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Five Lighting Arrangements For Your Product Photography.

What camera should I buy? ­-is one of the most frequently asked question asked by many. It is a common belief of many that good pictures require advanced cameras and photography kits. Indeed a camera with advanced kits is very important, but this is not the only thing to execute a successful photography. There are several other factors one must consider to get the desired output. Among the important features, lighting is one of the most vital element of photography. No matter what photo does one take, without proper product photography lighting arrangement, the photograph does not come alive.

 Product Photography

In this article we’ll look at the lighting arrangements of product photography. Product photography is a whole different branch of photography. It requires special expertise and prior experience to bring out the accurate and desired photos. Since products are put up for sale, they must look appealing to the customers. Needless to say, a sad looking product won’t never sell, or even if it sells, it won’t generate much of a profit.  Product photographs are mostly shown in e-commerce site, personal company website and profile, TVC, PPC, Billboards, brochure etc. Although in photography post production, the lights, colors, and exposure could be retouched, natural and live lighting arrangement always give the best output.

 Product Photography Lighting

Product Photography Lighting

Among the most frequently advised product photography tips, the first thing that comes on top of the list is photography lighting. Without appropriate lighting, the product will be less eye-soothing to the consumers, which will result in a low selling rate. So, what actually are the lighting arrangements? How should we apply or arrange the lightings? Do we need to be experts of lights? Not necessarily. Here are five quick, easy, and effective lighting formation. Just pick any of the arrangement you prefer for your products.

 Pre-production Arrangement

Before going into the arrangements, let us look at the kits you need for the lighting. Apart from the natural sunlight, light bulbs, camera flash, studio lights, diffusion sheet, white background, light tents, soft boxes, stand, tripod etc.

Setting the Background

White backgrounds are the most common set up for product photography. This background reflects the light perfectly from all sections and creates a glowing atmosphere. As a result, the products shine. Other than white background, there are several ways to use the bulbs to improvise the image. We’ll discuss about them in next section.

Setting the Background

Manage Your Light Control

Tradition bulbs and studio lights, both are used in product photography. While traditional bulbs are becoming obsolete now-a-days, studio lights are very popular in product photography. However, since lights and bulbs are direct and sharp on the photo, it is very difficult to retain the exotic look of the product.

Manage Your Light Control

For that we must use diffusion kits to balance the sharpness and direct light from the bulbs. There are three ways to diffuse the lights- Diffusion Sheet, Light Tent, and Soft Box. To learn more about product photography lighting kits, click here.

Now let us look at the five formation or arrangements of product lighting.

1.The Light-box with Reflection: Create a box with a packaging box, tracing/white papers or sheets. Place two soft box or studio box light on left and right side of the paper box. Place a glass inside the box, but make sure you have a white background beneath the glass too. Now, place the product in the middle of the glass. Shoot your product until you get your perfect shot.

2.Top and Umbrella Light against White Background: A product placed on a white surface against a white background will look great if a light is placed on the top and two umbrella lights are aimed from two corners. In this way, the product will get full lighting attention from all corners and from the above, plus the white surface and background will reflect the light which eventually will create a glowing atmosphere.

3.Lighting From Below Through a Transparent Surface: A transparent glass is needed for this kind of lighting. A soft light should be placed under the glass table pointing upwards and the product will be placed over the glass. Glass products, for example, bottles, jars, show pieces, and other glossy items are the best option for this kind of photography. To show the name of the product properly, use another light from the top. In this way, the product will be in a sandwich of light. Now, shoot until you get your perfect one.

arrangements of product lighting.

4.Lighting from the Back: Back lighting sounds difficult to handle. Indeed it is, but it can offer much more if handled tactfully. It is also called the Rim-Lighting. Two lights can be placed on the background, one in the left corner and another in the right corner. The problem is that, until you place black box in the middle of the light, the light frame you’re looking for won’t come out. Therefore, place a box to create shadow and then shoot your photo.

5.Fill in Light and White Background Photography (Large Products): If you want to shoot a large product, for example a chair or a bookshelf, make sure you place the lights from every angle where the photo is going to be shown. Place the product in front of a white background. Lit a blub above the product and use two fill lights from two angels. In this way, no shadow will be created. Adjust the exposure and aperture of your camera and shoot. Before shooting, you can also use a grey card which will ensure that no outside lights are hampering the product.

Post-Production

Once you’re done with your photo-shoot, you may send them for post processing. In many occasions, after the photo-shoot, you’ll be needing clipping path, ghost mannequin, or masking service to remove thee products from backgrounds. These features are skillfully handled by image editing service providers. Since you’re a busy photographer and lack time to readjust and extract images one by one, all you need to do is, send the pictures to any prominent and trusted photo editing service provider.

