How Product Photography Imagery Could be Harming Your Sales

Bad product photography can cost you more than you realise. When we, as consumers, make purchases online, we want to know what we’re buying – but there’s no way of checking out the products for ourselves. Therefore, displaying your products in a way that’s both accurate and appealing is essential. One small detail can be enough to put people off, but get it right, and professional, high-quality product images will pay for themselves again and again. Here are some ways that your product imagery could be harming your sales, with some potential solutions. However, bear in mind that creating quality product photography is an artform, and it may be best to enrol the premier experts like Blend. Related reading: Professional Product Photographers And Why You Need Them.

The images aren’t consistent

If you feature a range of images per product (and you should), it’s important to maintain consistency between them so they appear cohesive. We often shoot against a subdued single colour background, usually white or grey, which will help you achieve this more easily. Inconsistent imagery creates a bad impression and a less seamless experience when scrolling. Another way to ensure consistency is to use the same focal length and crop for each image. When you have multiple images next to one another, varying the size, orientation, and aspect ratio can be jarring. Keep the overall presentation neat and tidy by opting for uniformity.

They’re not truly representative

It seems obvious, but product photos should quite clearly look like the product itself – otherwise, your customers will feel misled when it arrives and isn’t what they expected. If you make any updates to the product you’re selling, always schedule a reshoot. If you don’t, you may find you start to get some angsty comments in your customer reviews.  The other mistake that can mislead customers is uploading images that aren’t true to the real colour of the product. It’s an easy mistake to make – some bad lighting here, some over-editing there. Certain customers might not mind, but if you’re selling a red sweater that looks pink in real life and your customer hates pink, they’re not going to be very happy when it arrives. This is particularly important if you’re selling items like clothing or furniture.

Size matters. Sorry

Most good ecommerce stores offer a zoom feature on product photos that enable you to see them close up and inspect the smaller details. But this will only work effectively if your images are large enough to zoom in on clearly. Photography needs to be light and bright. Using a white/light grey background will help, and will also ensure that more light hits the product from all angles. Without good lighting, you’ll get shadows and colours that don’t portray the product accurately. Likewise, if you go far the other way, the photos will appear washed out and you’ll lose a lot of detail, which is just as bad. Our photographers ensure that this won’t happen.

There’s too much going on

A few years ago, ecommerce sellers went through a phase of using cluttered product photos – but that phase is well and truly over. The best way to maximise the impact of your product photos is through the use of negative space. Backgrounds are at best distracting, and at worst off-putting. Ultimately, they simply steal focus from the item you’re hoping to sell. Sometimes there’s a good reason not to have a plain white or light grey background – if you feature lifestyle imagery, for example. This is fine, but it’s still important that the background is uncluttered and brand appropriate.Remember, the most prominent thing on the page should be your call to action.

The quality is poor

Poor quality product photos say a lot about your business – and none of it is good. Sharpness and clarity is an absolute must. That’s why professionals such as ourselves have all the equipment necessary to ensure the high standards our customers expect. Not only is it necessary to have the right equipment at your disposal, you also need to know how to use it. Having no understanding of how to get the best out of camera and lighting equipment can leave you with terrible photos that make your product appear flat and unappealing. Blend has over 20 years’ photographic experience and a keen visual eye to ensure your photos are as striking as possible. We can all take some simple steps to improve our photography by using professionals. Given the highly competitive nature of ecommerce, those who invest in standout, beautiful imagery will be rewarded with the highest conversion rates. Avoid these simple and easy-to-miss mistakes and contact us for a quote, and you’ll quickly find that your online sales improve. Get in touch. Patrick Foster is a writer and ecommerce expert from Ecommerce Tips — an industry-leading ecommerce blog that shares the latest insights from the sector, spanning everything from business growth hacks, to product development. Check out the latest posts on Twitter @myecommercetips.