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Product Photography

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We specialize in mail-order product photography and digital product photo retouching for e-commerce websites as well as catalog and print advertising.

Whether you are a small start up or a large corporation we can custom tailor an economical solution for your product photography needs! With our rush service we can have your high resolution and web optimized product photos back the very same day we receive your products.

Investing in quality product photos is one of the most effective ways to increase sales on your web site and is essential in developing professional print catalogs or brochures.

Our unique “You ship it, we shoot it!” approach allows us to keep overhead low and offer extremely competitive rates without compromising photo or editing quality. Whether you need product photos for your e-commerce website, mail order catalog, print brochures, you name it, we can help!

We take pride in every step of our streamlined process, from photographing your products to the final editing stages and will work one on one with your marketing, design or web development team to achieve the results you need, quickly and within your budget.

Call us at (970) 310-0521 or e-mail us to learn more about how we can improve your Product Image!

How it Works

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The process is quite simple. Here's how it works!

Step 1) Contact Us:

New Customers - Please contact us to discuss the scope of your project before shipping anything. We will create a proposal for you within 1 business day.

Existing Customers - No need to contact us before sending anything unless you have special requests or need a rush order.

Step 2) Order Form:

Print and fill out the PDF order form found here with all your contact, payment and option details.

Step 3) Ship Products:

Pack your products, order form and deposit (if applicable) and ship everything to us.

Ship to:
Attn: Nathan Bednarik
4920 Boca Del Rio Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Step 4) Studio Queue:

As soon as your products are received your order will be put in queue and you will be notified of your estimated shooting date. Usually within 3-4 days of receiving products.

Step 5) Pre-Shoot:

You will be contacted the day before the shoot to go over the project. This will allow both of us to ask/answer any questions that may require clarification before we begin.

Step 6) The Shoot:

We will shoot your photos to your specifications based on the examples, drawings or descriptions you provide.

Step 7) Layout Proofs:

At the end of your shoot we will prep and upload the images to your persoanl proof page. You will be notified via e-mail with your personal proof page login information. When you login you'll be able to view and comment on all the photos from your shoot. If you are happy with the images then we move onto step 8. You also have the option to request a free reshoot (go back to step 6).

Step 8) Editing:

After you've approved all your images we begin the editing process. All retouching, airbrushing, background removal, etc will be done in this stage.

Step 9) Final Proofing:

After your images have been edited they will be uploaded to your proof page for review. At this stage you can request additional retouching (additional editing chanrges may apply) or approve the final images.

Step 10: Payment:

If you chose to pay by check then we ask that you arrange for final payment on the project. Photos will not be released until payment is made in full. If you chose to pay via credit card your invoice will be processed and images can be sent right away.

Step 11: Delivery:

We typically e-mail all your web-optimized jpegs immediately after your project is complete. A CD-rom with all the originals is sent back to you with the products. We can also arrange for instant download of high-resolution images from our website or FTP to your website for an additional fee (free with rush orders).

Step 12: Product Return:

The final step is returning your products. We will carefully package everything and ship your box back using your preferred vendor. We prefer UPS or USPS.

Product Photography Pricing

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We specialize clean product photography on a white background. This type of photography is well suited for most products and can be used for anything from e-commerce websites, print catalogs and brochures to television commercials!

Every project has completely different challenges and requirements so often it's necessary to adjust our standard rates (up or down) according to the product. The best way to find out what your project will cost is to contact us with your specific number and type of products.

You'll find that our rates some of the most competitive on the internet! There are no minimum shot requirements, no expensive studio fees, and no hidden charges. All images are royalty free and include the following:

  • High Resolution RGB photo
  • One free re-shoot (if required)
  • Clipping Path/Hand Outline
  • Background Removal
  • Natural or Artificial Shadows
  • Photoshop Layers (product, shadow, background)
  • Airbrushing/Retouching (up to 5 minutes)
  • Color Adjustments (upon request)
  • Web Optimization (up to 3 different sizes)
  • Immediate Download
  • User Friendly Online Proofing System
  • Archival of product photos for 1 year

Base Product Photography Rates

Please use this list as a general guideline. It's importanat that you request a quote for your specific products to get the most accurate rates. Please allow 5-10 business days to completely process standard orders.

