Product Photography on a Tight Budget

You've just created your own awesome handcrafted products and now you want to sell them on Etsy. Or you've been asked by a friend to take photos of their products. The above video shows us some techniques and methods of taking decent product photography with little to no budget.

While the video isn't 100% serious and is more of a fun skit than a tutorial, there are some interesting points you should take away from it. Here are some things you can learn from the video.

Lighting is Crucial

If you watched the video, you would of noticed that both the photographers spoke about light and getting the best possible lighting for their shot. Knowing how to light your subject well is a skill that you will develop with experience and time.

For example, the first photographer found a great spot for shooting his subject, but the sunlight was too harsh so he opted to wait. The second photographer chose to use two DIY diffused lamps to light up his subject which created a nice result.

Use a White Background

For a professional looking product photo, it is a good idea to use a white background. A sheet of white paper will suffice, and you can position it however you like. The white background is important because it helps direct people's focus towards your product instead of distracting them with elements of the background.

You Can Take High Quality Pictures Without a Studio

These two photographers were literally two dudes with a camera being creative and using their surroundings and resources. They were given 25 pounds each and one of them spent it all on food. The end results were quite good, especially considering the circumstances.

Be Resourceful

Learn to use and be aware of your surroundings. Whether it is using the sunlight as lighting for your photos or using your iMac as a prop for your sheet of paper, there are countless ways to use your environment to your advantage. Be creative with the resources given to you and think outside the box.

How You Use Your Equipment is More Important Than What You're Using

This video is a testament to the philosophy that you don't need thousands of dollars of equipment to be a good photographer. Obviously it helps to use the best equipment you can afford, but you don't necessarily need the top DSLR model to produce professional-looking results.

Photography Fundamentals Can Take You a Long Way

While this video wasn't 100% serious, you can tell that these guys know what they're doing. Knowledge of composition, lighting and camera settings will make you a much better photographer. If you find yourself struggling with these concepts, take the time to learn and understand them because it makes a drastic difference.

Try this Challenge

Repeat the challenge for yourself and see how well your photos turn out. Not only will it be a bit of fun, but it should challenge you and you might learn a thing or two.