How to Take Good Product Photos With Your Smartphone

Taking good product photos is key to making sales on ModTod. Here are a few suggestions to help you get your best shots.

So Fresh, So Clean

Clean your lens to get rid of fingerprints, dust and oil that can cloudy product photos. The underside of a clean t-shirt will do the trick.

Keep it Simple

Simple backgrounds will give your photos a clean look. Lay items on a bedsheet, wooden table, or tiled floor. Try hanging them from a hook on a white, painted, or brick wall.

Seek Natural Lighting

Taking photos outdoors is great but not always possible. When taking pictures indoors, shoot near a window with indirect light. If you can take photos outdoors, do so in the morning or early evening, not at midday when the sun is directly overhead.

Avoid using your camera’s flash setting; it can make your photos look yellow or it can cast dark shadows.

Get Lit – From the Side

If you take photos near a window, avoid facing the window or standing with your back toward the window. Light your product from the side – the left or right side is best.

Get Focused

Most smartphones autofocus, but if you want to sharpen the focus on a specific area, tap that spot on your camera’s screen.

Display Details

Showcase the items you want to sell using creative angles or capture small details like textures, embroidery, or buttons up close. Get close to the item you’re photographing rather than using your zoom, or take photos from a natural distance then crop them to avoid grainy or blurry photos.

Be Square

Consider taking your photos with the 1:1 image setting on. Using the 1:1 image setting means the width and height of your photos will be the same lengths and the photo will be a square. A square image will make it easy to share your photos on Instagram, Facebook, and other social platforms.

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