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Shop Makeover Series: Are Your Photos Frontpage Worthy?

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After hearing the many Etsy sellers discussing what it takes to be chosen for the Etsy home page, StudioCherie decided to share some helpful tips on her blog, Studio Cherie. (A great resource for Etsy sellers!) She also shared the tip in the Shop Makeover flickr group. We love to see sellers sharing their knowledge, so we’re reposting her wisdom below. Check out the original post here.

We see versions of this question posted daily on the Etsy forums: “Are my photos Treasury worthy?” “Why am I never picked for the Etsy front page?” Answers abound in the form of photography tips and tricks and networking advice. In my opinion, what most of us are missing in our own photography is the vital element of perspective. How do your photos look side by side with those that are appearing on the front page? Using Etsy’s Poster Sketch you can easily check for yourself and, in some cases, make adjustments to your existing photos to make them work.

First, go to Poster Sketch. (I bookmarked it, so I can click on it anytime and get to work.) Load the Poster Sketch with the item(s) of yours that you want to test, along with items you have seen on the front page. I started with the photo above because I thought it was so great and I could not understand how so many front pages featuring these colors could get posted and not one of them feature my bag. What I discovered was that while my bag was photogenic, showing it in its entirety was keeping it out of Treasuries. There was too much white space and the photo lost all of its punch. After cropping the photo closer, it becomes Treasury worthy. Here is a screen shot of the finished sketch. My bag is in the lower left corner.
[List of sellers in this sketch in order of appearance: outoftheflames, randomscraps, humbledaisyhandmade, ragnazidnar, livepoultry, petalandpink, thepaintedlily, rachel323, khphillips, debbyaremdesigns, patapri, studiocherie, studiocherie, sagegold, rachel323, elephannie]

Using this method, I have discovered that some of my bags need a fresh photo shoot. The last photo in the third row of the poster above is a detail shot of a cute bag, but I am afraid that the fabric is a lot better in person than it is in the photos. This shot might work a little better, but I am afraid it is still too washed out and small for the front page. The door and the brick wall is more interesting than the bag. Can you be brutally honest with yourself? I have to accept that this bag is not front page material and never will be.

 

Here is another Poster Sketch I put together with one of my bags in each row. Each row could be the start of a complete treasury. I think they hold up to scrutiny along side the most popular sellers. With this method, now I don’t have to guess if my photos are Treasury worthy, I can check them myself!

Sellers appearing in this sketch in order of appearance: rachel323, studiocherie, larimeloom, LittleSparrowNest, studiocherie, makool, sherrytruitt, redrubyrose, totusmel, dillondesigns, studiocherie, maryandangelika, paintedmetal, studiocherie, livepoultry, imagesofbeauty

Are your photos Treasury worthy? What makes your photographs stand out? Leave your tips and tricks in the comments! And if you’re participating in the Shop Makeover Series, post a link to your before and after shots! Check out the Etsy Shop Makeover Flickr pool here.

Seller Handbook | Shop Makeover Series

  • Sinta

    Sinta says:

    Thanks for the tips! I need to definitely figure out my photography style. I think I've been on the FP only once, but I'm not complaining :) I have a long way to go! Thanks for these series!

    6 years ago

  • Cajajewelry

    Cajajewelry says:

    This is very helpful, with the New Year we wanted to makeover our shop so thanks for the new way to look at my photos!

    6 years ago

  • CoventryRoad

    CoventryRoad says:

    Very interesting!

    6 years ago

  • Doodlage

    Doodlage says:

    Great article!

    6 years ago

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo says:

    huh. interesting.

    6 years ago

  • BluCille

    BluCille says:

    Neat ring!

    6 years ago

  • EndlessVintage

    EndlessVintage says:

    This was helpful. I wish i had a better space to photograph my vintage items, but i prefer to do it outside in natural light since the lighting in our apartment is poor . :( My next apartment will have great lighting.. and i'll get some nice dressforms.

    6 years ago

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun says:

    wonderful article thanks for all the great tips

    6 years ago

  • ginapina

    ginapina says:

    This article gives no real photography tips and this line really irks me: "I have to accept that this bag is not front page material and never will be." There is a photo of a bag just like the one you say is NOT front page material on the front page right now! Also in your Related Items you show a complete item floating in white space which also makes the front page. Very confusing.

    6 years ago

  • theGlassOnion

    theGlassOnion says:

    Excellent tip. Perspective is key, especially in the listing's first photo. There are 4 other image slots to show the item in it's entirety.

