Everything is sorted! Now it’s time to take pictures! Have you decided how you want to style them? Are you putting them on a mannequin? Doing flat lays, or hanging them on hangers? Whatever you decide, do what you like best! This might take some experimenting, but you will find your niche! Or maybe not! You can always change them later. Just keep them consistent! You want your customers to KNOW they are yours! And for the record, I have changed mine several times. While I started out with some mannequin and some on hangers, my preference NOW, is on a mannequin, but this way does take a lot of time! So I’m spending a lot of time now, retaking pictures! It’s also a good idea to retake pictures occasionally, especially as you learn and your preferences change!
Time for pictures!
Gather everything you might want to include in your pictures. Flat lays look nice with some kind of accessory in it. Jewelry on a mannequin is a nice touch, too! Let your customers get an idea of what they can add to it themselves! A tripod also works great to keep your camera of choice steady and always in the same position.
If you are doing flat lays, decide what kind of background you want. There are paper backgrounds on Amazon that look really nice, and are not overly expensive. Ella Bella Photography Backdrop Paper, Assorted Wood (1 ea.: Vintage, Sable, Rustic & White Washed), 48″ x 12′, 4 Rolls This pack in particular, comes with 4 different designs, so if you like to change your look, you can easily do it with these. Or maybe do one style with one color, and switch to another one for a different style! They also have solid colors, white included, so that is another option. These work great for mannequin and hanger pictures, too. Or you can use a white sheet, or a white board for a clean look and a plain white background. Or any color of sheet would work just as well! Remember, the focus is the clothes, and the background is just that, a background! And with all that being said, I just use a wall in my office that has wood on! It is what I like best! My flat lays are done on a light color piece of vinyl flooring.
Good lighting is a must!
When you start your picture taking, consider the lighting. If it’s too bright, it will wash out the colors. If it’s too dark, it distorts the colors. Remember the key is to get them as close to the real color as possible. You’ll find that some colors are harder to reproduce. Black is one of them, and some greens and blues are just as hard. I have a lighting kit that I bought on Amazon. Photography Photo Portrait Studio 600W Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit by LimoStudio, LMS103 is the one I used and it’s in the picture. It was worth every penny, but it took me a while to figure out the placement of each one, so it wasn’t too harsh, or didn’t produce major shadows. The mannequin (SONGMICS Female Mannequin Torso Body Dress Form with Adjustable Tripod Stand, Medium Size 6-8, 34″ 26″ 35″, for Clothing Dress Jewelry Display Photography White UMDF04WT) has a removable covering so it can be washed if it gets dirty.
When you’re pleased with your set up, snap away. What ever you choose to take your pictures with, (phone, iPad, camera), be sure to check the first few, to make sure you’re completely happy with the results! This will save you time in the long run! After all that work, you do NOT want to have to do them over.
There are also a lot of editing apps you can use to finalize your pictures. You will need to put as much and as little information on them as you can, such as size, style, and your name or watermark. Some are free, some have a small monthly fee! But I’ll get in to that in my next post!
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