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Post-processing from outside surely will save you time in exchange of a little money. Remember, the money you spend in post-processing is actually saving you more, because time is money and you’re saving time here.

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How to Start a Business with Footwear Photography

Online shopping has gained popularity in recent years and it is increasing day by day. A major difference between online shopping and traditional shopping is in the case of online shopping, it is not possible to touch the product physically. So there are only two options for customers to make the decision for purchasing that product- product descriptions and product images. For this reason, publishing multiple, high-quality images of each product is the main priority for e-commerce site owners. According to eBay, a clear and detailed product image can boost up it’s a sale by 2%. Amazon and eBay have features to upload 9-12 images of each product, some images are very much important.

For achieving this goal, e-commerce owners need expert product photographers and graphic designers who can shoot and edit product photos. So, let’s focus on our article headline. We are talking about product photography business. Our product focus is “footwear”.

So what do you think? Is it a cool idea to start a footwear photography business for helping e-commerce sites and bringing benefit for the both ends? Here we are going to give you some tips which will surely help you.

Never go for unnecessary gears and business purchases

On the internet, you will be flooded with tons of photography gear advertisements. It is very much obvious that you may be allured by those. Buying new gadgets and gears can be a great fun and many will advise you with the phrase “it will help your business”.

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They may suggest that if you just had that better lens, you’d take better photos, and your business would be more successful. But it will be hazardous if you purchase gears and other photography equipment without a proper plan and money management.

Learn to shoot manually

When you seriously think about footwear photography, you must have to learn to shoot with your camera manual. Most of us feel it is much easier to capture the product images with the default settings of the camera. But this tendency will hinder you from bringing out the maximum result from your camera.So it is very much important to learn the footwear photography manually. As footwear’s are small products, you need to shoot it very precisely.

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The real benefit of manual mode shooting is it will help you to learn what’s going on with your camera, and the light around you. As early as you learn it, soon you will get control over your camera and your shooting skill will improve. Manual mode will make your exposures consistent, which helps you save time with your editing.

Be a photographer and businessman

As your target is to create your own business based on footwear photography, you must have to develop a business sense with photography skill. Great business is solely interlinked with great photography.

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When you get started with great photography skills, still the probability of being successful in photography business is 50-50. Let me explain why? When you have taken a decision to start a photography business, you must have to earn multi-tasking ability. You are a photographer/customer service expert/book keeper/marketing director/social media whiz/branding guy/website creation person/secretary/treasurer/CEO/CFO/ and pretty much any other title you can think of. That means you have to develop various skills. Skills are very much important.

Patience is important

This virtue is very much essential if you want to be successful a successful footwear photography business person. You have to utter this word constantly to remind yourself. You must have to remember that you won’t get success overnight.

patience-is-importantIt will take time to get good at photography, marketing customer service, management of business organization. Frankly speaking, it will take time to get good at many things to run a hugely successful photography business.

Create your own branding

Performing right promotional activities is the key point of photography business success. Through away your outdated print materials, brochures, packaging, and thousands of business cards to the trash bin. Because all these are totally useless, and a big waste of money and paper.

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When you think about footwear photography business branding, creating something personal, unique and consistent is very much important. It will help you stand out from other photographers and photography firm and differentiate you from others.

So should you avoid the printed products for promotion? No. But you must have to be very much careful. In most of the cases, a huge amount of brochures may be wasted or just cannot be used or reached proper destination. Try to find ways to print on demand or in a limited scale. Analyze your necessity and fix your target where or to whom you want to promote.

Influence people to stay with you

Good word of mouth referrals are the most powerful ways for photography business success. People trust the recommendation of a friend more than an ad in a magazine.

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You need to influence people to get great testimonials from them by providing them quality service. Such recommendation is more valuable than ad promotions.

Market your brand or die

Now all you are set. You have everything- a blog, a website, a business and you have a brilliant idea. You make a gorgeous logo. You create a stunning online presence, filled with witty writing and attractive images. You press publish, sit back, and wait for the inquiries and comments to pour in. And then nothing is positive! And then you can understand what marketing is all about.

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Show people what your service interesting and valuable. You could have the most amazing photography in the world, but unless people know about it, you will not see any success. Make Things Easy For Your Clients. Be organized and value your time. Keep all the details of your business records, think big.

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How to Boost Your Creativity by Learning Abode Photoshop

When you explore lovely digital art and compare it with the items you draw with a pencil, you’ll feel astounded and reduced. If solely you’ll afford a graphics pill, you’ll be even as good! And if you have already got a pill, your thought is, “If solely I may afford Photoshop! Such a lot of wonderful things are often finished this package.” And if you have each a pill and good package, you are dreaming concerning the godlike Wacom Cintiq—the larger, the better. But, until then, you are stuck. You cannot be any higher. And it isn’t your fault, it’s all concerning money!

