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In Product Photography for E-Commerce, designer Dane Howard shows how to take professional-looking photographs that showcase products and build buyers' trust. Using a practical approach, Dane covers objects from collectible coins to real estate, and the lessons can be applied to just about anything that can be sold online. When it comes time to capture images in the studio, Dane discusses how to select a camera and other equipment on any budget. He shares his favorite tips and tricks for getting the most out of camera angles, backgrounds, and scene lighting. He reviews image editing basics, such as cropping and retouching photographs, and explains how to take a presentation beyond a 360-degree view with the integration of rich media.
Next, I invited Mary to talk to us a little bit about tall spaces. Now the tall spaces are that amazing feeling you get when you walk into a room. A lot of houses have this great quality where you have all the space above you. I said, "Mary, how do you actually pull that off in a photograph?" Here what she had to say. Mary Pope-Handy: So, when you have got something fabulous on the ceiling, like a vaulted ceiling, or wood beam ceiling, or something like that, and you really want it to show in the pictures, I try a couple of different things. One is, I would try simply getting down low and shooting high, so that you can kind of see the varied ceiling textures or whatever it is you have got going on, whether you have got skylights, or sun tunnels, or wood beams.
And another thing is I would try to get a stitching program, so that you can stitch a pan from floor to ceiling. And another option is to simply use a wide-angle lens. Although, those can distort pictures, they can be really helpful for rooms like a small bathroom, so that you get more than just a vanity and in this case, you can see how much space there really is from floor to ceiling. Dane Howard: The most amazing thing about walking around with a real estate agent, who is extremely talented and has done this for a living, is you will learn a lot along the way.
As I'm just sitting here, I'm learning a lot with her. So, as she's talking, I'm starting to adjust my movements. I turned vertically, I started to walk around the room, and I started to know something and watch something as I am hearing her talk. Now just by turning the camera vertical, I get some of this height. And just by walking, I started to realize something. Now, take a look at these two shots next to each other, which seems higher? To me, the one on the right seems higher, only because I am adjusting my angle and you can see here, look at the ceiling lines. These appear more flat, whereas these go straight up.
I've realized just by adjusting my camera angle, there are seemingly more height in this second shot, and I really liked what she was saying here. So, keep that in mind when you start to think about really lofted ceilings and to recapture that space, that 'ahh' feeling when you walk into a room.
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