Ten Tips for a Successful Product Photo Shoot

Photo shoots can be stressful and daunting, but with the right preparation they can also go off without a hitch. Before every shoot I often think about what’s being captured and how I can help get the best results. And like anything, the best outcomes follow those who prepare well. I always take a moment to go over these ten tips before I head to a product photo shoot:

1. Bring clean and polished products

Make sure the products you’re photographing are the best examples. This means no scratches, blemishes, imperfections and that they are clean.

2. Have cleaning products on hand

Bring appropriate cleaning solutions and polishing cloths for your products.

3. Include a shot list

Agree with your photographer on a specific shot list – a list of every photograph you want from the photo shoot. List out every product, position, angle and other requirements you have.

4. Arrange shot angles and lighting

Make sure you talk to your photographer beforehand about thoughts on lighting, angles, positioning and other insights. This helps better prepare the photographer and saves time.

5. Wear appropriate clothing

You may spend a lot of time on your feet and be under lighting that could make you uncomfortably warm for extended periods of time, so be sure to dress accordingly.

6. Have water and snacks

Like I said, it may get a little warm at photo shoots so be sure to stay hydrated. Also, the shoot can go longer than expected, so have snacks just in case.

7. Bring a computer or tablet

Sometimes there is down time due to set changes. Have a tablet or laptop with you to make up for lost time.

8. Have extra products and parts

Be prepared! You never know if and when something will break or scratch, so be sure to have a backup ready.

9. Bring a can of air duster

More than likely your photographer will have one on hand but better safe than sorry. It’s your product so make sure it’s in pristine condition.

10. Be there on time

Time is money! Don’t waste it. Get to the shoot on time to get the most out of your session.

High quality photos are a lot of work, but following these ten tips will help create a better experience and a stress free, successful photo shoot. You may not be able to address all the items in this list, but you can certainly use it as a plan of attack. If you have any other questions or would like to add a tip of your own, please let me know in the comments below!

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Trevor Nolte

A natural-born leader and Eagle Scout, Trevor has an incredible wit and an insatiable curiosity. His talents in graphic design, brand identity, multimedia design, illustrations and art production make SCG’s clients shine. With more than 18 years […] Read Bio »


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