This is probably why there’s a misconception that digital art isn’t real art. After all, a real artist needs to learn all these hard things, master pencils, brushes, color mixing, different kinds of pigment, and they can’t just undo a mistake! And when they finish, their art is one of a kind, it exists physically, it’s not just an array of digits that you can copy infinitely. At the same time, a digital “artist” buys some expensive equipment and that’s all—they can now produce outstanding art. That’s cheating, isn’t it?

Let’s see what we can find further.

What are the advantages of learning Photoshop

Whenever you learn something, you get many benefits. Some of them can be visible and others may not be. Hence, it can be difficult to pin down the exhaustive list of benefits, but I will try.

1.It makes Image Processing, Computer Vision etc. learning easy

You have learnt Photoshop and you have been working with it and hence many image processing concepts are much intuitive to you, compared to those guys who are going to hear it for the first time. For an example, high pass filter. If you have dealt with Photoshop, you can visualize what exactly high pass filter does and hence the formulation for it would be easier for you to understand or even figure out. (In one of my exam, a similar question was asked, and I didn’t know the formulation. Nevertheless, thanks to Photoshop, I derived the formulation in the exam.)

It makes Image Processing, Computer Vision etc. learning easy

Apart from that, you come across many scenarios, where you wish you had better results. For an example, if you want to select a person from one image and paste it to the other, you need a lot of effort in “selection” of the person. (In other terms, you need to tell your Photoshop which are the edges of a person so as you don’t end up cut-pasting more or less than the exact person. I think an example would better explain things. Image obtained from Kush Technologies via Google Image Search.)

So, in these courses, when you learn the fundamentals, you are eager to solve your problem of “selection”. You understand the importance of the edge detection problem. You are eager to know how that can be done automatically, and you learn some really complicated things easily. (Or may be if you are too involving, you end up developing an algorithm for it too.)

2.Amazing UI/ UX or web page design

While designing UI of an application or web pages, more so often, we have an image in our mind about how we want to make it look alike. But we are limited in implementation in a sense that we don’t know how to create those fancy images. Oh you know Photoshop?

Amazing UI/ UX or web page design

Great! Now the only bottleneck is your imagination. However fancy or Sci-Fi you imagine your web page or App, you can make it look like that exactly. And this will definitely help you stand apart from ordinary stereotypical apps or webpages. (Assuming your App/web page is strong technically too.)

3.Enhanced presentations, reports etc.

You have worked laboriously on a project. Currently you wish to organize a report. For that, you wish a picture from your textbook. (That image isn’t out there directly on the web or the standard of the out there image isn’t pretty much as good as you want.) Not a problem; you recognize Photoshop, right?

Enhanced presentations, reports etc.

The clicked image is low distinction, has some grey background because of pages etcetera, however you’ll correct those things. Excluding that, you’ll utterly style your presentation theme to suite your project. A nice style presentation would undoubtedly build an impression.

In addition to, learning Photoshop will give you an additional advantage of learning about 3D graphics. You can beautifully render images in 3D, create 3D designs and so on.

Eventually, you would like to use your computer engineering skills to solve problems in a ‘domain’ – be it art (Photoshop is an amazing example), industrial applications, finance, research, entertainment, education, etc. etc. etc.

This means you learn how things are done at any given time in that domain, and understand how they could be done better/faster/more efficiently/accurately/transparently and so on using your skills.

Understanding colors are the most basic aspect. Being able to manipulate them, being able to make the reproducible and useful changes, in colors and storing them in image files is what make Photoshop such an amazing tool. But not just that! Understanding how the monitor that renders colors on the screen and therefore making sure what you are doing in the processing is also faithfully reproduced by the monitor is also something you can understand.

You can be privy to an amazing world if only you are interested in Photoshop.

 

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Why Digital Photography is Trending Now and What Should You Know about It?

As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, the current marketing trend seems to have gripped this idea to grow business further. In this digital era, Photography has migrated from its entertainment purpose to business purpose. Visual communication has conquered the marketing industry like never before. The introduction of new technologies in photography has started a whole new era. Digital photography earns a living to thousands of people.

Photography is Not Just Limited to Professional Camera Anymore

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Photography has become easier like never before. You don’t need to own a professional DSLR camera in order to capture photos. Your portable gadget is enough for serving the primary purpose. And by primary purpose, it does not mean basic level of photography, rather mobile photography has evolved to be a whole new genre. Gadgets are now designed especially for photography enthusiasts.

Tablet, cellphones, and other portable devices now consist high resolution cameras with different built in features. This makes photography easy and fun. Each camera comes with unique lens feature, resolution quality, megapixel range, sensor, HDR, LED flash, auto focus, face detection, smile detection, autofocus, shutter speed and many other features that support the user to capture images effortlessly. Image are now just a matter of a single click which eventually prompts the visual display on social media.

