What should the distance be from the item when taking a picture?
This article is fantastic and helpful. For years I’ve been building my companies websites which included taking pictures of the items. I’ve always been confused on how close I should be to the items. I take pictures of telephone headsets and as you can imagine they can’t stand up on their own. That alone has been a challenge. I’m starting to use a new eCommerce site to build a new site and would the thumb nail pictures are not consistent and I know it’s because I’ve use difference distances from the items. I have a photo box now and would like to start retaking retaking pictures. So I have two questions. Can you tell me the what kind of bulbs I should use in the lights for the photo booth? Can you suggest a distance between the camera and the item? Thank you!
A photo booth and tripod makes it easy to catch consistent product shots. For distance, with a standard camera or cell phone camera and lens, 12″ to 18″ is a good rule of thumb. This catches details on items of this size without distorting the perspective.
For indoor product photography, use 5000K daylight/cool white bulbs to provide a wash of light that’s very close to natural light. You can find these on Amazon. Also, the company that you purchase the photo booth from should offer bulbs and a light setup designed to work with your booth.
Per your thumbnail sizes, if you crop all of your images to the same size, regardless of the distance used for the shot, your thumbnails should all be the same size.
I hope this helps. Be sure to check out the DIY photography tips in our Product Photography Guide. Good luck!