Last week Claire asked if I would share my product photography setup here on the blog. Today while shooting some new products for the shop (to be revealed next week), I snapped some photos of my setup too. It’s super fancy. It will blow your mind with its fanciness.
I take my product photos next to the big window in our great room. I like to photograph in plenty of natural, bright (but indirect) light. I make sure every artificial light source in sight is turned off. Even a lamp all the way across the room can mess up the color balance in a photo.
All I use for my setup is some foamcore, my signature backdrop fabric, and two big storage jars from my kitchen—weird I know, but they’re convenient to grab. Oh, and my camera. I’ve always used my Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens on my Canon 5D Mark II camera for my product photos.
I arrange my foamcore like so, using the storage jars to prop up the vertical pieces.
Here’s the back view. See? I told you it was fancy!
Then I drape my fabric over the back and bottom board, and I’m ready to break out my camera. The vertical board on the right is never in the photos, it just bounces light back onto the product being photographed. This keeps the shadows from being too harsh.
To get overhead shots, I just stand on a chair next to the table and lean over the product I’m photographing.
I’d love to have room for a permanent setup one day, but for now this works fine for me!