You can never go wrong with bags, as long as the photos have a wow effect on buyers eyes and also clearly relay their purpose. Crafted in many shapes, sizes, materials and colors, bags are a timeless accessory be it a handbag, tote bag, laptop bag, purse, backpack, shoulder bag or case. The secret to harnessing their all year round demand is to use compelling, high definition product images to drive and convert traffic. These are however not easy to come by as bag photography poses some unique challenges that only professionals get through easily. Here, take a look at a few great bags shots from our Amazon clients**** and read on for some tips on how we achieve such.
There are three ways of shooting bags. The most common way is standing alone on a table top or other flat surface. Bags may also be shot hanging from a string suspended on a hook or rod that is not visible within the frame. Models can be used for contextual shoots to enable buyers relate with the item for example a photographer may have a model hiking while carrying a camping bag.
Recommended Equipment for product photography shot
Stuffing of bags is a common trick used to solve multiple bag photography challenges. For instance, giving limp bags stability to stand on their own on a surface, achieving a defined fuller shape, keeping the material looking smooth and fold free for the camera and also showing viewers the capacity. However, moderation is key. An overly stuffed bag will have a distorted unnatural appearance. Besides not all bags necessarily need it. Some are well framed.
The good old white backdrop is perfect not only as a requirement by e-commerce sites but also as a contrasting background for a variety of coloured bags. It makes any bag pop whether standing alone or flatlay. Speaking of flatlays, appropriate props must be used to depict the bag in context when doing a lifestyle shot. A beach bag for example will look attractive as well as communicate its use alongside some sunglasses, floppy hat and a bottle of sunscreen.
Getting the lighting factor right brings out the best in your photoshoot. Beautiful well lit pictures of bags are highly dependant on proper reflection and bounce control of either natural or studio light. Dim rooms, night time shots and outdoor shots under direct sunlight are a recipe for harsh shadows, distorted colors, dull photos among other undesirable effects and are a definite no.
It is essential to capture as many close up details as possible apart from the front and side view. The strap for instance if long, may be suspended or laid down on the surface. Other critical features buyers are interested in are the material texture, stitching craftsmanship, studs or embellishments if any, closure systems such as clasps and zippers, embossed patterns and an aerial view of the interior compartments and lining.
Post production editing is a final but crucial step in keeping the films consistent and flawless. Retaining the same shape and size of frames though out is appealing. During photography session, marking where the bag is placed as well as the tripod and using the exact same spot for subsequent pieces achieves consistency and lightens the burden when editing.
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