Motorized Turntables for 360 Product Photography

If you want to create an immersive and interactive product experience, the most efficient way forward is with a motorized turntable for 360 product photography.

If you want to create an immersive and interactive product experience, the most efficient way forward is with a motorized turntable for 360 product photography. Whether attempting to reach shoppers on desktop or on mobile, products from jewel-studded watches to trainers can truly benefit from this format. This is where PhotoRobot’s family of rotary turntable robots for 360 product photography comes into play, providing companies with a wide range of turntable solutions in various models, sizes and shapes — all supported by PhotoRobot software for effective control and automation.

PhotoRobot’s guide to motorized turntables for 360 product photography

Creating remarkable 360 product photography for e-commerce means mastering a wide range of moving parts, from machinery like motorized turntables to lighting setups, control and automation of the cameras and equipment, image post-processing and more.

The goal is to create truly immersive, interactive product experiences for online shoppers. The more detailed and informative, the more likely content is to not only trigger purchases but also to generate buzz and awareness around your products and ultimately your brand.

In this guide, we’ll explain motorized turntable photography for 360 product content, examine PhotoRobot’s family of turntable robots, and describe how to use PhotoRobot turntables and software to effectively showcase products in today’s digital world.

What is motorized turntable photography?

A motorized turntable is a computer-assisted rotary device for rotating objects 360 degrees on a transparent glass plate in order to capture photos from select angels. Whether it’s for creating still shots, 360° spins, product videos or even capturing photos to build 3D models for digital marketing or for AR / VR experiences, it’s all possible with a motorized turntable for 360 product photography.

A clear glass rotary plate enables cameras to capture photos underneath products, while also serving the purpose of making the items appear to “float” in thin air. This gives photographers complete control over how the product is illuminated, and likewise reduces the need for time-consuming image post-processing after the product photoshoot. 

While rotary turntables serve many purposes as stand-alone devices, it’s also advantageous to pair them with additional accessories and other machinery. There are tools for lighting setups, which are especially beneficial for 360 product photography, and there is also a wide range of compatible PhotoRobot machines such as the Robotic Arm or the Cube to better manage the entire photoshoot process. 

Advantages to using a motorized turntable for 360 product photography

Synchronous rotation devices such as PhotoRobot’s motorized turntables, the Cube and more make it not only easier to capture perfect photos for 360 photography but also to automate everything from the photoshoot to the image post processing and publishing to the web. 

For a richer, more informative product experience

One obvious advantage to the imagery created on motorized turntables is the positive impact on the product experience. By presenting products from various angles or in 360-degree formats, brands provide customers with more interactive and immersive product content, while also serving the purpose of better informing consumers about the product itself.

For online marketplaces like Amazon and Shopify

Then, there’s 360 product photography for Amazon and Shopify, who both have begun supporting spin imagery on their product pages. 360° spin photos often have a positive impact on triggering purchases as well as on reducing overall returns. This is likely due to the fact that shoppers are more likely to receive exactly what they expect from their purchase, as they have more information on hand and a better understanding of the product before they buy it.

For B2B marketing and sales presentations

Motorized turntable photography also has benefits in regards to B2B sales, in which more informative and interactive product presentations can show all the moving parts of a product. This can be especially true for more complex or larger products such as appliances, electronics and heavy machinery. With product presentations in 360-degrees, product spins, or even 3D models for AR / VR content, products can be brought to life anywhere in vivid detail.

Devices and products for 360 motorized turntable photography

Now, what products do you need for 360 product photography with a motorized turntable? This is where PhotoRobot comes into play, with a wide range of turntable robots as well as companion devices to enhance your photography and maximize workflow in the studio.

PhotoRobot’s Wide Glass Centerless Table

PhotoRobot’s Wide Glass Centerless Table represents a flagship in the evolution of 360 product photography with motorized turntables. Thanks to PhotoRobot automation and control software as well as its unique lighting system, the Centerless table makes a welcome addition to any studio. It’s 50 inch glass plate is suitable for a wide range of objects, and the machine comes with various features including line lasers, a clean white fabric background, integrated flags, light booms and more.

PhotoRobot’s Robotic Arm

PhotoRobot’s Robotic Arm makes a great companion to the Centerless Table and is likewise compatible with the majority of PhotoRobot’s rotary devices. It is the ideal solution for  online shops, transforming product content from a single 360° spin to a 3D product experience. The robotic swing arm provides cameras complete range over the 0-90° axis, and together with the rotation of the table allows for image capture at any angle of the top-view of the product.

PhotoRobot’s Cube

PhotoRobot’s Cube is another device worth considering for 360 turntable photography. Its design makes it extremely useful for shooting products like apparel and fashion accessories or items that need to be suspended in air like bags, chandeliers, and light fittings. The Cube is particularly popular for its versatility and functionality, providing a universal and portable solution for motorized turntable photography.

Replicating the in-store shopping experience

Online, your images are your products, so it makes sense to replicate or improve on the in-store shopping experience with 360-degree turntable photography. In this way, not only are you better informing potential consumers about your products, you are also enriching the digital experience of online shopping.

Along these lines, PhotoRobot’s flexible tools for 360 product photography are solutions made by photographers for photographers. PhotoRobot knows very well all of the complex moving parts of product photography, and our solutions aim to maximize efficiency, workflow, and all processes relating to the photoshoot. 

To learn more, reach out to us today for a free consultation with one of our specialist technicians to discuss all of the options available for your needs. No matter if you’re running a small online shop or an industrial-scale photography operation, PhotoRobot has tools to meet the demands of any 360 product photography project!

Published:

12.11.2020