After watching series of our Studio Photography Insights G+ Hangouts I’ve noticed common mistakes photographers do, and created this post to highlight them and help to solve based on eight examples. These images I have selected form our weekly assignments submissions, done by our hangout and assignments participants.
These are very easy and fat fixes, but they change the final look drastically.
1. Not White Enough Background
If you choose to have a white background, it should be white, not grey. If you want grey background it should be more pronounceable grey, better with a gradient.
2. Uneven Horizontal Line (not leveled shot)
Use level to make sure your table and camera are horizontal. After the shot, you can use guides in Photoshop to check a horizontal line. It should be strict horizontal, unless it was planned to be different.
3. Not Clean(ed) Photo
Make sure you clean all the dust, imperfections, sensor dirt spots and uneven gradients. An image looks very unprofessional with all this stuff on it.
4. Not Enough Contrast
Use Level or Curves in Photoshop to add contrast to your subject. Contrast will make your photo pop.
5. Not Bright Enough what should be Bright and Contrast (text on the labels, ornament, watch hands etc.)
Use Dodge tool, or Dodge and Burn Technique to make part of the subject be brighter where it is needed.
6. Wrong White Balance
Adjust a white balance in Adobe Camera Raw or using Curves in Photoshop. I’ve added brightness and contrast to this image as well.
7. Not Correct Perspective
Unless you have ability to tilt and shift your lens, use transform tool to correct perspective.
8. Not Realistic /Not good looking Reflection(s)
Unless you have a separate shot for a real reflection, it is better not to have a reflection at all. Example is below: I’ve left just a little reflection form the stones to give an idea about reflectiveness of the surface, but removed the rest of it. Even though it was a real reflection (sorry, we though it was fake at first), it took to much attention from the subject.
Hope this will help you guys to understand that post production is extremely important in product photography, and it is not wise to EVER post images as-is, even if you got a pretty good result out form a camera.
Good luck, Genia:-)