There are many phone companies who offer great cameras for Selfie, Groupfie, 1080 and 4K video. The main competitors in smartphone industry are – Samsung, iPhone, HTC, LG, Sony, ASUS, Google, Nokia, Xiaomi, Huawei etc. Every year, these brands release new smartphone with exciting updates and extraordinary features.

Apart from smartphone cams, another new trend in photography is the use of action camera. Action cameras are very small simple video recording tool with an option to attach it somewhere in Point of View (POV) mode so that actions of the user is captured. Bikers, cycle stunt riders, adventure lovers, instructors and many others who are passionate about photography use action camera. Some of the popular brands of action camera are – dji Osmo, GoPro, Xiaomi, YiCamera, HT Re, Polaroid, Sony, SJ cam etc. These actions cams have changed the definition of photography and video recording.

Digital SLR (DSLR) is the primary camera of professional photography.  Unlike smartphones, tab, or action cams, DSLR knows when to be professional. Canon and Nikon are the two leading camera manufacturers in the world. They are unbeatable in the photography industry and no other companies can come near to them. Professional photographers and commercial photography companies use these cameras.

Image Editing Software and Effects

Photography has stepped and passed over the conventional barrier with the introduction of image editing software and different types of effects. As trends change, new things replace the existing things in the market. Image editing has become the trend of the new era. It has become an essential part of photography. Whether you are a professional or a part-timer, you hardly can avoid image editing software. Professional photographers use professional image editing software like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Fotor, Corel etc. A photographer may need software for different purpose depending on the client and his/her personal needs.

On the other hand, smartphone users mostly edit images using image editing apps. Generally, most of the windows editing software are available in android or IOS version. Also, there are some special dedicated apps for smartphone editing, for example, snapseed, VSCO, Enlight, Touch Retouch etc.

Image Editing Software and Effects

There are some photography apps which have built in editing feature. Take Instagram as an example, where you can edit your photos. The purchase of Instagram by Facebook authority depicts how much popular photography has become in recent times. Instagram has introduced a whole new era of introducing ourselves and expressing our thoughts through photography.

Built in effects and filters are very popular and trendy in recent times. There are some very popular effects and filters that are used frequently by many. Some of the trendy effects and filters are Black and White (B&W), Vintage, Cinematic, Lomo, Bloom, Toy etc. in recent times, it’s rare to find any picture without filters or effect. Although some may argue that filters reduce and hamper the originality of the photo, some would definitely back it up by bringing the photography post processing importance. Whatever the arguments are, most people seem to believe that photo editing enhances the appeal of the photo and makes it look better.

Experiment

Experimenting with the subject, color, light, and theme is the new trend of photography. People have come out from the conventional ‘pose and smile’ concept and bringing new perspective to look at something differently. Perspective photography is the trendiest way to shoot now. It’s hard to find a person who would like perspective photography. This trend has become so popular that people are choosing their specialization in perspective photography. Take the example of bug’s eye view or bird’s eye view– in such cases the photographer looks at the world from a non-human point of view which makes each and every photograph unusual and interesting. Another excellent and newest technique is forced perspective in photography. In forced perspective, photographers capture objects in a way which makes the object look unreal, surreal, unusual, or unearthly. Take the example of picking the tip of the Eifel Tower or the Taj Mahal in your two fingers, or holding the sun in your hand. Even if you didn’t capture these, at some point of your internet browsing, you’ve surely seen these pictures.

Experiment Image From Clipping Path India

Another excellent and newest technique is forced perspective in photography. In forced perspective, photographers capture objects in a way which makes the object look unreal, surreal, unusual, or unearthly. Take the example of picking the tip of the Eifel Tower or the Taj Mahal in your two fingers, or holding the sun in your hand. Even if you didn’t capture these, at some point of your internet browsing, you’ve surely seen these pictures.

Shapes and pattern photography is another popular way which is trending now. Shapes, lines, boxes etc. are some of the common patterns in experimental photography. You don’t need to be a professional photographer or know all the rules to experiment with camera, all you need is just a creative mind and eyes that pay attention to every detail.

These brief points on recent photography trends are just the rough draft. It doesn’t end here. In the world of photography, the sky is not the limit. Exploration will go on, trend will keep changing, and new things will be coming.

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How to Photograph Jewelry on a White Background

If you are an online jewelry shop owner, you want to display your products in the most alluring way possible to attract more customers. The main problem is that it is impossible to hire a professional photographer due to cost management or timing related issues. So what can you do? What could be the possible alternative?

You can take your own photos. It is possible for you to get great shots of your items if you have the proper equipment such as lighting and camera and a proper plan of action. It will help you to achieve your goal. We will discuss here how to photograph your jewelry on a white background which will lift you and your brand on a different level.

