How to Take Product Photos

How to Take Product Photos


As ecommerce developing, many people realize that taking product photos is as important as the product. That is the process to display the value of your products and make your product trustworthy. Digital buyers usually make purchase decisions trough searching and comparing products online. You may have many competitors. And the seller who can showcase his products with high quality pictures could win the competition and lead to conversions. So it seems that the right way to take product photos determines your survival in the marketplace. On the other hand, you may be wondering whether we could take awesome product photos with smartphones. The answer is yes. And we will tell you how to take perfect product photos with smartphones in details.

How to Take Product Photos


Step one: preparation

Camera

High-end smartphones are usually embedded HD cameras. If the built-in camera of your smartphone has a good performance, you can use it to take product photos directly. Otherwise, you should buy an external lens, like fish-eye lens, zoom lens or macro lens. Remember that when you take product photos with your smartphone, you should treat the handset as a camera but not a mobile phone.

Canon DSLR Camera

Tripod

Another necessary hardware is tripod. A jittery product photo cannot attract customer’s attention. On the contrary, a blurry photo that shot by an unstable smartphone will make your product untrustworthy. A tripod could help you to take a clear product picture. That is the basic line of product showcase. Moreover, after placing your smartphone on a tripod, you can adjust the shooting angle more flexibly.

Tripod

Background

If you look at product showcasing on Amazon, you will discover that the product photos with awesome background are most attractive. There are many ways to decorate the background for your products. If you want to highlight the product, you can use a white background. The benefit of white background is to create a clean product photo and eliminate distractions. Of course, you can decorate a unique backdrop with some props. This is a good time to use your creativity.

Take Photos with Background


Step two: shooting

Light

Light is essential to product photos. Although there are many options of lighting, natural window light is the easiest option. When you prepare to take product photos, you can place your product near a large window to enjoy the natural light. If you shoot photos in a cloudy day, you’d better use a large lamp to compensate lighting. The most important thing is not to use the flash on your smartphone when capturing product photos, no matter in the sunny day or the cloudy day.

Natural Light

Gridlines

A product photo should put the product in the center; however, our eyes are not rulers. Smartphones have the feature to show gridlines when you take product photos. That could help you to make product photos more balanced. The methods to open gridline are a little different on iPhone and Android handsets:

iPhone: go to Settings app and select Photos & Camera, then turn Grid on.

Android handsets: open camera app and locate to Settings, find out Gridlines and enable it.

Grid Lines Android

Camera settings

Besides gridlines, there are other camera settings that we can use to take product photo. Firstly, make sure that you already disabled Zoom option, which will make photos blur. You can turn on Live exposure mode when taking product photos. Your smartphone will adjust exposure automatically. Another important setting is Quality. You’d better set image quality to High. Finally, you can explore other settings in camera app when shooting product photos.

Grid Lines Android


Step three: polish

Taking product photos is not as difficult as you thought. However, if you are an amateur photographer with limited skill and hardware, you may need a powerful photo editor to help you beautify your product photos. WidsMob Denoise is such a powerful photo enhancer. Photo Denoise not only could minimize noise, but also has the ability to keep the details in product photos. Photo Denoise could scan your product photos and handle the grain, blurry and other problems automatically. The process to enhance product photos with Photo Denoise is simple.

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1. Go to Photo Denoise on your computer and press Import button to load the product pictures you’d like to polish. You can load multiple photos in batch.

Open Denoise

2. Photo Denoise could deal with the luminance noise and chrominance noise automatically. And it allows you to adjust these options manually.

3. If you want to highlight details, you can adjust the value of Sharpness.

Denoise Image Process

4. When you are satisfied with the result, press Save button to complete the process.

Then you can enjoy the perfect product photos on your computer or share them on social media.


Conclusion

Based on the introductions above, you might grasp some tips to take product photos with smartphones. As you can see, taking product photos is not as complicated as you thought. When you prepare to take photos, you should have some necessary hardware, like tripod and external lenses. When taking photos, you’d better set your smartphone and utilize the natural light. After you take product photos, you can use powerful software to enhance your photos and make the product photos attractive.


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Peter Wood
Peter Wood
Peter Wood, a senior editor, focus on photography design and editing software and devices.

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