We asked Becka from Bliss in a Teacup to give our readers a few tips on how they take their most excellent photo's for their online shop. She was kind enough to write a post to share here first on the technical side of things and will follow up with styling ideas in the upcoming weeks. Psssst! Bliss in a Teacup's style shots (like above) are the exact type of product photo's I LOVE for the blog. They are current, interesting (there's a cosy feel to them) and she's got good lighting and focus! A definite one to look at to help with ideas. Visit their Etsy shop to see more. Thanks Becka!
2. Work your angles.tiny house cube necklace via JDavisStudio
georgette skirt via littleocean
If you're photographing jewellery, or other small items, the macro function is going to be your friend. You can find it by looking for the flower icon on your camera, it usually looks like a little tulip, and it will give your products a nice crisp outline. Close up photography can be tricky, especially if your hands are a little shaky, so you may also want to consider using a tripod to help keep things steady. Keep in mind that close ups aren't only for small items, you could use it to show off a bit of detail on a larger item also. The close up is a perfect opportunity to use your angles, too, and a shot where your product is in sharp focus and the rest fades out a little draws the viewers eye directly to your product.
Things to remember: Like when cropping, you still want to try and keep the shot looking balanced when shooting close ups.
computer circuit board nightlight via GeekGear
Having some way to digitally edit your images is really important, as it means you can do so much more with your photography! It enables you to crop, sharpen, lighten, resize....the list goes on. Thankfully, there are now some great free programs out there so you're not limited by shelling out for Photoshop. Don't get me wrong, Photoshop is fantastic, but is also rather expensive and can be a little more tricky to use. Here are some of the free programs I would recommend, and please feel free to leave any other suggestions in the comments!
Picnik Picnik is an awesome photo editing website and perfect for those of us with little digital editing experience. It is really self explanatory (most things happen with just a click of a button) and has a ton of fun effects for playing around with on your photos. The one downer is that you can only upload 5 photos at a time, but I have never really had a problem with that. There is an upgrade option (around $2 a month) that will allow you to upload more images, and you`ll also have access to more collage, effects and editing options.
Picasa Picasa is a Google based photo editing program that requires a download. It is a little more hands on than Picnik, but still usable if you don't have any Photoshop knowledge. You can also use Picasa to create a web photo album, if you're not already using Flickr.
Gimp If you already know or are familiar with Photoshop, then I would recommend downloading Gimp. It is really similar, and comes with lots of support. Plus, its free! We all love free!
That's it from me for today, I really hope I have been of some help in your photography endeavours! I will be back with another post all about product styling, where I'll tackle backgrounds, setting up your 'set', choosing props, and more. Happy snapping!