The best file type to set your camera/phone to are called RAW files sometimes called DNG, NEF, CR2, or ARW depending on the camera you have. For phones it’s usually called DNG or .dng
JPG (or .jpeg or .jpg) is your typical file that your camera/phone is probably already set to. If you have no idea what a RAW file is or how to set your camera/phone to RAW then don’t worry about it. JPG will work just fine. Most of the photos I’ve edited were JPG.
Single/main full knife angle
For the single angle images that I do most of the time have the camera not straight above the knife but angle it slightly down and slightly to the right (or left depending on which side of the knife you’re photographing). See the single angle example photos HERE and notice how you can see a little bit of the front of the guard where it meets the blade (but not too much) and you can see the underside on the frame handle knife for example.
Try different angles and send all of the photos so I can pick the best.
Side/extra angles for double and triple angle images
The extra angles of the knife included in double and triple angle images can be very different depending on the knife and what parts of the knife you want to highlight. Try to copy some of the images HERE to help you with your angles. Try and get most of the image in focus but especially try and get the area you’d like to highlight in focus.
Try a few different angles and send all of the photos so I can pick the best.
Single/main full knife angle framing:
When photographing the single/main full knife that we talked about above make sure to get as close to the knife with the camera/phone as you can without cutting/cropping the knife off. Sometimes by getting close to the knife you block some good lighting or maybe the camera/phone won’t focus that close. In those kinds of cases just get as close as you can without sacrificing too much good light or whatever it may be.
Framing other angles for double and triple angle images:
When framing the extra angles of the knife you see in the double and triple angle images it’s not always best to get too close but too far can be a problem too so try and copy some of the side angle images you can see HERE but give them a little extra space for me to work with. When in doubt just take a bunch of photos with all different framing and send them.
Try and get even lighting without too many areas that are pure black dark or pure white light but a little here and there is fine.
Try and get a bunch of different photos with different lighting and send them all.