Product photos are very important, how else are you going to show your product off when people can’t touch it? I don’t think mine have been particularly good so far so I decided to try out a D.I.Y. lightbox.
I’ve had a couple of links bookmarked for a while showing me how to go about it, here they are:
The tutorials are great but I don’t have all the equipment so I’m making do with what I do have.
Here’s a suitably large box – I have some large rag-dolls which I hope will fit in there!
Following one of the tutorials I cut my box like this.
Then because I don’t have any white card I draped an ironed (might need another iron!) white sheet in it to create my light bouncing background.
The first picture was taken using natural daylight, it looks ok, though a bit drained of colour. The tutorials suggest using picmonkey to adjust the exposure of your photo, so I did just that and the second picture is the result – much better! Though that sheet does definitely need another iron!
Here’s a picture of a sock toy I made for a workshop undergoing the same treatment. Again this is with natural daylight.
Now I don’t always have good light in my house and I only have one daylight bulb lamp whereas the tutorial says to use two – I’m not going to be buying another one, so again I’m making do with what I have.
This is the result this time, A bit more of a shadow behind but not bad! Again the first picture is as it comes, the second has had the picmonkey treatment.
Next I tried putting the light in over the top.
I don’t think it works as well, I don’t like the double shadow, but perhaps it’ll work better with different shapes?
I put the lamp in a bit closer.
The colour of the picture is different this time, I don’t like this so much it’s not as natural looking,
I found the whole thing very interesting to do. I realise I have more to learn about lighting and perhaps using different camera settings too but I do feel like I’ve made a positive step towards getting better product pictures.
I hope this blog post will be helpful to you too!