Helpful Studio Kit for Product Photography

There’s more to product photography than just cameras, lenses and lights — photography studios are often filled with endless bits and pieces of kit that can all help make the job easier and more efficient.

In this class Karl shares some of the other pieces of equipment and simple accessories you’ll commonly find in a commercial studio.

From mirrors to silk gloves and acrylic rods, these bits of equipment can help with fixing items in position, controlling light, and making your studio space safer to work in.


  1. jeahn

    Hello! Thanks for all this amazing kit info. Do you recommend a specific brand of gloves for handling glossy products? I’d like something I can use a long time and just wash as needed.

    1. Hi, I don’t know what you mean by ‘butter paper’, before using actual diffusion paper such as LEE 216 or Rosco translucum we used architect tracing paper.

      1. Karl – when you used architect tracing paper, would you use multiple sheets stacked on top of each other to reduce the light transmission and create more diffusion?. The LEE 216 only allows 36% light transmission while I would imagine a single sheet of tracing paper would allow almost all of the light to penetrate.

        1. Hi Kay, yes I would double it, one sheet on each side of the scrim frame but don’t get hung up on transmission rates, LEE also do other papers that transmit different rates. The important part is not the transmission amount but the way the light spreads across the paper and what the gradient looks like, there are also materials by Rosco and you can experiment with other types of fabric if you must. The only thing you should be interested in is what does the reflection of the gradient light look like in a glossy product because that’s pretty much all that matters.

  2. Richard137

    Good Evening,
    Please May I ask what glue you recommend for securing product onto the acrylic rods ?
    Thank you so much
    Richard A

    1. Hi Richard, we use a hot glue gun that you can get from any hardware store, the glue comes in long sticks specific to the glue gun.

  3. Hi Karl,

    For acrylic mirror , do I need a specific size for product photography or food photography ?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Louna, no not really it’s good to have a few small ones and some big ones I have them from about the size of my hand to about 50cm x 30cm. For very small ones you can just use silver card and also makeup mirrors.

  4. Do you have the exact thickness and transparency info on the white acrylic plastic? I’m trying to buy a few 4’x4′ sheets of it, but it does come in a few thickness from 0.060″ to 0.250″

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