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3 Steps to Light, Bright, and Airy Product Photos

You guys asked and I’m sharing – I’m telling you how I get my light, bright, crisp white photos in three easy steps!

The good news? It doesn’t require purchasing some big fancy camera, crazy bright lights, or a massive light box you’ll have to find space to store….and you can start implementing these steps TODAY.

Step #1 – Shoot with Natural Light

As a general rule of thumb, we are always going to want to shoot with natural light. So open those blinds, throw those curtains aside, and LET THE SUN SHINE, LET THE SUN SHINE IN.

Okay, fun little musical break there, but seriously this step is key to getting those beautiful light, bright, crisp images so do not make an excuse here!

I know it can be so easy to say, “Kristen, I live in a tiny apartment and it’s so dark. I can’t do this step!”

Well to that I say, “Yes you can!” and you know why? Because I lived in a tiny one bedroom apartment with only TWO windows and boy was it dark.

But, when I opened up those blinds, set up my white board poster board against the window, I got those nice, crisp photos and nobody knew that I was actually in this dark, tiny apartment.

So, pull up a white table, a white poster board, or any light background you want to shoot on and push it right up against the window.

Angle the blinds to make sure you’re not getting any harsh shadows and are letting the maximum amount of light possible to flood onto your background.

Step #2 – Reflect the Natural Light

Next, we’re going to want to make sure we’re reflecting that beautiful, natural light back onto your background to create the perfect light and airy space for your shot.

This is going to help reduce any harsh shadows seen on the opposite side of the window and create an even, light, bright, white look for your photos.

The easiest way to do this is to grab a simple, white poster board. You can grab this from your local craft store (or your craft closet if you’re like me!). It does not have to be perfect, it can be stained and bent, but it DOES have to be white so it can reflect back that natural light.

You can prop the white poster board up against your shooting background with a step stool, chair, or even just a large stack of books for it to lean against. I’ve even used my knee for a quick shot, so don’t start sounding off on excuses of why you can’t get that board to stand up!

Step #3 – Edit Your Photo

While all of these steps are key to getting those light, bright, crisp photos, step number three is the most important one and CANNOT be skipped.

We’re going to do as much as we can ahead of time to get that bright, natural light to come through in the image, but we won’t get that pure crispness until we move into editing the photo.

And, we’re going to want to make sure we’re using an amazing program to do that.

When I first started out, I used free programs like PicMonkey and I can tell you that yes, I wasn’t spending money, but I was not getting great quality photos either.

Honestly there was A LOT of grain in them, it changed the resolution of the images after just a slight amount of editing, and I just couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting these beautiful images that so many bloggers and Instagrammers had.

When I started using a pure editing program that’s meant for photo editing for professionals, that’s not on the web, that is not free, and that I did have to pay for – that is where I got that absolute perfect image.

I wasn’t 80% of the way there. I was 100% of the way there.

The program that I use and love is called Lightroom.

You can get it for $10 a month and you’ll not only get Lightroom, but Photoshop as well.

That’s it, $10 a month. Which is like two Starbucks coffees in a MONTH? I mean, that’s totally doable!

You’re able to edit all of your images on your desktop and even on your phone using the Lightroom app. Which means, that even when you’re on the go and shooting images from your phone, you can still get those stunning, light, bright images.

With these three simple steps, I can promise you’re finally going to get that perfect look that you’ve been dying to achieve, that’s totally Instagram worthy!

If you’ve worked through these steps and they helped you up your photography game, let me know below and share an image from your recent shoot! I can’t wait to see!

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