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CRUSH Smartphone Photography: Shooting Products!

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Examples of Product Photography

    • 3. Making Your Products Camera-Ready

    • 4. Shooting on a Table

    • 5. Shooting in a Bathtub!

    • 6. Lighting Tips!

    • 7. Editing Your Shots

    • 8. Class Project & Wrap-Up!

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About This Class

Whether you're creating content for a magazine, or simply listing your clothes and accessories online, set your images apart from the rest!

I'm going to show you how to make professional product images using just your smartphone and a well-lit area in your home!

We'll cover:

  • Cleaning your products
  • Finding the perfect setting
  • Creative/Useful angles
  • Lighting the scene with what you have on-hand
  • A Step-by-step process to take your images
  • Editing your images for free on your phone!


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Hey there! I'm Storm. 

I'm a YouTuber, and Photographer. Thanks for checking out my profile!

I have a passion for creating professional, unique visual arts using budget gear.


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|>How to film and edit photos & videos on your smartphone

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|>Freelancing guides to help you succeed

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Storm. And today in this class, I'm gonna show you how to make a great product photography using your smartphone. It really isn't that difficult, but there are some tips and tricks that I've got to offer to help you take the best quality photos you possibly can from your own home and with your own phone. My wife and I have sold a lot of things online using our smartphones such as electron ICS, clothing and makeup. Since I have an interest in photography, my task has always been to take the product photos. And so I'd like to share some of my tips and tricks with you so that you can get started selling things or just taking product photos on your own straight from your smartphone from home. You don't need a studio. You don't need a lot of equipment. All you really need is just your camera on your smartphone as well as a couple areas in your home. That's kind of blocked off for your photos for just a few minutes as well. That's some good lighting, and I'll show you how to fake good lighting, even if you don't feel like you have a good lighting in the room or area that you're gonna be shooting in. So to take this class, all you're really gonna need is a desire to take product photos, some products to take photos up, a smartphone and a bathroom, a kitchen or a living room. So if you've got that, let's go ahead and get started. 2. Examples of Product Photography: So I'd like to start this class by sharing some product photos that have already taken so that you can kind of get a feel for the type of things that I've been able to do. Since my wife has sold a lot of products online, such as clothing or makeup, I use my smartphone to try and get some professional images. So, for example, I This clinic bottle here, But I actually did. Here is I just put the clinic bottle in the bottom of our bathtub. And then I tried to get the smartphone as close as I could. The camera as close as I could to the products. So you can also see this nice reflection on the bottom. That's kind of what I was going for. Another one I really like here is is this one. I tried to get different angles of this makeup, and then I ended up just changing up how I set it down to try and make it just a little more interesting. And just another example here is I love the reflection on this bare minerals so you can just kind of see the aesthetic I'm going for. I get a lot of inspiration from magazines and advertisements, and basically what I do is I just kind of rip off some of the ideas for how they position that the product. I'll just look something up online. See how the manufacturer has tried to advertise, item and then try to replicate at home just using what I have and is another example Here. Have an iPad that I sold on eBay. What I did was I didn't have a white background. I didn't want to put it in the tub. So what I did waas I took actually my my mats for my table, my dining table and on the backside. It's white. So what I did is I just put the white side down on the table and just tried to position it so that the iPad looked like he was just in the middle of nothingness. So now that you see the look I'm going for, um, let's go ahead and get into some of the techniques 3. Making Your Products Camera-Ready: to get a little bit of variety here. I'm just going to show you how to photograph a few things in this class. For example, this smartphone here this clinic looks like makeup palette. Also some bare minerals makeup as well as some hair product from lush, if you like. Since these textures air a little bit different, it might give us Ah, good idea of how I would shoot different items. So the first thing we're gonna do is go ahead and clean our items. So when you look at this smartphone, you can see there's kind of like a smudge line on the screen if you tilted in the light and it's good to tilt it around back and forth to make sure you see all of the blemishes on your