Hey everybody, Harrison here (Taylor’s other half and the man behind most of the blog posts you see here on the LCC) and I am back writing again for The LCC about something that some people say I am good at, photography. (Sarcasm intended) Taylor and I came up with this great idea that every other week I will be sharing my tips and tricks for bettering your photography as a blogger. Each post will be something completely different and covering all the bases from camera choices to outfit editing and many more. So with that in mind, the post to start off this series is going to be talking about how to better your product photography. Don’t worry I cover both the actual studio end and how you can even better your iPhone images!
Lets imagine that you’ve just gotten something awesome in the mail, but you don’t know how to make it look just right for your post. There are many ways to tackle this dilemma and I am going to go over some of the ways I shoot my images!
1. The first and biggest thing I do when it comes to shooting products is natural light. Natural light is awesome because it’s free, always there and very easy to access. All you really need is a window, a surface to shoot on (Taylor and I even have bought marble and wood surfaces from Home Depot to add variety to our shooting) and a piece of whiteboard, just like the ones used for science fair projects. So with that you are essentially going to create a sandwich with the board and the window and boom, you have the best studio setup you could ever want. Even if it is cloudy out, grab the brightest desk lamp and substitute that for the window. It makes a bit yellow looking, but read on in the post to fix that! If you’re more “photo savvy” you can replace the board with a flash to get more light within the space.
2. Number two on the list is styling. Now this may sound odd, but putting your product with little things like flowers, plants or even plates can make a huge difference. Our roommates may have thought I was crazy when I was floating flower peddles in our bathroom sink, but the end result was beautiful. The key to styling is that not only is the product still the forefront of the image, but that the things you style with it are relevant to the product.
3. Okay, so you don’t own a professional DSLR and all of your photo friends are busy instagraming whatever food they are eating. No worries, you have a great camera in your pocket! iPhone cameras have progressed tremendously within the past two years and there are apps that I even use daily that can unlock the true power of that camera. Instead of using the regular camera app, go and download an app called Manual. It allows you to control the camera’s ISO and shutter speed (nerdy photo talk right?), basically brighting your images so they aren’t too dark. Now that you have that awesome image go and download another app called VSCO. VSCO not only is a awarding winning editing app, but you can catalog your images and keep a VSCO Grid going, which is a combination of a blog & an Instagram all for free! Also side note from above, if your images are too yellow or blue just open a photo in the app, click the tools in the bottom left and then click the thermometer that controls the temperature of the image. Slide that accordingly to color correct your images. To read more about editing here’s my first LEARN post all about taking better Instagrams! (Oh, and while you’re at it, make sure you check out the 5 people Taylor thinks you should be following on the social media platform!)
Written and Curated for the LCC by Harrison Albert