Learning How to Shoot Product Photography

At a photography retreat at Sky Mountain Lodge located in Victor, Idaho, I got to learn how to shoot product photography. This was something new for me, but I actually really enjoyed it. I also learned that it can be easy to shoot product photography around the home.

CUTTING BOARD IN THE KITCHEN

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We were taking pictures of these fruit with a light to the right. I wanted to do something a little different and found the orange juicer in the drawer. Just adding props that you find around the house can add a lot to your photography by adding new textures. I love the natural shine on the fruit compared to the industrial shine off of the metal.

SUSPENDED WHITE PLEXIGLASS

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Placing a white piece of plexiglass, which you can buy for really cheap, over two boxes can create a make-shift light table right at home. For this shot I had a speed light underneath, another to the side and one behind. The light behind reflects though the bottle of IBC Root Beer, making that beautiful red color.

DRAPED BLACK CLOTH

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Just a black cloth draped over a book can help you set up a floating product shot.

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Stephen Funk Photography has some amazing product photography with solid backgrounds and beautiful lighting.

FARMHOUSE STYLE USING PAINTED 2x4s

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This background was made by attaching 2×4 boards together and then painting them white. I then placed the bowl of eggs and cloth at the very end of the boards and then shot along them. At first I was shooting straight along them, and then I realized that it would look better if the lines of the boards came down at an angle.

I love the monochromatic look of this image with the whites and the steel-blue. It also transitions nicely into black and white because of the differences of value and texture.

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For more great examples of home product photography, check out Philippine Product Photographer, Louie Aguinaldo’s work.

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