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Before and After With Etsy’s Old Timers & Full-Timers handmade and vintage goods


There’s a bit of a who-had-the-worst-photos competition between a few of us Etsy Admin who also run Etsy shops. Thankfully, we learned from our mistakes and over the years we worked hard to now have clear and well lit photos, but we definitely weren’t exempt from the bad lighting, blurry shots and funky graphics that plague many new shops. We get a good laugh at our first photo attempts, and know we’re not the only ones. I reached out to the Old Time Etsy Team and the Full Time Etsy Crafters Team, and they were happy to share their most cringe-worthy beginner photos with us. The improvement each of these artists and crafters have made over the years is inspiring!

Before: Peridot Earrings  After: Wide Pink Silver Oak Ring

 sudlow: ”How did I get customers in the beginning? My photos were generally dull, slightly out of focus and blah. To all my early customers, thank you for buying despite such a subpar looking shop.

I’ve learned a lot since then! The early months/years were before I discovered I could really create some good lighting and learned what it took to make jewelry shine, before I had a good digital camera, cared about color balancing and before my work really took over and improved in quality.”

Before: (Not so bad!) Pin  After: Bird’s family – 2 mini pins

YaelFran: ”Oh how I used to love those dark and sad backgrounds. There’s a proverb in Spanish: Cuando los elefantes se pelean, la hierba sufre (When elephants fight, the grass suffers), so I think: I used to have many elephants fighting in my shop!”


Before: Black n Blue Rainbow Scarf After: Black n Blue Rainbow Scarf

CricketsCreations: “Note the shred of yarn visible in the pic, which was taken with a flash on my clean-yet-nasty-looking FLOOR…what was I thinking? And here’s the updated shot. I still haven’t ‘arrived’ as far as photo quality and staging perfection, but now customers can at least see how the scarf looks being worn by a real person. The picture was snapped in natural lighting outdoors and the contrasting white shirt puts the focus on the product (and looks a lot cleaner than my floor!).”


Before: Frolic Lampwork Bead Set  After: Lampwork Glass Bead Set in Blue and Green

susansheehan: “I came to Etsy from eBay. Shooting straight down and in bright sun was my look. Holy Shadows Batman! What are those? Storm clouds? And I thought I was good because there was a second picture. Same look, slightly different pose. The borders I thought added that something special, but looked awful in the thumbnails. I had so much to learn! Months later I clued in that more pictures, a variety of angles and better lighting was key.”



Before: Handmade Ceramic Fat Cat   After: Hanging AirPlant Pod

mudpuppy: “I always dread looking back at my old photos; thankfully I’ve been encouraged and inspired to improve my photo skills by the fantastic product photography of others in the community! Here is one of my first creations I sold on Etsy: apparently I had my glasses off or forgot to focus, but the cat is cute, right? For the after pictures, you’ll see my hanging air plant pods, finally getting the hang of telling a story in my imagery.”


Before: Mermaid Dreams Scarf  After: Christmas Tree Lights Alpaca Hand Knit Scarf 

Phydeaux: “I knew nothing about light, digital cameras, etc. I’d been taking pictures in my living room, where the light was nonexistent, so this was the best of a lot of really really bad photos. I took this in my kitchen, at night, under incandescent light, and had no idea about how to edit. The fourth photo is even worse — the dreaded bedroom shot on my bedspread!

“I spent the next few months immersing myself in a new foreign language (white balance? macro? contrast?). I studied photos on Etsy, read books and blogs about photography, and took a gazillion photos. I learned a few secrets, asked for a lot of feedback from photographer friends, and developed my own style. Constant, constant experimentation!”


Before: The Parade large journal  After: The Parade Large Journal

Earmark: “Our photos were poorly lit, a bit blurry and completely unimaginative! As Earmark has grown, our style has grown and thankfully our photography skills have improved as well! We pay much more attention to detail and overall style of each item we photograph. It helps to put yourself in your buyers’ shoes and realize that the photo is everything with online shopping.”



Before: Green Aventurine Beaded Necklace  After: Red and Black Dots Pendant on Sterling Chain

TheBrokenPlate: “What a trip to look back on old work (and photos). How did I sell a thing? Thank God for purchases from friends and family, is all I can say. When I started in 2006 I had no idea what I was doing. I started my shop on a whim on a day that my kid was home sick from school. I resisted the white background for a long time, but finally realized that this is what works for my jewelry. Who knows? In five more years I might be embarrassed by these current photos.”


