Sell More with Stunning Photos: Mastering Product Photography for E-commerce

by Zidza Katenga


Photo by Polina Kovaleva|

In the world of e-commerce, where the competition is fierce and attention spans are short, having captivating product images can make all the difference. As Hiral Jethwa points out in the podcast 'The Resilient Retail Game Plan,' product photography is akin to a shop window for your products. In this blog post, we will explore some essential tips for capturing eye-catching product images that will not only grab attention but also increase sales.

  1. Preparing for the Shoot:

Background and Location

Selecting the right location is crucial for product photography. Look for a spot with ample natural light, preferably near a window or outdoors. Remember, natural light is your best friend! Ensure that the area is clutter-free, allowing the focus to remain solely on your product. To create a professional look, opt for a neutral background, avoiding any distracting objects. Sometimes, using nature as your background can help convey an image of organic, adding more character to your product's image.


Photo by Karolina Grabowska |

Set up your Product:

Before taking the shots, carefully consider the angles, lighting, and placement of your product. Be creative and add props to give your product character and appeal. Nature provides a wealth of fantastic natural props, such as floors, sand, gravel, wood, or leaves. Utilise these elements to enhance the visual appeal of your product.

The Process of Capturing Great Shots

Adjust Lighting:

Position your product close to a source of natural light, ideally by a window. However, avoid placing your product in direct sunlight to prevent harsh shadows. If the light is too bright, use a sheer curtain to diffuse and soften it. Early morning or late afternoon lighting tends to be more flattering for product photography, so try to schedule your shoots during these times.

Take Multiple Shots:

To ensure you have a variety of options, take multiple shots of your product from different angles. This practice gives you more freedom when selecting the best image that effectively showcases your product's features. Remember, quality outweighs quantity, so focus on capturing high-quality images rather than simply taking numerous shots.

Enhancing Your Images Through Editing

Edit your Photos:

After completing your photo session, it's time to enhance and refine your images through editing. Adjust the exposure, contrast, and sharpness to ensure your product is displayed in the best light. Editing can help you achieve a consistent look across your product catalog.

Apps for Editing:

Numerous free apps are available with powerful editing tools that cater to both iOS and Android devices. Popular apps such as Canva, Snapseed, VSCO, Google Photos, Pixlr, and Photo Editing offer features like cropping, rotating, and adjusting exposure. Don't hesitate to explore these apps and find one that suits your editing needs.


Photo by Pavel Danilyuk|

By implementing these product photography techniques, you can transform your online store or website into an enticing virtual shop window that engages and captivates potential customers. Remember, preparation is key, and a well-thought-out approach to lighting, composition, and editing can elevate your product images to new heights.

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