100+ photos
71-99 photos
$20 per photo
41-70 photos
$25 per photo
21-40 photos
$30 per photo
11-20 photos
$35 per photo
6-10 photos
$40 per photo
2-5 photos
$45 per photo
1 photo
  $60 per photo

Group Product Photography Fees

Any photograph with more than one item would be considered a group shot. We charge an additional fee for this because of the time required to set up, properly light and edit the photograph.

Small Groups (2-3 items)
Add $5
Medium Groups (4-8 items)
Add $10
Large Groups (9-14 items)
Add $20
X-Large Groups (15+ items)

Rush Order Fees

We can only process a limited number of rush orders a day so it's important that you contact us to discuss your needs before sending anything.

Same Day Service
Next Day Service
Add $20
2-3 Day Service
Add $10

Other Services

Clipping Path/Outline
  $10-$20 per photo
Print Prep
$8 per photo
Web Optimization
$2 per size
$2 per photo
Graphic Design
Misc Editing
Background Effects
Shadow Effects
$5 per photo
Color Changes
$10-$20 per photo
Group Seperations
$10 per photo
$20 per photo
FTP Delivery
  $0.15 per MB
Duplicate CD's
$10 per disk
$2-$4 per piece

Get a Free Sample Product Shot

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Not sure if our service is right for you? That's okay! We want to earn your business and are willing to prove it. That's why we offer a FREE product shot for all first time customers.

By taking advantage of our free product shot offer you can experience the entire process from start to finish and make an informed decision on whether what we offer is right for you.

There is no obligation. All you risk is the cost to ship your product to our studio. We'll even pay to ship it back if you're not 100% satisfied!

Free Product Shot Terms:

1) Our free product photo offer is good for one single item or small group photograph not exceeding 2 items.

2) You will not be licensed or permitted to use the photograph. The free product shot offer simply allows us to show you our studio workflow, proofing procedures, and quality of our photography and editing techniques.

3) If you'd like full use of the product photograph you're more than welcome to purchase it at the quoted rate.

4) Free return shipping is limited to $10 or about 5lbs and includes all applicable insurance.

About Us

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We are centrally located in Fort Collins, Colorado and can economically photograph your small to medium sized products and have your final edited, high resolution and web optimized images completed on time and within your budget, no matter what size your project or company is.

Nathan Q. Bednarik

product photographer

What makes us different?

  • We specialize in product photography. In fact, it's all we do!
  • We've photographed 10's of 1000's of products since we opened our doors in 2001.
  • We're one of the oldest web-based product photography studios on the internet.
  • Our photos have been featured in dozens of magazine, news and television advertisments.
  • We've earned a reputation for consistantly exceeding our customers expectations. See our testimonials.
  • We have some of the best "per photo" prices you'll find anywhere online.
  • We offer a free product shot to all first time customers.

Thanks for stopping by. Please contact me dircetly if you have any questions or would like to discuss a project.


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"Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully!"

We strive to exceed our clients expectations and is shows! We'd love to hear your comments, suggestions and feedback. If you have an experience or testimonial you'd like to share please contact us.

As a small business it's important for us to pay close attention to our budget. We didn't think we could get such high quality product photos for such a reasonable price... we look forward to working with you again soon.
--Joanna Logan

We've worked with Nathan and his staff for over 3 years now and have never been dissapointed with a single aspect of their product phtoography service... we highly recommend Product!
--April Phillips

I want to thank you guys for such a quick turn around on our photo shoot. Your Rush service is great when we have press deadlines to meet... keep up the good work!
--Eric Bruckner

I've always worked with local photographers... that is until I found I was skeptical about shipping my products at first but now I wish I knew about you guys a long time ago... thanks for the great service.
--Russell Limon

I must say that we've been very impressed with the quality of your work...our photos always look fabulous! We can't wait to get some more out to you...
--Tiffany Evans

Thanks you for the INCREDIBLY FAST service...I don't know what I would have done without you guys! I've already referred 3 people to you in the last month...
--Mary Price

