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Just a few tips on shooting photos of the phones for reviews. First things first, though, before you shoot any photos.
- Wipe off all fingerprints with a soft, clean cloth or chamois. Remember that you have to wash these things every once in a while, or else you will be wiping old dirt and oil onto the phone. Use a cloth to move the phone into position for photos if you have to, in order to keep from putting more fingerprints on it as you shoot the photos.
- Remove any dust. A simple, soft makeup or paint brush will do the job. Some sort of blower is useful for blowing the dust off, as well.
The hardest shots to get are the straight on shots, such as we get from the manufacturers. The best way to get these front/back shots is to photograph the phone sideways, at a slight angle, and then rotate the photo(s) afterwards. Position yourself so that there is no glare from your lights reflecting back towards the camera.
Not a direct overhead view
Shoot the front
Notice that in the photos above, I am not directly over top of the phone. Rather, I am taking a slightly angled photo of the N80, so that you can see a bit of the side of the phone in the camera viewfinder.
Flip the phone over
Shoot back from same position
After shooting the front photo, carefully flip the phone over (photo, above). The idea is to keep the angle the same by not moving your camera, and putting the phone in exactly the same spot. If you do it correctly, everything will line up in the camera the same way, you'll just see the back of the phone instead.
Finished photo, after rotation
Underexposed photo, background looks gray
Once the photos have been taken, you can just rotate them 90 degrees so that you have the photo we need for the review.
If you are shooting on a white background, which is what you should be doing, then you will need to adjust the light exposure on the camera so that the background looks white, not gray. Compare the properly exposed photo above on the left with the one on the right. The photo on the right was taken with the camera on program mode, guessing what the proper light levels should be. If you don't have a full manual mode on your camera, set the exposure override on your camera to +1 or +1.5 in order to get the background looking white like it should.
To see how I did this 3 years ago, ckeck out the related link below.