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How to Take Product Photos

Seabold Ginger Beer Product Photos

Seabold Ginger Beer Product Photos

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Product photography has become more popular lately with the boom in social media. You’ll find small companies dominating with stylized images of their products. You’ll also see lifestyle bloggers making every meal look like the cover of Bon Appetite. Capturing product photos can be a lot of fun. Whether you’re a small company or a photographer that wants to expand their portfolio. There are some tips that can help make your product photos shine.

For our product photography shoot, we worked with our client Seabold Ginger Beer. They make tasty ginger beer in the Los Angeles area. For this shoot we used our Sony A7 III with the Tamron 28-75mm.

Here are the tips for capturing eye-catching product photos. These tips can enhance your Instagram and website.

PROPS

To stand out with product photos you have to have a great arsenal of props. This helps because you won’t always have the budget to include a prop stylist. It’s doesn’t have to break the bank to start a collection of props. I’m proud of our prop collection because it’s a mixture of home good stores, thrift stores, and unique finds. Always keep your eyes open when it comes to props. Look for items that will work many times and in different settings. When it comes to storing props we keep them in stackable containers in the garage. So, you should be able to find a space to keep your props. Don’t forget to use plants or flower bouquets that will add life to your shoot.

Seabold Ginger Beer Product Photo

Seabold Ginger Beer Product Photo

Seabold Ginger Beer Flat Lay

Seabold Ginger Beer Flat Lay

NATURAL LIGHT

Natural light is always your best friend when it comes to photography. This tip is especially important for small business owners that aren't professional photographers. This will make your photos look more polished if you're working as your own photographer. When it comes to natural light it can add a clean look to your photos. Also, it can create dimension. Pay attention to how the light filters through the windows. See how you can use that to enhance your shot, add shadows and create depth. To add an extra pop, you can use a strobe light with a soft box to soften the light. This helped us in shooting the bottles and trying to eliminate some of the reflection on the glass.

Seabold Ginger Beer Product Photo

Seabold Ginger Beer Product Photo

TEXTURES, COLORS AND BACKGROUNDS

To bring flavor to your shots make sure to play around with textures. Use contrasting colors, interesting surfaces or unique backgrounds. When scouting around your home, or location. Look for spaces that might have texture or bring a unique element to your photos. Sometimes you have to look past the obvious and dig deeper. To enhance flat lays: use layers, saucers, plates, and placemats. One of my favorite ways to add color is to buy foliage before the shoot. I get leaves, baby’s breath, anything to throw in the corner or background. A plus with foliage is it lasts a long time and looks good even when it dries out a bit.

In conclusion, with any shoot, it’s always a good idea to find some references. Pay attention to what other brands are doing so you can see what props, textures, and colors they do. This will help you find the perfect style for you and your brand.

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How To Shoot Male Models

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How to shoot male models. We’ve gone over how to shoot a lot of amazing female models from glamour to lingerie. In this tutorial, we’ll tackle how to capture male models. You’ll find that it’s as fun and that you can play around with different aspects of photography. We shot our male model with the Sony A7III. Our favorite camera in the game right now. Here are some tips when shooting male models.

DON’T BE AFRAID OF HARSH LIGHT

When it comes to shooting we usually tell you to stick to natural light to have a soft look on your models. That’s perfect when working with female models. When working with males you can also use natural light. But, if the sun is glaring don’t be afraid to use harsh light. This can add a sharpness to your model. Highlighting his jawline and giving a more rugged aesthetic. This look might not always be great for a glamour shoot. But it will be cool to help your male models look badass.

POSING

When it comes to male models it’s good to have a few go-to poses that they can do. To loosen them up in front of the camera. It’s a good idea to have movement added to the shoot. You can do this by having the model move around, pretend box, take the jacket on and off. In this shoot, we even used an empty box of cigarettes to add movement. The great thing about male models is the ability to have them put a hand in a pocket if needed. Find ways to add movement and it will bring your photos more life.

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EXPERIMENT WITH LOCATION

When shooting with male models don’t be afraid to experiment with location. Since you don’t have to rely on natural light as much. You can find places that are darker that can add cool shadows to your shot. This will give your photos a dark and moody flare. Also, bonus tip is to have a good battery operated light you can travel with. This can allow you to play with locations that might seem too dark to use. We find alleys, wire fences, parking garages, and alleys are great backdrops. They're places to use harsh light and experiment with location.

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Sony 24-70mm F/4 vs Sony 55mm F/1.8

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Recently got the new Sony A7 III and have been looking at possible lens choices for my camera. We have been looking for a good hybrid camera. Since we do both video and photography for most of our clients. For video, we wanted a lens to capture commercial and documentary work. For photography, we needed a lens that can capture fashion and product. Having a camera and the right lens - that shoots it all and portraits was a must.

With the new Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 being back ordered for a few months. I needed a lens to work with for the time being.

