The parallels between traditional product photography and CGI- 2/2

Salma Aboukar
1 min readMay 4, 2022

The first article had more similarities than differences between traditional product photography and CGI. Here are the final steps in what it takes to “shoot” a good product photo.

Traditional product photography:

4) Angle

There are many things to consider when selecting the “perfect” angle. It’s best not to overthink this step. Instead, shoot several different angles to find the best one.

5) Avoid flash

Flash can overpower and make photos look amateurish. Try using natural lighting when shooting product photos, ideally near a window or go outside.

6) Post-production

Even with perfect lighting and white background, there will always be some imperfections. Many photographers prefer to use photoshop to refine their work- Pixlr works great and is free!

3D photorealism (CGI) rendering:

4) Texture and material:

Unlike traditional photography, this step will determine how realistic the photo will be. When applying texture and materials to a 3D product, don’t forget to add some wear and tear for the image to look “real”.

5) Rendering:

So you’ve created your model, set the scene and added materials and texture. Now it’s time to render. Rendering is like putting the cake in the oven and waiting for it to bake. Your images will need some time to generate before seeing the final result!

In the next article, I’ll show you the final rendered images. Let’s see if you can guess the rendered images.

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