Amazon product photography can be a daunting task, especially when you are anything but a photographer. Like any other skill set, product photography takes patience, time, trials, and errors. Explore these foolproof ways to improve Amazon product images. Read the manual
Reading the manual is the most basic, simple, obvious thing that 99.9% of camera owners do NOT do. But this may be the best initial investment you can make as a photographer. Knowing which button is responsible for what function is priceless. The manual is there to help and reading it will make you feel like less of an idiot in the long run. Don't have your manual? The manufacturer probably has the PDF on its website. Drop it into your Kindle. Push the button halfway to focus, then all the way to take the shot
You may think this is a no-brainer, but I assure you it is not. So many people complain about unfocused images after purchasing a fancy new camera and this is almost always the reason why. Regardless of the type of image you are capturing, properly focusing is the key.
Understanding this simple focusing function will serve many functions. Pushing the button halfway to focus, then taking the shot with a steady hand, increases the chance of a focused, clear result every time. Get under the hood
Investing $10-$30 on a hood for your camera lens will up your game tremendously - and it doesn't even have an on/off switch. Putting a hood around the end of your lens decreases glares and increases color saturation of photos. If you invested in just one extra accessory for your camera, even with its stock lens, this would be it. The difference between images taken with and without a lens hood are obvious. Hold your camera properly
Left hand cupped under your lens like you are about to eat a footlong sub sandwich, right hand on the trigger, bend your elbows and pull the camera back to your face - doesn't get easier or cheaper than this! Use the camera's self-timer
The more you can separate yourself and your body movements from the camera, the better the result. While we may use the self-timer in our personal lives for the best family photo or selfie, the self-timer is also great for 3D product photography
and beyond. A self-timer allows you to capture the product imagery with less chance for camera shake since you are not physically pushing the button. A self-timer pairs well with a tripod for your photographs, which is our next suggestion. Use a tripod
A tripod is the third arm you wished you had. Utilizing a tripod separates you from the camera even more. It also provides you the freedom to make last minute adjustments while the camera is set up. The third arm provides additional angles and stances of shots for your Amazon product photography
. Use it as an extension of your vision for the product, as well as the means for accurately using the self-timer.