Before: Mystery Necklace  After: Karma w/ a Side of Love Bracelet

mpaperarts: “First of all, what an ugly thing. And why the uber close up, out of focus? Not sure. The lighting? What lighting? The couch pillow for a background…not a great choice. Needless to say, this never sold and ended up in the trash. After several attempts at interesting backgrounds with each and every pillow in my house, I ironically ended up using a placemat from Cost Plus. I think it works and has helped me brand my work through my pics.”



Before: Falling Pinecones After: Spotlight Earrings

LocalLibrary: “Looking at this listing and pair of earrings is like looking back at elementary school photos and thinking, ‘How could my mom have let me out of the house like that?!’ and ‘Wow, I REALLY loved that outfit, it was the coolest thing going.’

“These earrings are not only special to me because they are one of the first few things I listed on Etsy. Out of the handful of pieces I opened my Etsy shop with, these were my favorite and, from that group, took the longest to sell. I couldn’t figure this out, but now comparing images, I can’t help but wonder if the lack of scale and unnatural color had something to do with it?

“But you know what, when they did sell, it was to Milan, Italy, which I thought was super fancy. And bless her heart for looking beyond my poor photography skills and making me feel pretty cool. Sort of like those neon green leopard-print shorts from 5th grade.”

What a difference, no?! I just love to look back through a long-time Etsian’s shop too see how they’ve grown. If you’re new to Etsy and want to create “After” quality photos, I recommend checking out the following three Etsy blog posts:

  1. Etsy Success: The Right Camera 
  2. Photographing for Success
  3. Feature Friendly Photos

Extra Credit: Can you match these crummy photos with the Etsy Admin who took them?


Photography How-To’s | The Seller Handbook | Etsy Success Newsletter

  • TheShabbyChicCottage

    TheShabbyChicCottage says:

    Great point! Striving for better photos is a constant battle - I really hope it never ends.

    3 years ago

  • dgordon

    dgordon says:

    I love this article! This made me laugh "How could my mom have let me out of the house like that?!" I was recently looking for something I sold 3 yrs ago here and I sat there looking at the pictures dumbfounded. WHAT was I thinking ! You could hardly see the item it was SO dark.

    3 years ago

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds says:

    What's great is Etsy has pushed us all to learn more about photography and be better photographers--an extra creative skill!

    3 years ago

  • MothHouse

    MothHouse says:

    Awesome post! I'm so glad to have teamed up with a photographer that I met here on Etsy :)

    3 years ago

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt says:

    Yikes! How far we have all come, and we can laugh about it. My first shots were simply awful!

    3 years ago

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey says:

    this is a great artical, i loved it, it was so helpful. im going to redo and take more time with my photos now.

    3 years ago

  • BrightWallVintage

    BrightWallVintage says:

    When it comes to Etsy, I've always felt extremely lucky to have majored in photography in college. Great photos can totally sell an item!

    3 years ago

  • Dalim

    Dalim says:

    Great tips and inspiration for new sellers!

    3 years ago

  • avantanthologue

    avantanthologue says:

    pretty funny!! + good points.

    3 years ago

  • TheJewelryNook

    TheJewelryNook says:

    Very good article! I am new and still trying to master having great photos. Hopefully someday soon I will master photos! Lol

    3 years ago

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree says:

    I love seeing how some of these shops had it down right away and others brought their A game in stride :)

    3 years ago

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival says:

    Hehe yay! I cringe at some of my old photos - eek!

    3 years ago

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry says:

    LOL! I cringe when I look at my first shots. Most of come from humble beginnings and I am glad for it. It makes me quite appreciative of how far I've come. :D I will say a nice side effect of selling on online has been learning photography. When things weren't selling it didn't matter so much because I was truly having fun learning how to take better photos. Here's to continued growth!

    3 years ago

  • concentric

    concentric says:

    Fantastic post, especially the admin shots :D

    3 years ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome says:

    Great article. I will look at my photos, which still are my beginners pics, again very closely. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden says:

    Oh My , this is a fun one! My first etsy pics were SOOO much worse, I'm surprised that I ever sold my creations back then. I sometimes go through my Sold items pages just to see how I've improved and laugh at my ugly pics:)

    3 years ago

  • KnitFrekkles

    KnitFrekkles says:

    Great article! It just cringed and nodded my way through...I'm sure I'll get there in the end!..I hope

    3 years ago

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest says:

    Oh I love this post! I can definitely relate. Photography is a constant learning curve I think. I do think that handmade ceramic fat cat photo looks good though!

