Before you think of investing some money to buy or rent a DSLR camera and a lens for your product photography, consider using the camera that comes embedded free with your phone.
Just try it out. If it comes out as expected then you can use it in your future photoshoots , if not, you can always go ahead and splurge some money on DSLR cameras and lens.
You may be thinking that using your smartphone for product photography sounds a bit crazy, but with today’s advances in technology, it’s absolutely feasible to create great product images by utilizing your smartphone’s advanced camera features ( and a tripod,though it is not mandatory).This option is both budget and user-friendly – not to mention convenient!
67% of consumers consider image quality “very important” when making a purchase online.
Here’s a step-by-step guide showing you exactly which tools and apps you’ll need.
Using Your Phone As A Camera
Most smartphones in today’s market come equipped with great cameras. If you’re one of the many consumers who have purchased one of these devices, then you have a high quality DSLR alternative right at your fingertips! Whichever smartphone you choose to use for the photoshoot, make sure that your device has autofocus and the maximum amount of megapixels possible.
With all of the different accessories and gadgets that can be used with smartphones, it can be hard to decide what you actually need to achieve great images. We recommend using a backdrop, a table, a lighting setup, a stand or tripod, and a lens to help your images stand out!
Use a white or light gray backdrop behind your product to give your photographs a clean and consistent look and to eliminate distractions. You can create your own backdrop easily by using a sheet, rolled paper, foam board, or a wall.
Utilize a table so that your product sits higher, which will make it easier for you to photograph your product during the photo shoot. Depending upon the type of image stabilization equipment you choose to use, it would be easy to prop your smartphone on the table as well.
There are many options for lighting, but the easiest and most budget-friendly option to use is natural window light. Set up your product and equipment near a large window to allow for ample light in your frame. If natural light is difficult for you to find, try using a larger lamp or renting a softbox-type lighting kit, depending on how big your object may be.
Shooting With Your Smartphone
- Perfect your lighting.
First, consider your lighting situation and choose to set up your studio in an area with ample available light.
- Set up your table and background.
After perfecting your lighting, it’s time to set up your table and white backdrop so that you have something to place your product and tripod on.
- Stabilize and position your smartphone.
Next, mount your smartphone and position it at the proper distance from your product in order to center your product in the frame.
1. Adjust the app & camera settings.
Properly adjust your camera’s settings to ensure that you receive the best results.
2.Capture the image.
Now that all of the settings have been adjusted and you have perfected your exposure, composition, and other elements of your image, it’s time to make a photo by pressing the big round button.
All digital images need a little bit of tweaking to really shine. Here are a few basic adjustments that we recommend making to enhance your images: Crop & Straighten, Sharpen, Contrast, Shadows, and Vibrance.
After making just those basic five adjustments, you should notice a huge quality boost in your image.