Square is launching its own photo studio, utilizing a new mechanical robot that can work a camera, in order to offer cheap but professional product photography for as little as $10 per shoot.
For many start-ups, sourcing quality images of their stock can be a huge financial setback, but Square is aiming to make good product photography a more attainable goal. The process begins when a business ships their product to Square’s photo studio, before choosing their photo package. The options include a pack of three high-resolution, multi-angle photos for just $9.95, or an interactive 360 photo – something becoming increasingly popular for online retailers - for a reasonable $29.95.
After the product has been photographed, it’s sent back to the business owner, and the images will be made available to them within 14 days. Square are also offering discounted rates when orders of over 30 products are requested, which is likely to entice larger, chain retailers.
We use a cutting-edge robotic camera to shoot your product from multiple angles. Then our eCommerce experts identify the best product shots to maximize your online sales.
Special requests are also available, such as drawing attention to specific aspects of your product, or having the photo taken from a certain angle. The only noted restrictions are that products need to be “84 inches in combined length and girth—meaning the length of the longest side plus the distance around the thickest part of your object can’t exceed 84 inches,” and a maximum weight of 20 pounds.
PetaPixel also reports:
The resulting images are the property of the Square Photo Studio, but come with a “perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide copyright license to use the images for any use” as long as that use doesn’t violate Square’s Terms of Service or the specific Photo Studio terms they’ve drafted.
Check out the video to see more.
What does this mean for the future of product photography?