    3 years ago

  • WildPinkRoses

    WildPinkRoses says:

    Great article. I plan to really spend some more time working on my shots.

    3 years ago

  • KatDesignsNYC

    KatDesignsNYC says:

    I am still learning about how to use my camera especially since it only has a few settings. Great article!

    3 years ago

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady says:

    Wonderfully inspiring article. Thanks for sharing the good, the bad and the ugly and giving me a kick in the pants to ramp up my photography.

    3 years ago

  • Lilley

    Lilley says:

    Love this article-I'm still trying to improve mine now-but know I've come a long way!

    3 years ago

  • NottyPooch

    NottyPooch says:

    Haha such a fun article! Just the other day I was talking to my boyfriend, see if we should change the style of some of our photos. Now this would give us some idea.

    3 years ago

  • daweigreat

    daweigreat says:


    3 years ago

  • blackbirdtees

    blackbirdtees says:

    I love that the growth and sophistication is so clear in the before and after pics. In particular, the after photos display so much more life & movement. Really drives home the importance of good images. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • JLynnCreations

    JLynnCreations says:

    Wow!! My first photos were OH SO very cringe worthy and I know I still have so much to learn! Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • ButterflyBabyPlace

    ButterflyBabyPlace says:

    Oh so funny! I definitely have had my share of "before and after" photos. I shudder when I look at the before photos now! It's amazing how a little light and the right back drop go such a loooooooooong way!

    3 years ago

  • mariescottage

    mariescottage says:

    I really enjoyed this article!!!

    3 years ago

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit says:

    Love it! Before & afters are so fun - what a change!

    3 years ago

  • Ayca

    Ayca says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • Imburton

    Imburton says:

    Thank you soooo much. Amusing & eye opening at the same time. I have been meaning to update my pics and putting it off. Not anymore!!!

    3 years ago

  • nanouke

    nanouke says:

    ahahahah how cool is this? Oohh I'm still learning too :) Thank you for sharing your bad photos people, made me smile :)

    3 years ago

  • yummyandcompany

    yummyandcompany says:

    enjoyed this article! looking at old business cards is pretty funny too!

    3 years ago

  • lamarquisedesanges

    lamarquisedesanges says:

    great articles and wonderful tips. the before and after pictures were really interesting !!

    3 years ago

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio says:

    I LOVE this article! What a great testament to what can be done. I fit right in here, my and my neon blue background. :-D I am forever grateful to my first customers who couldn't really see my things all that well, but bought them anyway!

    3 years ago

  • shabbychicadee

    shabbychicadee says:

    Yikes The bad ones still look better than mine. Id better get it together.

    3 years ago

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer says:

    This is brilliant!

    3 years ago

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey says:

    these are great! good laugh. I will be spending a chunk of my weekend working on my photos :)

    3 years ago

  • LoriK

    LoriK says:

    Now, those before photos weren't THAT bad! Well, the scarves both needed work, but overall the photos could have been much much worse. We've all seen way worse.

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    woah what a difference! I hope I can improve my photos as I move forwards with my shop.

    3 years ago

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer says:

    And has definitely made me revisit some of my photos!

    3 years ago

  • AuntKarensCreations

    AuntKarensCreations says:

    Well now I don't have to be quite so embarrassed with my oldies. It's an ongoing battle but one well worth fighting!

    3 years ago

  • candacejean

    candacejean says:

    Thanks for all the little tidbits! I still struggle with lighting sometimes; my home faces north and with houses right close to ours I don't get much natural light anymore. It can be frustrating. And many of those "befores" really aren't so bad at all! I love the "after" of the Christmas scarf.

    3 years ago

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy says:

    Oh YES! I was reading through one of my fellow IFSTEAM members post just now and took a moment to revel in oldie but, well NOT goodie photos I took in my newbie year-some REAL doozies lol! UV overhead light in the basement? CHECK lol! It's an ever changing learning process for sure-great post! : )

    3 years ago

  • sugarlilac

    sugarlilac says:

    What's weird is.. when my photos were not very good I thought they were really good. but then you look back at them...

    3 years ago

  • Zadyball

    Zadyball says:

    This is a very fun article! My pictures have improved greatly, but I think there is still some room for improvement.

