learn the basics of product photography
How do you share your artwork? Want to improve your online applications? Up your Instagram game?
Many applications for online shops, galleries, and exhibitions now require high quality product images of your work – and artists are sharing images of their work through their social media platforms to connect with a wider audience and customer base.
Learn how to produce your own high quality images using a wide variety of tools – from high end DSLRs to smartphone cameras.
In this workshop series, we will go through the basics of product photography – from building your own lightbox and taking photos, to editing on your computer or smartphone for best results.
Each session can be taken individually, based on your interests, or as a series of 3 with a discounted price.
session 1: build your own lightbox
Duration: 2 hours
A lightbox is a product photography tool that helps you achieve better photos of your work. It provides a solid white backdrop and focused light for small to medium pieces. Most online retailers and galleries require artwork and products to be photographed with a white background for uniformity, so this tool will make the process easier and will require less editing.
In this workshop we will go through the importance of product photography, as well as demonstrate best practices for online gallery and retail submission images for your craft pieces. We will build 2 lightboxes in class and take some test shots.
If you’d like to build your own lightbox to take home, we can provide the materials for an additional $10 fee.
session 2: take a shot
Duration: 3 hours
In this workshop, we will review best practices for product photography, as well as the importance of having high quality photos of your work for online submissions.
For this session, you will need to bring your own digital camera. We will go over camera basics and the manual settings of your own camera. A DSLR is preferred but not required; if you don’t have one, please bring your smartphone or point-and-shoot camera.
We will have a demo session as well as tips and tricks to get the best photo of your work. You will practice taking a well-lit photo both with and without a lightbox (lightbox will be provided on site).
You are required to bring 5-10 pieces of your work to photograph. Smaller sized pieces are encouraged due to space limitations (no more than 1×1 ft).
Peer and instructor feedback will be provided throughout the session.
session 3: finish your photos
Duration: 3 hours
In this workshop, you will learn the basics of editing product photos. By the end of this workshop you will have 5-10 edited photos ready for online submissions and basic editing skills to produce your own photos at home.
We will have a short demo and guided exercises, where you will learn how to tweak your photos for best results. Then, we will provide personalized assistance while you edit your own photos.
For this session you will need to bring the following:
· Laptop computer (if you don’t have one, let us know as soon as possible as we have a limited number of computers to share).
· 10+ photos that you have taken of your work with a white backdrop.
· A usb flash drive with your photos if you don’t have a laptop.