’I ve been doing different product photography for awhile now and I still regularly go back to a previous posts because I am still using the same techniques. I wanted to make a single point of contact for functional tips on improving your photography.
One of the single most important factors in product photography is lighting (if not the single most important) . How you light your subject is very important in product photography.
Lots of ppl call me and ask me how to do product photography with cheap light ? and i say the same thing to all , "IF YOU WANT GOOD PROFESSIONAL PRODUCT PHOTOSHOOT SPEND ON LIGHT"
there are some key point i have made to help you in product photography.
SMALL DIY REFLECTORS
One very useful ‘trick’ I use in almost all of my product photography setup is a small light reflector i made from silver gift wrapping paper or aluminum foil and some clamps. I use this to bounce and reflect light for fill, back and kickers. Here is one example of using a bunch of those reflectors with only one light.
GRADIENT REFLECTIONS ON PRODUCTS
Knowing how to get gradient reflections on products is a must if you want your photos to have a non-flat look that comes when using a light tent. The simplest way of achieving this is by putting another diffuser between the light and the subject. Your reflective surface acts like a mirror so you need get the right angle to get the reflection.
After lighting another thing that can add zing to your product photography is using different backgrounds to compliment your product.
THE ‘EL BOKEH’ WALL
One of my favorite background tricks is the bokh wall. It’s a really simple technique but it creates wonders in a photo. Get some aluminum foil or silver gift wrapping paper and crumble it into a ball. Place it in your background and point a gelled flash on it. Shoot using a wide opening to get your background looking like a wall of bokeh.
Use all the small techniques and you’ll have no more problems shooting product shots! but you have to practice a lot with every kind of products.
Some quick tips on product photography by Video