I am in no way trained to use a camera and I have no state of the art equipment, only a very old digital camera (Nikon coolpix 3100), but with trial & error and an awful lot of patience and a little IT interference! I have been able to produce clear photos. It can be done.
I'm personally a fan of the all white background. There is nothing to draw the eye away from your product, the product stands out and it all looks clean and professional.
My method is not fool proof, I sometimes take several pictures before I get the image I want.
- I take several sheets of white printer paper and lay them flat
- Lay out the product making sure that the componants are all facing the right way,
- Ensure there is enough space around the item.
- Set the camera onto the macro setting (Looks like a small tuplip) and the flash to Auto.
- Put elbows onto the table. Tilt camera so it is directly over the item at forearms length. Take photo.
- Load photo to computer
- go to photo processing software (I use paint shop pro 6)
- open photo
- Crop image leaving equal area all around photo (or square if using Folksy)
- Adjust brightness if required (but remember to makesure you are not changing the colour as it needs to be a true representation of your item,)
- Whiten background using colour flood tool.
- clean any grey areas with the spray can
- Save photo.