Here’s How You Can Make Studio Product Shots By Yourself

Here’s How You Can Make Studio Product Shots By Yourself

When selling a product online a high-quality photograph is essential! Fortunately, Canon has come up with a simple method you can use at home to get studio product shots quickly and easily.

Supplies needed

    • A camera (Canon EOS 6D pictured)
    • A laptop
    • A black reflective surface, here a book cover is used
    • A-4 white paper
    • A lamp or torch
    • Two file clips

    Camera settings

    It’s important to use a smaller aperture to avoid shallow photographs that fail to capture the entire product clearly, but don’t go smaller than f/16 or you may bring the laptop screen into focus. The best aperture to use is between f/4 to f/8, but this is up to you. Ensure you set your ISO to 100 to get the sharpest results possible without too much noise.


    Step one


      Run a Google search for backgrounds that you would like to use in your product shot. In their tutorial, Canon recommends searching “bokeh” photos, pictured above. Download one that you’d like to use, preferably in HD.


      Step two

      Ensure that the background you’ve downloaded fills your screen and place the reflective surface over your laptop’s keyboard. Bend your laptop to 90 degrees to ensure the background you’ve chosen reflects on the dark surface.



          Step three

          To avoid backlit photos, lower the screen’s brightness and place a white piece of A-4 at the side your laptop. Shine a light through the paper to create a softer lighting.



              Finished product


                All images from Canon

                Featured photo credit: canon/Little Visuals via

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                Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

                That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

                 1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.


                  Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

                  2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.


                    If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

                    3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.


                      It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

                      4. Corn chips for kindling!


                        Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!


                        5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.


                          Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                          6. Use compact, microfibre towels!


                            These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                            7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.


                              You never know when you might need some.

                              8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.


                                Get all the info you need here.

                                9. Sangria!


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                                  10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.


                                    By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!


                                    11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.


                                      Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                                      12. DIY shower.


                                        All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                        13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.


                                          Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                          14. Make s’moreos easily.


                                            15. MarshJell-o shots.


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                                                Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                                17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.


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                                                  18. Grits repel ants.


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                                                    19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.


                                                      20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.


                                                        That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                        21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.


                                                          For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                          22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.


                                                            You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                            23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.


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                                                                By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.


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                                                                    27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                                        29. Compact, unbreakable cups!


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                                                                          30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.


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