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Product Photography for E-Commerce
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Product Photography for E-Commerce

with Dane Howard

Video: Tall spaces

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.
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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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Product Photography for E-Commerce
1h 46m Appropriate for all Dec 21, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the must-have features in a point-and-shoot camera
  • Creating a DIY photo studio
  • Adding audio to a product presentation
  • Shooting small, medium, and large products
  • Taking and publishing product photos with an iPhone
Subjects:
Photography Web Ecommerce
Author:
Dane Howard

Tall spaces

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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