    6 years ago

  • rubyrougebuttons

    rubyrougebuttons says:

    Great article. Thanks for all the useful advice! Will definitely try to change my pictures to make them fp worthy!

    6 years ago

  • olivehuedesigns

    olivehuedesigns says:

    Good tips. It's a little harder with prints because it hard to "pose" them, but I'm workin' on it!

    6 years ago

  • parallelbotany

    parallelbotany says:

    I think part of my problem is that I have an ancient digital camera and simply cannot afford a better one right now. My old Fuji FinePix can only do so much. Personally, I'm not a big fan of blank white backgrounds. I find them sterile and blah.

    6 years ago

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer says:

    This is one of the most helpful articles I've seen - great to see it in action - Thank you!

    6 years ago

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes says:

    makes me think I need to retake a lot of photos :(

    6 years ago

  • christinececelia

    christinececelia says:

    Cute picks!! Love um!!!!! :D

    6 years ago

  • Corrabelle

    Corrabelle says:

    I actually like the first photograph better. I can tell what the item actually IS. While the close up might give us a lot more color, the fabric in this particular purse is so busy that it's hard to tell exactly what it is (if we were looking at a thumbnail like you'd see on the front page). I understand how different angles can offer new perspectives and interest, but I dont think it's always neccessary to sell an item, or to gain attention, especially when it makes you have to get nose to nose with your screen to understand what the item is. Angle or no angle, I should be able to tell what it. If you're worried about white space, try attractive backgrounds, complimentary, simple fabrics, papers etc.

    6 years ago

  • Corrabelle

    Corrabelle says:

    sorry, should read "i should be able to tell what it IS".

    6 years ago

  • sungazer

    sungazer says:

    I think that the poster idea is a clever one (thanks! :) ) but I agree with the other commenters that this doesn't really address the issue of what, exactly, makes one photo "Front Page Worthy" and another one not. Why is the close-up of your bag better, for example? Why is the close-up of the other bag not? Why is it okay to show a bag hanging from a girl's hands, but not another bag from a doorknob? Is it the bag? Or is it the photo? Your example suggests that the problem is with your BAG - it doesn't work as a close-up, it doesn't work hanging on a knob - rather than with the PHOTOS you've taken of it. That's not exactly helpful, and doesn't address the question you raise in your post title.

    6 years ago

  • randomscraps

    randomscraps says:

    Great article! Thanks for all the tips!

    6 years ago

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry says:

    Interesting idea using poster sketch to see how your pieces measure up! I think that what makes one photo front page worthy that differs from another all has to do with intrigue. And what makes one photo or item intriguing over another changes with the each piece for me.

    6 years ago

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake says:

    Thank you for the tips! I would love to see my items on the front page.

    6 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    Happy to see the blood flowing here. It is all very subjective, and I hope to inspire a few people to use the poster sketch tool to their own advantage as their own eye dictates. Thanks to all of you who have posted your encouragement on the blog as well.

    6 years ago

  • TulaaJewelry

    TulaaJewelry says:

    Wow, sure does seem to be a lot of criticism for someone who is only giving some advice. She has valid points about how to present your items. The photos are meant to entice someone into wanting to see more of your work, a teaser, like "hmmm, what is that? I want to know more." Then, click, they are in your shop! I don't think the thumbnail should always be so obvious. The fabric of her one purse is visually appealing enough for me to want to know what it is. And I think it is plain rude to suggest that it is just her bag that is lacking if it doesn't photo well. Tell that to your dear Grandmother who has never taken a decent photo in her life, but is the most beautiful woman you know in person! Try to be kind people. We are here to support each other!

    6 years ago

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo says:

    I think the article gives great points and ideas. I see many pics that with just a little cropping or editing would be more eye catching. In fact I edit photos for sellers just for fun cause I like to help out. Pictures should be clear and in focus. I know having a great camera helps but working images out in a program like picnik can give it the lighting contrast and sharpness they need without distorting the image. I have had people ask where I get my pics done or if I own a studio. lol. I have a patio with natural light, a cardboard homemade photo box and a fuji finepix that is blurry from me dropping it . This shows you want kind of images are striking. Maybe it will help with the creativity the next time items need listing.

    6 years ago

  • StudioElan

    StudioElan says:

    This use of Poster Sketch is very creative! I use a similar technique to test my own photo's FP worthiness. I do a search that I know one of my items will show up in or look at the category page it appears on. I look at the page in gallery view and if my photo isn't the one on the page that grabs my eye -I retake or tweak the photo until it is. I spend a lot of time on my photos and it has paid off -I average one front page appearance a week. You can see a bit of a shop makeover by looking at my old sold items and compare them with similar items for sale in my shop now.