I didn't know a whole lot about digital photography and Nathan took the time to answer all my questions in detail before we got started... thank you for the exceptional customer support before and after our transaction.
--Stacy Mullin

Thanks you for the great, professional service. We've noticed a 30% increase in web sales in the last month after adding our new product shots to the web site and it looks like this month will be even better...
--John Macioro

I would recommend to any small business. My e-mails have always been answered in record speed, even over the weekend and I have never been disappointed with a photo... thanks guys!
--Bradley Alvarez

We have used Product Image since 2002 for all our website and catalog photography and have been delighted with their ongoing quality and service... we highly recommend their tiered pricing...
--Susan Grainger

In our market it is important that our products look perfect...we have been very impressed your creativity and reliability...we get comments on how great out product shots are all the time! Thanks!
--Nicole Salem

I've spent hours on end trying to shoot my own product photos. Now I can focus on other aspects of my business. You guys made our products look amazing...
--Jackie McCormick

Nathan is very professional and easy to work with...he and his team were able to get 25 photos taken, proofed, edited and e-mailed back to me within 3 days. Thank you for the quick turn around and reasonable pricing!

--Jake Bruiner

I can always count on you guys to meet my deadlines, even the one day turn arounds! I appreciate your hard work and look forward to continuing our business relationship.
--John Westin

You answered all 100 of my questions, matched your competitors price and completely blew us away with the quality of your work. We're so glad that we chose
--Nick Dorland

Thank you for being professional and easy to work with... most importantly, thank you for being patient with all my knit picking...the photos look geat!
--Jody Ferris

If you're thinking about getting some product photos done, these guys are the best... their turn around was quick and their prices were very competitive. Thanks for everything...
--Kai Richards

Everything looks fantastic! Thank you for the beautiful photos.We look forward to working with you as we add new products to out catalog and web site.
--Michelle Sullivan

So far I have tried three different photographers and have not been happy until now... the quality of your work is much more impressive and get this...your prices were better than everyone else too!
--Jack Brady continues to meet or exceed all our expectations. They have a unique approach that works well and their pricing is very competitive compaired to the hourly rates I use to pay.Thank you guys!
--Chris Winfield

We have worked with on several projects now and every time we are impressed with the results. The creativity that was demonstrated in our last project absolutely blew me away. The team is such a pleasure to work with. Thanks for making it so easy!
--Nichole Rostad

Product Photos Featured In

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Our product photography has been published in many major news and magazine publications over the years. If you've recently received some press and have used one of our product shots, we'd love to hear about it!


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  1. How do I get started?

    1) Request a quote using our online form or give us a call to discuss the scope of your project and we'll create a proposal for you within 1 business day.

    2) Arrange for a free product shot! That's right, we'll shoot any one product free of charge so you can decide for yourself whether or not our service is right for you. Please note that some restrictions apply. Click here for complete details.

    3) Package and send your products. Please include a packing slip, an order form, instructions and/or any sample photos you'd like the photographer to reference when shooting your product.

    4) That's it! We'll photograph and edit your product as soon as they arrive!

  2. How does your Queue work?

    We operate on a first-in, first-out shooting system that we call a queue. As soon as your shipment of products arrives your project is put in queue and you are notified via e-mail with our shooting schedule and will be given an estimated completion date.

    Usually the completion date will be accurate within +/- 1 business day(s), however, we can not guarantee a delivery date unless you select our rush service.

    When rush orders are received they immediately go to the front of the queue which can cause additional delays for standard orders.

  3. Can you Guarantee a turn around date?

    Yes, we can guarantee the completion date of your project if you use any of our rush services. Please contact us before shipping any rush projects.

    We can not guarantee the turn around of your project when using our standard service. Please allow for 5-10 days.

  4. How do you define a group shot?

    We charge slightly higher rates for group shots because of the extra time required for set-up and editing of the photo.

    We have two group photo classifications: small groups and large groups. A photo with 8 or fewer pieces would be billed as a small group. A photo consisting of 8 or more pieces would be billed as a large group.

    If you're not sure where your products fit just give us a call and we'll be happy to discuss your project.

