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5 Tips for Taking Product Photos on a White Background

Have you ever wondered how people get amazing product shots on a solid white background? You know…the ones with jewelry, clothes, supplies, and so many other products. These pictures are professional looking, clean, simple, and don’t have much distractions around them.

It looks like it’s a difficult process that only professionals can do, but it’s actually really simple and anyone can do it!

With these quick tips, you’ll be taking quality product shots in no time. Scroll down below to get started!

Equipment + Prep

  1. Camera & Settings
    • Model: Most recommend a DSLR camera, but you can take great shots on your camera phone also.
    • ISO: Keep your ISO low depending on your lighting conditions and don’t exceed 400. This will keep a good focus and help to avoid a lot of noise.
    • Aperture: For images against a white background a lower aperture (like f/4.5 or f/8) is also best so that more light can come in. This gives you a well-lit photo with maximum details. (Also determined by current lighting conditions.)
    • Shutter Speed: Use a slow shutter speed to allow more light through to match the aperture. This means the lens will be open longer producing a well-lit image. (Remember slow shutter speeds can produce blurry photos so make sure your camera is stable.)
  2. Tripod
    • This isn’t necessary, but it does give you the ability to add more variety in your shots like taking overhead pictures. It’s also good for stabilizing your camera so it isn’t as sensitive causing blurry photos.
    • Remote Trigger: This works great if you’re using a tripod and don’t want to add any blurriness to your photos. Simply click your remote and take the photo without touching the camera.
  3. White Board Prep
    • There are a couple ways that you can set this up. You can set up a “sweep” which is a white backdrop with either plain paper, white board, or you can purchase a professional one that comes with a stand, or you can purchase a small lightbox.
    • A sweep is great to use because it’ll save you a lot of time in editing later on if you combined it well with your light source. The sweep will reflect white light onto your product giving you a well-lit photo.
  4. Lighting
    • Natural Lighting: There are a few ways to get natural lighting, but it all depends on what works best for you. Some set up their white background inside by a window, and others will go outside. If you’re using your window be sure to set up to the left or right of the product to receive indirect lighting. It’s also a lot cheaper than artifical lighting.
    • Artificial Lighting: You’ll need to have two or three lights/lamps to be able to light up your entire product. Two on the sides and one from above. There’s a lot more that goes into this and sometimes it’s easier to purchase an entire studio lighting kit than to purchase the equipment separately.
  5. Editing Tools
    • Once you’ve taken your photos then you can start the editing process. Open up Photoshop to outline your product, inverse the selection, then delete the background to make a solid white background jpg. You can also take it one step further and remove the white background to make a png which gives you a transparent background.
    • Don’t have Photoshop? You can also use other editing programs like Pixlr or Gimp.

Example Blog Articles for More in Depth How To’s for Product Shots on White Background:

  1. The Ultimate Guide to DIY Product Photography
  2. Pixc’s Ultimate Guide to DIY Product Photography
  3. The Ultimate DIY Guide to Beautiful Product Photography


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Kathy is the Marketing Coordinator at Photodex. She likes to be creative with photography and programs like Photoshop. What she thought was a hobby growing up became a career. She enjoys living in Austin, but also loves to adventure to new places.