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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

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    • 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.

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    Step one

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      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.

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      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.

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          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.

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              Finished product

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                All images from Canon

                Featured photo credit: canon/Little Visuals via littlevisuals.co

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                As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

                “Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

                When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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                Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

                We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

                But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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                It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

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                This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

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