Monday, September 21, 2009
Etsy Shop Photo Tips
Here’s a little ‘behind the scenes’ look at what goes on around here on a typical morning. Get up, prepare older child for school, get him off to school, work on the days project (be it soaping or sewing) while youngest catches up on Sesame Street, and then we have a photo session of said projects.
Since photo’s can be such a maker or breaker in this fast-paced world we live in, I thought I might delve in what we have learned.
I don’t have a fancy camera, and frankly in my opinion, non of us really need one. As long as it has a range of shots it can take: zoom for close-ups (the flower icon optiion being great for small items), flash and no flash; you’re pretty much good to go. One absolute requirement is that it’s digital, of course
For small objects, I try to find a large window, preferably one that has a roof overhang, patio cover or something that will create a little shade directly above the window (avoid leafy or lattice type shade, it will come out in the photo too ).and set up around noon-2pm for east facing windows. I typically position my objects on a chair, an interesting cloth or beaded runner. I keep in mind the positioning pointers listed above and prepare the camera with no flash. I get as close to the object as I can while still maintaining good focus, hold my breath and then take the photo. I try a bunch of different angles, they can always deleted later. Keep the image as clean as possible, as there’s nothing worse than a great shot with a silly shoelace poking in an unexpected place
Ok, now I’m not going to go into dramatic detail, but I think it is worth pointing out the value of a good photo program. The one I have came with my HP printer/scanner/copier. It’s pretty basic, but I can crop and adjust my photos as needed. The main idea is to get the best photo possible so that once you get to the touch-up stage, there’s not much you need to do.
*Tip* If you are selling items you’re photographing as I am, don’t use the photo options that change the color of your product. As we all know, monitors don’t always display what the camera picked up and the camera may have picked up the color differently than it is in real life. If you have to change the color at all, just make sure that it is as close to what the product actually looks like as possible.
I hope these pointers will help you on your way. I know as soon as I started using these few pointers, my photos have been much more of a success. As said before, "This is only the beginning."
If you have any that you’d like to add, feel free. ; )