Why Good Product Photos Can Be Your Best Salesman


Picture this: you’re scrolling through an online store, your eyes skimming over various products.

What makes you pause? What makes you think, “I need this in my life”?

Nine times out of ten, it’s a jaw-dropping product photo.

Yes, the one that not just shows you the product but sells you a lifestyle, an experience, a feeling.

So, how do you capture that photo?

You’re in the right place to find out. Let’s go.


good product photos like this image of Blueberry Jam being spread on a roll, are key for online sales.


What are the Qualities of a Good Product Photographer?


The Eye for Detail


A good product photographer isn’t just a person with a camera; they’re an artist with a lens.

They understand the nuances of lighting, the drama of angles, and the psychology of colors.

They know how to make a product not just look good, but feel good to the viewer.

This is especially true when it comes to product photography for SaaS Businesses.


The Technical Know-How


You can have an eye for beauty, but without understanding the ins and outs of your camera, lighting setups, and post-production software, you’ll struggle to capture it effectively.

A good product photographer is also a good technician.


The Psychology Savvy


What makes a photo ‘pop’? What makes it shareable, likable, and most importantly, buyable?

A good product photographer understands consumer psychology.

They know how to position and present a product in a way that resonates with the target audience.


What is the Most Important Thing in Product Photography?


Light Up Your Life (And Your Products)


When I started, lighting was my Mount Everest.

Reflective surfaces like glass and metal were my avalanches.

Light is the cornerstone of any good photograph, but when it comes to product photography, it can make or break your shot.

Get it wrong, and you’ll spend hours in post-production trying to fix issues that could have been avoided.

And let’s be honest, Photoshop is good, but it’s not a miracle worker.

So, invest in a good lighting setup and take the time to learn how to use it.

Trust me, your future self will thank you.

Essential oils infused with gemstones in a flat lay pattern


What is a Good Price for Product Photography?


The Investment Behind the Lens


There is no reason you can’t take your own product photos if you take the time to learn.

But if you are a business owner thinking of outsourcing, or a photographer thinking of taking up product photography, let’s talk numbers, shall we?

The price for product photography can range anywhere from $25 to $300 per image, depending on the complexity of the shoot and the experience of the photographer.

Now, before you gasp, remember: a good product photo isn’t just a ‘nice-to-have,’ it’s a ‘need-to-have.’

It’s the visual handshake between you and your potential customers.

So, budget wisely.

Sometimes, spending a little more upfront can save you a lot in the long run.

Not just in dollars, but in brand reputation and sales.

For more information on product photography pricing click here.


How Hard is Product Photography?


The Art and the Science


Taking a decent product photo is not that hard with some practice.

Capturing an amazing product photo?

Now, that requires a blend of technical skill and psychological insight.

The photography itself takes practice.

Mastering your camera, perfecting your lighting, those are skills you can hone.

The psychology? That’s a bit trickier.

It’s about understanding your brand, your audience, and how to create a visual narrative that compels people to hit that ‘Buy Now’ button.

So, is product photography hard?

It can be, but like any craft, it becomes easier and more rewarding the more time you invest in it.

Tom Crowl - Westminster, Maryland Product Photographer

Let’s Go Shoot Some Good Product Photos


If you came here for tips and insights on shooting product photos, this is the section you’ve been waiting for.


The 5 Things You Need for Photographing a Product


A Good Camera: This is a no-brainer. Whether it’s a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, invest in quality.

Lighting Setup: Natural light is good, but a professional lighting setup gives you control.

A Tripod: For those crisp, clear, and stable shots.

A Backdrop: Keep it simple to draw focus to your product.

Editing Software: Ah, the magic wand to clean up those little imperfections and make your product shine.

If you want specifics on any of this equipment, visit my article: Product Photography Equipment For Beginners.


The Sixth Thing You’ll Need Before You Shoot a Product

The 5 things allow you to photograph a product, but you need one more thing before you start.

An Idea … 


Unlocking Creativity: Ideas for Good Product Photography


Storytelling Shots


Why settle for a simple product image when you can tell a story?