products. So for something like this, for a Elektronik item, I don't really want to use water, so I'll just simply use a tissue. I'm just gonna rub on it. This is basically what you do if you had a smudge on your own phone screen, so it's nothing too crazy. But just like that, there's no smudges. And so, as you can see when we take photos of this screen, it's gonna look pretty professional without any fingerprints. That's basically what I go for when I'm photographing electron ICS. When it comes to make up, you can do the same thing. If you look up close, you can see if there's any makeup that's on it or any smudging as well. And he dirt. Same goes for the hair product here. We'll try and see if I can get this on camera. But there's some dust specks here on, so I'm just gonna try and get those off with the tissue here. One thing you can do is just put a couple of water droplets on the tissue and then, ah, dry it off. Then you should get to a point where it looks pretty brand new, more difficult. One is something like a makeup palette with a mirror, but it doesn't have to be difficult. We can use the same idea here with the tissue, have a little bit of water on this, and so I'm just going to run over it with the tissue. Try to get all of the makeup I can off of the mirror, especially as you can see, it's already looking better, but I'm going to clean up these edges. As you can see right here on the top corner, I hope you can see that there is kind of like a a smudge. I'm just gonna go ahead and try and get that off. If you have a micro fiber cloth that works really good as well, especially for for glass and mirrored items. But you can already see the mirror, especially looks like new at this point. So next we're gonna move into these little crevices here, basically, just clean it like you would clean, um, anything. Then she wanted to look spotless. And really, it will take some time to just get all of the finer details out. But eventually you should get something comparable to this. So now it looks almost brand new. Of course, you can see that's used, but if you're selling it used, that's totally fine. Now we move on to the top. You can't really see it head on, which is the great thing about cameras. But you can see there some smudges when you turn it in the light. And that's something we'll definitely see later when we're taking these close up shots, so it's just put some water on your tissue again. Just try to get those smudges out if necessary. Sometimes I'll use something like some Lysol wipes just because they do really great job of cleaning it, of course, doesn't have to be lice all just some, some sort of wipes. And he's gonna take the wipe and we get in there Same with the back. Then I'm gonna take another tissue. Just rub it really ARD. Then if you look at it from the side now, you can't really see anything. Of course, the back has some cracking from the tag, But again, just look at the plastic concedes completely clean, so that's really what we're going for. 4. Shooting on a Table: All right. So I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that the hard part is over. Really? The hardest part is trying to make sure that your products look good. You want to make sure that you can get all of the crevices clean, make sure that all of the collective surfaces air clean, sometimes again for micro fiber cloth or just your shirt. Just getting that little dust that will settle just in a couple of seconds off is a really great thing to do. And once you do that, you're really ready to find a setting to shoot in. It doesn't have to be difficult. And to prove that this is my dining table Got these two mats here, his coffee mats. Wonderful thing about them. You flip them on the other side and they're white completely white, and I'm sitting right next to window here, so I get some good window light. Natural lighting is great for this. As you can see here, we've already got a great place to Hugh. Let me go ahead and jump overheads. You can see kind of what we're looking Forest faras lighting its concern so as you can see we have our handy dandy Matt here. Um and you can kind of tell that there is a background on this man on the other side. You can see the coffee pot, but the great thing about the editing section that we're gonna go through later is going to show that as long as you've got ah, pretty white background, you'll be able Teoh edit that by lifting the whites through your smartphone. So later on, you won't have to worry about seeing the coffee mug. But I'm gonna show you how to take a photo of this smartphone here using this this setting so as you can see, it doesn't have to be very professional looking in your home. But when you get overhead, you can see that this looks pretty dang good. So I'm gonna go ahead and get my smartphone here and open up the camera app, and I'm just gonna go ahead and hover right above the smartphone with my camera here. But as you can see already, I'm running into an issue. You can see the phone perfectly in the image as well as you can see my blinds and what's on my ceiling. So I'm just gonna rotate everything so that where I position the phone, you can't see anything but the phone and there's no reflection. Basically, I'm trying to get rid of the reflection. It's not snap a shot right there. I'm gonna go ahead and flip it over