  5. Can you shoot one large group of all my products and seperate them into individual images?

    Yes, you can do this but we don't recommend shooting more than a few items at once. If you try and cram 50 small products into one photo and then seperate them you will most likely have items with inconsistent perspectives, lighting, shadowing, and reflectons. Not to mention, not every product will be in full focus.

  6. Can you add two or more photos together to make one?

    Yes. We call this a coposite or composition photograph. Many times a client will only have one prototype product and will want a group shot showing that item from two or more angles (open & closed for example). Typically is costs more for this type of shot because of the additional editing time required. Contact us for details.

  7. How much editing is included in the price of a photo?

    Usually, we do any minor retouching, perspective correction and color adjustments free of charge. If your product photo requires additional retouching it will be billed at our hourly editing rate. All additional editing is done with your authorization only.

  8. How many photos can you process a day?

    That's a difficult question. We can photograph 100's of items a day depending on their size but to completely process (photograph, proof, edit, approval) a photo it takes some time... Usually 2-3 days per photo depending on how long a client takes to get back to us on proofs.

    Assuming we skipped the entire proofing process and just combined the total time spent on each photo (shooting and editing the photo), on average we can complete about 10 photos per hour.

    On occasion with larger projects we will outsource a significant portion of editing which allows us to complete photos much quicker.

  9. What excatly to I get if I use your service?

    Aside from prompt responses to all inquiries and excellent customer service, here's what you get when you purchase a photo from us:

    - Studio time for one photo layout
    - Online or e-mail proofing of original photo
    - One Free reshoot
    - Detailed hand-outline or clipping path
    - background removal
    - Three layer seperation (product, shadow, background)
    - Five minutes of free retouching per photo
    - Three different sized web-optimized jpegs of each photo
    - Delivery of all images on CD-rom
    - Detailed receipt
    - Archival of original photos for 6 months


  1. How soon will I get my photos back?

    There are many factors that will determine your projects turn around time. Typically these factors include: the number of photos you need, any additional retouching requirements you may have and how many projects we have queued before you.

    Typically we can turn a project around within 5-10 days using our standard service. In most cases we'll have them finished much sooner.

    We also offer a same-day, next-day and a 2 day service for tight deadlines.

  2. How are images delivered?

    We're very flexible with image delivery. Typically we'll e-mail all web optimized photos. High resolution files are sent via CD-Rom and can also be downloaded from our website.

  3. Can you work directly with our publisher or web developer?

    Sure, we do it all the time! Many people we work with don't have the time or patience to understand all the intriquicies involved with web development and print processing. Put us in touch with your publisher or web designer and we'll get them whatever they need so you can focus on your business.

  4. How are products returned?

    We prefer that you include return shipping labels or a UPS account number with your order for all return shipping charges. We can also bill you for shipping charges at standard rates. Usually we'll use USPS Priority or UPS Ground but can use any carrier you'd prefer.


  1. Are there any limitaion on how we use our photos?

    No, all photos are royalty free. The original owner can use them however, when ever and as much as they want.

  2. What exactly does Royalty Free mean?

    Royalty-Free is a loosely defined term typically used when speaking of Stock Photography. Every photographer or agency has their own method for dealing with licensing but US Copyright law gives the copyright holder complete control over how "intellectual property" may be used and reproduced.

    Basically, once an image is photographed, regardless of the object depicted in the photo, it is by federal law the property of the photographer. Many photographers charge royalties or commissions on their photos depending on how they are used.

    All of the photos purchased from are royalty-free and can be used by the original owner however they desire.


  1. Can you design sets for shooting our products?

    We tend to shy away from many projects requiring tedious or labor intensive set designs because they require much more of our resources and drive costs up substantially.

    Most of the products we photograph are used for web sites and simple print catalogs or brochures. Photos such as these only require a white background or digitally enhanced effects.

    Please contact us to discuss your needs. If we can't help then we'll be happy to refer you to another photographer that can.

  2. What backgrounds do I have to choose from?

    Our shooting tables are set up with seemless white or grey backdrops. At this time that is the only option we offer.

    If you need something photographed on a different type or color background please contact us to discuss your project. If we can't help then we'll be happy to refer you to another photographer.

