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In a world where many products are easily accessible on the internet - yes, even those - we've nearly fallen victim to the images that are slightly better than the rest, that entice us in, that persuade us to buy, bid, eat, cook and whatever else. (You've seen my Nom Nom articles right?) So it's not unusual that an eye-catching image can make all the difference when it comes to selling your products, or your photography - or both.

Stand out


Strong, Clear photographs will not only help you stand out on a web-page, but also will help you get your blog out there, or get your deviantART profile a bit more notice. Having a good working environment is often better than having that top notch expensive camera. So don't worry too much about your equipment. Get to know your angles, backdrops, props and lighting and the rest should hopefully fall into place.

Edit


Editing is really easy and good editing programs are accessible by almost everybody now. You don't need photoshop to make your images look amazing, but it helps. However simple cropping, lighting adjustments, tones, and minor blemish removal can really help and it's worth spending a bit of time looking at what you can do to a photo to make it better before you release it to the world to critique, ignore, or fall in love with. Don't be afraid to cut bits off when cropping, it can look quite arty!

Get the Perspective



Putting clothes, accessories and shoes e.t.c on a model will help give them a better sense of size hang and general feel. Placing ornaments, trinkets or jewellery on carefully constructed backdrops and set ups will give them a sense of space and size too - but be sure not to be misleading especially if you're photographing to sell a product. You want to be as honest as possible, which is why you also need to be careful when editing - to ensure you're not altering something that was never there. Allowing a customer to imagine a product in their home, their wardrobe, their dressing table or their kitchen will make it a lot easier to entice them to buy!


Details


Often a photograph can show an amazing product with lots of potential, but doesn't give much information about the materials used or the textures. Is it cotton, wool, handmade or not? If you aren't going to be able to show detail in a photo, be sure to include it in the artists comments - particularly here on deviantART - we love to find out more about what's in a shot!



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Urus-28Hobbyist Digital Artist
Useful tips =)
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Kaz-DHobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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Strong article and easy to read! :thumbsup: :heart:
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Kaz-DHobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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Calitha-LenaHobbyist General Artist
indeed :3
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Miguel-Santos Photographer
Definitely tip top tips! :clap:
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Kaz-DHobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
WDWParksGal's avatar
The cookie monster cupcakes are a hoot! Love the blue dress, too. Great info!
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Kaz-DHobbyist Photographer
They really are! And they just became a CV! :D
WDWParksGal's avatar
I saw that!!! :squee: LOVE great looking food :hungry:
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BWPhotographryProfessional Photographer
yay i remember my first foray into commercial photography was just a epic fail. I would like to actually try and do some more product shot's because i think that i have progressed and i no alot more about the technical side of thing, but also just more of the basic stuff, in term of angles and lighting :nod:
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Kaz-DHobbyist Photographer
Good luck! :) It's a tough one that's for sure!
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Lovely article! :clap: Short and sweet with lots of great advice! :D
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Kaz-DHobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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amour-ravenHobbyist Writer
This is very helpful! :tighthug:

I always think that in order to make a wonderful piece of art or photography I need the best of the best equipment, photo-editing software, cameras, etc. BUT I've come to realize that I truly only need "the eye" to persevere. Photography is really in the eye of the beholder and its creator.

The right angle can really make or break a photograph, craft, word, etc. These four tips are very helpful and for me...easy to thoroughly read. I have the attention span of a squirrel.
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Kaz-DHobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)

That's very true, you need first to be able to envision something :D
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amour-ravenHobbyist Writer
Of course. :aww:
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