Hey there gorgeous sisters and a very happy Wednesday to you, wherever you may be. Today I wanted to share with you My Latest Tips and Tricks for IPhone Product Photography – enjoy!
First of all, here is how I set up my photography “stage”:
I set up in my studio room in front of the double aspect window (as you can see). I use my daylight lamp as an extra boost to the light and use a few choice props and scrapbooking paper as my backdrop. I have found three different versions of background paper I like – wooden effect paper, a painterly background and a lacy one. (In the picture above you can see I am experimenting with a floral one which didn’t make the final cut because it was a bit too busy). You want the paper to set off your products, not to distract from them.
Once I have my photos all taken with my IPhone, I then move onto the editing phase. My favourite app for this is Afterlight. Here’s how I use it:
The tools I use most often are the levels tool and the rotate and crop tool, labelled above. Hopefully you can see just how simple the interface is to use from the pictures. It takes the headache right out of it.
Cropping and rotating your images is so simple to do. The crop box will appear and you can just slide the box to cut out whatever you don’t want from your picture. For rotating, simply click the button and the picture will rotate until it’s the right way up.
This is where it gets really interesting! The levels can make such a difference to your photos, it’s like watching magic happen! Here are the buttons I use most frequently. 1. Brighten – I will often brighten quite a lot, so slide the slider right along. 2. I will then alter the contrast and the saturation a little (it will stop your photo from looking too wiped out from the brightness). 3. I then click on clarify. Then sit back and watch it magically look so much crisper and sharper. 4. Finally, I brighten a little bit once more before saving. To save, click done then click the photo stream icon. Simples. And just in case you’re wondering what I mean by slider control – here’s what you’ll see when adjusting these levels:
Just slide it over with your finger! Click the tick if you like it, click the cross to start again. So very simple.
And that’s it! I just transfer my photos from my phone to my computer and I am ready to go! If you’re curious, here are the finished articles. I think they look super cute ;)
I love the backgrounds and how light and bright I can make them look (these little samples I actually took at night time with just the daylight lamp!)
I would recommend experimenting until you find a background or two you really love. I would also play with the props you use too. I experimented with some crystals in these photos, but in the end went for some paints and a brush (I am an artist after all!)
I hope that helps you with your product photography lovelies – if you want to see my photos in action, feel free to head over to my shop for a looksee ;)
Have a great day!