I am a professional photographer and graphic designer, so I think I can give you an acceptable suggestion on this issue.

1. Camera Settings

Depending on the brand of your camera, camera settings may differ. However, the references I am going to provide here, hopefully, will give you some idea of where to start or when your camera needs adjustment. I suggest my readers for using specific camera user manual of your own. This will help you to be familiar with adjustment settings of the camera. You also can take help from online resources.

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Macro setting: Most digital cameras can be set in the macro mode for “up close” photography. This feature is usually indicated by a flower icon on all cameras.

Manual Mode:  This mode allows you to set and adjust certain settings rather than rely on camera’s default factory settings.

Aperture: This is the opening that allows the light into the camera. Jewelry photographers fix aperture settings before the photo shoot because the control allows for the exposure and depth of field in photos. A small aperture setting will make the entire jewelry piece in focus, whereas a larger aperture will make the closest area of the jewelry in focus. Set this on the highest setting available on your camera in order to have your entire piece in focus.

White Balance: This adjustment will make jewelry items appear in its real color. This setting depends on lighting conditions

Exposure Correction: This is a setting can manually adjust the brightness of the photos as you take them. This can be adjusted depending on photo background color and you can use (+) the setting to lighten your image and (–) the setting to darken your image.

Spot Focus: If available on your camera, it’s helpful to set the focus mode to “spot focus”. This allows you to control the camera focus.

2. The Photography Light Box

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The purpose behind the light box or light tent is to provide an evenly distributed diffused light that is bright, without causing a glare bouncing off your objects. You can purchase simple and very elaborate set ups online.

Illuminating Box Setup 

The key is to use clear or frosted Plexiglas or another brand. These are all the essentially the same products, just different brand names. It also comes in different thicknesses and color.

3. Time to capture photos

Step-1: I have taken a series of photos to achieve the final look I want. With the white background, the white area seems a little over exposed but not jewelry item, especially with certain colors, metals (such as un-oxidized sterling silver) and gemstones. So, you can try different settings in order to achieve your best picture.

Step-2: With each photo, you can take written record of camera settings. It will help you see the difference and progression of each shot. So you can compare your results and make adjustments as needed. If you do not want to write, simply look at the photo properties in your editing software if it is needed.

Step-3: During photography, try to use the natural light source as much as possible. If it is not enough, then you may use lightbox, flash lights etc. Keep the camera in the same position.

Step-4: I’ve turned on all my normal light I use with my photography lightbox, along with my other lighting equipment’s.  Red, white, clear and bright silver are difficult to photograph and adjustments may need to be made when trying to capture these items. You can also re-adjust camera if photography is taken in dark environment.

4. Analysis of the captured photo

I have achieved my best results using the f-stop 8 with a shutter speed of 1/10 OR using the f-stop 4 with a shutter speed of 1/40. The difference in these photos is that more of the item will be in focus using the f8 while the f4 setting will produce a blurred/dreamy effect on the part of the item that’s the farthest away from the lens. If you want more of a dreamy look, simply lower the f-stop even more. Remember, your shutter speed will need to be adjusted accordingly.

Analysis of the captured photo

5. Jewelry photo editing works

After capturing photo, images must be edited. As a professional graphic designer, my first choice is Adobe Photoshop. Color Experts International where I work with my co-worker graphic designers, we use Photoshop pen tool based clipping path, retouching, shadow creation technique to make the photo more attractive. These photos can easily be used for web contents, e-commerce sites, magazines or catalogs containing jewelry images.

Jewelry photo editing works

We have more than 30 years of experience in image editing service and you can choose us for quality jewelry photo editing service. We offer free trial service and discount for large volume of image editing job.

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Tips and Tricks for Product Photography Using iPhone

Smartphones like iPhones and Android phones has already got so powerful and can produce the quality outputs for which you would need at least a digital camera few years back. Today we are going to discuss how we can use iPhone S4/S5/S6 or later for product photography also apply ghost mannequin photography. Well, a DSLR camera should be the perfect candidate for this. But if we do not have a DSLR camera available readily for our work, we can shoot with our smartphones confidently. IPhones or other smartphones has a plus point. We always carry it with us. These are easily portable devices.

Where Is This Kind of Product Photography Applicable?

IPhone product photography is good enough for e-commerce websites. Online product sale through the web stores are growing rapidly. As a result, a load of product images are required for online display of the products. Sometimes, you may not find a professional photographer for your product photography. In that situation, the iPhone in your pocket can come to save you. With the improvements of camera technology of the recent smartphones, it is possible to do product photography with your smartphone for virtually any media except for the too large pictures for banners and billboards.

