits of advice that I can give on product photography:
- Try to find a well-lit room with lots of natural lighting, but make sure the lighting is not direct!
- I've never had success with white backgrounds. They always came out gray for me. Experiment with different backdrops and settings!
- If you are going to have objects in the background, make them relevant and small. I always put a few towels, washcloths, or soap dishes in the back of my pictures, but they are always out of focus, far away, and I never let them upstage the product I am photographing.
- Play around with photo editing software. I use GIMP, which is open source and free to use. I also recommend checking out this YouTube Video, which is a walk-through of how to edit your product photos using GIMP.
- Think about investing in a good camera. I was able to take some very nice-looking photos with my basic point-and-shoot camera, but using the Nikon has changed things dramatically!
- The Macro setting on your camera is YOUR BEST FRIEND!!
Got any extra tips? Share them in the comments below!