I’ve introduced you all to Nikki, my fave photographer, before. She took my headshots and has photographed my family since Little Lady was barely walking. Clearly I love her work. I asked her the other day to give me a few pointers on taking product pictures. Well she went above and beyond folks. I’ve got 5 tips from a pro that you can use on your blog or in an online store to really make your photos pop.
You can find Nikki at Nikki Winter Photography and on Facebook. She’s an amazing wedding photographer, so if you are local (Milwaukee area) and planing a wedding look her up. Or, you know, if you are getting married in Hawaii I’m sure she wouldn’t mind tagging along and capturing your big day.
Hi Friends!! I am so excited to be guest blogging with Sarah and her awesome blog Creative Ramblings!
As a local Milwaukee Wedding Photographer, and business owner of Nikki Winter Photography, I get asked a lot by friends and family on how they can take better photos of their kids, the products they sell, and things in their home. Photography isn’t rocket science (as much as I would love to be the ONLY one who can rock a camera, it just isn’t true!) so don’t be intimidated by your gear. You can TOTALLY rock it!
I’ve come up with a few tips for you on how to take better product photos, specifically. Although you can certainly transfer this to kids, your family and everything else as well. (And PSST, if you are looking for a more in-depth, one on one type of guidance on how to learn to rock your gear, don’t hesitate to reach out! NWP offers mentoring sessions!)
Ok! Let’s get started!
Tip 1. LIGHT! Photography is defined as: the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (as film or an optical sensor)– Merriam Webster Dictionary Find the best light in your home or office. I recommend natural light. So this means open those blinds and let the light shine in!! Get your subject close to some pretty window light and maybe even turn off that lamp so you don’t get a yellow glare over your product. Get outside if your product will allow it!
Tip 2. REFLECT! Because we want the most light on our product to allow for a clear, detailed shot, I suggest using a natural reflector. Place your items on a white sheet or cardboard to allow your pretty window light to bounce off it and back to your product. Black backdrops are pretty, but they will soak up all your light. So if you are photographing on a cloudy day or inside try to use white.
Tip 3. SIMPLIFY. Don’t try to cram 3 or 4 products in one shot. I’d chose one or two items, and photograph them from different angles (Right above, to the side, and from below) to find your favorite shot and highlight your item in the best way!
Tip 4. RISE UP! If your product is small, or has a few pieces, or you just want to add some interest to your photo, find a box, pillow or even a DVD case and place it under your sheet or backdrop. It allows the photo to have a little more interest without clutter!
Tip 5. DON’T STRESS! Photography comes with a learning curve. If you are finding you aren’t getting the shot you want, come back to it later. 🙂
That’s all from me friends! Warm wishes and happy photo taking! xoxo Nikki (Nikki Winter Photography)
Thanks for the tips Nikki!
I’d love for you to Pin and share this great advice.
So tell me, what do you do to make your photos pop?
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