Things You Need

  • An iPhone

You already got an iPhone or Android or other smartphone which has high quality camera. IPhone 4/S, 5S, 6S or higher will do excellent for your product photos.

  • Tripod for iPhone

You need to buy the tripod for your phone. Tripod will help to omit blurriness caused by the shake of your hands while shooting. Most of the high end phones have stabilizer facility. But tripod will make sure that you are taking unshaken, crisp, and clear pictures. Do some web search to select a tripod within your budget?

  • Backdrop

We will use a white background most of the time. Most of the products stand out on a light colored background like white or light grey. We can easily make the background with white seamless paper.

  • A table or high top furniture

To work with ease you can set all the setup on a table or a higher surface. Place the total setup near the door or window if you opt for the natural light source.

  • Lights

Lighting is a very crucial factor for any type of photography. It is the heart of photography. For lighting we have 3 options. One is to use the natural light source i.e. the sunlight. Place the product near the door or window. Morning and afternoon is the best time to utilize the sunlight. 2nd option is to use normal household lights like table lamps etc. in an innovative way. Like you can use some white cardboards to reflect the light toward the product or object. Same cardboards can be used to block the distracting lights coming toward the phone.  3rd option is to use photography studio lighting setup. Needless to say that natural lighting is free. Household lights are the cheapest. If you go for the photography studio lighting option, you will need some initial setup cost. Depending on your budget, choose a lighting setup. If you do some research on lighting for photography, you will be able to produce bright and shiny images with any kind of lighting setup I mentioned here. The best shortcut is to start shooting right now and analyze the outputs for different gear positioning and setup, and phone app setup. When you will get some experience with some experimentation, you will start to become a pro for photographing with smartphones.

  • Camera+ app

It will be better to download Camera+ app. It will give us more control over the way we like our products to be photographed. We will be able to easily set the photography variables like aperture, shutter speed and ISO manually. We can set the focus to any area of the composition by tapping on the phone screen. We will be able to shoot on the desired exposure to suit our need.

A lens for phone

If we are not tight in budget, we can buy a lens for the phone camera. This will provide us more freedom. We can place our camera (phone) to a suitable place and shoot utilizing the optical zoom of the lens. If our product is small like the jewelry etc. we can use a narrow angle lens, so that the product will not look distorted in the photo.

Setting up Everything

  • Set Your Phone To Airplane Mode

 This will help to avoid unwanted interruptions.

  • Auto-lock Feature Should Be Set To Never

 This will prevent the phone from going to standby mode.

  • Set Your Light Sources Appropriately

If you are not using natural light source, to get professional output with smooth shadows, you need to use two light sources. For a simple lighting setup, place the light sources at around 45 degree angle to the object. One at the left side, the other at the right side. Fill light should be a lower power light than the key light.

Now it’s Time to Shoot

Everything is set up now for starting to shoot. First take few sample shots to adjust the lighting and other setups. Fine tune the Camera+ app settings, also. If you are getting the pictures as per your expectation. Your settings are okay. So why wait… keep clicking… After shooting if you need some image editing or image manipulations, do it using Photoshop. If you cannot manage to find time for photo editing, you can take help from a reputed image manipulation service providing company. Experts of a good graphic design company can make your product image to shine on the website. An attractive image will increase the sell of your product.

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The Hidden Secrets about Ghost Mannequin Photography for Apparel Business.

The apparel industry has gone from the offline market to the online market that is e-commerce. Many large online shops are now selling apparel products or giving opportunities to small and large companies to sell their garment products.

If you are a hardworking and optimistic e-commerce web store owner, then I want to give you some valuable tips which can help you to lift your apparel e-commerce business at a new height. If you get benefit from this feature, do not forget to give a thanks to this professional photographer and graphic designers; yes, that’s me!

Tips 1:Let’s begin our discussion. 

You must concentrate and give importance on the fact that your product must have to look good as much as possible. Why? Attractive garment photo can attract more customers. There is a basic problem arises when you go to shoot garments photo. Generally, when cloth samples are stored and transported, they become wrinkled, creased, and begin to look worn. The most critical part of apparel product photography is to prepare the garment item perfectly.

Many photographers depend on Adobe Photoshop to remove the unwanted wrinkle or stains from the clothes. But my suggestion is- “never do this”. Because Photoshop is not a magical thing which can give your apparel products an attractive look automatically. Years of expertise are needed to edit photos perfectly in Photoshop. Remember, excessive editing may hamper the quality of the image. From top to bottom, thoroughly examine your product. Remove unnecessary tags, stickers; repair damages and remove distractions. Try to capture the images as close as possible and use Photoshop only for the final touch.

