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Collectibles and toys

From: Product Photography for E-Commerce

Video: Collectibles and toys

Shooting toys can be a lot of fun. A couple of things that think about, though, is that amount of effort that you put into it and what you get out of it is going to be most critical. That's every trade-off of any type of seller. Now, you've all seen an image like this and this is really what they call the 'Lot'. This is just a collection of toys that are usually dumped out onto the floor. This is the easiest thing to do. You might see this. Well, a little extra effort put into the shots will get you and your buyers drawn into the shots a lot more.

Collectibles and toys

Shooting toys can be a lot of fun. A couple of things that think about, though, is that amount of effort that you put into it and what you get out of it is going to be most critical. That's every trade-off of any type of seller. Now, you've all seen an image like this and this is really what they call the 'Lot'. This is just a collection of toys that are usually dumped out onto the floor. This is the easiest thing to do. You might see this. Well, a little extra effort put into the shots will get you and your buyers drawn into the shots a lot more.

Now, let's talk about this shot right here. The time it took just to lay them out was, you know, not that big of a trade-off. What you really want to do is think about a consistent shot that you can repeat over and over for the same amount of time it took to create this. Let's talk about that. Here's a pretty typical shot. A photo tent allows me to set up a light on the left and a light on the right. Once I've done this, I can set a mark and set the PEZ dispenser on each and every single one of them in the exact same spot. I have the aperture wide open, which gives me a really nice selective focus.

And I can get the color. I can get this really nice effect on every single shot. I don't have to change my settings and I can just bang these out. Well, depending on how deep your inventory is, this is going to trade off amazingly well when you start to see them all lined up and your buyers will absolute benefit from seeing the detail and all the individuality. Now, look how far we've come. This is a fantastic shot and you can do something like this just to check the consistency by going into Photoshop, going into their Automate feature and viewing the Contact Sheet.

This is very helpful when lining up a bunch of inventory that you might have and there's an opportunity with toys that just about any other product is not really going to have and that's the sense of play. Now imagine a piece of furniture. You are going to want put it in the context, or in an environment where it may be experienced. Well with the toys, this is a little bit more freedom. You can take it outside and a shot like this goes underneath the actual tree, in the shade. Remove some of this direct sunlight. You're going to get a really nice selective focus shot like this or perhaps you're going to actually set up a little extra little thing.

Put the characters next to each other. This can be a lot of fun. You may have a collector that's thinking "What year is it? What's the quality "of the item?" Or you may have a mom or dad that's trying to get a type of toy for little Tommy. So, think about this as you kind of set things up in the sense of play and you can always get this great sense of detail. Here you've got something that speaks to a collector. You can put the make, the model, the quality, all that can be in there in the context of something that is it a quick, little five minute shoot outside underneath a tree. Now the details that matter are going to be most important to draw them even closer to your products.

So like with the doll, like this, you are going to want a pull out just at the details that matter like the dress or you want to pull up the hair or the make, or the model. So, this is really critical and like always, just like this little, tiny dog, put little things in context, like we remember, put the little things that help portray the size. So, use these techniques to actually start to paint a nice picture of a sense of play for the toys that you shoot.

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  1. 1m 11s
    1. Introduction
      1m 11s
  2. 10m 6s
    1. Point-and-shoot photography
      4m 45s
    2. Digital SLRs and lenses
      3m 19s
    3. Additional equipment
      2m 2s
  3. 8m 54s
    1. Keeping it simple
      56s
    2. Angles, triangles, and cropping
      1m 4s
    3. Getting great close-ups using macro
      45s
    4. Adding context with backgrounds
      42s
    5. Using live models
      1m 29s
    6. Using diffused, natural light
      47s
    7. Turning off the flash
      29s
    8. Using a quick setup and tear down
      52s
    9. Shooting multiple images
      1m 5s
    10. Keeping it human
      45s
  4. 10m 44s
    1. You CAN do this!
      45s
    2. Build it yourself for $10
      6m 4s
    3. Build it yourself for $30
      1m 17s
    4. Using the EZCube ($100)
      2m 38s
  5. 5m 1s
    1. Equipment choices and price ranges
      2m 47s
    2. Positioning and assembly
      2m 14s
  6. 7m 28s
    1. Shooting like a trusted seller
      2m 20s
    2. Establishing trust with audio
      2m 25s
    3. Beyond the 360 view
      2m 43s
  7. 10m 29s
    1. Tips and tricks
      1m 41s
    2. Coins
      3m 9s
    3. Jewelry
      2m 31s
    4. Collectibles and toys
      3m 8s
  8. 15m 0s
    1. Clothing, shoes, and accessories
      10m 53s
    2. Glass and transparency
      4m 7s
  9. 21m 9s
    1. Shooting larger stuff
      4m 40s
    2. Real estate curb appeal
      3m 48s
    3. Living spaces
      4m 46s
    4. Panoramas
      1m 7s
    5. Kitchen spaces
      1m 45s
    6. Tall spaces
      2m 7s
    7. Special features
      1m 57s
    8. Real estate photography overview
      59s
  10. 16m 35s
    1. Cropping and adjusting
      4m 53s
    2. Retouching
      5m 10s
    3. Using your iPhone as a publishing platform
      6m 32s
  11. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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