This is a blog series where I share my most useful Product Photography tips. These tips will help you take better photos of your products whether you work from your studio, home office or kitchen table. Visit the blog every Tuesday to see a new tip. There are 20 in total and you can see all published tips under the category ‘Product Photography Tips’.
[07/20] Watch out for distortions
When photographing products one of most important things is to show the real dimensions of the products. Wide angle lenses (such as the ones in our camera phones) can make products looks a bit distorted, longer and shallower than they actually are.How to fix this? Zoom! On your phoneor compact digital camera zooming in a bit (up to a third of the way in) should fix this problem. Better still, if you’re using a DSLR you should be able to see your focal lengths on the side of the lens, Make sure it’s as close to the number 50 as you can be. That’s 50mm, which is the optimum focal length for product photography.This means you will have to step back quite a bit but trust me, it’ll be worth it!
Top tip: If you use a DSLR you can purchase a 50mm prime lens (prime means it has no zoom) and make sure you use it for all your product photography.
The wide angle (24mm) version of this photo makes it difficult to see that all bowls are different sizes. In the standard angle (50mm) version we can see that there is a small, medium and large bowl.
Did you give it a go? I’d love to see what you’ve done with this week’s tip.
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