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If you are planning to get into product photography, before you spend money on an expensive digital or DSLR camera, you might want to consider using the high quality camera that you already have on your smartphone. Although you might think that using your smartphone camera to capture professional product photographs might sound a little bit crazy, it’s actually absolutely doable to create great, professional looking images by utilizing your smartphone camera’s capabilities and using a tripod, thanks to today’s advancing technology. The great thing about this option for product photography is that it’s both cheap and user friendly, and extremely convenient.
Using Your Phone as a Camera
If you’re one of the many consumers who have purchased a top end smartphone such as the Apple iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6, then the great news is that you’re already equipped with a good quality, DSLR camera right at your fingertips. However, whichever smartphone you choose to use for your photography, it’s essential to ensure that your device is equipped with auto focus and uses the maximum amount of megapixels available.
As with any kind of photography such as that offered by Fashot.com, it’s important to make sure that you’re using the right accessories when you use your smartphone as a camera. It’s recommended that for the best results you use a backdrop, table, tripod or stand, a good lighting setup, and a lens which will help your image to really stand out.
Using a white or lightly colored backdrop usually achieves the best results, as it gives your photographs a clean, consistent look and also helps to eliminate any distractions. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a professional set up to achieve a white backdrop either, as one can easily be created by using a white sheet, rolled paper, or even simply using a white wall.
When taking professional product photographs it’s important that they are lit correctly and that the light used enhances them. The easiest, and also cheapest option for lighting is natural light, and it is often the best option when it comes to the appearance of your images. If you find it difficult to take photos in natural light, a large lamp angled in a way that the light enhances the product is also a good idea.
Although using natural light creates great looking product photographs, when using a smartphone camera it can also create a need for the image to be stabilized through the use of a stand or tripod. No matter how great your smartphone camera’s image stabilization software may be, there is always usually at least a slight effect if you take the photograph when holding the phone in your hand. A cheap stand, or tripod, should eliminate any unwanted camera shake.
Have you got any tips for beginners starting out taking product photographs with their smartphone? Or would you like to recommend a smartphone camera that you’ve used to take product photos with? Leave your response in the comments.