Building a shot list prior to a product photography session is very helpful part of the planning process that makes shooting so much more simple. The picture of the work I have ahead of me becomes very clear & I know exactly what my client is needing.
Simple shot list includes a list of each item that you need photographed, but here are some things that are very useful when I go to shoot. Usually the more specific that you can be the better!
Do you need your images to be landscape, portrait, or 1:1 ratio (square)? This is specifically important if you already have a website or template already designed. Styling images for each kind of shot can be different, so having a predetermined orientation is very helpful when going to shoot your product.
If you’re in need of specifically sized photographs, like a header, this is necessary for me to know prior to shooting. Because of the specifics of these types of images, they need to be shot so that we don’t crop out too much of your product…the last thing we’d want to do!
Do you need me to make sure that you have some white space to the left/right/above/below product? Many times this space can be used for writing or logos on marketing materials or websites.
Do you need specific groupings of multiple products? Please make a list of these products on your shot list and (if possible) make sure they’re grouped when you ship them.
This is a variation of the same product (size, color, material). Please note that a variation image needs to be taken and the different variations (ex: Champagne glass–red (main image), white, silver, gold, black).
If you’re including props, make sure to list which props go with which product