Today I am going to share some tips with you on how you can take better product photos (for your blog, Etsy, etc) with your point and shoot! Now, I am no way discounting the SLR camera, if you can afford it, I would definitely recommend investing in one. I am going to cover five basic topics today, lighting, backdrops, clarity, macro, and props. First things first, and what I consider to be the most important step in any photography, product or not- lighting.
Now that your flash is off, you’ll need some natural light, so find a nicely lit room in your house- I prefer setting up my stuff in a room with a north or south facing window. Have you ever gone on Ebay to buy something and see a picture of it sitting on someone’s kitchen counter? You want your pictures to be sharp, and the best way to do this is to put your camera on a tripod.
Use the tripod to steady the camera– set it up and move it around until the photo looks good in the viewfinder (or on the screen).
Now, we’ve got our product set up next to a window with soft light coming in, our product is set up in a clutter free area, and the camera is on a tripod ready to go. This is my favorite part about taking product photos for my blog and Etsy– the props! Some props can make great backgrounds too- for example, my bamboo cutting board looks great behind food pictures, leftover bead board from a project makes a beachy background, my fabric napkins (and even pieces of scrapbook paper) make colorful backgrounds for smaller items. Now you’ve got great lighting, a steady camera, appealing macro shots on a clean and creative back drop, now all you have to do is practice, practice, practice!
This entry was posted in Photography and tagged camera tutorial, etsy, point and shoot, take better pictures on September 3, 2013 by SewIn2Disney.
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There are several things you can and should do to get the most out of the images from your point-and-shoot camera. This image was taken quite up north in Svalbard during the summer when the sun is always up high.
See how the unedited image is also better than the other one, simply by shooting in a different direction? The second problem of lack of dynamic range in P&S cameras is that the blown out area is oftentimes very unappealing.
The same technique of half-pressing the shutter can also be used to shorten the lag time between button press and having the photo taken when photographing people (I even do this with my DSLR).
About the author: Max Edin is a 24 year old self-taught freelance photographer from Helsinki, Finland. The folks at National Geographic just did a solid favor for all the adventurous outdoor photographers out there. After a lot of speculation and a juicy tidbit here and there, a more complete spec list and first photo of the much-anticipated Canon 5D Mark IV has leaked. Recently I got a message from a person who said that they liked my pictures, but unfortunately they don’t have a "photographic eye." This inspired me to write the following article about basic aesthetics and their relationship to photography. VSCO today announced the launch of its new Open Studio, a free-to-use massive studio space in New York City. The multi-aperture computational camera is an exciting technology that's emerging in the world of photography, and it appears that Nikon wants in. Nothing can be more frustrating than taking a beautiful photograph only to later find out that it is riddled with digital noise. If you wanna capture quality product photos on the cheap, this short little DIY tutorial is going to be a great resource. Want to see how a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer responds to a request for free images in exchange for "credit" from a major news corporation?
Yesterday I spent my morning taking some photos in New York City along the Hudson river with my 4x5 camera.