    3 years ago

  • MoonLightSally

    MoonLightSally says:

    Great article. It gives me hope! :)

    3 years ago

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo says:

    Great article. I cringe when I look at my earlier pics, especially in my first shop, Woolies (circa 2007). I've gotten better, but still working on getting even better.

    3 years ago

  • gasometri

    gasometri says:

    very nice (and usefull) post! :)

    3 years ago

  • Charasjewelcandy

    Charasjewelcandy says:

    Bad photos, we all have had them... Great article, plus we can all learn from each other and share. That is what this is all about!

    3 years ago

  • mpaperarts

    mpaperarts says:

    Great article! Thanks for including my newbie ugliness and my improvements! So nice to get pointers from the FullTimeEstyCrafter's team!

    3 years ago

  • astarteearthart

    astarteearthart says:

    Thank you for this! I needed a giggle this morning, yes, photos are a challenge in Etsy world!

    3 years ago

  • atouchofvintage

    atouchofvintage says:

    now this is a great post!! so funny to see how we all started! my photos sucked way back. terrible lighting and such good thing that we can learn over time!

    3 years ago

  • UglyKitty

    UglyKitty says:

    This is hilarious! My first photos are so sad. Like BrokenPlate said, how did I ever sell anything! You people must have a lot of faith!

    3 years ago

  • southpawstudios

    southpawstudios says:

    Great article, fun to see the befores and afters

    3 years ago

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends says:

    what a great article! i've enjoyed looking at the before and after shots! what a difference! makes me want to re-shoot my whole shop too! just to try things differently!

    3 years ago

  • RusticRainbow

    RusticRainbow says:

    I have to laugh as well...I was browsing the items I had sold when I first opened! Boy have I come along way, not only with what I make but with my photos too, Im am still learning though! Its a never ending process!

    3 years ago

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome says:

    I don't even want to look at my earlier listings :) Some of these sellers had it from the start!

    3 years ago

  • MaryMorrisJewelry

    MaryMorrisJewelry says:

    Thank you for reminding us that even the "old timers" have had to improve. I love that I am constantly challenged on Etsy. My photos are improving, but it is a learning process. Now I notice my avatar photo is horrible, back to work.

    3 years ago

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage says:

    That's a crack up! Thanks for sharing- so much to learn and improve on all the time....

    3 years ago

  • muyinmolly

    muyinmolly says:

    great photos don't just happen overnight!

    3 years ago

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry says:

    Great article!!! The changes are amazing, way to go!!!!

    3 years ago

  • spunwovendesigns

    spunwovendesigns says:

    you've encouraged me to never be satisfied with my pics and to always try and be as creative in the photography as i am in creating my piece. thank you!

    3 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Great article!

    3 years ago

  • pixestreasurechest

    pixestreasurechest says:

    Great article! Thanks for sharing! I've finally found my light, now to start changing perspective! My early pictures are really sad!

    3 years ago

  • Gazzu

    Gazzu says:

    Great article!! I'm still trying to improve my pictures!

    3 years ago

  • Talula

    Talula says:

    Oh man, mine were bad... but I actually started selling almost immediately... I think people are realizing the importance of great photo's, and are working harder at it. I know I am, and I have a long way to go...

    3 years ago

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative says:

    Thanks for the fun and instructive post!

    3 years ago

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack says:

    Kind of like looking back at your 3rd grade picture- that only a mother could love!

    3 years ago

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen says:

    So fun to read!

    3 years ago

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 says:

    Love the post!! Great to know even the best had to start at the beginning. I have learned so much in 6 months... and photography is no easy task. Learning more everyday!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • janewearjewelry

    janewearjewelry says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tips on pics! I feel I'm doing better at photos, but I still have so much to learn! And I am so so grateful for your advice and your sharing of your experiences! Thanks, Danielle!!

    3 years ago

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt says:

    i still struggle with this after 10 years of digital photo taking...but i think it's getting better :/ :) brave ETSIANS, these peeps are, to dig out the beginner's archives...they have it DOWN now though! :)

    3 years ago

  • SASSYspaces

    SASSYspaces says:

    very helpful article...

    3 years ago

  • heatherozee

    heatherozee says:

    Words of wisdom!

