Probably. Most modern smartphones are. What you want is a phone that has autofocus and has a high number of megapixels. Recent iPhones and Samsungs all have autofocus. The iPhone 5, 5c 5s and 6 all have 8 megapixels. The Samsung S5 has 16 megapixels.
What Else Do I Need?
You will need a few other bits to make your images look perfect. Here they are:
First things first. If you’re going to photograph something then you need to be able to see it. Rather than using lots of expensive studio lights, the best solution is to use a window. Although if finding natural light is an issue you could try using a large lamp. Lighting with the window to one side of your product and then using a piece of white card to reflect the light back across usually works well and reduces shadows.
Simply enough you need something to raise your product off the floor and into better light. We recommend a table.
Your background should be either white or light grey to allow your product to stand out and it’ll reflect the light better. You can easily make a good background with a roll of white paper that you attach to the ceiling and then drape down onto a table. By draping down at an angle you can have it go both behind and underneath your product without creating a join.
If you need help imagining how all this looks then check out this set-up.
However stable you think your hands are, you’re going to need a tripod to hold your phone if you want a proper image. Here are a few cheap examples:
A cheaper tripod that does the job and also will accommodate pretty much any smartphone.
Surprisingly enough, you can put different lenses onto your smartphone and there are lots of relatively inexpensive options available. Always check out the reviews first and shop around to see what’s available. With that in mind, here are a few for you to look at:
Possibly. But, like the lenses, make sure you check out the reviews and check out al that are available.
For taking the perfect picture, you’re often best off using the camera app that comes with your phone. But if you feel you need some different options then there are plenty on the iPhone App Store and the Android Store
There are again a lot of options for photo editing. Photoshop is the best known of these – it’s pricey on the computer and you can only rent it (£8.57 a month, based on a monthly plan) – but you can get the Photoshop Touch on you iPhone for £3.99 (although at the time of writing the latest update has some negative reviews about how it saves images).
However, if you’re looking for something that’s both free and functional, you can edit your photos on your computer using GIMP, which is a completely free alternative to photoshop.
By using all these bits together you should be able to come up with really striking images of your products.
If you are new to online marketing, words like "platform" and "CMS" can sound like nonsensical jargon. So let's make things simple...
Are you going to be selling products on your website? Will you be taking payments? Will you need a shopping basket and checkout system? If the answer to these questions is "yes" then you'll probably need our Shopify website design packages.
Do you just need a website to advertise and promote your products & services? Are you looking to build a content-based site rather than an online-retail store? Then you will probably need our WordPress CMS website packages.
Don't worry if you are still confused; just get in touch and we'll talk you through it.