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Product Photography with EOS M10: Accessories

Ever wondered how to make your accessories look more attractive in product photos? Here are two ways to photograph them to make them more appealing to potential customers on e-commerce sites and social media. (Photos by: Takeshi Akaogi, Edited by: Etica)

EOS M10

 

Accessory photography 101

When photographing small accessories, the key is to capture the slightest details. To do so, try exercising some creativity in how you use light.

Here are two looks you can use to photograph your accessories, each broken down into 4 simple aspects:
Step 1: Intended look
Step 2: Styling
Step 3: Camera and lenses required
Step 4: Shooting location & settings

For more about shooting with the 1:1 aspect ratio, check out this article: 
Product Photography with EOS M10: Flowers & Confectionery
Food Photography with EOS M10: 2 Ideas for Photographing Jelly Desserts

 

Look #1: Take inspiration from the feel of the subject

Earrings photographed with the EOS M10 (natural, earthy feel)

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL: 36mm (56mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f5.6/ 1/60sec., EV±0)/ ISO 1250/ WB: Auto

1. Intended look: Something that conveys a natural, earthy feel, as inspired by the feel exuded by the subject.
2. Styling: Place your accessory on a light-coloured wooden plate.
3. Camera & lens: EOS M10 + EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

EOS M10

 

4. Shooting location & settings

The setup with the EOS M10

Using a tripod allows you to fix the camera position while you make small adjustments to your accessory, such as by adjusting the orientation. Furthermore, a white reflector board prevents the tripod and other objects from casting a shadow on your subject, while also letting you adjust the subject’s brightness.

Lighting: Using light from a window as side lighting will cause the subject to cast a shadow, which is great for making it look three-dimensional and natural. Not only so, the use of gentle, natural lighting that envelopes the subject rather than directional lighting also brings out the colours of your subject in a lovely manner. You can get greater results by diffusing the natural light from your window with lace curtains or blinds. (Use a white reflector board to direct light toward the subject from the front and brighten up the subject)

 

Lighting direction diagram

A: Gentle natural lighting from the window
B: Use a white reflector board to direct light toward the subject from the front to brighten up the subject

Focal length: 35mm-film equivalent: approx. 35.2mm
Aperture setting: f/2.8 (Captures the details of your subject, but also creates a creamy background bokeh for a soft feel)
Shooting angle: From a slight angle above the subject, ensuring a good view of the subject.

 

Look #2: Chic and stylish

Earrings photographed with the EOS M10 (Chic & stylish)

EOS M10/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL: 45mm (72mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f8.0/ 1/60sec., EV±0)/ ISO 800/ WB: Auto

1. Intended look: Chic and stylish
2. Styling: On a darker-coloured wooden stool
3. Camera & lens: EOS M10 + EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

EOS M10

 

4. Shooting location & settings

The setup with the EOS M10

For this shoot, I placed the accessory on a wooden stool.

Lighting: Shoot in bright, natural light. Open or close the curtains to adjust the intensity of the light entering through the window, until the lustre of the pearls is just right.

 

Lighting direction diagram

A: Natural light from the window

Focal length: 45mm (35mm-film equivalent: approx. 72mm)
Aperture setting: f/8 (Focuses on the entire subject to properly capture the details)
Shooting angle: From a slight angle above the subject, ensuring a good view of the subject.

 

Tip: To prevent camera shake, use the self-timer

When shooting with a tripod, use the self-timer to prevent camera shake when you press the shutter button.

EOS M10 menu screen

To use the self-timer, press SET, select the timer icon, and then select the number of seconds from the items at the bottom of the screen. For this shoot, I set the self-timer to 2 seconds.

 

For another cool idea on photographing small accessories and trinkets, check out:
How to Create a Sparkly Background with Bokeh Circles for Pretty Trinket Pictures


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EOS M10 Kit (EF-M15-45mm)

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EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

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Etica

Etica Co., Ltd. not only run photography classes under the name “Tanoshii Camera School", but also edit publications and plan media and events related to cameras and photography, with a focus on themes related to child care, animals and food. Their motto is "Photos make people happy!" and they are engaged in communicating the charm of cameras and photography.

https://etica.jp/

Takeshi Akaogi

As a photographer, Akaogi works mainly for magazines and writes books introducing photography and practical tips. He also teaches at photography workshops.

http://www.flipphoto.org

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