    3 years ago

  • CricketsCreations

    CricketsCreations says:

    Ha ha ha! :D Thanks for a great, informative and FUN article, Danielle...I guess it was worth sharing my humiliating first scarf pics, tee hee. ;) LOVE the quiz at the end with admin examples! Hugs, Celeste (Crickets)

    3 years ago

  • rawartletterpress

    rawartletterpress says:

    great article - i don't fancy looking back on my old photos quite yet - maybe in another year or two - but it it great to see how others have evolved!

    3 years ago

  • ShopClementine

    ShopClementine says:

    Ha! I love seeing the earliest, toddler-stages of a shop. There's always improvement to be made, even now, after 4.5 years on Etsy for me! So, gulp, here's my second sale ever:

    3 years ago

  • thepaintedlily

    thepaintedlily says:

    How fun! I'm off to rethink my photos... I'd hate to be a "before" when I could an "after!"

    3 years ago

  • julieandco

    julieandco says:

    Fascinating article! Thank you so much! (LOVE CricketsCreations!!)

    3 years ago

  • missbrache

    missbrache says:

    I still have a mix of worst photos with some awesome ones. Oh if I only had the time to shoot new ones. This post inspired me to get it done.

    3 years ago

  • Laniec1

    Laniec1 says:

    wish I had a space to model my shirts! I think it would help people to see what I do better.... any suggestions on how to carve out a photo taking spot?

    3 years ago

  • missbatch

    missbatch says:

    Great post! Amazing what a little practice can do. Congrats to the old timers and good luck to all the newbies-- keep at it!

    3 years ago

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran says:

    absolutely delightful Danielle!!! Thanks so much for contacting us!!!! LOVE Yael

    3 years ago

  • UnkamenSupplies

    UnkamenSupplies says:

    Fabulous photos!

    3 years ago

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe says:

    never stop learning...we try to improve on our pics every shoot! photography is tricky! Great Article!

    3 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage says:

    so many tricks to learn..thanks for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • Cynamonn

    Cynamonn says:

    Great article and photos! :)

    3 years ago

  • anidar

    anidar says:

    Oh, how I love being part of a creative community of REAL PEOPLE who are willing to fumble around, grow, make mistakes, make progress, laugh at themselves, and ultimately SHINE! Wonderful post!

    3 years ago

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel says:

    too funny!! love that you can laugh - and let us learn - from your mistakes!!! i know i still have lots of improvements to make... thanks!

    3 years ago

  • LoveHonorUpcycle

    LoveHonorUpcycle says:

    As a newbie who just listed my first three items on Tuesday this gives me hope. I have been playing all week with different light, angles and backgrounds. I look forward to the day I can chuckle about my first sub-par photos. Thanks for adding some comic relief to my otherwise frustrating photo sessions.

    3 years ago

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace says:

    Very fun read. Good to know it keeps evolving and I will get better at everything. Photos are so important. When I was putting a treasury together, I kept finding items I loved but wouldn't use them because the photography wasn't up to snuff.

    3 years ago

  • laantigua

    laantigua says:

    Good timing! I need to take some pictures today, and I am getting mad at this weather. Where is that wonderful light I need right now? And what should I use for my background? Argggghhhh!

    3 years ago

  • sentimentalstones

    sentimentalstones says:

    This has been my biggest challenge. Natural light isn't always available at the times I can photograph items. This article has made feel "understood" as I strive for new angles and backgrounds, etc. I think I AM finally moving in the right direction and Etsy people have been such a great help to me. Thank you for all the before and after pics!

    3 years ago

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage says:

    Shooting, lighting, presentation, etc., is certainly a learning process, lol! Thank you for the great tips and entertaining article. :)

    3 years ago

  • BirdonWireStudio

    BirdonWireStudio says:

    Seeing these before/after shots is so immensely helpful. I know my pictures need tweaking, and this has given me some food for thought. I'm so grateful for this post as inspiration and direction.

    3 years ago

  • BlackDaisyDesigns

    BlackDaisyDesigns says:

    *cringes* oh dear.... browsing back to the first things I sold in my first Etsy shop is .... well, not a pleasant thing. HILARIOUS .... but not pleasant. As so many already said - how on earth did I sell anything??? And now I'm off to try to improve my photos some more. The learning never ends. Thankfully. :D

    3 years ago

  • MontclairMade

    MontclairMade says:

    fun! thanks for this great article!

    3 years ago

  • 3squares

    3squares says:

    great to see the transformation. SO happy i'm not alone in my early photo shame :)

    3 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt says:

    That was neat! I feel my pictures could use work. Interesting, I'd do posts similar to this one about once a month!