This photo shows what Sports Illustrated photographer Simon Bruty packed for the Rio 2016 Olympic games, the 8th Summer Games he has covered.
Lightroom is a very powerful tool, and this quick timelapse by filmmaker and photographer Bart Oerbekke demonstrates how a series of simple edits were able to really bring one of his landscape photos to life.
Animals stealing action cameras is nothing new—monkeys, seagulls, and foxes have all gotten their 15 minutes of fame this way. News Corp photographer Brett Costello was robbed of $40,000 in camera gear at a cafe in Rio a few days ago. After showing you how to make a tripod using a piece of string, I’m going to go a little more surreal this time by explaining how an old frying pan can be used to get dramatic low angle images.
Former Russian Olympic swimmer Evgeny Korotyshkin usually reserves his Instagram for posting pictures of swimming events or selfies with his medals. Using a point and shoot camera can be very limiting and frustrating so I wanted to give you a series of tips and tricks I’ve learned using my point and shoot. Aperture is the setting that controls depth of field – think of those beautiful fashion bloggers standing in the middle of downtown, completely in focus, yet the background is blurred. The shutter speed is helpful in determining the amount of blur in your pictures for example, for a lot of motion blur, use slower shutter speed. Again, this is only intended for those who want an easy way to remember how to adjust their camera in manual settings. Point and shoot cameras have come a long way, and can take great photos, but for full control and the best possible photos, I suggest an SLR.
To prove that you really can take appealing photos with your point and shoot I am going to use a new product for my Etsy Shop as a guinea pig for my tutorial, and then I will use these pictures in my shop when I list my item later to show you that you really can take a great picture with a point and shoot! To the left of the object is an open bottle of soda, in the background is a sink of dirty dishes, etc. I keep a piece of white foam core board (about $3 at a craft or office supply store) handy for a clean, white backdrop. To really make the shot steady, find the self timer option on your camera and set it to go off in 10 seconds. If you are selling your item on Ebay or Etsy (or even if it is something for a blog post!), your readers will only get a feel for the item through your pictures, so make sure you take photographs from all angles, and include some close ups! I found you on pinterest while up in the wee hours with my baby your blog is so pretty, just love it and I am loving these tips. Even if it’s just a giant piece of foam core board that you could prop up or have someone hold up for you? Simple: never shoot towards the sun if you want both the sky and foreground to be well exposed.
Same place, same time of day (though that is irrelevant in Svalbard during the summer since the sun is just as high in the sky). Here the reason the ground is so dark is because the camera exposed the scene with 18% grey in mind, but that’s for another lesson. Instead of just losing information to light, you get weird color shifts at the border of the overexposed area. DSLRs) is that the area that is sharp can be quite thin and the area that’s blurry quite large. If your camera has the option to, turn sharpness and noise reduction to their lowest levels. They put every US Geological Survey (USGS) topographical map from across the United States on one easy-to-navigate site and made them easy to print out at home. A 60TB drive would be massive by any standard, but the latest Seagate SAS drive is mind-blowing for one other very important reason: it's a solid state drive. While digital image sensors have advanced the field of photography, they have also introduced new problems to tackle.
In it, you see how an $8 IKEA table turns into a full-fledged product photo booth with just a few modifications and some creative foam board placement. Louis Post-Dispatch who won the Pulitzer Prize with his paper this year for his coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Then yesterday, while covering an event at the Olympics yesterday, Costello spotted the thief pretending to be him.

Photographer Aaron Anderson has put together a lighting tutorial that will show you how he uses one light, a black flag, and a white card to capture beautiful, dramatic headshots. But when he was robbed at gunpoint yesterday in Rio, he posted a very different photo: a picture of the gun-wielding teens who allegedly robbed him.
I have read many articles and simplified the concepts for myself and hope that they can help with the basics. If you only have east or west facing windows, either hang a sheer curtain over the window or wait for a cloudy day to soften the lighting.
But, do invest in the best that you can afford, especially if you think you’ll be upgrading to an SLR down the line.
By doing this, you give the camera enough time to stop shaking or any movement you may cause by pressing the shutter button (yes, even though it is on a tripod, you do cause some movement just by pressing the shutter button!). To get a great close up, find the macro setting on your camera (it is usually represented by a little tulip-looking flower) and turn it on. Most likely it is the one with the great props- sometimes it is as simple as a fun napkin in a food shot or an interesting rock to display a pair of earrings on.
The first one is that you often get your foreground underexposed and sky overexposed which makes the photo look unpleasant. The only difference between this and the previous image is that this one is shot away from the sun. Most of the time you want the environment in a portrait as it shows the viewer where you were. Luckily, programs such as Adobe Lightroom can reduce the amount of noise within a photograph caused by high ISO settings or long exposures. Last Friday, Carson was contacted by what appears to be a CBS account on Twitter that regularly Tweets requests for image usage. I had one sheet of film left, and I noticed that some nice-looking clouds were developing over the Hudson.
The flash can cause blown highlights (areas of pure white) or harsh shadows, and it will definitely make your picture appear flat and lifeless.
This doesn’t make for the most appealing photograph- you focus too much on what is going on in the picture rather than the object itself!
You could also use fabric or a tablecloth for this, but make sure it is well ironed as any creases or wrinkles will show up! The second thing that creates this scene with a lot of dynamic range (difference between light and dark) is the fact that the photographer is shooting towards where the sun would be.
This photo is also slightly edited; most noticeably the sky has been darkened with a curves layer and a layer mask.
All cameras apply post-processing to the photos you take before the camera saves the photos to the memory card.
Choose the highest one that you find still acceptable as the highest you’ll ever use. By using the macro setting you will also get that wonderful background blur you see in some of your favorite product photos. I have a whole shelf in one of our cabinets that is reserved for my photography props- I have plates, bowls, fun fabric napkins (which double as great backgrounds!), shells, rocks, vintage silverware, etc. Most, however, work quite well in aperture priority mode since the exposure compensation feature is often just a button press away. Ideally you want to control this on a per image basis and not have the camera do it for you. You don’t have to go out and buy new items either- take a look around your house and challenge yourself to look at the items you already have with new eyes. Since the ground is mostly composed of dark rocks that reflect little light, you have a scene with more dynamic range than what a P&S can capture.
Now either attach the camera to a small tripod or just set it on a table and press the shutter and wait until the timer takes a photo.

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