    6 years ago

  • neverenoughhours

    neverenoughhours says:

    Great information. Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    Thanks for the tip, StudioElan, you do have excellent photos. I think that is a great way to simulate having a buyer's perspective!

    6 years ago

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese says:

    Thanks for the tips! I will gobble up any info from you experienced sellers who are so thoughtful to share your time and advice with me!

    6 years ago

  • MaryZoom

    MaryZoom says:

    One of my goals for this year is to really move to the next level when it comes to photography excellence. These are great tips that will help us all - Thanks so much!!!

    6 years ago

  • sungazer

    sungazer says:

    "And I think it is plain rude to suggest that it is just her bag that is lacking if it doesn't photo well." TualaTreasury, she _herself_ said that "I have to accept that this bag is not front page material and never will be." How, exactly, is it rude to point that out? Again, what does that have to do with the _photo_? I came here hoping for advice on improving my _photos_ - like the title suggests. Telling us that the way to improve our photos is to not take photos of items that "aren't front page material" isn't particularly helpful. I mean, isn't that kinda a given? And she's not "only giving some advice." If that were the case, this would be happening in the forum. Since this advice is being offered here in the Storque, it should be held to a higher standard than "some stuff that might be useful plus some obvious observations." I DO appreciate the advice about using the poster. That's not an obvious thing to do, and it makes a lot of sense. But it is not "rude" to wonder why the rest of the "advice" here is so thin. Sheesh.

    6 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    There is a link in the article to the plethora of photo tips and tricks that are already available. I am afraid I cannot add anything to it myself. Check it out.

    6 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Thank you studiocherie for your tips and insight into the art of picture taking. Great story and read.

    6 years ago

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy says:

    Interesting. I never thought of using Poster Sketch to check my own photos. I will now.

    6 years ago

  • jewelrybyallison

    jewelrybyallison says:

    Thanks for the tips, it was a great read!

    6 years ago

  • SoapRevolution

    SoapRevolution says:

    OMG!!! Thanks so very much for this :) I just spent all day re-doing my photos after reading this. My shop looks so awesome now!! I mean it was good before, but now... Well WOW!! So thank you :) You made my day!

    6 years ago

  • TheEccentricLady

    TheEccentricLady says:

    Thanks for the tip. I have the close ups in with the 5 photos but not the 1st one. I will be changing that!

    6 years ago

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads says:

    I appreciate all your help!

    6 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen says:

    Thank you for this super article - I went to Cherie's blog. It is very informative and a great tool! I really like the fact that this article was first posted on Cherie's blog! and has now made it here. congratulations! Cherie - and I love your comments about your childrens eyes!!!

    6 years ago

  • SugarSpoon

    SugarSpoon says:

    Thank you for this! I see so many great things on Etsy, but the photos....it's so hard to be good at our chosen crafts AND to be great photographers AND have an eye for graphic design. Using poster sketch, which Etsy gives us for free, is such a great idea! Anything that helps us develop our "eye" is worth listening to.

    6 years ago

  • ablemabel

    ablemabel says:

    I love the idea of using the poster sketch!

    6 years ago

  • JetWhitePonytail

    JetWhitePonytail says:

    I agree, using the poster sketch is a neat idea and I like your approach in this article. No--it is not a technical thread, but it doesn't necessarily claim to be! And just throwing this out there---I can't say there is a science to what's on the front page. I've seen some really lovely treasuries neglected and some ones featured that make me say, "Meh." It's all in the Etsy admin's hands, isn't it? But even still, let's all make our shop the best, brightest whether or not it's a headliner. Be proud of your work, your art, yourself.

    6 years ago

  • zombuki

    zombuki says:

    Great idea, thanks for the advice!

    6 years ago

  • lolos

    lolos says:

    Great help!! Thank you so much!! :-)))))

    6 years ago

  • AuntTiff

    AuntTiff says:

    Thanks so much for the great advice!

    6 years ago

  • kingfishercrafts

    kingfishercrafts says:

    Great comments. I would welcome advice/critiques to fulfill my new year's resolution to enhance my photos. Thanks.