on its other side. Now, I can go straight overhead because there's no real reflective area. I'll probably go ahead and get a side image as well, just showing the side of the phone gonna try and get it directly in the middle of the white . I'll get the other side. Well, all right. I think this is a really great setting to take photos of pretty much, um, any product you're going to throw at it. As you can see with the bare minerals here, this is gonna be pretty easy. Voted to take his well, just gonna hover overhead again. I like to make my images that square so that it's just consistent. And while you're in the camera app, you can actually tap and hold to focus on your product and then slide up or down to change the exposure. And you can already see without having you jump into an editing app how easy it is to get rid of any detail in the white. It'll just make all of that white. Take a photo like that, go ahead and go from the side here. That's the great thing about having a white background is you can kind of blow it out a little bit and then bring out some color in post. 5. Shooting in a Bathtub!: all right, so that's the first setting that you can try. But I'd like to show you an unlikely place to to shoot. That's really great for reflections and close up shots that will give you a white background without having to have any sort of backdrop, and that is in the bathtub. So let's go ahead and check out the bathtub. All right, So as you can see, we are in our bathroom or specifically next to you, our bathtub. And in this setting, I got the reflective clinic makeup palette that we just clean as well as the roots hair product for mush that is black. And I like the black on white because it shows a lot of contrast. But I'm also been like this area because of the reflection from the clinic. So I can show you that it is possible to photograph mirrors and reflective surfaces in a way that still is professional. So now zoom in and kind of show you my thought process behind all this. Okay, so one of the things I really enjoy doing is putting reflective surfaces directly on the lip or the edge of your top, because what you're getting here, especially if you have a white shower, is you have a white tub on a white shower background. And so as soon as you play something in front of it, you just get and as soon as you put it in focus, you just get a completely white background, as you can see here. Now, the great thing about this, especially if you have a white tub because you can play with the angles, you can go up high, you can go down low, you can go to the side. And as long as you've cleaned your product like we talked about before, you can get some really creative angles. Now, the great thing to remember obviously, is not to shoot directly on, because if you shoot directly at your subject, you might get your camera. You're gonna want to go a little bit, offset. As you can see, I have a white wall as well. That is kind of reflecting, so keep that in mind to another great thing you can do is setting it directly in the tub, because if your tub is completely white, it's gonna pick up those white reflections when you try to take photos, and this is what I find to be the most professional looking shot. So let's go ahead and try and get some of those. So I understand trying get real close, get a side view as well as kind of an overhead shot, and I'll try. And last year again looking out for those reflections. Just my exposure. No, great. An overhead shot. All right, let's go ahead and give roots a shot. As you can see now that we have no reflective surface surfaces, it could really get creative. Just put it in the middle of the frame here, down my explosive just a little bit, and you can see that in the background. We're not only getting this line here in this line here, but also the line right behind it so you can kind of play with your angles. Make sure it's and focus. Don't want the background to the super right, just enough to get some texture and then an overhead shot. It's super easy in the tub because you can just go straight overhead, snap it and you're good to go 6. Lighting Tips!: The next thing I like to discuss is lighting your scene. So, as you saw earlier when I was using my table on my placemats, I was just using the natural lighting that's coming in here from our window. But I also have a light on in the kitchen as well. It's really a good idea to try and get as much light as you can in the scene now, if all of your lights are different, colors usually doesn't make a big deal if you have a white background, because when we edited and post, it's not gonna make a huge difference. But if you don't have the lighting from a window or you're shooting at night, you can just use a table lamp or to you. And what I tend to do sometimes with those is I'll take a sheet of blank printer paper and just put it in front of the light. Of course, beef super careful about this so that you don't start a fighter, but a so long as you have something to diffuse the light so it's not too powerful that can usually make some nice light on your products as well. When it comes to the bathroom. I had some really crappy lighting in there. The light is really, really hot yellow, and it's also kind of dark in there. But if you just use the idea that I mentioned earlier, where you tap and hold