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Let's Talk: Product Photography

Thursday, 19 November 2015
I really enjoy setting up compositions for product photos so I thought I'd share a few things that I do. Im not the best at this but I enjoy it so hopefully you will too. Also get ready for a lot of similar but slightly different images.



So before I take any images I like to collect my things. I usually collect a few piece of extra makeup, just to use as 'props' and to fill out the image so there is more going on. I also collect something textured, this could be a jumper, scarf, duvet, anything with a bit of texture and pattern. I think this just adds a bit of contrast and makes the photos look more interesting. Then I'll collect a few novelty pieces; I've got this fox notebook because I love foxes and it adds a bit of personality to the photos, I also have this cacti postcard for the same reasons.
For the makeup I like to use products that are my favourites because I feel like if people see a product in my photos they may think it looks nice and want to buy it, so I wouldn't want to put a really pretty product in there if I didn't even like it.

 I think playing around with the depth of field and focus of a picture can be really fun. You can do this manually on the camera, like I did here, or you can just add blur to your image on an editing programme. 
In this photo I made the lipsticks and the colour of them the focus, I wanted to bring them to attention but also have texture and colour from the tin below. I think contrasting them makes a more interesting composition. I usually leave a 'blank spot' in my photos; I find that just leaving that bit of white splits the image up and doesn't make it overpowering or hard to look at. 
You can do the same thing with flowers for title images; you could have the flowers in focus and then the product out of focus for an interesting title image, or you could do it the other way round to add some colour to the image.
 I really like trying out different compositions and ways the products sit. I find that sometimes I include to much of the background, for example in the 2nd image I think it looks a bit too zoomed out and you don't really know what to focus on. For this I'd just say that it's ok if things are halfway out of shot, not everything has to be included. I always used to try and include everything and end up with weird angles but I think when things are out of shot it has a more natural feel. Also I find that I have to get a few images of the same thing to figure out where I want the different background props, as you can see in the 1st image, the background is a bit dark and overpowering. Just taking a lot of photos of the same thing can really help you figure out the composition that works best, just playing around with colours and positions and you'll find on you love.
Again, different focusses can really help draw attention to a product. I feel like smaller products can get lost in a big image, so just hold one up works really well. Also you still get the colours and contrast of the objects below, just without having everything in focus and at the same level. 

Adding flowers and plants for me always works really well, I just like the texture they give. In the winter blogging gets hard, I mean have you seen the dull light??? It's hard to get nice flowers, especially because in the summer I could just go out and pick some, it kind of sucks. However, Graces mam got me these autumnal plants and they work so well in photos. They are a lot more subtle than huge summer flowers, especially nice for the colder weather, and they add a lot of nice texture. They last so long so if you did get some you wouldn't have to take photos in bulk and stress yourself out.

Hope you enjoyed this, what are you tips?

15 comments

  1. Your blog has honestly become photography goals! I'm more a rambly blog myself, so photography hasn't been all that necessary as of yet, but I'd love to incorporate that aspect in with my second anniversary looming, and it's tutorials like this that make me want to so much more!
    Love this post!
    Eve @ Pen & Key <3

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    1. Aw thank you so much! I hope you do, I'd love to see Xxx

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  3. What camera do you use? Great post, thanks for the tips! :)
    Jess @ beautifulbreakable.com

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    1. Thank you! I was using a Canon EOS 700D in this post but usually I use a Nikon 300D Xxxx

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  4. Your photos are always so wonderful Sophie, I'm legit your number 1 fan haha!
    Something I hope to really improve over the next few months is my product photography so thank you for your fab tips. xx

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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    1. Aww ahaha thank you Kat!! I always love your blog photography so I can't wait to see more Xxxx

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  5. Such a helpful post Sophie, no joke I am now literary going to use Jumpers as my backgrounds for my photos- what a great idea! Though I am going to disagree with Kat's comment above- I'm your number one fan!!!! :) hahahaha!!

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    1. Hhaha thank you so much!!! Too kind! Love your recent background, I was looking at it like 'oooo that's pretty' ahah Xxx

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  7. Your photos are gorgeous! I really like the whole using different textures bit. I don't take too many product photos but definitely going to use your tips! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  8. I really adore your photography! In summer, spring and autumn I love going outside and taking product photos because we got a pretty amazing garden outside and it looks really nice. I will definitely remember these tips for winter though!! Usually my photography goes way down in winter, so this will definitely help me.

    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

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    1. Aw thank you so much Lisa!! I know what you mean, It's so much nicer in summer to get outside but I struggle in winter Xxx

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  9. Your photography is amazing! What camera do you have? I really need to buy a decent camera - my photos are really letting me down at the moment!!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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