How To Photograph Guitars

Michael Kelly Guitars 1957

Whether you need a photo of your guitar for an eBay listing, to show off your new acquisition on your favourite guitar forum, for social media or even a magazine article, you owe it to yourself and your guitar (and maybe your editor or boss) to take the nicest photos possible. Photos that show the instrument in its best light as an object of aspiration. Now, I’m not a trained photographer at all and I don’t have pro-level equipment (my camera is ‘prosumer’ quality), but I do like to research stuff, and I’ve found a few ways to bring out the best in my guitar pics whether they’re for my blog, Instagram, Facebook or a magazine article. Here are a few tips which should hopefully help you out no matter what you’re shooting with, if you’re an amateur like me. A lot of these are “Don’ts” that I’ve observed from way too many years of seeing poorly shot guitar pics online, rather than “Do’s” which tell you exactly how to set up a shot, but sometimes it’s the things you don’t do that really make the difference. These also apply to things like pedals, amps, product boxes and accessories. Read More …