the middle of your frame and then scroll up to get a little bit of brightness in your image, it can really be a pretty good option for you. 7. Editing Your Shots: Okay, so now that you've taken your images, you cleaned your products, found a setting, and you start taking your photos. Now it's time to go ahead and edit our images. Now, if you shoot them really well, you watch out for your shadows to try and get your lighting in your background as good as you can. You're not gonna have to do a lot of editing, but you might have to edit a few things. So let's go ahead and do that. So one of the absolute really love to use to edit is Visco Cam. It's free for iPhone and Android, so go ahead and check it out in the APP store. Let's go ahead and launch the app Now. Once the APP is open, we can hit the plus sign at the top right here to add our images. You can see the images we took just recently, so I'm gonna go ahead and add this top right one, this makeup palette and let's say this phone import the bottom and you can see import successful. So let's go ahead and edit one of photos. So the 1st 1 we're gonna try is the roots hair treatment. So let's go ahead and go to the bottom left and hit the slider icon, and this is where you start to edit. So let's hit the slider at the bottom left. I want to bring up the exposure because it's looking up into dark. Let's go ahead and bring that up pretty good. Let's use the contrast slider to bring out the black a little bit on the white. That looks good. You could see it still kind of cream colored. It doesn't look very professional. When white isn't white, it's scream. So let's go ahead and slide over here. Toe white balance really orange and turn that into slide that towards this blue side and I could see the white is more like a true white with no orange tones or horrible lighting situation going on. So I think that's a great image. Just go ahead and just hold our finger down in the middle and you can toggle between before and after, and I really think that looks a lot better. Let's go ahead and it saved the top right. Let's no hit the top three icons on the right side to save to camera roll and now we've got a brand new image which I think looks miles better. All right, let's go ahead and move on to our next one. So this is the makeup palette. Bottom left, icons the sliders again to start editing. And in this app, you can actually use these filters here. I don't really tend to touch them because I like Teoh, uh, edit my stuff on my own through my own taste. But if you ever want to play with these, this is great for just kind of getting a good starting point. Or if you're looking for a certain aesthetic or look, you can kind of start there, but I'm gonna go back here just regular and let's go down to the slider icon again. Used the exposure slider to bring it up just a tad. I could use the contrast just to make some good separation there Still looking a little cream color. It's just white balance. Perfect. Let's go to the S s tone, which is highlights and shadows because highlights look a little blown out. So let's just slide that down just a tad. Now if we tap in the middle, what I'm doing here is just tapping like that to toggle between before and after again miles better. So let's go ahead and save that safety camera roll actual size. Good looking photo. Finally to show you some electron ICS editing. Let's go ahead. Move onto phone here. It looks pretty good so far, But again, we're gonna have to try and get rid of the background of the coffee mug, so I'll show you just how to do that. Go back to the slider on the bottom, hit the slider again. Exposure. Bring that up. That's almost gonna do it. I just want to get enough detail on screen there. Next, I'm gonna go to contrast again, and you can see it's pretty much all gone there in the background. And I think since this phone is silver and black, but it looks like it's got a little bit of the orange tone that's kind of spilling over, probably from our table. I'm just gonna go over here to this saturation and drop that down to make the image black and white, almost black and white, just to get rid of this kind of orange tinge that's happening on the right side of the photo before and after. So not a drastic change, but I think it's a pretty, pretty solid image. Save and saved camera roll. Go ahead and take a look. Are three images we've got. This one looks pretty, pretty solid. This one and this one. I think they look pretty good, don't you? 8. Class Project & Wrap-Up!: so thank you for enrolling in my class. I really hope that you found it useful and something that can help you. Hopefully, if you're taking any product photography for website or selling some products online, this can help you to do that pretty quickly and easily. You can obviously apply these photography tips for pretty much anything that you're taking a photo of inside. Especially if you want to eliminate background or your training. Take a close up shot of something. Obviously, the cleaning tip is going to be useful for that. But I'd really love to see in the class project what? You've been able to come up with your own smartphone and just kind of give us an idea of how this class helped you if it did at all. So I really appreciate you showing up and watching. And I guess we'll see you in the next class. Thanks.