Category: Cinematography

The Key To Taking Great Product Photos

Going off our most recent post, I thought it would be a good idea to continue writing blog posts about techniques that you can start with today.

While selling items online can be a great source of income, you won’t be able to make much without good photos. No one wants to buy an item that they can’t see.

Thankfully, if you follow these simple tips, you’ll consistently be able to snap the perfect pictures of the items you’re selling.

Choose The Right Background

A messy or distracting background can be a big turn-off the buyers. Not only does it look unprofessional, it can make it much harder for people to see the details of the item.

It’s always best to photograph items in front of a white background. While a white wall is normally fine, hanging a white sheet can help people to get even better results.

Lighting Is Key

The difference between a mediocre photo and a great one is usually the lighting. A light source will make a photo less clear, and can make an item look a lot worse.

Check out these examples of product photography

If you have a room with a lot of natural light, you may want to take photos there. It’s easy to take attractive photos if you have a lot of sunlight.

If you don’t have access to things like this, placing lamps around the item you’re photographing is key. Experiment with different lighting setups until you find one that works for you.

Don’t Overdo The Editing

A little bit of editing can really clean up a product photo and make it look more professional. However, if you edit a photo too much, you’re being misleading to customers. In addition, an obviously-edited photo can be a turn off.

Make sure you keep things simple when it comes to editing. The more natural your photo looks, the better.

Anyone can take great photos on products if they keep these simple tips in mind. If you’re looking for some more tips check out this link below:


The Finer Points Of Cinematography

This is the first in a series of #centurycinema101 posts where I try to dig deeper into the finer points of cinematography.

When you go and sit in the movie theater, you see cinematography come to life. It unfolds from scene to scene showing how to director used tricks to create an entire story. Each scene has a story behind it where the director purposely did things to interact with the audience. It is a big reason for why they get paid the big bucks. It is an art where you have to be persistent as a director or the scene won’t justify the message being relayed to the audience.

Some of the best directors have suggested advice such as the tips below for what you should be doing.

Subconscious Control Through Lighting

Ever seen a sad scene and how the lights are manipulated to convey that particular emotion. The lights start to darken and everything becomes grim. It is done on purpose and is not an accident. It lets the audience know this is a sad scene/moment in the movie.

They are then able to cause that emotion to spark inside the audience and make the words and actions in the movie look even sadder. It is important to play with the subconscious mind that uses light as triggers.

Spatial Awareness

If you are hoping to get good shots as a cinematographer, you will need spatial awareness. It is not just about what is in front of the camera, but what is behind it as well. You need space to move around and get the high, low, and middle shots that are needed.

You might not be planning to take high or low shots, but anything can happen and you do want that option in your back pocket. It will give you more control and as a cinematographer, spatial awareness can do a lot for your movie.

If there is one movie-related issue people do end up not know what to do about, it would be the details. How do you get those transitions to flow? How do you get the words to be said right to evoke emotions that can push the story? How can you make a scene look even better through suggestive changes?

The cinematography is not easy, but you end up making it even harder when you don’t look at the finer points of the craft. If you looked, it would lead to movies that are up for awards in the end.