How to Take Professional Product Photos With a Smartphone

Ever wish you could get professional-looking product photos from your cell phone? If you’re already a professional photographer, then maybe not. But if you’re into experimenting with your phone’s camera or you find yourself in a pinch (i.e. without your DSLR) and need to make some product photos, Household Hacker‘s video below is for you:

Tips for Better Smartphone Product Photography

Bokeh. The main idea behind this rather ingenious hack is a simple trick of simulating a shallow depth of field by placing bokeh in the background. Bokeh, which refers to circles or ‘blotches’ of blur in your background that are created when a camera lens renders out-of-focus points of light, is indicative of a shallow depth of field. By putting a photo of bokeh on a computer screen behind your subject, your product photo will appear to have a very shallow depth of field. (Via PetaPixel)

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A Cheap Setup for Smartphone Product Photography

Reflective surface. Find a household object to use as a surface for the product you’re photographing. Household Hacker used a shiny black magazine bin that produced attractive reflections.

Lighting. If you need more light, use a small, low-powered light to the left or right of the object. Cover the light with a paper towel diffuser (my favorite part of this hack!) to add that little bit of soft glow.

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This photo was captured with an iPhone.

Do you have any other smartphone photography “hacks” that can simulate the effects of a DSLR? We’d love to hear them!

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One response to “How to Take Professional Product Photos With a Smartphone”

  1. My question is…

    How can you assume people will not use any ‘bokeh’ image to take their smartphone product snap? You should remind your readers that they should check the copyright/IP of any image they seek to use as a backdrop for their images if they did not take it – or at the very least encourage them to create their own.

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