How to Fake a White Background in your Product Photos

You are scoping out the competition, and they have beautiful photos of their products, and you are sad. They are making sales and you are not. But you aren’t there yet, you don’t have a professional photographer in your back pocket or in your budget and so you try to DIY your own photos and they don’t look nice. They look grey, over exposed and bad.   I am here to give you a quick simple trick that will turn your blah photos into amazing, just follow the simple tip that will teach you how to fake a white background in your product photos.  Keep reading, you will be glad you did! And no you don’t need to buy anything to achieve a nice, flat white background.

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How to Fake a White Background in your Product Photos

You are in your office, basement, your kitchen and you set up your product on a white background and you are excited, the styling is on point but when you go to upload you notice the white is grey, an ugly grey, and its dull. You try taking the photo again but you get the same results. You even try a desk lamp shooting down on your product and still dull & grey.  Don’t fret, you just need a little sunshine.

How to Fake a White Background in your Product Photos
This photo was taken in a room in my basement with only an overhead light shining on the product, with my nikon d7100, the background is suppose to be white, not grey.

So you head somewhere to use natural sunlight. So you either head outside or wait for that light to pour into a window, you style away, set up and snap that photo. And kill your eyes. The photo is sooo bright it hurts to look at it, there are harsh shadows and the photo looks very amateur. You feel discouraged, but don’t.

How to Fake a White Background in your Product Photos

How to Fake a White Background in your Product Photos
These Veggies are outside in direct sunlight on a white background. Notice the harsh shadows & really bright white background

As you can see the veggies above are in natural light, direct sunshine, but I don’t like the harsh shadows and bright, over exposed white background. So what to do, what to do. Take your background and products and move it into open shade.  Behind a tree, or a structure. For the veggies I used the shade provided by my kids play fort in the back yard.  Same camera settings, but the light is really diffused, the shade is the perfect amount of light for a nice white background, check it out;

How to Fake a White Background in your Product Photos
This photo is taken in open shade without any post processing editing.

As you can see, no harsh shadows, the white is not over exposed, if I want it whiter I will edit the photo with exposure and  light levels. But straight out of camera it’s easy on the eye and colors are good.

So next time you need a white background, find some open shade, beside the direct sunlight. And snap away. You won’t be disappointed, Trust me. And if you have questions, join our free online community and ask away, we are here to help!

 

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