Seller guide

Why Product Photography Is Important

Learn why photos are key to selling online. The Guide to Product Photography.

In this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about how to take photos that get shoppers to click and buy. Whether you are new to selling or already own a thriving online business, this guide will help you capture photos that highlight your product’s best features. You’ll learn tips for the whole photography process: lighting, shooting, and editing. We will teach you how to get the most out of your equipment, whether you’re snapping shots with a smartphone in your kitchen or managing a photo shoot with a advanced camera. In addition, find out how to shoot tricky items—and how to avoid the most common photography mistakes that entrepreneurs make.

Why Good Product Photography Is Critical

We can notice the importance of product photography at online market with millions of shoppers around the world. In online shop customer research, shoppers have said that product photos are critical to their purchase decision. In fact, it’s their most important factor in deciding to buy, even more important than the shipping cost, customer reviews, or even the price of the product itself.

In other words, whether you sell on or another platform, or your own website, taking compelling photographs of your products is critical to success. And a bad photo could prevent you from making a sale, no matter how amazing your product is. Think about the last time you were shopping online and came across a bad product photo. Maybe the image was dark or out of focus. (“What exactly is this product?” you wondered.) Maybe you couldn’t figure out how large the product actually was in real life. Or you weren’t sure if the color was right. Maybe you couldn’t even tell what was for sale. (“Is it one of these things?” you asked yourself. “All of them?”)

Regardless, you did not buy that product.

Unlike shopping in a boutique or a department store, when you browse online, you can’t pick up the product. You can’t touch it, hold it in your hands, or feel the texture with your fingers. All you have is the photographs.

If capturing beautiful photos of your wares is difficult for you, you’re not alone. Many creative entrepreneurs struggle with product photography, particularly when they’re first starting out. In surveys, 40 percent of new shop owners have told us that product photography is either somewhat difficult or very difficult for them. But if you want to sell online, it isn’t a skill you can afford to ignore.

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