Product Photography... Whether you plan to sell on Etsy, Ebay, Redbubble or your own website with Gifts For Sale, good product photos are essential to help you make those sales and get those £££ or $$$ or what ever currency you use rolling in.
I'm assuming your going to be selling as a regular thing, part time additional income or full time business.
Your Camera... You can use any modern camera or camera phone for your product photos that are to be shown online. But do get a stand or tripod of some kind that's suitable to be free standing. Having it on a stand will mean a sharper image especially if you also use either a timer delay, so when you touch the button the camera has 3 or 4 seconds to stop shaking before taking the shot, or a remote button so you don't have to touch the camera so you don't get any shake or movement at all.
And don't forget Focus, make sure your camera is focusing on the products and not on the wall behind or on another items in your shot.
Lighting... Make sure you have some good lighting. Your ceiling light or light from a window may not be enough and can cast shadows on your products or leave them looking dull or dark and hard to see.
If your items are fairly small, I suggest you invest in a light box. Lights are usually built into the top of the box all around and sometimes adjustable which gives you a pretty even light on your items underneath. With the odd exception where your item may be casting a shadow underneath itself where you may also need a flash or an additional light pointing from the front or low down at the front.
Background... Choose a background carefully, make it one colour or two at the most and especially if your products are going to be shown all on one page together, try keep the same background for all of your items that you are selling. This will give a uniformity and professional look.
Choose a contrasting background colour that allows your items to stand out, if you're selling an item that is white obviously don't use a white background as your item will blend in.
Display... If your item is not naturally free standing like a Fridge Magnet or a Mounted Landscape Photography Prints, you should consider a way of displaying your product rather than just laying it down on a table and photographing from above.
I purchased a couple of small A frames / wooden easels to stand my items on which enhance the look of my Fridge Magnets and smaller Mounted Landscape Photography Prints. If you are selling necklaces you can buy online a should/neck stand to display them. If its something you wear maybe asking a friend to wear one for your photos.
I know some people like to add additional dressing to their product photographs, if you do this be careful you don't overdo it and make the photograph to busy with too many things taking away from the main product item.
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One of the more popular questions I get asked from people who have seen some of my shots by water whether its the sea, river, a waterfall... is how did you get it to look smooth or milky rather than crisp and sharp water detail shot.
Well it's done by using the Long Exposure Technique.
Basically when the photo is taken, rather than the shutter opening and closing very very quickly like it normally does to keep the image sharp with no blurring, the shutter opens and closes very slowly over quite a few seconds, sometimes as long as 20 or 30 seconds.
How to do this with a dslr camera.....
Find a spot where nothing else is moving in the background, so no people, trees moving in the wind, boats bobbing up and down in the water, otherwise the water isn't the only thing that's going to look like its moving.
You need a tripod or somewhere to place your camera where its not going to move.
To get the shutter to open and close over a number of seconds you need either low light (early morning/late evening) or in the daytime you need a Neutral Density (ND) Filter to go on your camera lens.
There are no specific setting to capture anything in photography as every scene is different with different lighting and so on, so the following are only a guide to help you as a basis for this type of photography so try it and maybe change the setting as you need or want to to give you the desired effect and light.
I used Aperture Priority for the photo below so the camera set its own shutter speed according to my other settings, but you can use Shutter Priority and choose your own shutter speed and let the camera choose the other setting for you.
In the photo below taken at Linton Falls near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales it was fast running water at this location so I didn't need a longer shutter speed to get this effect on this photo but if its slower you may need your shutter to stay open longer.
So to get the photograph below I ....
Placed camera on tripod.
Attached ND Filter.
Set to Aperture Priority Mode
ISO 100 - F9 - 6 Sec Shutter Speed.
Use either the cameras timer or a remote button to take the photo to stop camera shake and blurring of the background, half press to focus and then full press to take the photo as usual.
Check after on view screen and adjust settings if required and re-take if it's not quite how you want it.
And don't forget like most photographers, some editing is always done back on the pc to lighten / darken / bring out the colours etc.
Hope that helps - Its not that complicated so try it, have fun and don't get too disheartened if it doesn't work out for you first time, Practice makes perfect.
