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Best Camera Settings For Product Photography

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

We’re going to cover the important and critical camera settings when it comes to shooting product photography.


Alright, so here we are on set right now. I kind of figured I’d walk you guys to do the camera settings best practices kind of a little bit of a mindset when you’re shooting product photography some best practices before we go into the specifics behind the scenes and I show you guys specifically what I’m doing for this actual shoe. But historically speaking the settings I will be using for the shoot will differ for what I’m from what I’m going to let you guys know right now, but ultimately in terms of camera settings for the most part you want to shoot at an aperture that’s in the middle of the range of the lens that you’re using. I recorded a video just now explaining my my preferred selection when it comes to lenses and I’m using the hundred m m macro Canon EF lens right now. So if you’re using a macro lens the ranges do vary depending on if you have a 2.8 lens or you have a 1.8 or if you’re lucky enough to have one point for macro lens, then the range will vary But ultimately.

Shooting somewhere between F9 to f11 maybe f13 has historically speaking across every every lens range from their most wide open aperture to the most narrow aperture with Levi F-22 or higher than x 22 in the middle of that ranges. Were they going to be sharpest in the reason you want to shoot at that? That’s Pacific aperture IMDb rating for now and let you guys know I am to be deviating for the. From this picture shoot But ultimately you want to shoot there because you want to be able to capture the most detail your lens could ultimately resolved and shooting at its most middle aperture somewhere or roughly Union within a One-Stop variants of that range is going to allow you guys get the sharpest images your lenses actually capable of Performing up. So that would kind of give you the highest image quality from that standpoint. Obviously the camera that you’re using is going to determine maximum image quality. What do you have a 24 megapixel sensor and something less or

Higher that will then change things as well. But that’s the first thing you said in your aperture so that you’re getting the most amount of detail from the lens that you’re using now. Like I said, I am debating from that ime shooting at 6.30. There are reasons why I’m doing that. I’m not using I’m not shooting a product. That’s that has a lot of fun. It’s not very big. It’s very small. So I don’t really need the depth of field are there some other reasons but we’ll cover that in the behind the scenes video, but ultimately IMDb rating for now, but the next thing is going to be choosing a shutter speed that’s appropriate historically when you’re shooting product Photography in this is something we’ll talk about more in there behind the scenes video as well. We’re shooting with tripods. It’s a very controlled in a relaxed setting so I you don’t there’s not really reason for you to hand held or do any handheld a shake with the camera. I were completely eliminating all that stuff. So we’re just putting everything on a tripod and a very stable foundation work from where really taking our time and a lot of case

I’m using a self-timer or I’m using remote shutter release by using cash one which we will show you guys in behind the scenes video. But with that allows you to not have to really worry so much about the shutter speed that you’re using for me. I historically shoot at 11 25th or maybe 150th now since I am using a strobe after a certain point in the shutter the strawbs going to go off and then the starter is going to take too long and you get in this kind of weird gray area where it’s not picking up any extra light and flares and things of that nature. So for the most part 1 100 Thor 180th of the second is is really the the lowest shutter speed that you should go ultimately you are going to be limited by the shutter the the sink speed of your strobe on this Paul C. Buff Einstein Showbiz is 1/200 of a second base on my camera. So I do I can’t go any higher than that, unfortunately, but 1/100 is totally fine a 125 or 100.

See if those are all great Charter speeds as well. I would stay for the most part 100 one 100 is is perfect in to keep it at that shutter speed you can go slow or if you’re if you’re not using a strobe and you want to bring in some ambient light if you’d like, but 1/100 is definitely in the preferred option since we’re shooting in a very controlled situation as well and we’re using strobes even if we’re using artificial light. ISO 100 is definitely the better option unless you want to increase your ISO to bring in some more ambient noise, but that’s going to be the next critical setting there outside of that. I would say another critical camera setting is how you’re doing your focus off for me when I’m doing this since the product isn’t moving. I prefer to use Focus magnification and manual focusing so I can really just go in the viewfinder. I can turn on Focus magnification get the image to be very very magnified, you know, where the x 20 I think it’s x 24 x 10 digital Zoom, but that allows me to punch.

The image so I can get right on the logo and I can just I can fine-tune my manual focus wheel here on my lens to make sure I’m getting the absolute critical Focus. You could also do autofocus if you’d like and then set it to a single point and put that point directly on your subject and have to press and then do it that way but ultimately for me I find that it’s better to do manual focus so I can set it once and then I can focus on on refining the light instead and then just pressing on my computer just my left mouse key to just have the shutter actually released. I find that that’s a little bit better so that the that the lens doesn’t you know, like go in and then it locks on and it backs up and then it misses for whatever reason as your as you’re taking multiple shots. I’d rather just be very consistent. So that’s personal preference. Ultimately. I would definitely say Manuel mainly focusing in really nailing it down using external monitor in that situation.

I would be the absolute best way to make sure that you’re you’re ensuring that you’re getting critical Focus. If you have a camera that has a great autofocusing system that you know has very great accuracy when it comes to the single point or some kind of WYD type of autofocusing group selection in you you have a lot of confidence around that then I would say that would be great option as well. But for me manual focusing is preferred option here. I mean anything outside of that, you know, sitting your wife balance to make sure that your white balance is set to your strobe if you’re using a artificial light making sure the white balance is is kiwi will do more videos on this and when it comes to color calibrating your monitors and things of that nature, that’s that’s some very advanced stuff. We’re not doing quite that level of production right now, but here in the next month or so we will be showing you guys had to do some of that stuff make sure your white balance is as true to the subject as possible again you when you’re shooting product photography. These are going to be published. Do you want to make sure their clients are

See more customers are seeing what the product will look like when they are sick looking at it in real life. So you want to make sure the lighting is as is as true as neutral as possible. No artificial color grading or color Caster that kind of stuff that is a no-go because it’s not going to highlight the product in the way that the customer is really going to be receiving that product when they see it in real life outside of that. Do you know standard settings? If you guys want to just modify settings outside of those kind of parameters, but those are definitely the critical settings that you guys should definitely ensure that your your checking prior to your shoe and I’ll make sure that you’re getting the top the top I get some highest resolution images the sharpest image that you can get in then also the most color color calibrated and consistent images for the potential customers will be checking these out. Thank you for watching today’s video. I hope you found the contents of today’s video insightful and added value to you. If you’re new here, please consider subscribing if you haven’t done

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.