4 Simple and Inexpensive Photo Shoot Tricks

One of the most effective ways to make a great first impression with a potential buyer is to provide beautiful photos that highlight your products and special offerings. And when a professional photographer isn’t in budget, conducting your own photo shoot is the best way to get photos that match your website.

Whether you’re using a DSLR, a basic digital camera or even your smartphone, with these simple tips, you’ll be on your way to creating great looking shots in no time at all.

If you have any questions about getting started with your own photo shoot or website imagery, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get right back with you.

Happy selling!
-Tracy Manhart, Volusion

2 Responses to “4 Simple and Inexpensive Photo Shoot Tricks”

  1. Vassilios

    Hello and thank you for the video.

    I wanted to ask you a question.

    Im using a D80 Nikon DSLR camera and I’m taking my pictures from about 8 feet of the mannequin. My product is belly dance costumes.

    Is there a lens you recommend for that distance so that my pictures come out crisp even after zooming in. Right now my pictures are coming out with a blur and I’ve tried everything with the current lens I’m using?

    I look forward to your response.

    • Matt Winn

      Hi Billy,

      Spoke with Tracy (the star of this video) about your question, and here’s her response:

      Before looking for a new lens you may want to check your aperture (f-stop). If it is low that may be causing a blurred look you are experiencing. You may want to try a high aperture, over 5.0 for product photography. For more information check out this blog post about shooting product photos //www.volusion.com/ecommerce-blog/articles/how-to-shoot-professional-product-photos-with-your-smartphone/.

      One more thing you can try is adjusting your shutter speed so it is higher than 1/60 for product shots. This will prevent the camera from catching small movements when taking the photo.

      If you’re having trouble capturing enough light for your image, make sure you are shooting your products during the day by a window or using studio lights. If you’re still having trouble, you can bump up your ISO, but be careful with going too high (over 800 with older camera models) as this number can give a grainy effect.

      If neither of these are an issue, I would recommend a 50mm lens for the distance you are shooting your products. It will allow you to shoot the product from further back and also zoomed in. Another great option, but a little more pricey is the 85mm lens, but you would have to stand a little farther back.

      Thanks again for your questions.


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