    3 years ago

  • GlimpseCreations

    GlimpseCreations says:

    Great article! I am going to try and take some new pics of my work after reading this!

    3 years ago

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy says:

    So funny! Thank god i'm not alone. LOL. and I wear my glasses now.

    3 years ago

  • dustbincards

    dustbincards says:

    Thanks guys for the before and afters. How have I sold anything???

    3 years ago

  • eliwill

    eliwill says:

    love this article. i have some pretty bad ones too....i have learned a lot from the storque how to articles.

    3 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    Great piece. I love the photo of the scarf. Thanks for sharing the worst and the best.

    3 years ago

  • HindLand

    HindLand says:

    LOL! I loved it! Now don't go looking at my pictures...they are far from great ;)

    3 years ago

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

    Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • susansheehan

    susansheehan says:

    What a fun read! I really thought my pictures were amazing, lol. So glad I saw the "light" :D

    3 years ago

  • SmokinHott

    SmokinHott says:

    I'm very new and was starting to wonder if every Etsian had a major in photography! This makes me feel so much better to know I'm not alone and that there is some hope for me. Thank you..Great article.

    3 years ago

  • 6catsVintage

    6catsVintage says:

    taking great product shots is challenging. i am still retaking most of my shots on a regular basis as i compare my images to the ones i admire by others here on etsy.

    3 years ago

  • Balanced

    Balanced says:

    I totally needed these laughs this morning. Photos are always a work in progress, but it's shocking looking back at some of my old ones. Here's to growing!

    3 years ago

  • ekra

    ekra says:

    I just went through and looked at all my sold items over the past 5 years a couple of days ago. First of all, I'm so thankful that people bought my stuff even though the pictures were horrible! Second, thanks to etsy staff for providing lots of tips on how to improve!

    3 years ago

  • factorygirlashli

    factorygirlashli says:

    I did almost the exact same post on my blog a few weeks ago. (different shops)

    3 years ago

  • amoronia

    amoronia says:

    Very interesting as well as encouraging!

    3 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    wow - what a difference in photo taking. This gives me a better idea of what is considered "bad" and how I can change my photos.

    3 years ago

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads says:

    oh i'm so glad i'm not alone..i used to scan my work in when i first started..haha! it's so exciting to see how so many people growing and evolving over the years, including etsy! xo

    3 years ago

  • WeeSparrow

    WeeSparrow says:

    Love this! Whenever I'm having a hard time taking pics, I always go back and look at my old sold items and remind myself that I have improved!

    3 years ago

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda says:

    Photos are challenging! I'm on my 5th do-over and thanks to all the help and great examples available on etsy, they're improving!

    3 years ago

  • Earmark

    Earmark says:

    this is superb!! Thank you so much for including two totally awesome etsy teams in here as well as our Parade Journal before & after!

    3 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    my photo's are still ????? thankful to my customers who have purchased from us at the farm~ appreciate the tips/hints from Etsy admin on how to improve ones shop. I'm in work in progress wonder what I'll be when I grow up~ lol.

    3 years ago

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape says:

    Somewhere I read ,that scanning my greeting cards is the best way to get good pictures. Man, were they wrong ! I've learned a lot in the meanwhile, but there is always room for improvement !

    3 years ago

  • bonspielcreation

    bonspielcreation says:

    Some of the "bad" ones aren't that bad, just boring. Now, my early photos were bad. I took them in the back yard and then tried to magic wand out all the background leaves in photoshop, but stopped halfway in because all the busy busy little lines that were left looked *cool*. NOT! I can't believe people still bought things...y'all are so sweet.

    3 years ago

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom says:

    Great blog post, daniellexo!

    3 years ago

  • sloeginfizz

    sloeginfizz says:

    I love this post SO much. It's great fun to see how far everyone has come — gives us hope!

    3 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Great Article!

    3 years ago

  • bonspielcreation

    bonspielcreation says:

    My early photos (back in spring '06) of clothing were especially horrible because I took them in the back yard and then half-removed the leaves in the background with the magic wand in photoshop. I got carried away with how *cool* just fragments of leaves looked, but they were terribly busy and distracting. But maybe they drew people in with a "WTF is going on there?" I still say prayers of gratitude for my first customers.

    3 years ago

  • sarawestermark

    sarawestermark says:

    that was fun! The old timers ROCK!!!!

    3 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    Excellent idea for an article! I definitely run across some of my old photos and cringe, 100%. Always looking to improve!

