One of the most important things for me is that my images look great.
I know many of you are Furniture refinishers, Crafters and Store owners. Space and money are at a premium - so I got together a suite of products. Everything you need to create those 'Scroll Stopping' Photographs! Champagne results on lemonade prices!
I am not a photographer, nor am I a stylist, or lighting specialist. I do, however, have a smartphone. And I do have access to the Internet. So I spent quite a lot of time looking for the 'Perfect' kit for myself.
When I say a lot of time, I mean weeks. Things sit in my 'shopping basket' for literally 3 months. I just can't bring myself to hit 'Buy'. I'm what you might call spend shy!
But reality bites, and I needed kit. I needed it to cost very little and I needed it to be space saving when not in use.
So I did the research.
I often create a lot of video content and very often take images of work in progress.
I make 'How To's' and 'Instructionals'. I have to use my basement for photography. It is dark. It has a low ceiling. The lighting is terrible!
We call it 'The Hovel'.
So I need a space. A corner. I need good lights and I need it to look like daylight. Plus I have only my iPhone.
This is my basement, in the middle of the day when the sun is shining, (the lights are on):
The photos below were taken in my basement, at 10 pm. With my phone.
They are just test snaps - but show the right equipment goes a long way to getting great results.
What do you need?
hese are my 'Picks'. Tried and tested, by me, to use with my smartphone .
The number one thing, when choosing a phone you will be using for pictures or video, is to go for the very best quality camera available.
First things first...get a wish list together. This was mine.
Honestly - this is ALL you need to get some very nice shots, even in the dark. There are of course always things you can add - filters for your lights, remote 'clicks' etc. But for less that $250 you can get a home photography studio that should work pretty well.
I am no pro photographer, but I know many of you are in the same boat as me. You have really cool things you want to show off or sell. Mainly refinished furniture I'm guessing. Well, now you have all you need to create that 'Scroll Stopper'.
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