Part 2: *More* Tips For Taking Better Product Photos

Last week, I shared 5 tips to take better product photos with your point and shoot. You can find that post here. Once you’ve mastered those steps, I have a few more today to really take your pictures to the next level! The best part is- these can all be done with your point and shoot camera! (Please read part one as I do talk about how having an SLR is important, but how you can make do with a point and shoot).

Today I am going to cover white balance, editing, reflectors, and the power of Play Doh (yes, seriously!).

White Balance-
Are your pictures very blue or very red? Your white balance can be off. Different kinds of lighting in your house (or wherever you may be taking pictures) can cast different colored hues on your photographs- this is called white balance. Most cameras have a setting where you can change your white balance to a variety of different settings- auto, tungston, flourescent, cloudy, sunny, etc. Each setting has a different “shade” and can really change the overall look of your picture. Play around with the settings to see what looks best!
For example, here is an example of the picture on auto white balance (which normally does a fine job)
Here is the same picture on “cloudy” mode- it casts a red hue. (So if your picture is overly blue, you’d put it on this to balance out the color)
And last, this is on tungsten (a very blue hue- if your picture is very red, you could put it on this to balance it out)

I was letting my photography shine through, so none of these images were edited. Normally though, I do use Photoshop Elements for my editing. If you do not want to purchase this product, Pic Monkey is a great, free, no download required alternative. In fact, I edited and created the header image (with the text on it) in Pic Monkey just so I could prove how easy and fun it is to use!
For most photographs I adjust the brightness, contrast, and sometimes the color saturation and/or saturation.

Is one side of your product much darker than the other side? Use a reflector! I own a small pop-up reflector from Photojojo and this 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector from Amazon. You don’t have to go out and purchase these though- a large white sheet of paper or even a piece of posterboard/foam core board would work great. Basically, you place the reflector right next to the darker side of the product and it reflects some light back onto it.
Here’s a pullback of me using a reflector to illuminate the dark side of my necklace.
Here’s a picture with the reflector
And without– see the difference?

Play Doh:
Yes- you read that correctly! I do keep a can of Play Doh handy (who am I kidding? I have several cans of Play Doh handy- it’s so much fun to play with!). Play Doh can really come in handy if you have something that just won’t stay put. For example- you want to take a picture of a ring, but you really want to show off the design on the side and the ring just won’t stand up. Take a small blob of Play Doh, and stick the ring in that!
*Note* – I have never had a problem with Play Doh harming or staining anything, but I am sure that it can, so if in doubt, don’t use it! Most of my product photography is on metal stamped metal washers, so the Play Doh wipes right off, but if it is something with small details the Play Doh might get stuck into or something vintage you are worried about ruining, I’d err on the side of caution and find a different solution!

And that’s it! Over the past two weeks, I’ve shared 9 tips to take better pictures with your point and shoot camera. Did you try any of them out? What helped you the most? I’d love to see some of your *new and improved* photographs- link them up in the comments so I can see! Or, follow me on Facebook or Instagram and share it with me on there. Make sure to use #handmadeisbetter so I can see it!
Interested in purchasing the necklace I photographed in my sample images above? It can be found in my Etsy shop here.

*Most links used in this article are affiliate links. They do not cost anything to you, but if you do purchase something on Amazon, I do receive a small kickback. I thank you in advance for following my links through to Amazon because the money earned is what helps keep this blog going!*

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15 thoughts on “Part 2: *More* Tips For Taking Better Product Photos

  1. Vibekke

    Hey! stopping by your blog and your photography tips, I ordered and bought off on Ebay right away;)
      Have annoyed me long that there may be some shadows on the pictures, when I take pictures of my creations.
    So a big thank you! Have a great day :)

    1. SewIn2Disney Post author

      Thank you for stopping by! I’m glad I was able to help you out- until you get a reflector, a sheet of white cardstock will do the trick as well!

  2. Chelsey

    I love this! Most photography tips out there are for expensive DSLR cameras, which are, as I said…EXPENSIVE. I’m sure they’re worth it if you can afford one, but for those of us who absolutely can’t, it’s nice to finally find something for a regular point and shoot!
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    1. SewIn2Disney Post author

      I’m glad you enjoyed this! If you know how to use your point and shoot and learn how to use it properly, it can surprise you! Many people don’t even use most of the settings available on their cameras and they should! They’re there to help you!

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  4. Mandi Grant @

    AWESOME photos! I love finding great photography from humble point-and-shoots and smartphone cameras. :)

    I’m not sure if you’re in Western or Eastern WA, but in either case, hello from the Western side, where the big grey unicloud forces me to get creative with lighting and Photoshop post-processing to remove all that blue!

    The product photography tip that made the biggest difference for me was using a reflector. The difference is like night and day. I had to re-shoot everything in my shop after that discovery!!

    PS: I agree – handmade IS better!
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    1. SewIn2Disney Post author

      Exactly- I wanted to make sure that the tips could apply to anyone!
      We are currently stationed in Eastern WA – but we have the big grey unicloud for most of the winter too!
      Thanks for stopping by- I’ll have to check out your Etsy shop!


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