We decided to invite Erick Rodriguez founder of Virtuous Graphics and total product photography badass to introduce you to the concept of DIY Amazon product photography.
In this article, we cover:
You’re selling to humans and they need to feel confident to buy your products, only great pictures put customers minds at ease.
These cameras are the staple in today’s photography. If you already own one, you’re probably wondering if you need to upgrade or replace it. Or probably, you’re not sure about its features yet.
If so, let’s talk about them, starting with the 2 basic types.
Point and Shoot Camera
The first type of digital camera is the point and shoot. It has one lens; thus, it’s less expensive compared to the other type. Nonetheless, these cameras are good for DIY product photography. It creates amazing pictures with impressive focus to detail.
Digital SLRs are the second type of digital cameras. To get a close-up shot of your product, this should be your weapon of choice. You can customize it with a variety of lenses to allow you to take better quality shots up-close or from a distance. For steady framing, a tripod can be attached from its base.
Pointers for Taking Good Quality Photos
Settings and Tools to Consider in Your Amazon Product Photography:
- If you’re into video or audio recording, think about the background noise, which could interfere with the sound quality.
- Don’t forget your media cards and get a card reader for them.
- You could use a tripod for stealth photography.
- If you need to shoot multiple items at the same angle, you could use a rotating tray called Lazy Susan.
Depth of Field
Focus is a crucial aspect in DIY product photography. If your camera has an auto focus feature, you need not worry about this; most modern cameras have this though.
But if you want to enhance focus, you might want to think about this focus-related element, which is known as Depth of Field (DOF).
Both pictures above show the same object. But notice the one of the left; it shows a larger focus of the surrounding area of the subject compared to the photo on the right.
So what does having a larger DoF contribute to better-quality photos?
Having a larger depth of field allows potential buyers to have a more accurate, clearer view of the item on display. On the other hand, if you set it at shallow depth of field, the photo gives off an emotional, sort of romantic feel.
- To control this, locate your camera’s exposure controls. If you want a shallow DoF, adjust the settings to Aperture Mode, setting it to low numbers like 1.8 or 3.5.
- Shallow depth of focus is also known as selective focus. The subject that’s inside the square on the screen will be the only thing that’s going to be focused sharply and in detail.
- If you want to achieve a larger depth of field, set the Aperture Mode on your camera at 11 to 16.
- Low aperture settings = shallow DoF
- High aperture settings = larger or broad DoF
When selling your merchandise, it is important that you build human connection with your potential buyers. You need to be relatable and appeal to your target audience and capture their imagination. For this reason, you might want to bring a cohesive style throughout your shots.
— Things to Consider During Your Amazon Product Photography
Lighting and Tent Equipment
Lighting is the most crucial element in your product photography. Incidentally it may also be one of the intimidating concepts.
DIY Product Photography Equipment to Consider Includes:
If you’re looking to save more money. Try DIY product photography using your smartphone and a bathtub!
Take Photos from All Angles
Adjusting the Imagery
Do you have computer programs like Picasa or Photoshop? These tools can make it easier for you to adjust the images. Take the time to make the necessary edits on your photos.
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Set up your camera in a way that allows you to shoot from the top down. The light should be from various directions. Having a light table for this purpose can be advantageous. For you background, set up a white (or black) paper.
— Tip on Taking Photos of Small Objects
The idea of DIY product photography is to present your merchandise to your target audience. Doesn’t matter if your doing retail arbitrage , selling on shopify, or anywhere else.
Keep it simple and relay your message in the cleanest way possible.
Discover the angles, explore the close-ups, and work with the background. Take advantage of the natural lighting; use diffused lighting when needed.
Remember, as much as possible, turn off the flash.
Shoot multiple images, use a live model or mannequin, and then pin the product to demonstrate fit and shape.
Lastly, make your Amazon product photography relatable and appealing to your audience. Keep it human.
If you want help with your product photography reach out to us and would be more than happy to help you grow your business!