As the title says, I'm looking to dip my toes in some product photography. Any tips on where to get started?
What is the product?
There are very different needs for.$25,000 watch, a used car or a $45 dress sold online!
I think that if you can shoot any of portraits appearing on your website, product photography would be a no brained.
However, first one has to decided what one is going to photograph. Nicolas Claris, a co-founder here in OPF, has a chase helicopter and speed boat for shooting luxury yachts and drones for vineyards and his Pentax MF for everything including the best cakes chefs can deliver!
But each represents a homing of special skills.
For example he knows boats: design, fabrication, sails, engines and can captain a vessel on the ocean!
Vineyards: he knows the grapes, soul, architecture and vintners and their family and world.
Let’s switch to junior miss dresses: you need a safe place for models, make up artist perhaps, lighting setup, backdrops and a standard of 3-5 poses and be prepared to shoot all day to get a collection of 10 to 50 dresses.
By contrast for jewelry you need a light tent, flexible highlight lights and fabric as required by store or manudacturers. Or you may also need a studio setup for a model or portable lighting and an assistant to shoot on location.
It all starts with your product and it’s market as THESE define how your picture is being used and the expectations.