So, after a long hard think I decided to use a silver background, I just bought some wrapping paper, and use two props in all of my photos: purple butterflies and a purple pen, that way my store front has a uniformity to it and I am so pleased!
I have gathered a few tips on photography and would like to share:
- Do not use a flash as this can distort the product colour
- Use indirect light as direct light can create harsh shadows
- Buy daylight, tungsten or halogen lightbulbs as incandescent ones can create a yellow effect
- Use soft, diffuse lighting such as a photographer's umbrella or a light box.
- Use a tripod as your hands will shake no matter how steady you think you are.
- Get to know your camera as some digital cameras have manual settings allowing you to programme the shutter speeds and apertures.
- Think about using the macro setting (I do!) as this will help focus when taking up-close pictures
- Be creative with your backgrounds/settings or just use something plain. Something too busy will distract from the product
- Take multiple shots of the same item (I take about 10) and think how the buyer would want to see the item. I photo my cards from all angles I can think of and then close up on specific parts. Make jewelry? Then make sure you photograph the reverse of the item if appropriate.
- Learn how to use a photo editing software as you will need it!
Some links you may find helpful:
- Understanding your camera settings
- An introduction to the depth of field
- What is aperture and why should you care
- Shutter speed and its effect on photos
- ISO: What is this funny little number?
Coming the next time for Business Tips (Friday) - Having an online presence