Elevate Your Product Photos


February 24, 2024

In the bustling world of small businesses, the visual appeal of your product products can make all the difference. As an entrepreneur, you wear many hats, and mastering product photography might seem like a daunting task. But fear not! With a little know-how and creativity, you can capture stunning images that showcase your products in the best light possible, attracting more customers and increasing sales. Let me walk you through essential tips and techniques to help you capture stunning product photos right from your smartphone.

Understanding Light, Exposure and Composition


One of the most powerful tools in photography is light. To keep it easy and simple seek out soft, diffused natural light for your product shots. Position your products near a window or in a shaded outdoor area to achieve a flattering and even illumination. Avoid harsh direct sunlight, as it can create harsh shadows and overexposure (unless of course that is the look you are going for, but today we are talking basics).

  • Embracing Natural Lighting: Using soft, diffused natural light for optimal product photography.
  • Choosing Ideal Settings: Identifying evenly shaded spots and understanding outdoor lighting.


Proper exposure is essential for achieving well-balanced product photos. Striking the right balance ensures that both your subjects and backgrounds are properly exposed, avoiding overexposure or underexposure. Utilize your camera’s exposure adjustment feature to fine-tune the exposure levels, ensuring optimal brightness and detail in both the subject and background. Avoid high-contrast scenarios where the background is blown out while the subject appears too dark (and vice versa), as this can compromise the quality of your images. Aim for consistent lighting throughout to maintain a harmonious visual presentation.

  • Balancing Exposure: Techniques to ensure well-exposed subjects and backgrounds.


Composition plays a significant role in the overall impact of your product photos. Experiment with various angles and perspectives to find the most visually compelling compositions. Utilize the rule of thirds to create balanced and dynamic images. Incorporate leading lines to draw the viewer’s eye towards your product. Explore negative space and the rule of odds to add visual interest and emphasis.

  • Experiment with angles and the rule of thirds, leading lines, negative space and rule of odds for captivating compositions.

Consistency is key to establishing a cohesive visual identity for your brand. Develop a consistent style and aesthetic for your product photography to create a cohesive look across your marketing channels. Continuously iterate and refine your techniques based on feedback and performance analysis. Regularly evaluate your results and make adjustments as needed to improve the quality of your product photos.

Leveraging Creative Exploration

Take creative risks, push your boundaries, and embrace the journey of trial and error. With each iteration, you’ll refine your skills, develop your unique style, and gain confidence in your abilities as a photographer.

  • Experimenting with shadows for depth and dramatic effect.
  • Experimenting with Lighting Techniques: Understanding the impact of different light sources.
  • Overcoming Fear through Practice: Encouraging creative risk-taking and the importance of trial and error.

Have Your Own Stock of Props

Props are invaluable tools for adding visual interest and context to your product photos. Whether it’s textiles, decor, or thematic elements, props can enhance storytelling, evoke emotions, and elevate the overall aesthetic of your images. Build your collection of props from sources like:

  • Homegoods
  • Marshalls
  • Joann Fabrics
  • Amazon
  • My go-to starter background kit https://amzn.to/4bMFqfL
  • concrete background https://amzn.to/3UPaup4

Basic Equipment

Even with basic equipment like iPhones, you can achieve impressive results in product photography. Familiarize yourself with essential camera functions. Learn how to optimize these features to capture sharp, well-exposed images that showcase your products in their best light.

  • Grid
  • Focus
  • Exposure
  • Portrait Mode and Fstop

…Are You Ready For It?

Are you ready to hit the ground running and learn these skills in-person? Catch this workshop on March 23rd or UltimateProductParty Workshop May 7th-9th – use code KRISTAUPP for $25 off.


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