    3 years ago

  • ItsSoPattyDesigns

    ItsSoPattyDesigns says:

    My old bad photo's were just last week! LOL!! But I am doing better this week! LD

    3 years ago

  • Petaluna

    Petaluna says:

    alright, this is a really good article and has inspired me to get on the ball with my photography. I've finally got a good camera, no more excuses. I really like Mudpuppy's comment about "telling a story" in the photos. No question that helps sell the items.

    3 years ago

  • esdesigns

    esdesigns says:

    These are great! Reminds me I need a new camera.

    3 years ago

  • BreadandBadger

    BreadandBadger says:

    I love articles on photography, and this one touches my heart because I'VE DONE THE SAME THINGS! It's funny how far you can go from one end of the product photography spectrum to the other. I love seeing the comparisons. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure says:

    Ha ha - excellent post. I'm so horrified by my old photos that I had to delete them!

    3 years ago

  • ASHWoodshops

    ASHWoodshops says:

    great points, and really true. We all learn more every day!

    3 years ago

  • rikrak

    rikrak says:

    yay old time etsy-ers! this is a great feature - we've all come so far! { thank heavens! } great ideas - thanks!

    3 years ago

  • mediumgrey

    mediumgrey says:

    Great article! I really wish I could upgrade from my coolpix L10 with the wonky focus. Shameful.

    3 years ago

  • novaofsweden

    novaofsweden says:

    This was a fun article! It's great to see where people started and how far they have come!

    3 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony says:

    ha ha ha! a major "what was I thinking" pops into my head when I look at my first attempts at photography. love the evolution in the photos shown. It gives me hope for my own work!

    3 years ago

  • SmokinHott

    SmokinHott says:

    I am very new to etsy and this article makes me feel so much better! I had started to wonder if every etsian had a major in photography! I now have a little more confidence that someday I will have the beautiful photographs as everybody else..thank you so much for the helpful article!

    3 years ago

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha says:

    Thanks Danielle for being so brilliant in thinking this blog post up! I think a lot of us struggle with our photos all the time. What a wonderful humanizing way to tell us all to just keep trying, improving and to look at what the old-timers had to go through:) Wonderful post!

    3 years ago

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch says:

    really fun, thank Danielle!

    3 years ago

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns says:

    Always room for improvement!

    3 years ago

  • LARaised

    LARaised says:

    so true, I learned that mistake first week on etsy. It's hard enough to sell, but when the picture doesn't show what you yourself have created, nor near to what it should look like. It doesn't work.

    3 years ago

  • PamSoperDesigns

    PamSoperDesigns says:

    Thanks, I loved getting some new perspective on photos.Great article!

    3 years ago

  • bunnywithatoolbelt

    bunnywithatoolbelt says:

    Thanks Etsy--you can never have too many articles like this one.

    3 years ago

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet says:

    This is a cool article for new shop owners. Kind trying!

    3 years ago

  • MuseSilkPaintings

    MuseSilkPaintings says:

    Great Post! If you have incredible pictures, that is 1/2 the battle!

    3 years ago

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio says:

    This is so great as a reminder... we can all improve on our skills. currently, my " favorite" spot to photograph is darkening with new leaves on trees outside the window.. I have to find a new spot...sadly!

    3 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    This was fun to read and look at the before and after photos! When I first started taking photos of my jewelry, I was devastated by how awful they looked. Thanks to the helpful photography tutorials here on Etsy (that plus taking thousands of photos until I started to get things right) I finally feel like the photos accurately and artistically portray my work. Even still, I constantly critique my images and do retakes on a regular basis.

    3 years ago

  • Iheartmoustaches Admin

    Iheartmoustaches says:

    I've definitely learned so much from the Etsy community on how to style and shoot a much nicer photo!

    3 years ago

  • hotpinkchick

    hotpinkchick says:

    Great article! So nice to know we all have the same struggles!

    3 years ago

  • daisycakessoap

    daisycakessoap says:

    go team!!

    3 years ago

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy says:

    i actually don't think the "befores" are that bad. My early photos were really poor (on the couch with a flash) but those items sold--and sold a lot faster than they do now. Go figure.

