Sunday Sharing: Product Photography Made Easy

My dear friends, I have something to share. You might be doing this already, but you might not. I have been taking pretty cool clean bright photos, and I didn’t even need any light boxes or ring lights or fancy gadgets. The product photo comes out true to colour, and not much post production tweaks are needed. I don’t even have a DSLR. My camera is just a Canon G12. Time and sunlight don’t matter either. It can be noon or midnight for all I care. Before I start, let me just give all credit to my wonderful Mr Chloe Ash. Interested to know more?

Here are some samples of my photos taken using this method:

 

 

All you need is a bathtub. I kid you not. A bathtub and a flash. Below is my bathroom, with some mess from the children’s bath…

 

 

You place the product near to the edge of the bathtub so light will be bouncing off every angle. The flash attached to your camera shouldn’t be pointing directly at the product so the light won’t be too harsh. You can try pointing the flash toward the edge of the bathtub and let the light bounce off the angles. You could also let the light bounce off the ceiling for a diffused effect.

 

 

The resulting image from this is below, with no post production. In my opinion, this photo is a little overexposed, so what I do is to lower the power of the flash (or just lowering the ISO would do the job) and try again. When I’m satisfied with how it looks on my LCD screen, I’d take it to my computer for a little post production. Usually, it doesn’t take more than just tweaking a little brightness and contrast, just messing with the curves. That’s it! You can do all these on pixlr.com. Don’t even need Photoshop or Aperture or any other fancy programs.

 

 

So yup, here’s my little trick for taking my product shots recently. I’ve been so busy, I just cannot find the time to take photos in the day. Also, this, I reckon is much better than having a bulky light box and having  to crack my head where to store it. You could purchase a mounted flash from eBay for a small amount of money (around RM100) before investing in a good one.

I hope you’ll give it a try. A little creativity my husband thought of, and I hope this sharing helped you in your shots too! Do you have any other tricks up your sleeves that you don’t mind sharing? I enjoy good photographs in others’ blogs (bad ones really turn me off) and I try my best for my own blog too. I am still learning so any good advice or tips are much appreciated!

 

xoxo Lily

 

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  • http://thenotice.net Rae // theNotice

    Eee, you put up a post on this! ;o) I still can’t get over the fact that these shots were all taken in your tub — brilliant. You and your husband must make quite the clever pair! ;)

    • Lily

      Hi Rae! Good things are meant to be shared ;-) Well, I hope it’s worth sharing anyway. Did you try it with other sources for lighting? So far, I find flash to be most convenient. There are no plugs near the tub so I can’t try using normal light bulbs in place of the flash.

  • http://www.prettybeautiful.net xin

    nice! but the con is….you will need a bathtub LOL

    • Lily

      Yeah, really need a bathtub. I’m thinking what else can replace the tub…

  • http://www.mywomenstuff.com Paris B

    Excellent tip and photos look amazing! But am with Xin I’m afraid – tough for us sorts without a tub ;)

    • Lily

      LOL! I know… apparently tubs aren’t that popular locally. Someone mentioned the sink… I’m gonna give that a try. Haha!

  • Cynthia

    I am so amazed about this idea!! I can’t believe all these picture was actually taken from a bath tub. Sadly speaking, I do not have a bath tub at home. Lol!!

    • Lily

      There are quite a few people who are in the same predicament… no bathtub. I’m still thinking what else ca be used to replace that!

  • http://glittersmitter5.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-birthday-giveaway.html Nida

    omg its amazing!

    • Lily

      I know right? If you have a bathtub at home, you must give this a try ;-)

  • http://www.labmuffin.com Lab Muffin

    Genius! I wish my bathtub was always clean enough for this though :(

    • Lily

      Well, Lab Muffin, you really only need a very small space. Furthermore, you could always place a cloth under the products!

  • Gin

    THIS IS SO CREATIVE!

    hmm, i am thinking…for those without a bathtub…does basin works? XD

    hahahaha

    • Lily

      Hey Gin, I’m gonna try your idea! Maybe the basin does work! Well, maybe not… will give it a go and let you know :-)

      • Gin

        i think…if the basin is BIG enough… it probably will HAHAHAHA~~~~~~~
        looking forward to hear your experiment result!

        • Lily

          We’ll see… might be a little complicated, might be even easier! LOL!

  • BooBooNinja

    This is an ingenious idea. I think many bloggers will give this a go.

    • Lily

      I hope this helps and will somehow promote better photos. I love a good photo!

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    This is a great tip!! I would have never thought to use a tub and flash. Going to try this tip tomorrow…I’ll have to lay a white board on the bottom of the tub though because my tub is not as sparkling white as yours :P

    • Lily

      Oh, please let me know how it turns out, Becca! I’d love to know :-)

  • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com/ Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

    This is so cool! I totally wish I had a bathtub, but this will have to wait till we own our house. Great idea!

    • Lily

      Are you moving soon or still looking for your dream house?

      • http://mostlysunnybunny.wordpress.com/ Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

        I think the plan is to get one at some point next year! It’s hard to find one that you like and can afford in this area though, so we’ll see!

        • Lily

          All the best in house hunting! It is a fun process, especially the renovating part… but wallet bleeds, of course ;-)

  • http://thebestbeautyblog.com Ling

    I have a Canon G12 and I have a bathtub too :) Yay! Thanks for sharing this photography tip – love it

    • Lily

      Oh that’s awesome! If your bathroom is not bright enough then you might want additional flash…

  • http://galaxerie.blogspot.com Katherine Tealeaf

    Wow this is such a great idea! Although my bathtub is a weird coralish shade so I think I have to stick with a light tent. :(

    • Lily

      Hi Katherine, thanks for dropping by! You know, photos should turn out good even if it’s a coral background. Your flash has to be bright enough, and the background is usually washed out, to white. Have a try!

  • http://www.nicoletanpuiyee1998.blogspot.com Nicole

    Good idea Lily,thanks for sharing :D But like everyone said,i don’t have a bathtub!!! :’(

    • Lily

      That seems to be a common problem – people not having a tub. Maybe you should really give your sink a try. LOL!

      • http://www.nicoletanpuiyee1998.blogspot.com Nicole

        Haha,you should try it and let us know,cause mine will look weird cause my sink is in blue color now,my dad wants it that way lol

        • Lily

          We’ll see :-) I’ll definitely keep you guys posted if I tried it!

          • http://www.nicoletanpuiyee1998.blogspot.com Nicole

            Ok :D

  • Jennifer

    Haha, good one Lily. Thank you for sharing the trade secret :) I appreciate good photos in a blog because it is such eye candy. Good photos often bring the life out of the product, nevermind that sometimes the product wasn’t that great to begin with.

    • Lily

      Oh, ditto on appreciating good photos. I’m still trying to improve and it takes a lot of hardwork! I love reading other blogs and somehow, my interest fades if the photos are dark and blurry – even though the writing might be ok.

  • http://www.linhbitesbeauty.com Linh.C

    Hi, I found your blog from mywomanstuff.com :) Anyway I never thought about taking product photo in my bathtub. Thanks for sharing your great idea~

    • Lily

      Hi Linh, welcome and thanks for dropping by! I hope you find this idea useful because I have been stressing out less when there isn’t sunlight or when my weekends are too busy for photo taking. Basically, when you see bright photos like these with white backgrounds, yes, I took them at night using my bath tub. Lol!