    6 years ago

  • Kittycat9

    Kittycat9 says:

    Good advice, as a buyer (not a seller) - I LOVE looking at the front page several times/day. I look for things that aren't always obvious, but really catch my eye. I would be far more likely to check out your bag via the close-up pic vs. the full-view photo. To sellers concerned about people not being able to see the entire object... Give an intriguing, artistic photo - if that means close up/good angle, great - or if displayed in an artful manner great. You can also put a stand alone 'boring' but necessary shot in one of your options. Personally speaking though, one of the major reasons I love Etsy (besides handmade) is viewing the products behind the artistically displayed photos that so many sellers go to great lengths to achieve.

    6 years ago

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree says:

    wow, what a brilliant article!

    6 years ago

  • MyissaG

    MyissaG says:

    This is great. :) Thank you for sharing.

    6 years ago

  • marieflyfly

    marieflyfly says:

    I think you're absolutely right! Great article! I know when I look for items to feature in a treasury I'm always looking for close-ups and interesting angles.

    6 years ago

  • TashaHussey

    TashaHussey says:

    Thanks alot I will take all the advice.

    6 years ago

  • happypaper

    happypaper says:

    I never even knew about Poster Sketch! Thanks so much, this article ROCKS!

    6 years ago

  • zuppaartista

    zuppaartista says:

    great advice! thanks!

    6 years ago

  • fancibags

    fancibags says:

    I have learned alot! Thanks you all so much.

    6 years ago

  • KabiDesigns

    KabiDesigns says:

    Great Article ^_^ Thank you so Much

    6 years ago

  • lilacpop

    lilacpop says:

    Wow, this is so helpful! It really does make a difference seeing your item next to some of the others like that. Thanks for writing this!

    6 years ago

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign says:

    Love the article - just goes to show you there is always room for improvement!

    6 years ago

  • wovenstones

    wovenstones says:

    Great article and great comments! This is such an important subject and important info, especially for us newbies. One thing not addressed in this article is who picks the photos for the front page and, well, would they agree with everything in this article? This is a subjective area, as others have pointed out, so what I think works may not be what makes it up on the front page. My husband and I have been working on our own website for two years and the photography has been the biggest obstacle. There is no substitute for a great camera! If you cant buy one, borrow one, give some product and barter for one, its well worth it. Thanks also for talking about features that I have not yet worked with on Etsy. I can already see some things I can do with photos I already have to maybe make them front page worthy.

    6 years ago

  • ChrissyAnnCeramics

    ChrissyAnnCeramics says:

    Thanks for the tips! I just started taking pics myself.. Taking pics of shiny ceramics is quite challenging, I think I may need a how to manual... I'll try cropping next, great idea thank you! :0)

    6 years ago

  • cintillajewelry

    cintillajewelry says:

    WOW....I have a LOT of work to do. HEY SOAP REVOLUTION YOUR SHOP LOOKS GREAT!!!

    6 years ago

  • budpnq

    budpnq says:

    Great use of the Poster Sketch tool! I've previously only been using it to entertain myself with Treasury making. Thank you so much for the helpful article! :D

    6 years ago

  • rabbithorns

    rabbithorns says:

    Very helpful, thanks. My camera is quite old, but I think I could do better although I don't have software that crops and such. It's just shoot, import, good luck! I'd like to try Poster Sketch though.

    6 years ago

  • cathytrott

    cathytrott says:

    Thank you very much for all the great advice :)

    6 years ago

  • fortheloveofpete

    fortheloveofpete says:

    Very helpful, well written article! I'm going to work on my own photos now!

    6 years ago

  • monaleisa

    monaleisa says:

    What a great article- I had recently finished some quilts (which I usually photograph outside) on a rainy day- well... let's just say I need to change those images! The photograph makes such a huge difference! Thanks so much!

    6 years ago

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted says:

    Thanks for your tips! I can't wait to try Poster Sketch! Great purses by the way!

    6 years ago

  • monkeyseeboutique

    monkeyseeboutique says:

    Thanks for the tips!!

    6 years ago

  • LadybugLimited

    LadybugLimited says:

    Thank you for this post! I have a hard time photographing my hair accessories, so the Poster Sketch tips should help.

    6 years ago

  • LittleGreenSquirrel

    LittleGreenSquirrel says:

    The dream of having a spot on the front page treasury lives on! Thanks for the great tips and keeping my hope alive! :-D

    6 years ago

  • DelightfulFinds

    DelightfulFinds says:

    I've been trying to update my photos and change my style - so your article was both timely and helpful.

    6 years ago

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery says:

    we too have noticed our pics need to be updated, and what a cool way to decide, with the poster sketch tool! thanks so much!!

    6 years ago

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch says:

    This is great info! I appreciate the tips!

