Simple Tips & Tricks For Product Photography: Lighting / by plasticloafer

I just want to start off this post by saying that I am in no way a professional photographer, I just thought that I could share my tips for taking photographs of makeup and other products to help some of you fellow beauty bloggers! These are things that I have been guilty of doing and in time should improve your photography skills! The first and most important thing is lighting. Natural light is always the best option if you have it, and try to refrain from using flash! If you are using a flash you will find that most things you are trying to photograph will end up with a really harsh reflection. This is because the source of light is coming from one place, and it will probably leave parts of your photographs being over exposed and unbalanced. If you take photographs next to a window, so a lot of natural light is coming through, you will not suffer from nearly as much reflection and the photograph will feel a lot more natural. Make sure you have your back to the window and the product is facing you, otherwise you will have shadows.

The two photographs above were both taken in natural light. The photo on the left is not facing the source of light so it is casting a very harsh shadow and has added a lot of warmth to the palette. The photo on the right is in the exact same place, but has been simply turned around 180 degrees to face the source of light. You can see that it is so much brighter doesn't have a warm cast. This is one of the simplest tricks you can use to improve your photography.

If you do not have much natural light available, then you can simply adjust the exposure while you are taking the photograph. This is easily done in the manual settings of your camera and most smartphones!


You can see from the two photographs above how much of a difference it makes just to adjust the exposure ever so slightly. The first photograph isn't that bad but the second just has a brighter glow and looks a lot more appealing.

This can also be applied in the opposite way if the lighting is too harsh.

These two photographs were taken on a very sunny day and the lighting was way to bright. The first was taken without making any adjustments. The second photographs exposure was adjusted slightly to -2. This tiny change got rid of a lot of reflection and any discolouration.

Every single one of these photographs was taken without any flash, or extra lighting. It was just me, my camera and a large window.

I hope you have found this post helpful and maybe even taught you a couple of things. I would love to see your photographs so tag me in them on my instagram @plasticloafer.

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Nathan Dalby