Today I’m showing off this new batch of large artist’s pouches as I discuss product photography.  
First, I’m so enthusiastic about the new pouches because they hold so much and are, in my opinion, ideally sized for so many different things.  I have a large one which holds all of my markers and I have another, smaller one on my wish list for holding my girlie things inside my larger tote.


Product photography – the bane of our existence, right?  I have been through it all and am still in a constant state of change and attempted improvement.  All of my pre-December photos were taken using  a point and shoot and with the right circumstances, photos from a p&s will turn out fantastic.  I have to admit, however, that since I upgraded to a Canon T2i I am able to get so much more out of my images.  
What I’ve learned so far about product photography?  


If possible, show the item with a model for size reference.
Notice, also, that I gave the bag center stage by making everything else black and white.
In other words, keep it simple. 


Show the item in use.


Show a basic, front on shot.


Have some fun with Picasa and make a collage, using one side for  the item description.
This can also be done in Powerpoint.
Combine two or more photos to create a photo collage.
Again, I’m clearly no expert.  Just a girl pulling my hair out trying to get the right shot.  
What’s your favorite way to see or shoot product shots?
Any tips or tricks you’d like to add?


  • Love your intro’ artist’s pouches, rustic and useable. I like long narrow, nothing’s buried down too deep to find quickly. Nice fabrics and like the leather thonging tie on the zippers too. Great product photography using collages too; neat post!

  • I love those pouches…I’ve been so loving clutches and small bags and yours are perfect. Thanks for the photography tips….. Your things always look so good!
    Happy day to you

  • I love my little pouch :-)Like you, I used a point and shoot until recently when I got a nikon d3100. You can get a lot more depth with it but it takes some getting used to and backing up from little things more than you do with a point and shoot. I found that if I play with the exposure settings I get some really good representative color shots if I shoot in natural daylight but on a ‘cloudy’ setting in my south facing windows. Nice post with some great tips.

  • Those pouches are really nice…I can almost feel the fabric and sturdiness in my hands. Thanks so much for the great photo/posting tips… I think you are much more advanced than you give yourself credit for! Your photos are always wonderful and stunning! 🙂

  • I think you are a master whiz when it comes to product shots. I think it varies for the type of item you are doing and you have to find a style that works for your esthetic. I am not fond of shots of my jewelry with too many props. Lately I have been using the backdrop of a few worn old leather covered books. That works for me. Doesn’t distract the way a large silk daisy would, and certainly fits my esthetic. I can see the appeal of a model for pictures, but since I am not the model type and no one I know will be with me in my basement at 1:37 in the am then I do what I can with the slate tile that I have. 😉 Your pictures, especially the bw ones with the focal color on the bag, always draw me in. I have recommenced stalking you again for the perfect bag (not that the bag I have isn’t perfect, just that I am delighted to see your bags resurface again!) I will also reiterate that I think you need to design a totable tool bag for all our jewelry making pliers and such. You know I would be first in line to get that!
    Enjoy the day, Miss Lori!

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