DIY Product Photography is not meant to be difficult.
Especially on Amazon, you need to get a customer to trust you and it has nothing to do with the amount of money you spend on a studio or equipment. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing retail arbitrage or private labeling. Great photos make a huge difference!
Please don’t go out and spend a ton of money on a DSLR camera even if you can find cheap rental options. Think about your bottom line and help yourself by saving some money upfront.
Let’s look at what’s out there! Most of the smartphones that are out there today come fully loaded with incredible cameras. I would assume that our readers have these smartphones if not then you can borrow one for your Amazon product listings .
Here are a few phones with great features.
Honestly, you should always put yourself in the consumer’s shoes to discover what these hungry buyers really want out of an Amazon shopping experience.
Photos keep eyes on your product listing.
DIY Product Photography Video
2. Get Your Backdrop Ready for Your DIY Product Photography
Yeah, this… This just seems like WAY too much work.
It might seem like you’d need a ridiculous $30k setup of multiple cameras, backdrops, and locations for an incredible Amazon product listing, but don’t be fooled.
We live in an era of history that boasts entire major label music videos filmed expressly on iPhones.
If it’s good enough for Warner Brothers, you best believe it’s good enough for you. Get your bathtub cleaned and ready for the shoot!
Pro Tip: Plan on using external lights? Avoid yellow and go white.
Yes, you can actually use the inside of your tub to take some surprisingly flattering product photos that would sell on Amazon.
The bathtub is very ideal for DIY product photography. The curves at the bottom of the tub eliminate the annoying, eye-catching corners that other sets can’t hide.
If you’ve ever seen a professional shoot, they will often drape a white sheet behind the subject of the photo and let it rest on the floor instead of flushing it to the wall.
This creates a soft, seamless background that keeps the focus on the subject: in this case, what you are trying to sell on Amazon.
What you are looking at is a very over-the-top attempt to achieve bathtub conditions.
Also, most bathtubs are white (or close to it), featureless, and perfect for reflecting much-needed light back onto your Amazon product listing.
3. Set Up Your Lighting
Lighting on product listings is a huge factor, and most likely you don’t have lighting equipment lying around to use at a moments notice.
We found a cheap alternative in Walmart! For under $30 you can buy a light to make the conditions look just right for your product listing.
The bathtub surface is especially friendly for product photography, as it could very well erase the need to flood the product with light from multiple sources.
If you are taking this DIY photography route, be sure to actually clean your surface before you shoot your photos.
If there’s hair or some soap scum underneath that necklace, the consumer’s eyes will not easily focus on the photo.
4. Apply Post Production To Imperfections on Your DIY Product Photography
In the case your tub has scratches and stains, there are also ways around this, so don’t panic just yet.
These online tools can make your product photography look professional — if you know how to use them.
For instance, did you know..
You can adjust the white balance of a product photo to kick out any eerie yellowish hues and keep your product image looking crispy clean?
A quick online edit can dissolve any scratch mark or shadow that is distracting the viewer’s from your product listing.