Decided to schedule a last minute shoot to test out two lenses. Sony 24-70 F/4 vs Sony 55mm F/1.8 and see what we can capture.

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Size and Weight

I like how the Sony 24-70mm looks on my camera. Seems professional and feels more sturdy. With a good weight to it. But, it is heavier than the Sony 55mm. If you’re shooting for a while you’ll want a wrist or neck strap. To help with the weight. The Sony 55mm is lightweight and more easy on the hands. I’ve shot with the Sony G Masters in past and these lenses are way lighter in comparison which is great.

Autofocus and Speed

Both lenses have quick autofocus in both video and photography modes. The Sony 55mm at 1.8 is fast and the Sony A7 III autofocus kills it. The Sony 24-70mm is an F/4 lens so the camera has a better time locking focus. Both lenses rock at autofocus and are fast and snappy to use.

Image Quality

The Sony 24-70mm at 50mm has amazing quality. The image is super sharp and great contrast. It would be hard to tell which lens is which at the same focal length. Both have great color rendition. I recommend either if you want high-quality images.

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How To: Cheap High Fashion Shoots

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Live Art Love Fashion Shoot

Shooting High Budget Looks Cheap

Unless you are a photographer, there is a good chance that you don’t understand the cost associated with photoshoots. This is the case for most clients. There’s the clients that want to pretend they don’t know the cost. Then there are the clients that legitimately don’t know. Now, if you’re an accessories or start up. You usually don’t have a lot of money set aside for photoshoots and marketing.

That’s where we come in. It’s our job to take a budget for a start up or smaller company and still achieve a high quality look. In a lot of cases, even with small budgets the client is expecting high fashion photography. We talked before about having a great team. Now we’re going to discuss some tips on getting a high quality set design and styling on a budget. People often ask “how do you afford studio, styling and wardrobe on a low budget?” Here are some tips on how we make it happen!

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STUDIO

It’s rare that you will find the budgets that fit large studio rentals with limitless hours. In fact, in Los Angeles there are some wonderful hidden gems for studios. One of our favorites is FD Studios. It’s affordable and offers a variety of studios, set design and rooftops. However, because a lot of photographers know about this hidden gem, it can be a pain to book last minute. Even with their affordable packages - you’ll still work with clients that don't want to foot the bill. That’s okay! You have to think creatively.

Recently we decided to turn part of our home into an in-house studio. We only put up equipment when we need it. If you don’t live in a house but have an apartment or small studio. See what space can be used for a “photography.” You’re not trying to shoot the cover of Vanity Fair with 20 models. You’re trying to have a back up when clients can’t afford to rent studios and have simpler needs.  With that being said, if a client has a low budget they should have a simple vision.

For this recent shoot. We had a clear vision of what we wanted and created the space to achieve it. Knowing we'd be able to stretch the background in post. This saved us money because the "studio" was built by us. Thank goodness for Home Depot and friends helping over a bottle of wine!

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STYLING

When I’m talking about styling. I’m talking about fashion and set design. Do you need to have people on set that do both? No. It would help, but ultimately no, you don’t need them. Having a stylist is ideal but budgets don’t always allow for that. If you research ahead of time, you can do great styling on your own. 

When working with models you’ll be amazed at what they already have in terms of wardrobe. It’s a great idea to put together style guides that help the models pull wardrobe they already own. Then ask them to send photos of wearing 2-3 outfits before the shoot. This helps get a sense of what you’re shooting and decide any additional accessories or pieces you might need for the shoot.

For this shoot we lucked up because one of the model's friend wanted to style her for free. This worked out great because her friend gained experience and we had extra help.

Set design is about thinking creatively. You can grab textured boards, wallpaper tapestries etc. and do wonders. Again, it’s about that elbow grease. But if you schedule out your time you’ll have a few days before the shoot to create the backdrop that your client will like. When working with small budgets see what you can use around your house or even your friends places. I find that plants, textured blankets, crates etc can help a photo look more polished.

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WARDROBE AND PROPS

Unless you’re working with a fashion company, you will need to figure out how to tackle wardrobe and props. I find that working with low budget fashion shoots it’s always good to have some neutral shoes in common sizes. You can find sneakers and heels that look high end at H&M, Forever 21 and Zara. In fact use places like these for accessories and shoes. You can also find a lot of great pieces at thrift stores, consignment and estate sales. When searching I like to keep an eye out for props and accessories that can be used on a number of shoots. If you have your references, you’ll know what you’re looking for and what fits in your budget. No matter what the budget is, set a small percentage aside to cover wardrobe and props. This will help you later. Don’t assume you won’t need anything. You’re going to have to buy an accent or two to make your shoot work. You’ll be happy you did!

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Those are just a few ways to get a high quality look on a small budget. If you see yourself doing photography for awhile. Put the time into building your studio, styling and wardrobe closets.

What are some tips you have for getting a high quality look for cheap?

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