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Wildlife photography isn't something I do much of as it's quite often very hit and miss as to whether you're going to actually get any shots of the wildlife you want to take photographs of and then you could be waiting hours on end and not really get a shot you're really happy with as you have no creative control.
But if a more guaranteed opportunity comes up I'm happy to give it a go.
Fortunately there are a few places around the country you can go and take photographs of Deer, whilst you don't have any control of placing them and getting them to look at the camera, they are there.
These were taken at Richmond Deer Park, Greater London after I had been working in the area earlier that day and had a little bit of time at the end to do my own thing so decided on a quick visit to the deer park.
As always there's that one shot as a professional photographer you really really like from a shoot and here it's the first one in this series, the young stag.
I've made this photograph available on various products from Cups to Coasters - Wall Prints to Wall Canvas - T-shirts to Shower Curtains - Cushions to Greeting Cards.
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Have you taken a look at the 98 photos in my online gallery ?
There's a variety of photographs that I've taken over the last couple of years in various places.
Flowers to Cars to Yorkshire Finest Locations to London's Hustle and Bustle to Spain's finest beaches.
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Janste Event Photography service is probably my favourite service that I provide to various clients mainly in and around Yorkshire but I'm always happy to travel further for full day events, who doesn't like a day out at an event or show, especially in the sunshine, even if I'm working hard to make sure everything is accomplished that the client wants from me.
Unfortunately due to the virus issue this year it looks likely that most events over this summer have already been cancelled or are going to be cancelled, I'm going to miss these events but I'm planning for the future I guess like most people are and looking forward to the end of the year events and next summers shows.
I've been a event photographer at a variety of events from Haworth 1940's weekends to Newby Hall Classic Car Show to Yorkshire Wartime Experience to Whitby Goth events to Bronte Vintage Gathering and plenty of others and general local shows, all of which are always great fun for everyone involved even if like me,you're there working.
I find that my followers like to see the event photos whether they went themselves or missed it and it's on their diary for next time.
Event organisers always benefit from great professional photos which they download from a secure password protected page on my website. Not only do they get a photographic reminder of the event, but these photos can be used to promote their future events on on social media accounts, website and in promotional materials.
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I'm a West Yorkshire Professional Photographer and Yorkshire has some of the finest Landscape scenery in the UK with the Yorkshire Dales and a Yorkshire Coastline enabling photographers to get great Photos of Whitby and the rest of the coastline as you head down to Scarborough, Flamborough and the rest.
But for Cityscape Photography (city landscapes) and Street Photography it has to be London in the UK.
Their is so much to see and photograph in the vast capital city with the old builds and new next to each other giving such contrasting views, lots of well know famous landmarks, the River Thames, majestic buildings, and then the different night and day look to the same places.
I've visited London many times now for work and just for my own photography enjoyment and I always love going back again and again, walking around London with my camera capturing new photos of this ever changing city.
Their is something for most types of photographers to get their camera out and photograph and if you'd like to try street photography capturing a moment in time on a street as people go about their lives, whether they are locals who live and work their every day, or tourists making a short visit to enjoy the sights and sounds of this vast city, then this is an ideal place to have a go at it even for the self conscious and shy wannabe street photographer
With so many tourists all with so many cameras you blend right in on most streets around central London and all the tourist spots. Nobody is phased by a person pointing a camera in their direction on the street and very few people politely jump out of your way whilst you take your picture which is great because with street photography, you want people in your photographs.
Below you'll find just a few of the great photographs I've taken around London but there are more London Cityscape Photographs in my online gallery on the website...
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Its that time of year that Daffodils and other flowers and now blooming or starting to bloom.
Janste Photography out taking photos of flowers ! Its are not really my thing, but I can adapt to taking photographs of a variety of subjects or people.
Due to the restrictions on movement causing a lack of business enquiries I've been out locally with the camera on a sunny Yorkshire day to see what I could take photographs of to get my photography fix.
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Everyone loves their pets whether its a Dog, Cat, Horse or any one of many other animals we like to spend our time with.
Janste Photography Pet Photography provides you with the opportunity to have your favourite pets portrait taken by a professional photographer, with you included in your photographs if required, at one of your favourite local locations.
Taking a mix of candid photo shots to capture those special moments as you and your pet plays, those moments that show the love for each other that you can't capture yourself, and if your pet is happy to sit still, your pets portrait.
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