    6 years ago

  • redrubyrose

    redrubyrose says:

    Wow, I'm delighted to be featured in this interesting article on front page worthiness.... I just wanted to leave a comment to say I don't use a fancy camera... I have a really old 2 mega pixel Fuji Finepix and a card that only holds enough for 20 photos at a time. Frustrating at times! I try and take photos which are as clean and representative of the item as possible and I use Photoshop for consistent backgrounds.

    6 years ago

  • OneHeartJewelry

    OneHeartJewelry says:

    At the risk of sounding repetitive, photos are one of THE most important ingredients of a seller's page...anywhere on the web. I'm proud to be part of a group of artists that strive for high standards of quality in their work and their shop. That motivates me to stretch further as an artist and business woman. My work is never done... :)

    6 years ago

  • TheSavageCabbage

    TheSavageCabbage says:

    thanks for the tips...time to get brutally honest with myself!

    6 years ago

  • DotsbyAudrey

    DotsbyAudrey says:

    Thank you so much. I definetly have a long way to go to be better at presenting my shop. I appreciate your tips.

    6 years ago

  • barehandedpress

    barehandedpress says:

    I always thought my photos needed a little something and this article has provided a good starting place for my shop makeover. Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • nanouke

    nanouke says:

    This is so useful and it's refreshing to see that one can evolve and learn instead of constantly complaining about it.. Thank you for the tips, I know I can use some improvement on my photos!

    6 years ago

  • romantictreasures

    romantictreasures says:

    Never heard of Poster Sketch until now.. so THANKS!

    6 years ago

  • jemily

    jemily says:

    Thank you so much for the informative information on photos! I have revamped my shop! Old photos: http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.... http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?... New photos: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?... http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?... What a difference!

    6 years ago

  • muxoriginals

    muxoriginals says:

    Great article...I'll definitely try out the Poster Sketch thing. Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • muxoriginals

    muxoriginals says:

    I did it! Check it out and tell me what you think: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33524500@N04/3196010492/

    6 years ago

  • newamsterdam

    newamsterdam says:

    Not to sound like a spoiled brat :), but two of my photos (I sell photographic prints) have been on the front page of Etsy at one point. I got like 700-800 views on them in one day and dozens of people marked me as a favorite. This all sounds nice, but I didn't directly get any sales from it, so I am not quite sure how valuable the front page exposure is. I did sell one of the two prints a while later, but I don't think that was related to the front page exposure. It is an honor, for sure and of course very cool to see your own photo on the front page when you login to your Etsy account in the morning :) I took a screen shot of it and saved it. I am convinced though, that when you sell vintage items or self made items, good pictures are essential to get the attention drawn to your shop (besides relevant tags). The best tip I can give for taking photos of your items, is to use daylight, as opposed to a bright, ugly flash, or yellowish lamp light. I am by no means an expert here, but feel free to contact me with questions. Cheers, ~Nico

    6 years ago

  • SoapRevolution

    SoapRevolution says:

    cintillajewelry: Thanks a bunch!! I am very happy the way my pics are now thanks to this :) Glad you like 'em!

    6 years ago

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget says:

    Great article, I love your bags!!

    6 years ago

  • plusonedesign

    plusonedesign says:

    I'm finding it really interesting that the kind of abstract (tightly cropped, close up etc) photos that tend to make the front page on etsy are not the kind of photos I can use for my products in other places that I sell. Etsy looks so 'artsy' that the abstract photos fit right in. In other venues, photos are much more matter of fact and if I put abstract photos in, people just can't be bothered clicking on the item because it's not immediately obvious to them what it is. I wonder how much the abstract photos get in terms of views vs sales? Are they just being clicked on so that people can see what the item is? Or are they selling better than others too? I guess more clicks means more chances that the right person will see it.

    6 years ago

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio says:

    Thanks, studiocherie! I would also add that different types of items require different backgrounds. :-) I agree with plusone--and I am finding myself aiming for more artsy abstract photos as well, since that's what goes on the FP! :-)

    6 years ago

  • WabiBrookStudio

    WabiBrookStudio says:

    Oh boy, do I need to get busy retaking photos! I'm definitely going to try out Poster Sketch - I didn't know there was such a thing.

    6 years ago

  • theduskyjewel

    theduskyjewel says:

    Thanks for the great article and information provided that will be so helpful.

    6 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    Super tips!! Thanks for sharing.

    6 years ago

  • AREjewellery

    AREjewellery says:

    some really good points to think about here - thank you!

