Photography Guide

Requirements for listing with Teak & Timber

We know you want your pieces to look amazing online. We will be working with you to make your listing look great. 

Quantity: Pick the best 8-12 shots of your piece. 

  • 5-7 Basic Product Shots: Show us your piece from all different angles. If possible, keep your camera in place and rotate the piece.
  • 3-4 Detail Shots: Showcase any details that make your piece special. Focus on details that can be reproduced by another builder such as edge detailing and visible joinery.
  • 1-3 Styled Shots (optional): Photos of your piece with props or other furniture to show style and scale. 

Background: Background should either be a neutral wall and floor or a plain white sweep. It is acceptable to edit out the background as long as the edges of the furniture are clean. 

Resolution: At least 1600 x 1000 pixels. 

Tips and tricks for furniture photography

If you are new to product photography, expect to spend some time setting up and experimenting to get the best shots. We’ve included some guidelines here to help you get started. 

CONSISTENCY

Take a lot of shots. Take more than you think you will need because as soon as your piece out the door, you won’t get another chance. 

Once you get a setup you like, take all of your photos with the same setup. You want the lighting and angles will look consistent throughout your shots. 

EQUIPMENT AND LIGHTING

If you don’t have a professional camera, you can get away with an iPhone or an affordable digital camera as long as you pay special attention to lighting. You don’t have to have a studio lighting setup, you can still successfully use natural lighting for great product photos. 

Once you find a location, learn what time of day has the best lighting. If you are near a window, make sure there is no direct sunlight on the furniture. You can use a sheet or a piece of white paper over the window to soften and diffuse the light. 

If it’s bright enough to make hard shadows, you can use a large reflective object, like a piece of cardboard or foam board, to reflect light back toward the shady side of your piece. This is called “fill light” and will help balance the shadows in your photo. 

BACKGROUNDS

If you have to pick between great lighting and a great background, opt for the better lighting and use a white sweep for your background. 

For small to medium pieces, we recommend using a sweep to create a seamless white background. It should fill the entire background of your photo when you look through the lens. When in doubt, use the most neutral background you can find. 

For large pieces, using a blank concrete or brick wall can work as long as the floor is also neutral. Contrast helps showcase your piece. Avoid using a wood background to photograph a wood piece. 

CLEAN AND POLISH

Take the time to clean and polish your furniture. The surface should be immaculate and show off the grain. 

ANGLES, ANGLES, ANGLES

Move back. Furniture has a unique challenge for product photography because it is often made of straight lines. When you take a photo from up close, the perspective causes the lines to look warped. If possible, move back as far as you can to get a clean, high resolution shot and then crop out the edges. 

Pick a single point to set up your camera and then rotate the furniture to capture all the different angles. This allows you to get the sides and back without having to readjust the lighting and background. 

EDITING

If you do need edits, there are a variety of photo editing apps available that can adjust the warmth and brightness. Take a look at your photo and then look at the piece in real life. Do the colors look similar? 

Great lighting, a good background, and consistency of angles will go a long way to getting your photos to look professional. Editing in photo editing applications like Photoshop can be helpful, but time-consuming. Getting the setup right can help you avoid this extra time investment.