Product Photography

Friday 29th January 2016 – A date for your diary!

After much consultation with Folksy sellers, the product photography workshop has been arranged at last.

Full details below:



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If you want to successfully sell items online, you’ll know that it’s important to produce good quality images. Exactly how you achieve this depends, to some extent, on the type of product. It could be anything from a tiny piece of jewellery to a full-length coat. The item you want to photograph might be dark, shiny metal or even translucent. This workshop looks at ways to photograph a wide range of objects and covers all you need to know in order to produce the best quality images with everything from a smart phone to a top range DSLR. No prior knowledge of photography is assumed so this is a great workshop for those who just want to quickly improve their product images.

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Please note that although this is not an official Folksy course and is not specifically endorsed by them, it has been written specifically for Folksy sellers and aims to answer many of the commonly asked questions regarding product photography. If there are any topics in the Workshop Content below that you think are missing, please tell us so we can make sure we answer all your concerns.

Workshop Content

  • The basic rules for good product photography
  • Examples of poor product images with critique
  • Types of camera – get the best from what you have from smartphone to DSLR
  • Setting up your camera for the best results
  • Choice of background materials and how to get a pure white background
  • The characteristics of different light sources  – natural, tungsten, LED and flash
  • How to use focus and aperture for artistic effect
  • Using continuous light sources
  • Using flash on-camera
  • Using a flash off-camera
  • Ways to illuminate your item and useful accessories for product shots
  • Getting the correct exposure
  • Avoiding and correcting colour casts
  • Checking the shot for sharpness, exposure, contrast and colour fidelity
  • Photographing small items – close up and macro – lenses and attachments
  • Overview of photo editing software – what’s best?
  • How big does your image need to be?
  • Fixing image defects
  • Cropping and preparing your images for upload to Folksy

Location and booking details

The product photography workshop will be held at the well-appointed Windmill Farm Conference Centre in the Oxfordshire countryside (a short distance from Bampton, where Downton Abbey village scenes were filmed!) on Friday 29th January. The centre has been chosen for its excellent facilities and rural location with plenty of free parking.

Registration is at 9.30, after which there will be short time to relax and meet the other delegates before the first of the four session begins at 10.00. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day and a hot meal will be provided at lunchtime (please let us know at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements). There will be plenty of time to ask questions, learn from each other and to try some practical photography along with the theory, so please feel free to bring some items to photograph, if convenient. This is a great opportunity to nail those questions you have and get over whatever problems might have dogged your photography so far, as well as a chance to network with other sellers. The day will finish at 4.30.

The cost for all this is just £70 per person for the full day, including lunch and refreshments. If you want to stay overnight (perhaps to explore Oxford), let us know, as there is accommodation at the centre and nearby.

Places are limited so book now by clicking the secure paypal link below. We will confirm your booking within 24 hours.

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