Shooting Simple Product Photos With Printer Paper, a Smartphone and a Window

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Introduction: Shooting Simple Product Photos With Printer Paper, a Smartphone and a Window

Short and sweet beginner’s tutorial on how you can easily shoot a professional looking product photo using any camera, natural window light and a few sheets of white printer paper.

Step 1: Stuff You Need

1) A flat surface or a wall

2) A smart phone or any camera

3) A few sheets of A4 paper or printer paper

4) Window light

Step 2: The Set Up

The basic idea is that you can made yourself a miniature seamless white backdrop by taping some white paper up on a board or vertical surface that’s next to a bright window.

Step 3: Shooting

Watch the video to get a better understanding but basically you soften the lighting on the side opposite the window by using another piece of paper to bounce light back onto your product.

Step 4: The Final Picture

Selling stuff online just got a little more professional :D

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    How did you manage not to get a line through the background where the papers meet?

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    Sorry for the late reply. When you expose for the product the white backgroud gets over exposed and looks pure white.

    If you have a sign shop nearby you may be able to pick up wide rolls of white backing paper that's normally disposed of as garbage.

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