Taking product photographs for a small eCommerce shop might be difficult. You recognize the value of high-quality product images in promoting your business, but you don’t have the funds to engage a professional photographer to achieve the level of excellence you desire. We can help you step up your product photography game by assisting you in setting up space where you can shoot great shots using a lightbox.
1. Get a box
You don’t need a large box; anything big enough to hold your stuff would suffice. If you’re selling shoes or boots, a standard moving box should be large enough to fit large sizes or tall boots. A shoebox can do if you’re selling trading cards or displaying office supplies. A huge box, on the other hand, can be used to photograph little items. There’s nothing wrong with photographing a baseball cap in a box large enough to contain a pair of tall boots. You can still make the object appear amazing by getting the lighting just perfect.
2. In the Box, Cut Windows
It’s critical to properly orient the way your box will be positioned before you begin cutting it. You’ll want to use the box’s main entrance as the front while sealing the other side completely for the opposite side. The purpose of your lightbox is to aid in the proper distribution of light across the item you’re photographing. This means that light should be filtered into the box from all sides and above.
The next step is to cut out windows on both the sides and the top of the box. Leave a one- to two-inch border around the exterior of the windows to make them nearly as big as the entire side of the box.
3. Windows Should Be Covered
Cover the windows in the box with a translucent material once they’ve been cut out. Tablecloths made of white vinyl, muslin blankets, nylon, or even old t-shirts are all excellent options. If you’re going to utilize t-shirts, make sure they’re all the same color because the white shirt’s brightness can clash. Each will scatter the light into the box, resulting in uniform lighting. If you’re going to move the box around, you’ll want it to be made of sturdy material. White tissue paper is not suggested since it can easily break if the box is moved, and it also poses a fire threat.
4. Obtain Lights
When purchasing lights for your box, make sure you get “daylight” fluorescent bulbs, as most standard bulbs will emit a mellow, yellow hue. LED lights are a good choice because they take a long time to warm up and are less likely to scorch your window coverings.
Buy lights that can be rotated and altered to light your box at the ideal angle if you don’t currently have any. Lamps that swivel and bend may be used, or two reading lamps and overhead lighting could suffice.
5. Make a backdrop
A backdrop for your photographs should be multi-functional. The first is that the product itself can be used to create depth. If you’ve utilized a huge box, you can utilize a background to create depth of field and forced perspective by placing it far behind your object. You can photograph things against a wood backdrop to achieve a fashionable fuzzy background.
Because you don’t have to worry about your depth of field with a white backdrop, it’s the most typical choice for product photography. This results in a clear image with the appearance of a blank background.
You can also use your backdrop to set an atmosphere. As previously stated, wood will give your products a rustic sense that white would not. If you want your photographs to have an industrial atmosphere, use cold-rolled steel or corrugated metal sheets.