  3. Do you shoot on location?

    Unfortunately, we are not mobile. If you need someone to come to your location we suggest finding a local photographer. Give us a call and we'll be happy to help you locate one.

  4. What kind of products can you photograph?

    We do not have limitations on the type of products we photograph. We'll take pictures of anything! If you are unsure please contact us before sending anything.

  5. Do you have product size limitations?

    We specialize in tabletop photography. The rule of thumb is that if you can ship it, then we can shoot it. Obviously there are always exceptions so please contact us if you're unsure.

  6. Can I sit in on my photo shoot?

    Because of the nature of our first-in, first-out queue it is very difficult to determine exactly what day and time we'll be shooting your products so we dont typically have clients sit in on the shoot.


  1. What file types do you provide?

    We can create and send your final images in any file format you need. Just let us know your specifications before we begin editing.

    Most often we are asked to provide original images as layered Photoshop (PSD) files. If you do not have Photoshop then we'll provide a TIFF version. All web images are resized to your specs and compressed as jpegs.

  2. What resolution will my photos be?

    Resolution is a tricky thing to understand. Please see our Guide on Understanding Resolution if you're not clear on how it relates to photography.

    We use a few different cameras ranging from 6-12 megapixels (up to 4400x3000 pixels). We select a camera based on your requirments so please let us know how you will be using your photos before we start your project.

  3. How large can I print my photos?

    The native print size of our best camera is about 14"x10" @ 300dpi. The standard for professional printing is 300dpi but every publication has different requirements. Check out our guide to understanding resolution for a deeper understanding photography resolution.

  4. How do you insure color accuracy?

    We make every effort to keep our computer monitors, cameras and lighting calibrated to insure consistent color translation of your products

    There are many factors that may alter the way you see the colors of your product shot. For instance, every color can appear slightly different from one person, monitor and operating sysetm to another.

    Another significant factor is what type of lighting you're in when viewing images on screen vs. the actual product. Fluorescent lighting will make an item appear to have cooler (bluish) colors where as incandescent lighting gives everything a warmer (orange/yellow) color.

    Color balancing is an art in itself and takes a good eye. If you feel the colors of your photo are off please let us know and we can make all necessary adjustments in editing.

  5. Do you offer 360 degree photography?

    We no longer offer this service because we've found it to not be very economical for most of our clients.

  6. What kind of retouching can you do?

    Everything from simple spot touching to color changes to complicated image reconstruction projects. We pride ourselves on being extremely proficient in the Photoshop arts.

  7. What's the difference between RGB and CMYK?

    This is a very common question that can be confusing to answer. Basically, RGB and CMYK are the two most commanly referenced "color modes" used in digital (RGB) and print (CMYK) media.

    Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) are "additive colors". When you combine red, green and blue light you will get white light.

    RGB mode, is optimized for displaying images on your computer monitors and peripherals.

    Cyan, Magenta and Yellow (CMYK) are "subtractive colors". If we print cyan, magenta and yellow inks on white paper, they absorb the light shining on the page. Since our eyes receive no reflected light from the paper, we perceive black.

    The printing world operates in CMYK mode.

General Questions

  1. Can you edit some photos that I've taken myself?

    Sure. We do this all of the time. If you have some product photos that just need some minor retouching or background removal give us a call and we'll be happy to edit a free sample and give you a quote.

  2. Do you do any other types of photography?

    Commercial product photography is all our studio specializes in.

  3. Will you work for trade?

    Believe it or not we get asked this quite a bit. Usually, we'll decline but it cant hurt to ask. If you have a cool new product and are working on a tight budget we might consider it.

  4. Do you require a deposit to get started?

    If you are paying with your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit cards we do not ask you to send a deposit. An authorization will be run on your card before shooting begins.

    If you'd prefer to pay by check then we ask that you send a 50% deposit with your order to get started. Final payment is due before we'll release the final photos.

Contact Us

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Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm MST. Please give us a shout if you'd like to discuss your project.

By E-mail:

By Phone:
(970) 310-0521

By Mail:
Attn: Nathan Bednarik
4920 Boca Del Rio Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80524

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