Product Photography Tips

Who is the buyer?

Target them. Even the photo does not have to be pretty. It needs to be interesting to the audience first.

Eg. Linkedin – it needs to be relevant to your audience

Build your audience according to who you could sell to.


You can use typography in your visuals given that it is consistent –

Use same text, same font, same color, same layout.


You might need to give credit for photographers.

Put in contract that you can use the photos anywhere, anyway you like.


On Instagram, your images need to be beautiful / pretty.

Typography on images is not welcome in Instagram.


People should feel better when you look to your content / images. Be positive all the time.


Emails – you need offer people something.

Just plain information is never interesting.


Images on your website should not be named IMG-5232 .

It should be named like someone put that keyword on Google.


Pinterest is used about how to stuff.




In optics, an aperture is a hole or an opening through which light travels. More specifically, the aperture and focal length of an optical system determine the cone angle of a bundle of rays that come to a focus in the image plane.


Shutter Speed


In photography, shutter speed or exposure time is the length of time when the film or digital sensor inside the camera is exposed to light, also when a camera’s shutter is open when taking a photograph.[1] The amount of light that reaches the film or image sensor is proportional to the exposure time. ​1⁄500 of a second will let half as much light in as ​1⁄250.




White Balance


A white paper should look white in a correct white balance settings.


Camera Presets


Use 300 dpi for print images, this is dots per inch

72 dpi – dots per inch for web


Websites images needs to be the size that they need to be. No need for uploading massive hires images.


Work with RAW formats. You can downsize a RAW format but you can not upsize a lower quality.


If you are using it in only social media etc you don’t have to work with RAW


16:9 vs 4:3

For Instagram you might want to use 4:3, a more square feel

16:9 is more suitable for desktop / TV type of screens.




Get a proof of paint in the post

Printed material shows colors differently




Look for texture.


Parts of the photo should not be all white (over exposed) or all black (under exposed)


You can correct some shooting errors to a degree in Photoshop


Rule of Thirds


Professionals do not take flat photos

Amateurs take flat photos


Pros want something to be in focus and rest out of focus


Depth of Field


Be Consistent


Use same background, colors, layout etc for branding


Uniform the styles


Close up




You automatically have copyright of the material / documents / photos that you created.


You can search with usage rights on Google Images

Pixabay License

Free for commercial use

No attribution required


A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted “work”.[note 1] A CC license is used when an author wants to give other people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that he or she (that author) has created. CC provides an author flexibility (for example, he or she might choose to allow only non-commercial uses of a given work) and protects the people who use or redistribute an author’s work from concerns of copyright infringement as long as they abide by the conditions that are specified in the license by which the author distributes the work.


Royalty free does not mean free


It means you don’t have to pay commission every time the photo / video is used


Advertising standards


Shooting photos of people


They need to sign if they wanted their photo taken

To edit

To be shared on eg website

To be shared on social media




If you are shooting in a crowded place, make sure other people are out of focus and non-recognizable


Talent Release Form


If under 18, no one can sign for them. So you need parents signatures.


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