Place your product in a setting where it would naturally be used, like a coffee maker in a cozy kitchen or hiking boots on a rugged trail.

This not only showcases the product but also gives the viewer a narrative to connect with.


Seasonal Flair


Tailoring your product photography to the season can be a great way to freshen up your images.

Think pumpkins and autumn leaves for fall, or seashells and sand for summer.

It adds a timely touch that can resonate with consumers.


The ‘In-Action’ Shot


People love to see products in use.

Capture your product being worn, consumed, or operated by a person.

This adds a layer of realism and can help the viewer visualize how they would use the product themselves.


Experiment with Textures


Playing with different textures can make for some eye-catching contrasts.

Imagine a sleek smartphone against a rustic wooden table, or a fluffy towel on a marble bathroom counter.

Textures add depth and interest to your photos.


Go Monochrome


Sometimes less is more. A monochrome color scheme can make your product the star of the show.

This doesn’t mean just black and white; you could use varying shades of any color to create a striking yet harmonious look.


The ‘Before and After’


If your product promises a transformation, show it!

Before-and-after shots can be incredibly compelling, offering visual proof of your product’s effectiveness.


Multi-Angle Collage


Why settle for one view when you can show a bunch of them?

A collage of shots from different perspectives can give viewers a more comprehensive look at your product.

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A DIY Guide to Your Own Product Photoshoot


Pick Your Playground: The Set


Before you start clicking away, you need to set the stage for your product.

Are you going for a minimalistic look or a vibrant, lifestyle-oriented set?

Your choice here will set the mood for the entire shoot.

Don’t just plop your product on a table and call it a day; think about the ambiance you’re aiming to create.


Props and Backdrops: The Supporting Cast


Props and backdrops are the acting extras of product photography.

They can add context, enhance the mood, or simply make your product pop.

When selecting props, think about what complements your product without stealing the spotlight.

As for backdrops, neutral colors like white, gray, or beige usually work well, but don’t be afraid to experiment!


Move It, Move It!


Don’t be afraid to move things around.

Adjust the props, change the backdrop, or even reposition your lighting.

Each change you make could lead to a whole new masterpiece.


Variety is the Spice of Life: Shot Angles and Focal Points


Angles, those little twists that can turn a ‘meh’ photo into a ‘wow’ photo.

From bird’s-eye views to close-up details, different angles offer different perspectives that can highlight various features of your product.

Same goes for focal points. Experimenting with them can guide the viewer’s eye exactly where you want it to go.


The More, The Merrier: Take Multiple Shots


Remember, in the digital age, you’re not wasting film. So click away!

The more shots you take, the more options you’ll have when it comes to selecting the perfect image.

It’s far better to have choices than to realize you need to set everything up and start all over again.


The Wrap


A DIY product photoshoot can be a fun and rewarding experience, offering you complete control over how your product is presented.

With the right sets, props, and a dash of creativity, even a home setup can yield professional-looking photos.

Floating bottle of lotion in a bathroom setting


Post-Production: The Cherry on Top


Editing is not just an afterthought; it’s the final, crucial step in the product photography process.

You need to clean up the image, correct any blemishes, and please … don’t slap a filter on it!

The colors of the product should match what the customer will receive.

Nothing says ‘bad review’ like an item that looks nothing like its online photo.


The Picture Perfect Ending


So there you have it, a snapshot (pun intended) of what it takes to excel in product photography.

From the qualities you need to the investment you should be prepared for, we’ve covered it all.

Are you ready to turn your products into supermodels?


Need Expert Help?


If you ever feel like you’d rather leave it to a pro, I’m here to help.

Just fill out the form below to arrange a no-obligation consultation call.

Because sometimes, the best way to capture your vision is to entrust it to someone who’s been there, done that, and gotten the perfect shot.

And that my friends is your complete guide to good product photography. I hope you enjoyed it and got something you can put to use.

Now grab your camera and … ready, set, shoot!

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