I used to be in the mind set that size does matter…when it comes to cameras (girls, get your minds out of the gutter)! But since the ever improving age of the smart phone, I have come down from my DSLR high horse and into the world of convenience. While I love my DSLR, lugging it around isn’t so lovely and over the last year I have found that I rarely use it. When a photo moment calls, I automatically grab for my iPhone (4S). This is where the idea for my “experiment” started…if my iPhone is good enough for precious family memories, it has to be good enough for product photography right? I set out on a quest (ok, a 10 minute search on Amazon) to find an iPhone mount that would work with my existing tripod. This one had good reviews, was inexpensive and looked easy enough to use so I used my free 2 day delivery and waited patiently for the UPS man.
I decided that I would use simple, colored paper as a background and ended up setting everything up on Gia’s craft table. Her room is the brightest in the house and when it comes to product photography, the more natural light the better! I wanted to make this as easy as possible for anyone to do so there is no fancy equipment used. Here is the way my set up looked (the window with all of the light is on the right of the photo).
There are a few apps that are suppose to improve the way your camera functions but I just used the camera by itself (set to HDR on). Once I was finished with all of my shots, I uploaded them to PicMonkey. (While I could have taken these photos and gussied them up in Photoshop, I wanted to show you how anyone without fancy software could have awesome product photos.) Oh and in case you have been living under a rock for the last year, PicMonkey is a really cool free online photo editor — I recommend it to all of my clients who don’t want to invest in something like Photoshop.
I used only the basic tools (the default menu that comes up first) and here are my results…
Not bad right? I was extremely impressed with the straight out of the camera shots myself so it only needed a little touch up in PicMonkey. If you want to see exactly what I did in PicMonkey, I have a video tutorial on my blog that will take you through the steps.
Having great photos is a major factor in the success of your online business and now you don’t need any fancy camera or software to do it! If you give this set up a try, I would love to see before and after shots. Oh and if you have any questions about my set up or PicMonkey, just leave them in the comments!
Wow.. Im really loving this.. The pictures right out of the camera are amazing!!
I’ve heard so many folks rave about PicMonkey! Oh, how I wish they’d hurry up & put an Android version out! I might just start doing all my photos & blogging from my phone at that point!
Um, thank you for just verifying that I am, indeed, not crazy! Loved these shots! Thank you for sharing! 😉
oooh – the possibilities…
Lovely. You have to embrace that natural light. I just did a series of new products shoots using the land outside my studio.
I love it when “convenient” and “just right” converge. Thank you for sharing Lisa….
great tips Lisa!
thanks for sharing 🙂
WOW! This is great. Ok – I am going to have to try this tomorrow.
This is a great idea, i will definitely be having a go!
This is super simple! Thanks so much for sharing this. Great tips 🙂
Thanks for tip on the iPhone mount!
I have TOTALLY been living under a rock! Thank you SO much for sharing this great article and introducing me to my new best friend PicMonkey! I
Your welcome girls! 🙂 I am so glad you are finding this helpful.
I went and checked out the video thinking that I’ve been using PicMonkey since it came out and I was a pro. And haha! I learned something. Yay!!
My wish list has a big girl camera on it, but in the meantime I take photos with my Nikon Cool Pix. Your post is a wonderful encouragement to me today. Thanks!!
Love this! What kind of tripod did you use and where did you get that nifty iPhone holder for it? Thanks!
Awesome. I shy away from taking photos because my photo skills are just tacky. I might be able to this. Thank you for sharing such an easy (I think even I can do It) tutorial.
Oh wow! Those look amazing! I only have an old Android phone, so it doesn’t take very good pictures.
Love this!!! I have an android phone and I use it for photographing my products, my kids, etc. I find is easier because I always have it with me and its just so much more convenient!!! For android users, I use Cymera to edit my photos and I blog straight from my phone. Easy peasy!!!! 🙂
I’m not finding the video.
This is really cool! I don’t have an iPhone, though… I think you could do it even with a digital camera. I basically trick people into thinking that I have a fancy DSLR even though I use an old Kodak 8mp.
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