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5 Tips For Better Product Photography

want to improve your product photos for your blog? Check out these 5 simple photography tips to improve your product photography today


Product photography tips

As bloggers and/or shop owners, we often are tasked with taking our own photos for our own products or for the products that we will review. But making a product look good or appealing is often a challenge. I get a lot of questions about staging and taking product photography, so today I have 5 tips for you to improve your product photography.

  • USE NATURAL LIGHT.   Take the time to find out where the best natural light in your house is.  That might be your kitchen, near the sliding doors in your bedroom, or under the window in  your bathroom.  Where ever it is, use it! If you find the light is too strong, try softening it up with sheer fabric placed over your window/door. 


Use natural light when staging for product photography

  • GROUP IN 3’s: The Rule of 3 is a principle used in design.  The idea is that objects arranged in odd numbers are more appealing and effective than even-numbered pairings or groups. Odd makes your photo more interesting!  Curious how to stage your photos for a shot? Check out these 5 tips on product photography 



  • TAKE MORE THAN ONE SHOT! Sometimes the difference between an OK photo and a great one is your angle.  Don’t stop at the first shot you get. Shoot from different angles. Try shooting from above, from below, from eye level, from the side or from what is known as three-quarters: not quite overhead and not quite eye level.

Curious how to stage your photos for a shot? Check out these 5 tips on product photography

  • ADD GOOD PROPS : Props add visual interest and depth to your photos. You want it to look as though you just happened by your product and found it there in a natural setting….with beautiful light and perfect props. Keeping in mind the 2nd tip( group in 3s), lets say your main product is a teapot. Now, while it’s temping to get a beautiful photo of that teapot put it up, think about our last tip and add a few props: a few lemons, a juicer, a teacup…. Props help you tell a story, therefore making your photos more interesting.

Curious how to stage your photos for a shot? Check out these 5 tips on product photography

  •  KEEP YOUR BACKGROUND SIMPLE: Keep a your background simple so that the focus is on the product, not the background. This will help your products stand out. The easiest way to do this is to get a large trifold board, a plain white poster board or a roll of white paper.  Make sure that you choose a board/paper with matte texture so that there is no glare from your background.  White boards are cheap and portable and anyone can find one. 

So there you have it, 5 tips to improve your product photography. Apply these tips TODAY and see a change! Do you have any tips of your own? Questions? Put them in the comments!

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  • Reply
    November 17, 2015 at 9:09 am

    These are great tips! Beautiful pictures also.

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    November 17, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for these tips! Yes, I love using natural light, to me it makes the picture look more natural and authentic.

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    November 17, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Really good tips on product photography. I am new to photography and try to spend as much time as I can taking pictures and processing them. I have a long way to go before I feel like I’m good enough but its articles like this with great photos and suggestions that keep me inspired. Yeah I prefer natural lighting too and find shooting indoors to be quite the challenge at times. Especially in low light situations.

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    November 17, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    This is a class I need to do hands on because I am confused. I have to keep practicing and the prop situation kills me I need more props.

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    November 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    These are great tips. I try heard to get my food photography looking good but sometimes fail at getting the perfect picture. I definitely need to remember the rule of 3’s and adding props that help tell a story. Practice makes perfect so I need to keep trying!

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    November 17, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Great tips!!! I need to look for a tri-fold board the next time I go to Hobby Lobby.

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    November 18, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks so much for these 5 tips for better product photography! I am a blogger myself so they really come in handy. I didn’t know about grouping in three so that tip will be one that I try immediately. With the winter months coming natural light is tough but I still try to get outdoor shots even if in the morning in my PJ’s 🙂

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    November 18, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    People always laugh at me. No one eats till I take a photo of it and get a couple of angles at the very least.

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    November 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I certainly need to take all these tips to heart. Natural lighting is best however there are really instances when there’s none. I need more work to do when deciding which props to add in the picture.

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    November 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I need these tips! My photography is obviously inexperienced. I need a space specifically for setting up the props and simple backgrounds, like you’ve suggested. I can’t wait to improve my blog with improved photos.

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    November 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    This was a great breakdown for me. Angles and lighting are super important but I love your point about telling a story too. That really is what has engaged me in other’s photos.

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    November 18, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Very informative. I have just started doing product reviews on my blog, and these tips will definitely be used.

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    Emma Spellman
    November 18, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I just love your first picture with the ice cream. These are all great tips that I use on a daily basis. Especially the one where you take picture from different angles, etc. Sometimes I will have 20 pictures of one product because I won’t give up until it’s perfect.

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    November 18, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips! I will be implementing immediately.

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    November 18, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks so much for the tips. I will be implementing immediately.

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    Aisha Johnson Adams
    November 19, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Sharing this with a friend. Great post. Thanks for helping…

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    November 19, 2015 at 1:52 am

    You rock! I learn something new everyday, I am a terrible photo taker. I need to implement the group in three’s tip and not get so carried away with the symmetry of objects.

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    Nicole Brewer
    November 19, 2015 at 2:06 am

    These were great tips! I know I could use them thanks so much.

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    Nicole Brewer
    November 19, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing, I know I could use them.

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    November 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Great tips, thanks for sharing! I definitely will be using these!

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    Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green
    November 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Great tips, I’ve been thinking around creating one of those perfect desk top images. Now I have some insight on how to stage it. You are always the real MVP.

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    LaVonndra Johnson
    November 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Great tips! I’ve just started taking my own photos and I will definitely put these tips to use.

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    Chasing Joy
    November 19, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    These are great tips. I always feel so excited for you and where you photography is going when I read your photography advice posts.

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    Camesha | Mama Motivator
    November 20, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Great tips! I need to step up my photo game. I’ve been totally avoiding it. I know I need a white board – at least!

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    Christine @MomsNCharge
    November 20, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Ohhh I needed allllll of these tips because my product photo skills actually suck. lol I love how you placed everything together, really great tips thank you!

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    Jonna Scott-Blakes
    November 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    These are awesome tips. I just shared this post with my eCourse students because I think you really hit the nail on the head with these tips. People think it’s all about the camera, but these tips can make photos better even if you’re using your smart phone. Love it!

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    November 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Those are great tips! I took two photography classes in undergrad. Another tip I learned is the Rule of Thirds where you place your subject in a third space versus the direct center. It’s more appealing to the eye. I am looking for some new ways to take pictures for my posts so this is very helpful. Thanks!

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    Deshawn Keiner
    November 23, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Thank you for sharing these awesome tips. I am new to the whole photography thing and every tip or piece of advice helps.

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    November 7, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Using natural light is a popular and important tip. Taking more than one shot is definitely an essential aspect of the process, just as you shared.

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    December 15, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I have never heard of the rule of three but it seems like good advice! Thanks for sharing!

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    May 13, 2017 at 10:46 am

    These tips are so helpful! I’m still learning how to take great photos for my blog, and these are easy things I can do to improve! Thank you!

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    June 29, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Great tips! I definitely like to use odd numbers in my photos unless I’m going for a more symmetrical, minimalist theme. Thanks for sharing!

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    March 27, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Girl, you explained this so well! I have definitely improved on my photography, but I need help and this is definitely it! I will be testing it tomorrow! Thank you!!

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