Photography Tips: Product Photography At Home

by Staff April 7, 2017 at 3:02 pm

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  1. Just my immediate reactions: I was missing some shots at the table, where all the jars and all the elder flowers are in the picture. The setup looked so promising, and we only got a corner of it. If the task was to create a vertical poster, then perhaps the setup should have been different. Maybe with the flowers below and the other jars above and behind the jar in focus.
    More importantly: Jars on a shelf HAVE to be absolutely 100% vertical! Top leaning out, and we won't look at the product name or anything, because we'll be busy worrying that they're going to fall or slide off the shelf! We have to be absolutely relaxed that the jars are safe! Even your "straight" shot is leaning – look at the left edge of the etiquette! To me that's much worse than a slanted horizon. Don't forget that we see the jars slightly from below, so the right side of the jars should be leaning back ever so slightly to appear vertical – it's a bit like shooting a tall building with walls that seem to be leaning inwards towards the top.

  2. WOW !

    There are guys on youtube who show off their $100k+ fancy photo gear and studio, they are up tight but their results are poor and you learn almost nothing from them, while your natural, simple vids, your work with any tool you get are simply genius.

  3. While I quite enjoyed this tutorial and learned a thing or two about the use of aperture from you and lighting from the stage manager of the Bolshoi Ballet, , I didn't quite understand why you tilted the shots in the second session (dresser) and why you let the belly of the jug interfere with the shot. Also, would this shot not have come out better in the landscape format from a little less angle, so that the viewer could clearly see the make of the product? Perhaps the labels on the jars could have faced the camera instead of straight front. Still learning, not criticizing.

  4. Mike, thank you for saying, "I am shooting on a crop sensor, for those of you worrying about that sort of thing" because I always have felt that I needed a full-frame camera, as most photographers seem to push that. However your photos always look awesome, and it does not matter what camera you use. Again, it is the photographers talent that matters. I am now content with my Canon 550d and see no reason to upgrade. THANK YOU!!

  5. Just wanted to let you know, now that i've been through about 90% of your video's, that they are really really great. I've been Youtubing a lot looking at all kinds of tutorials but i have never come across something like your channel.
    You're great listen to and i really get the feeling you are trying to learn us something whithout being a commercial pr*ck (pardon my french). It has been an absolute delight watching your channel. And i will be purchasing your seven building blocks course after the hollidays.
    hope to lots and lots more video's comming up to improve my photography skills

  6. I ALWAYS get more info from this guy in 10 minutes than every other channel can give in hours. To the point, no fluff, clear to understand, great video and nice sense of humour. I bought his course from his website – worth at least five times what I paid. Great stuff. Wish he would do something on photographing t-shirts as trying to get great images is driving me round the bend (hint hint).

  7. Great video Mike! Love your style of presenting. It's great seeing the results of the different settings rather than trying to picture them in your mind. Keep up the great work!

  8. Your YouTube channel is just brilliant. I'm 28 and have just bought my first Dslr camera and want to get into photography more. The thought of all the work that goes into getting great images is a daunting thought along with having the courage to walk about busy areas taking photos, after watching many of your videos though Iv built up more courage and have a much bigger understanding on what makes a great picture. Iv got it out my head that it isn't my camera making the picture. It is I and the camera is just my tool. I practice everything you preach and it is working great for me

  9. Hi Mike. Nice video as always. I'm not to much into tilted versions on the jars – it creates the illusion of everything falling down. 
    Thanks for your tips; i have learned so much from your videos!!!

  10. I use a 70-200 on a crop and I'm fine with it. I don't understand why people have such a problem with stepping forward or backwards just a bit to compensate. Great video.

    Thanks from Chicago

  11. I'm a big fan of Mike's photography tuition but I'm sorry. I'm now CLIMBING THE WALLS each time he says, "Going On". We've got some orange going on here. There's some sky going on there. Got some plants going on. Arghhh!!!  It's called a word whisker and no professional presenter should allow word whiskers to continue. (Not one who has been "presenting to camera since 2003" anyway;)
    Forgive my petty pedanting but I just can't take it any more…
    (Maybe it's an autism thing, I'm sorry if that's the case)

  12. Never stops amazing me Mike. You can take something as simple as jam and make an amazing picture of it. I wish I had half the artistic eye that you do…lol

    I havent touched my camera in over a month cause of an artistic block. And all the images I am thinking up, I cant get the locations, people, props, etc, together to do them. But now im looking at my cupboard a bit differently…lol

  13. Mike you're one of a few professional photographers  that admits to using a crop sensor camera, most pros say oh when you go pro you must go full frame I think that is a bunch of bull.Keep up the great work and teaching us laymen the proper way to use our equipment and take better photos.Thanks Mike.

  14. Hi Mike – love all the videos.
    A reminder for shooting the next one is

    When using a tripod and the Nikon 70-200 VR /VRII version – remember to turn off the VR function – the camera and lens combo will serch for vibrations …but using a tripod and Mup – there are none.

    alle the best

    Thomas

  15. +Mike Browne Cant seen to find your page on facebook, any chance of posting a link to it?
    Also, what sort of post production would you do on a shoot like this?
    Been a watcher for a few years now and loved your interview with the photography show. Trying to save up to get on one of your courses. You are one of my inspirations in photography, the other being your friend Bella West.
    Anyway, please keep up with the videos, everything I know about photography I have learnt from you.

    Thank you Mike.

  16. Great vid, and I learned from it… but really, as a guy as I am, Jen is a hottie. Lucky for her that I am 5,000 miles apart from her current location.

    Addendum 1: Watched the vid again. It struck me that I have learned over my use of a digital camera, something I would never have done when using film, is I take many variations of the same basic comp. Also, I have learned to always leave a small percentage to all sides.

    Addendum 2: Jen has quite a nice smile, but also a good focus/seriousness. Good for her.

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