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Why test shots are important?
Why test shots are important?
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Written by Squareshot Team
Updated over a week ago

When starting a new relationship with a product photography studio, we strongly recommend shooting test images before moving forward with the project.

Test shots help us to arrive at the "look" you'd like for your brand through trial & error. This is especially beneficial when there are no distinct guidelines in place. It's always better to align expectations by shooting a handful of shots, rather than realize that we are moving in the wrong direction 50 images in.

Test shots rule out a lot of questions in lighting and styling. In addition, they can safeguard you from paid reshoots.

Here's how the test shoot works:

  1. Once you've accepted the proposal and delivered your items, we'll select a few images out of the entire project to photograph.

  2. Using these images, we'll confirm guidelines in lighting, styling, and creative direction.

  3. Once you approve the images, we'll issue an invoice and proceed with the rest of the project.

Sometimes, we recommend doing test shots even if you have already worked with Squareshot, to name a few:

  1. You've decided to change the style of the images

  2. You have a new person on the team, which might have a different taste than their predecessor;

  3. You have a complex project coming up. Large shoots are often more difficult to manage and would especially benefit from an alignment of expectations in the pre-production stage;

  4. You have new products that have not been shot before: a new type of fabric and shape could potentially require a lighting & styling adjustment;

  5. You are changing the shooting location at Squareshot (even though we record information on setups and guidelines and share it between our studios, there's still a human factor in play)

Note: Per our revisions policy, only changes that are made before the invoice was paid are accepted. Changes that occur after the payment will be considered as a paid reshoot.

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