It’s hard to stand out on TeachersPayTeachers because there are so many amazing teacher authors with awesome products. That’s why it’s so important to put time into making your pictures look perfect. These photo hacks will help you make your TpT thumbnails stand out, Instagram posts get tons of likes and Pinterest pictures repinned.
It’s not necessary to use fancy equipment to take an amazing photo! Here’s what I’ve found that works great for my pictures.
- iPhone to take the picture. I got a super fancy camera about a year ago and I have to be honest, I’ve used it maybe a handful of times. It’s much easier (and practical) to just whip out my iPhone and snap the shot, especially if it’s during class time.
- I recently bought a Portable Diva Ring Light (affiliate link) to make my lighting brighter when taking pictures. It fits right on my phone and has 3 adjustable light settings.
- This TriPod Stand (affiliate link) makes it easy to steady your camera, take videos or film time-lapse. It comes with a remote and is an easy set up for your iPhone.
- When photographing a product, use a poster paper as a background. I like to use white but you can also use other colors that would work with your brand.
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- When staging your photos, showcase your product in the center (or off-center a bit) and add in some additional pieces that’ll add to your display. For example, if your product needs to be colored, stage some crayons or colored pencils next to the sheet.
- Try to capture your product in the natural light.
- Print out your product and set it up how it’ll look finished.
- Fill out your sheet or use a completed product one of your students has filled out.
- If you’re lucky enough to have a newer iPhone, use portrait mode. This makes the product stand out and the background look blurred.
- Take multiple of the same picture. I like to take a regular photo, a square photo (for Instagram), a portrait photo and a landscape photo. That way, there’s bound to be at least one that will work for each platform.
What photo hacks would you add to this list?
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