    6 years ago

  • babyoslings

    babyoslings says:

    Thank you so much for he tips!! (I really needed them)I'm excited to get started!

    6 years ago

  • kasiablue

    kasiablue says:

    Thanks for the tips...very helpful:)

    6 years ago

  • elizandaxel

    elizandaxel says:

    Wonderful article with a lot of helpful tips. Thank you! :)

    6 years ago

  • ElleBelleDesigns

    ElleBelleDesigns says:

    Thank you for the advice. I didn't even know that Poster Sketch existed until now. This will definitely help my store!

    6 years ago

  • cre8tvekarma

    cre8tvekarma says:

    great article. But I actually prefer color behind something. a white space is too blah.

    6 years ago

  • hempandmore

    hempandmore says:

    Perspective - very important (got it!) :-)

    6 years ago

  • ConscientiousDesign

    ConscientiousDesign says:

    I am a newbie and this article definitely makes me rethink the black background on my bags. I appreciate the tips. Thanks.

    6 years ago

  • PeteAndRepeatVintage

    PeteAndRepeatVintage says:

    This article actually helped me out a great bunch! I'm new to etsy & my first few pictures came out pretty nice after really taking the time to think about it. I cannot wait to get more and more creative as time goes on.

    6 years ago

  • eclipse

    eclipse says:

    Right now the front page is an all-admin-chosen collection (no curator listed) and two of the photos are items shown in their entirety, surrounded by white space. So I don't actually think that type of photo is an impediment to making the front page. I think that the common recommendation to have "good photos" is not as restrictive as people think- there are all sorts of styles which ca be done well or done badly. It's nice to see a *variety* of photo styles on the front page, since there is more than one type of "good photo". Rather than trying to fit some cookie cutter formula (odd angle+Bokeh+Can't tell what it is= front page) Let each person find the style that suits their brand and their unique items, and try to have the best photos they can within their OWN style.

    6 years ago

  • doublehappiness

    doublehappiness says:

    Great article! I think that perhaps the up close and angled shots could be intriguing, and will encourage people to click through to find out more. At least that's what I'm hoping, because I've just updated my shop with lots of these types of photos! (:

    6 years ago

  • KaylaCoo

    KaylaCoo says:

    Thank you very much for all your advice.x

    6 years ago

  • TattooDreams

    TattooDreams says:

    Great advice. A picture is worth a thousand 'looks'!

    6 years ago

  • That70sShoppe

    That70sShoppe says:

    Great article and tips. Thank you so much.

    6 years ago

  • The7thMagpie

    The7thMagpie says:

    Fab article, photos are like a shop window and draw a customer in. You certainly know your stuff girl:)

    6 years ago

  • FeltedwithLove

    FeltedwithLove says:

    I am learning I hope one day my stuff can make the front page.

    6 years ago

  • willywaw

    willywaw says:

    Now I get it! Thank you!

    6 years ago

  • TheFlamingPearl

    TheFlamingPearl says:

    Thanks for the great article. I have a lot to update on my site to attract more attention and interest!

    6 years ago

  • SusysBibs

    SusysBibs says:

    I've read all of the comments and have yet to try the Poster Sketch - I've bookmarked it for later. Thanks for all the great advice. Outdoor shots are not an option in Saskatchewan at this time of year but I will keep it in mind for the future. I know my photos need some tweaking. First impressions, as in most things, are not to be underestimated. :)

    6 years ago

  • ArtWhims

    ArtWhims says:

    Great article! Very insightful!

    6 years ago

  • mybabydiapers

    mybabydiapers says:

    Great article!! Thanks

    6 years ago

  • AHeronDesign

    AHeronDesign says:

    ::sigh::..thanks for the info about the pictures. Sometimes it can be hard getting that perfect pic. I will continue to read this series...good bit of helpful info

    6 years ago

  • gooseberrymoon

    gooseberrymoon says:

    Really useful, thank you. I'll keep trying to get those perfect pics.

    6 years ago

  • kisharose

    kisharose says:

    This is very helpful! Thanks so much

    6 years ago

  • MissCAlexandria

    MissCAlexandria says:

    Wow great tips! everything is in the photos, its so true, my goal is to get hand picked :)

    6 years ago

  • acaudill042106

    acaudill042106 says:

    Wow.....thanks!

    6 years ago

  • AWEshop

    AWEshop says:

    Great photos are definitely important. I have noticed, when I'm looking at who has more sales (like to like) the better photos always = more sales. Maybe not cropped to where you can't tell what the item is, but definitely cropped in close enough to see lots of color and detail and so that the item is the first and almost only thing you see in the pic. I'd love to be on the front page, but I'd love to have lots of sales even more.

