Point and shoot equals point and retch for product photography
Photography seems to be getting easier and easier, as cameras that are capable of taking professional quality photos get cheaper and cheaper.
But just because the cameras are available, doesn’t mean just anyone has the abilities, or the equipment to take professional quality photographs. I used to work for a company which sold products, and I’m pretty handy with a camera, and own a good one. I was taking pretty nice landscapes and portraits at the time, so they thought I could also take product shots as well. Saves time and money you know?
Now as any product photographer will tell you, it’s not just the camera. It’s the lighting, the backgrounds and the skills as well. And though I could muddle through, it still took far too long in photoshop cleaning up the images to save time. It did save photography costs, but those were offset by having to send other tasks I could be doing to outside vendors.
In the end, the net gain was probably zero in money and time saved, and a drop in quality of the finished product shot.
I frequently hear businesses talking about how they now shoot everything in-house, with people who have no training in photography taking product shots. These are the images that sell your products, and people have expectations to see professional quality photography in your marketing pieces and on your website.
Ignore their expectations at your own peril.