Also, this tutorial is not a guide on how to use your camera. I touch on a few very basic concepts of camera usage. If you guys want a camera tutorial, you are going to have to look elsewhere. Honestly, mine stays on "auto".
This is Part One: Photographing Inanimate Objects
Part Two: Incorporating People, will be tomorrow.
Annnndddd....Without further ado, on to the guide!
Here are some of the first pictures I took for my etsy shop, back in 2009 when it was only vintage:
- Be creative.
- Do not overly photoshop your pictures.
- Make sure to use a nice bright light.
Fast forward a few years to 2012. Hopefully I've grown, right? About 6 months ago I was hired to create an Etsy shop for a local consignment store to feature their beautiful jewelry, and vintage odds and ends. Here are some of the pictures from their store that I designed and shot:
Lesson two consists of knowing how to use your surroundings to the fullest. Look at what is around you. Use it to capture the idea that you are trying to sell (trust me, Etsy is all about selling ideas).
I learned to use woodgrain. Everything looks better on woodgrain.
The best time to take pictures is very early in the morning, right when the sun is coming up, or late in the evening, right when the sun heading to sleep. These times are called "the golden hour". Taking pictures in the golden hour is just about amazing.
The fourth thing I learned is when all else fails, you can always center things! This is nice, because it requires less thinking.
Good luck! And if you guys have any photographic tips, please feel free to comment. I am always looking for more pointers!
Be sure to check out my other Etsy tutorials!
Packaging on Esty: After the Sale
The 3 Most Common Etsy Mistakes