    6 years ago

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 says:

    Thank you for sharing this very useful information.

    6 years ago

  • vivilian

    vivilian says:

    very helpful. thanks for the info

    6 years ago

  • kantikara

    kantikara says:

    Helpful article - thanks, but I also agree with some of the other sellers who feel that a plain white background is just plain sterlie and blah. My stuff is has an earthy feel to it - plain white or a light background sucks the life right out of it. There is a difference between a CLUTTERED background and something DARKER, like, for instance, moss or a log or leaves, which provide a beatuful, somewhat neutral, rich background, but will never show up on the front page. Kinda too bad.....I've been watching the main pages for a long time now and yes, everything looks the SAME like that.

    6 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    I just wanted to pop back in here and say that this article is not so much about backgrounds or cropping or photo tips of any kind (although there is a link to photo tips at the beginning of the article.) It is about perspective, and how to play with poster sketch in a way that can give you a fresh perspective on your items. For each item, the details of background, close up, etc. will vary with the artist's or designer's preference.

    6 years ago

  • karla100

    karla100 says:

    This was definitely helpful; however photographer I am not so I have a lot of work to do.

    6 years ago

  • DanaCastle

    DanaCastle says:

    This was a really helpful article! I always wondered how you could tell whether you were taking an appropriate photo or not.

    6 years ago

  • Soov

    Soov says:

    I learned a lot from this article and worked this weekend for the 20th time taking new photos. Not quite as perfect as I want them but I'm learning and thrilled with the results thus far. Thank you!

    6 years ago

  • variegated

    variegated says:

    Great advice, thanks so much!

    6 years ago

  • ScrapArcs

    ScrapArcs says:

    Wow, I never thought of sticking my photos in my own poster sketch. Great idea!

    6 years ago

  • YapaClothing

    YapaClothing says:

    Oh to take the perfect shot! How easy it sounds and how difficult that really is!

    6 years ago

  • kylieB

    kylieB says:

    I always love reading tips about shop photos! Thank-you!

    6 years ago

  • mireillemanuel

    mireillemanuel says:

    thanks!

    6 years ago

  • ten23designs

    ten23designs says:

    I make vinyl graphics / wall decals... I never know if I should post photos of the actual decals on the walls or created samples of the designs (using illustrator, etc.) I have both in my shop & I am not really happy with either. Any tips or suggestions?

    6 years ago

  • mammysshop

    mammysshop says:

    Thanks for the great tips.

    5 years ago

  • eclecticbysari

    eclecticbysari says:

    This is great, thank you so much for your help!

    5 years ago

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger says:

    There are definitely come great tips here. I'm looking forward to using the Poster Sketch tool for an evaluation.

    5 years ago

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft says:

    Thank you for the article. I need work more

    5 years ago

  • Stompz

    Stompz says:

    TEASE 'EM ---- DON'T CENTER THE IMAGE Not centering is one thing I noticed...funny. I suppose if you want to really catch someones eye, we need to show only a tease. Just an upclose detail of a unique feature that would have been missed in the overall shot....and let the curiosity draw them in. Thank's for the tip...I'll remember that in my next photo session.

    5 years ago

  • rachelsreverie

    rachelsreverie says:

    Thank You for the article. I will have to try and see if it works for my stuff.

    5 years ago

  • HopePennyDesigns

    HopePennyDesigns says:

    how do you use poster sketch? do you upload your photo on there? I'm so lost! Help!!!

    5 years ago

  • roses4mary

    roses4mary says:

    good article to get us thinking! Even better was the tip from studioelan, as he said, you can plainly see the difference in his picture "appeal" when you compare his most recent pics to his old sold stuff. Assymetric, off center, held at a 45 degree angle relative to the frame of the picture seem to draw more attention! good to know for future picture taking!

    5 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    Lot's of ideas going on here!

    5 years ago

  • pattimacs

    pattimacs says:

    Thanks for the great info!

    5 years ago

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte says:

    Great tips!, thank you so much!

    5 years ago

  • scriptito

    scriptito says:

    Thanks for Sharing such great tips. My photos will be getting a makeover. :)

    5 years ago

  • niftyknits

    niftyknits says:

    Better late than never - thanks Cherie for this. Very interesting to read the wide-ranging opinions in the comments above. I'm dismayed that I'd never thought to use poster sketch in this way - I will now.

