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“I’ve been following your blog for quite some time and have started my own which is heavily inspired by your design and style. I’ll be doing reviews and such, so how is your gear photography shot and edited?”

-Warren O.
Florida, USA

ANSWER ///

I’m no pro photographer nor do I use any specialized gear. As a vagabond, I try to keep my packing list as light as possible. So all I use is a smartphone and some apps.

But it’s not as simple as “point and shoot” then filter. It takes lighting, proper backgrounds and specific editing.

VINJABOND Gear Photo Editing ///My photography style is not exactly fit for official product page placements but people do seem to like it, so if you want to do the same, these are the steps:

1) Camera //

As mentioned earlier, I don’t use a dedicated camera. I use my iPhone 6S or Xperia Z5. Using an actual or high-end camera can result in better results, but with the following steps, it’s hardly necessary.

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With a decent smartphone, good lighting and a steady hand, you can get gear shots just like mine.

2) Lighting //

Without not just good lighting, but very specific conditions, I don’t bother setting up. As a nomad, it’s hard finding that but this is what I need:

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Don’t even bother dealing with bad lighting, no amount of editing can give you worthy results.

3) Background //

I use 1 of 3 very specific backgrounds for all my gear photography (other than outdoor action shot). Luckily, 2 of those backgrounds are actually part of my packing list, the 3rd however is only available if I happen to find it through my travels.

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Avoid reflective backgrounds that cause heavy glare and detracts from the item and kill the shot.

4) Editing //

I would never post a raw and unedited photo, they can always be made better and in this case, tailored to my style… This is how I edit them:

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You don’t necessarily need to use those apps, cheaper and even free ones can be used just as well.

Due to the popularity of this question, I’ll be publishing a more in depth guide to my gear photography. If you’re a Pro Member, hit me up for more details on this.


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5 Comments

  1. Specialist Zero Reply

    Love your gear photos and have wondered how you did them, no wonder they go viral. I’ll be copying your method for my instgram EDC posts.

  2. Pew Pew Blam Reply

    Great stuff my man, gonna up my EDC instagram game now to.

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