3 steps to improve your watch photography


If you enjoy taking pictures of your watches, these three steps will help you to get many beautiful pictures without spending extra money on expensive cameras. You more likely have a high-quality camera on your phone. The key for great photos is to have the right lighting, tripod, and lock the focus.


The best light for photography


You guessed right that the best light would be the natural light especially early in the first hours after sunrise as well as the first hour before sunset. If you take your watch to take pictures during those times, the light exposure will be much better than, if you wait for the sun to be right above your head. Especially, when you take pictures of watches with larger crystals, it gets much more challenging to get rid of the glare on the crystal.


Great way to take pictures by using the natural light is to place your watch right by the window. I do understand that some of the opportunities to set the watch right by the window might not be the best; however, sometimes, it does work very well. Test it to find out.


Another great location is to go outside and look on colorful background which will give different color contrast. That way, your pictures will have a unique color.




The tripod is a piece of essential equipment to help you to let the camera take the best pictures as possible. Even if you think your arms are steady, the micro shakes will not allow you to make the best pictures. There are many tripods available, and you do not need an expensive one. Any tripod will do the job if they are good enough to hold your cellphone in one spot.


When you place the tripod close to your watch, make sure that you will test various angles, you are trying to shoot the watch. By placing the tripod to different places, you will be able to experiment which specific angle is the best for your style of watch photography.


Lock the Focus


Locking the focus on your camera is very important. You want to make sure that your camera is focusing on the specific part of the watch. In case you zoom in or out, you will still have the same spot focused on which is very important. 


Most of the smartphones do have the function to lock the focus, which stays at the main focus point. You should be using the feature a lot because it makes it much easier to take great pictures.


If you never took pictures of your watches before, you will realize, that it’s not as easy it looks. With the natural light, tripod and lock focus you should be able to improve the quality of your pictures very much. In the end, you will be the judge and I hope that you will be pleased with the way the pictures looked. 


The article was written by Honza Hroch, the founder of Value Your Watch Marketplace.

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