    5 years ago

  • PurpleToedGypsy

    PurpleToedGypsy says:

    way to go, cherie! Great tips, thanks so much for sharing them. You have so many wonderful ideas, and are so generous with them! thanks pamela

    5 years ago

  • bazketmakr

    bazketmakr says:

    wonderful feature, i will have to try it! go Cherie!

    5 years ago

  • MakeABasket

    MakeABasket says:

    aren't you clever? Can't wait to try it! good job!

    5 years ago

  • delightfuldaisy

    delightfuldaisy says:

    Sometimes a cropped picture will "tease" us into clicking to see the whole item. I love seeing all the photos on etsy. I need more practice!

    5 years ago

  • brienna

    brienna says:

    Cropping, diagonal shots, and unusual negative space always captivate people. Lovely ideas, thank you.

    5 years ago

  • Katherinescreations

    Katherinescreations says:

    I'm constantly working at getting my pics to work. Great info and will be trying this out!!

    5 years ago

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative says:

    - A closer up perspective of the product showing a detail of it. - Natural day light photos - plain backgrounds, or not very busy ones. - use the best camera possible - grouping similar products - styling the photos in the same way I am learning a lot as I go, and I am lucky enough to have the help of my friend who is a very good photographer. This articles are so helpful Thanks Marga http://chocolatecreative.blogspot.com/

    5 years ago

  • kuberacove

    kuberacove says:

    Very cool stuff..

    5 years ago

  • BlondiesVintage

    BlondiesVintage says:

    Great info, thank you!

    5 years ago

  • jarabas

    jarabas says:

    This was a really helpful article! Thanks.

    5 years ago

  • fionagaye

    fionagaye says:

    Best 'How to' I have read to date! Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • BucketBooks

    BucketBooks says:

    Never been on front page, I live some on my pics, time to redo. Thats part fo the fun!!

    5 years ago

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple says:

    SUPER helpful! Glad to read this!

    5 years ago

  • koana

    koana says:

    Thank you for the tips!

    5 years ago

  • SugarAndSpiceStudios

    SugarAndSpiceStudios says:

    Thank you for the tips! I need help if anyone can convo me! I cant figure out how to get my thumbnail to show the part of the picture I want (for a banner). I know it wont show all of the words and I tried cropping in Picasa but it still looks ridiculous on the thumbnail. Any thoughts?! I thought I would be able to drag a little thumbnail box over where I want it (like on Facebook), but it doesnt seem to be that way...

    5 years ago

  • BlueLeafBoutique

    BlueLeafBoutique says:

    Great ideas thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • Altrosa

    Altrosa says:

    i will go now to poster sketch. thank you so much for this. it was really interesting and funny. see how funny my stuff is gonna look like on the front page. right now!!

    4 years ago

  • StitchesByJeni

    StitchesByJeni says:

    Great tips. They are the tips I try to work with. Still I have issues with my dresses, getting an angle that both looks good and is descriptive enough. Oh, well it will come together some time.

    4 years ago

  • Rosalinart

    Rosalinart says:

    Like always a great tip from you Danielle, I will try the poster, thank you so much!!!!!

    4 years ago

  • divinagioielli

    divinagioielli says:

    Very nice article! Thanks for the tips!

    4 years ago

  • StitchingInCircles

    StitchingInCircles says:

    thank you!

    4 years ago

  • bridechilla

    bridechilla says:

    Interesting! I have work to do. ;)

    4 years ago

  • cottoncandysgifts

    cottoncandysgifts says:

    Thank you for this article! It helps all of us.

    4 years ago

  • maryvican

    maryvican says:

    With my jewelry shop, it's so hard for me to photograph those pieces! and I'm a photographer! I'm still learning what works on that shop, but I agree, getting up close and personal, sometimes at strange angles, works well! Great job and nice tutorial.

    4 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    I thought I should add, now that poster sketch is gone, use a treasury, set to private - for your viewing only- to do the same thing - get perspective on how your photos compare to the ones you see that get featured.

    4 years ago

  • Zigetta

    Sigita.G. from Zigettasstyle says:

    Superb article !!! Very helpful ! Thanks a lot. I did try to use Poster sketch but that is a treasury list,i cannot understand where can I apload my picture??? Thnaks xx

    1 year ago

  • REF0RMATl0NS

    Craig Anthony from ReformationsUK says:

    I have spent the past few months studying photography and lighting ... all via youtube...what do you think of my shop now ? :) WWW.ETSY.COM/SHOP/REFORMATIONSUK

    170 days ago

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