Smartphone Product Photography Essentials

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Over the past few years, a quiet revolution has taken place – in your pocket!

Smartphones are used more and more these days to take photos of products, among other things. Why? They’re small, affordable, and always with you.

Smartphone-Product-Photography-EssentialsWhile a smartphone may not have the ability of a good DSLR or a point & shoot camera, they are compact and now have advance features that give you that good quality shot of your subject. With a good quality phone and the right apps, you can produce photos that nearly rival those shot with a rather expensive camera and processed in a computer. All it takes is a little know how.

Here are some smartphone product photography essentials for taking and sharing great pictures on your smartphone.

What You Will Need


  1. Smartphone – No matter what phone you are using, play around with different settings. However, there are some smartphones preferred by Etsy sellers. Smart phones may not do well when it comes to zooming, but they are pretty cool at exposure, white balance etc.
  2. Small Tripod – Smart phone photos look great with a tripod, just like DSLRs. If you have a shaky hand like I do, you could use anything steady to keep your phone on or check Gorillapod.
  3. Phone Mount – Some tripod mounts only work with one phone model. GripTight works with any tripod and any phone.
  4. Clamp Lights – You can use “Daylight” CFL bulbs.
  5. Background Paper
  6. Table


  1. Add-on lenses for smartphone – Check Photojojo
  2. Shooting Tents – Check Alzo Digital or create your own studio on a budget.
  3. Studio Lights Alzo Digital or create your own lightbox.
  4. Smartphone Camera Apps
  5. Photo Editing Apps

Smartphone Camera Apps

Smartphone cameras are all automatic. To get the best image possible, you need to have some control over the picture taking process. The camera app that comes preloaded on your phone probably doesn’t do this. For just a few dollars you can upgrade your camera app. Below is a list of a few that I like.

For iPhone and iPad

  • PureShot – It helps you capture digital photographs with the highest possible technical integrity.
  • ProCamera – It offers separate focus and exposure control for both photos and videos. Adjustments will be locked so that you can move your iPhone without having to readjust again.
  • 645 Pro – You have instant access to everything that can be controlled on an iOS camera.

For Android

  • Camera FV-5 – It puts DSLR-like manual controls in your fingertips.

Smartphone Photo Editing Apps

It is okay and normal to edit photos. VSCO cam and Snapseed are among popular photo editing apps. Others include:

Computer Editing Photo Apps

Hope these pointers help you in some way. I would love to hear your suggestions and honest opinions about the information I have shared here. Let me hear it through the comment box below.

Gary Capps
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