Let’s stop here for a while. How do you take excellent product photos? What equipment do you need? For the latter part, equipment, I have been browsing this great photography blog for a while and I actually acted on his purchasing recommendations, I bought a flash (Yongnuo YN-560 II) and will buy one more, including remote triggers. They are cheap and very effective. I don’t know how to set up multiple flashes just yet, but I will put up some kind of video or post about once I master it.
Flash photography techniques are very common in urban fashion photography, (characterized by: High exposure, sharp direct light on the subject).
(to the left: a good example of flash photography, note: I did not take this photo. To the right: My first attempt at mastering the flash using my dear wife as the subject matter).
I have been looking at “3 part lighting” techniques for product photos, which obviously implies 3 light sources, so I am seriously considering buying a third continuous light, which is intended for video, but should work well for product photography as well. (it’s called Yongnuo YN300-II and looks pretty badass). Why this mysterious brand Yongnuo? (try to say that 3 times fast), because it is cheap and works very well and was recommended by a professional whom I trust.
The last piece of the puzzle is a light tent. I found some good tutorials on how to use that key piece of equipment.
Product photography is just the start though, the video is the key behind any successful crowdfunding campaign. I found Indymogul, a fun youtube channel with advice on how to set up light and create cool videos on the cheap.
I will return with more once I learn more about the art of visual storytelling!
That’s all for today folks!