Creating an e-commerce store has really become a viable way of starting a business. With the development of technology, anyone can buy anything with a push of a button on their smartphone through platforms like Amazon or eBay. It doesn't become necessary for a customer to have to physically walk into a store to buy a product. However, because of the smaller startup costs than a physical store on the high street, the market is heavily competitive.
When a new customer finds your product, probably having gone through hundreds of other online stores before you, they will make a very quick judgement based on their first impression. Although the design of the website and the branding need to be attractive, at the end of the day they only act as a support to your product. The main point of focus will be how you display your products through the photography.
Having professionally shot photos might cost a lot more than taking images on a smartphone but you'll definitely see a difference in your sales. Hiring a professional photographer would save you the time and money that you'd have spent buying and learning the technical aspects of a DSLR camera, the lighting and then the software for retouching the photos.
Lighting and retouching are major aspects of taking good product photos for your business. The photographer's job is not finished after the click of a button. Product photos that are poorly lit or pixelated can be spotted very quickly and that will damage the credibility of your brand and the quality of the products. So having images that are bright, clean and crisp will allow the customers to view the product effectively. It needs to replace the fact that they can't physically pick up the product in the store to look at.
If you are thinking about starting an online business or already have an existing one and think you need to update your images, get in touch with your local product photographer and see how you can work with each other.