Tips 2: Time to set up a photo studio

Almost any kind of room can be chosen for the photo studio. Collect camera, tripods, and white papers. A source of natural light is necessary during the preparation of your photo studio. For avoiding distraction and keeping the actual product color, you can use a white or light gray backdrop. Once the backdrop is ready, place your mannequin in the middle of the backdrop and in front of your camera. The camera is the most key part of a successful product photography. You may use a DSLR with minimum manual exposure and aperture settings. If it is expensive, you may use a smartphone too. Use a tripod for stabilization and a shake free photography. Place the product face to face position of tripod and camera. For different angles, move the products; not the tripod or camera.

Tip 3: Lighting

For apparel photography, natural window light source is the most inexpensive but high quality light source. Try to utilize the maximum of this natural light source. If the natural light source is not enough or you need some sorts of different lighting positions, you may collect lighting equipment’s. For a single light setup, you can collect light head, soft box, c-stand, battery pack, pocket wizard etc. However, now you have to determine the lighting position. If you are going to use the natural light source, position the mannequin near a window. Otherwise, you can use the light set up for your apparel photography.

Tip 4: Styling of mannequin

Generally, for apparel photography, models or mannequins are used to show the shape and fit of each garment item. However, for e-commerce website, it is not necessary to show them (mannequin) in every image. They can be removed by using Photoshop. But if you are an apparel e-commerce entrepreneur, you may not have enough time to edit all the garment images.

At first, you have to select a mannequin and fix a position for the final photo shoot. The first option is, you can also use a “ghost mannequin illusion” or graphically created mannequin by using Photoshop. The second option is, you can use a real mannequin to display your apparel products and after capturing images, you can remove the mannequin from the photo via Adobe Photoshop. Choose mannequin models according to your requirements.

You have done all the things perfectly, but your camera is in the wrong settings. All your efforts will be meaningless and bring no benefit. You must need to understand ISO, aperture, white balance settings of your camera before you start photographing. Set ISO limit at no greater than 600-640 because higher ISO causes gray spots or colored spots. It deteriorates the quality of images. For image sharpness, make sure that the ISO settings of your camera are properly adjusted.

Aperture, of camera settings (e.g. f/16, f/2.8), controls lens focus. The larger the aperture number, the more detail of the product in the image will be in full focus. A white balance of the camera should be adjusted to the nature of the light source or types.

Tip 6: A perfect photography

Now you are ready to proceed for your photo shoot. Allow the camera to focus your product and then take the shot. Take snaps as many as you can. The more you shot, the more detailed photos can be captured. Shot front and back, left to right up to down or from various angles.

The post production works are needed to give the ultimate professional look of apparel items. This includes various photo editing works before displaying the products on the website. For example- clipping path, background removal, neck joint of ghost mannequin, alignment and color correction.

Various statistics show that a clear and detailed photo of a product can boost up the sell in a tremendous way. So if you want the maximum financial benefit and create a brand value, you can follow these tips.

Have a good day!

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Need A Graphic Designer? How to choose the right one.

How to choose the perfect graphic designer for your business.

A great design can make a huge impact on the human mind. When you need to redesign, recreate or process an image, the main problem is to find out a guy who can do the task perfectly. You may not have knowledge to edit the images by yourself. So you have to contact or hire a graphic designer, but the main headache is to find out the right person.
So here in this feature, we are going to give you some strategic suggestions which will help you to choose the right graphic designer.

1. Direct hires or outsourcing?

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At first, you have to decide whether you will hire a graphic designer directly, or you will employ a designer who works remotely. It is entirely dependent on you. Direct hiring can give you the opportunity to work with your graphic designer face to face. You can share your ideas with him or her. You can also give your works to hire a graphic designer or to a firm who works remotely. Here you have to communicate with them over the phone or by email.

2. See their portfolio

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Then you have to ask your graphic designer to give you their previous portfolio. You must collect this because it will help you to judge their quality of works. After that you can decide what you should do next.

3. Ask for references

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if you hire a graphic designer personally, you must ask him or her for their references. If they are good and professional, they will submit you with the required documents. By this you will be sure that your task will be completed correctly.

4. Certification

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Not all the time, but certification is necessary. Because a professional certificate of a graphic designer represents his quality in this sector. But it’s also true that having a certificate should not be the only criteria to judge a graphic designer.

5. Testimonials

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Testimonials can help you to get an idea of what a designer is like to work with. By that you can get the idea how you will work with that graphic designer and what your strategy will be. An experienced designer can show you his work planning before he is hired.

6. Personality

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Hire someone with whom you can continue your project. For that matching of thinking, mentality and personality of both of you are very much important. Otherwise, it will be tough for you to proceed.

The right graphic designer will help you to make your e-commerce business strategy visible and help you to flourish your business or fulfill your purpose. All the best!

Also See Video Tutorial to Understand Essayist Way .

This feature is created by Clipping Path India (CPI).

