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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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                Last Updated on December 2, 2018

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                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                Review Your Past Flow

                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

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                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

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