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Anatomy Of A Product Photography Shoot | SITS Summer Photography Challenge Day 6

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You’ve written your post reviewing your product, but NOW, its time for photos. What do you do in the crowded world of product reviews to make yours stand out? Today I’m going to take you behind the scenes of an at-home photography shoot for a product and highlight the photography tips you need to be successful for styling a product photography shoot.

Product Photography Tips | Make your products pop in your photos! Great tips for bloggers and handmade business owners.

Anatomy Of A Product Photography Shoot

Here are 5 tips for staging your product photos.

1. As always, start with good light

Good lighting is essential when you are doing product photography shots.

You don’t need a huge professional set up to get good photos. I take nearly all of my photos right here in my dining room next to this window in morning light.

2. Use props to tell a story

An important part of product photography is the props you use. Adding other, complimentary objects into the frame helps to provide interest, or possibly show off a feature of the product on which you are focusing.

Sure we could take a photo of the teapot and call it a day. But you want your photo to stand out! Props can add depth your photos and make them more interesting. But the trick is that you want it to look as natural as possible. Props will help you enhance your product not overwhelm it.

Also, think about investing in a vinyl photography backdrop. I found the one that I am using in this post on Etsy. They are affordable and give your photo an extra level of professionalism.

3. Keep arrangements simple, and use the Rule of Three

The rule of 3 is great for photographers - basically people enjoy looking at objects arranged in groups of odd numbers.

Now that you have selected your props, it’s time to arrange them. There is a simple design principle that will help you called The Rule of 3. The basic idea of this principle is that objects arranged in odd numbers are more appealing and effective than even numbered pairings or groups.

4. Don’t forget basic rules of composition

Lemons in tea.

Now that everything is arranged, it’s time to shoot. Don’t forget the basic rules of composition when composing your shots. The Rule of Thirds is easy to remember and will always make your photo stronger.

5. Vary your angles to find the best one

Photography Tips | Try shooting from different angles.

Shoot from above, from below, from eye level or from the side. Sometimes, the angle you choose can be the difference between a good photo and a great one. Plus, you’ll have options! Also, try shooting vertical. Those photos are usually perfect for your Pinterest needs!

Hopefully, these tips can make staging your next photo a breeze.

SITS Summer Photo Challenge – Product Photography

Take your blog photography to the next level with this two-week photography challenge from The SITS Girls. Full of great photography tips and helpful ideas to improve your photography, as well as the opportunity to connect with the community and get feedback on your images.

Your task today is to stage a photo using props, the rule of threes, and good composition. You can focus on any product you want – the things in your purse, your favorite coffee mug, you child’s favorite toys – anything. Share your best pictures on your blog and post to Instagram using the #SITSBlogging hashtag!

Link Up Your Photography Here

Share links to your photos in the below linky. You can add the link to a blog post, Instagram post, picture you uploaded to Flickr or even a Facebook page photo. No matter how you are participating in this challenge, we want to see your photos here!


Day 7 Photography Challenge Preview

Tomorrow we are going to focus on taking pictures of the people we love.

Do you want to know which pictures we are loving from the link up? We’re sharing our favorites in the daily Photography Challenge newsletter each morning, so make sure to sign up here to be added to our mailing list.

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