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How to create a realistic drop shadow in Photoshop?

Most of the beginner graphic designers try to make/ add a reflection shadow in Photoshop to look a more realistic image. We present a realistic natural shadow tutorial for every Photoshop leaner. So let’s start

In this Photoshop graphics design tutorial we will give you step by step actual/easy instruction and tips on “How to create a realistic mirror shadow in Photoshop” using the Photoshop software platform.

Now at first open Adobe Photoshop Software, at that time select/import your existing image wish to for this task. After that remove the background around the image before you do the drop shadow when you have completed this part, you are ready to move on to the next section.

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Therefore, when a complete imported image in Photoshop, the first step you can select sidebar toolbar (crop tools) make space for resize round the image.

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Now we can apply mature size and press Enter to get the final look.

mirror photo effect

Therefore move the image with setup appreciate position similar to right or left corner of the layer style box, which can help to make reflection shadow. In this part we can setup/apply right position.

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Then you would select the existing Model layer and press mouse left button on add layer style select drop shadow options.

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Now start, we can customize the shadow as we need.

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photo editor with mirror effect

At this stage create a new duplicate layer besides, rename it and move under the model layer.

Then pick a black color as you need. We can use paint bucket tool (G) to apply BG (Background Layer) layer and finally existing drag BG layer to make a custom shadow effect.

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Select Shadow layer and check show transform control, then click upper point and lay as a shadow

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Then you can select transform tool and move it around to behind the image or CMD+T (Mac) otherwise CTRL+T (PC), continue the transform mode until drop shadow is perfectly created and gets it proper position.

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Then you can begin moving the drop shadow layer, here it would depend on your specific image as you need.

how to construct a reflection

Now you can go back and adjust the opacity settings to lighten the shadow’s appearance.

how to create a reflection

Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blue, then adjust blur radius value as you need.

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Finally, Complete How to create a realistic drop shadow in Photoshop as you want. So, we hope now you can produce a reflective shadow for your own product from the guidelines written above

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Moreover, we have added a video sample of this  video tutorial so that you can understand the concept easily.

So finally done our presented Photoshop drop shadow tutorial for our graphic design leaner. Our get experienced graphics designer try to carefully share how to do basic drop shadow technique and add a more realistic appearance to your images.

This tutorial is prepared by Clipping Path India (CPI).

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How to Make a Reflection Shadow Using Photoshop Part-2

What is reflective shadow and why do we use it?

A light and reflection shadow gives product a look as if your product was photographed on a reflective surface, like a glass mirror. Using Photoshop mirror shadows in product images can create a context for the customer and a subliminal impression of quality. It is a simple and effective image editing technique that can benefit your e-Commerce store, catalog, brochure, magazine, reflect and printing industry.

The image editing activities related with industries mentioned earlier are growing day by day all over the world. If you are an entrepreneur and want to flourish your business through e-commerce site, then you must display your product image differently and attractively. Why? Because a creatively designed image has bigger chance to rank better in Google.com as well as it attracts the attention of the customer. Using stylist reflective shadow on e-commerce products, magazine and printing industry can differentiate you from your competitor.

What is essential for it?

1. Adobe Photoshop CS
2. Product image

What will we learn from here?
1. Using Adobe Photoshop pen tool for creating path.
2. Photoshop masking
3. Using Photoshop brush tool
4. How to create reflective shadow

Step-9

Apply Gaussian Blur effect on reflective bottom layer to look natural with set the radius according to the image quality. Here, we set radius at 2 pixels. 0

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Step-10

To create hard shadow, you have to create new path using Photoshop pen tool.

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Step-11

Fill the selected area with black color in new layer by pressing alt+backspace.

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Step-12

Go to menu bar select filter> blur> motion blur to give your image a motion effect according to the image direction.

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Step-13

Again from menu bar select filter> Gaussian blur and then fix radius while look natural.  Then mask the shadow layer, click mask icon.

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Step-14

From Tool Bar, select brush tool and take the brush color black. Set Brush opacity 45% -60%. After that, now erase the extra shadow to invisible.

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Step-15

Tone down the opacity 50-60% from hard shadow. For soft shadow create a new layer. Select brush tool and set brush at 30% and apply soft shadow for more natural look.

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Step-16

Select ‘Erase’ tool with 30-40% opacity (or depending on your image) to erase the extra shadow.  You can give the shadow reflection a real look by adjusting the opacity of image.

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Also See Drop Shadow Video TutorialHow to Make a Reflection Shadow Using Photoshop Part-2

So, we hope now you can produce a reflective shadow for your own product from the guidelines written above. Moreover, we have added a video sample of this tutorial so that you can understand the concept easily.

So when you want to add value to your image on your e-commerce site or any other purposes, this technique will help you a lot to enhance the appeal of your product.