Recently, I traveled to Hong Kong and China with my business plan to open a new online store. I realized that make money online with e-commerce store is my way to make profit on the Internet.
However, getting product photo on to the Internet is an expensive thing to do. Many companies hire professional photographer to take photos of the products. One of my suppliers spent 100K+ to hire photography agency and models present their products and make the catalog. It’s pricey.
I want to make my own tabletop photo studio. How?
I was looking for an easy to take photos by myself. I found companies selling tabletop photo studio for about US$300. It includes three tabletop lamps a fabric box. It’s very expensive. So I’ve decided to make one myself.
I would like to take a photo of cell phone like the one shown above. So I need something that I can use to create the tabletop photo studio. Here is what I came up with.
- One 22″x22″ box
- Some white fabric to cover the box
- Three lamps with 5500K color temperature energy saving light bulbs
So here you go!
I cut three big holes on the box, which I almost trashed. US$0.00
I cover the box with a white fabric I bought from Wal-Mart for US$5.00
I already have my Nikon D70S digital camera. I bought three 5500K 27W light bulbs (US$7.00/each) and three 10.5″ reflectors (US$9.00/each) from HomeDepot. I set two lamps on both sides of the box. I hold the third one on my hand and adjust the light angel to make perfect light behind the camera.
I attached few white A4 paper to make the interior of the box. So it won’t reflect the brown color of the box.
So. It costs me total US$53.00 to create my own tabletop photo studio.
This is the easy part. I have to adjust the camera to change setting such as white balance, etc. With a little adjustment in the PhotoShop software, I can make it almost perfect. Now. I can take nearly professional photos of my product like this one.
This saves me a lot of time and money. I can almost take photos of anything that fit into the box.