    3 years ago

  • CircaCeramics

    CircaCeramics says:

    Oh this brings back so many fretful photo session memories! But like a lot of the sellers here, I concur that one is always trying to make the images look better. And like ShopClementine, I too have included the second sale in our shop, which was a cup - Oh, the shadows! -Nancy

    3 years ago

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig says:

    Great tips! It is very helpful :)

    3 years ago

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns says:

    Oh man, my photos have come a long way with your help! Outdoor shots near dusk have worked out well for me ::) Thanks Danielle! xoxo Lyndsay

    3 years ago

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes says:

    im still in the process of learning:)

    3 years ago

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading says:

    That was fun!

    3 years ago

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading says:

    That was fun!

    3 years ago

  • Piggy

    Piggy says:

    Great article! I know how it feels to look back at your earliest works and go.. how ugly is that?! :) Thank God we have improved! :)

    3 years ago

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy says:

    Thanks for sharing. Photos are the hardest and take the most work. It was nice of them to show their before and after.

    3 years ago

  • thebrontelife

    thebrontelife says:

    Heh. :p

    3 years ago

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt says:

    What a great way to give all of us a little helpful shot in the arm - in a very amusing way! There's still hope I think!

    3 years ago

  • sewspecialbylois

    sewspecialbylois says:

    Thanks for sharing. It is helpful to see others photos to really know what they mean by their before and after. I know my photos need improvement but I am struggling as to how. I will look over the photos above for new ideas.

    3 years ago

  • KnockKnocking

    KnockKnocking says:

    This is no end of awesome Danielle, thank our lucky stars for first customers and nice to see we are all moving on from the horrors of our first items photos! hahaha!

    3 years ago

  • zipandruth

    zipandruth says:

    Great article! I think new sellers have it much newbies gotta learn FAST! I cringe at the photos I took last Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • sacredsuds

    sacredsuds says:

    awesome!!! my photos have come a long way, too, thanks to this fantastic community. Very fun post :-)

    3 years ago

  • Marang97

    Marang97 says:

    This is great!! I know even I have some of those "what was I thinking" shots! And probably still do. Great article and eye opener! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • TheMerchantMariner

    TheMerchantMariner says:

    Happy to see that even the big time sellers once struggled with photography! I'm still learning.

    3 years ago

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry says:

    This was so fun to read and see!!!

    3 years ago

  • seaurchin

    seaurchin says:

    There is a lot to learn about selling on Etsy. A lot is trial and error, but perseverance and striving to improve makes a big difference :) The transformation from Phydeaux is quite stunning...and also very encouraging!

    3 years ago

  • karuski

    karuski says:

    Oh, hehe! Sometimes I think I owe so much to my very first customers on Etsy;) Thanks for showing these examples, improving one's photos is possible!

    3 years ago

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry says:

    eep. it's all so true, I'm always trying to never gets boring here!

    3 years ago

  • TrendyTrimmingsByTT

    TrendyTrimmingsByTT says:

    Thanks for showing us newbies that the photo skills do not just come naturally to everyone but us.....I keep struggling with my photos and still have not gotten them where I would like them to be. I feel encouraged to keep trying! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry says:

    so much to learn! can't wait to take some photos this weekend. thanks so much for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • janedean

    janedean says:

    You made me go look at my product photos back from 2005... I didn't think they were bad at the time but they definitely weren't good. I'm still learning how to best photograph my items after all these years.

    3 years ago

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits says:

    Our phototgraphy is still not great, but when I look back at the items we sold back in 2006 I have to wonder how on earth we sold them with those pictures! HaHa - I guess we all had the same problems back then so the competition wasn't that much better than us! Eileen...

    3 years ago

  • halpal28

    halpal28 says:

    what a fun article! very inspiring. when i first started i was so sure that all my pics were perfect, haha!

    3 years ago

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign says:

    As member of the Old Time Etsy Team and for the sake of amusement here I want to share also one of my first listing photo: so BAD and now (after few years)so FUNNY too!! Great post!!

    3 years ago

  • bonjourpierre

    bonjourpierre says:

    Great improvements!

    3 years ago

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden says:

    I just had to share it is very surprising that things sold back then, almost 4 years ago.

    3 years ago

  • smallthreads

    smallthreads says:

    Okay, so I look back to 2006. Here is my before... And here is my after.... Uh, INSANE?!!?!

    3 years ago

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations says:

    Fab article! Love seeing the before and after shots! :)

    3 years ago

  • Greenerica

    Greenerica says:

    hahaha, this is great! Here's one of my bad befores! and after-

    3 years ago

  • MiladyLeela

    MiladyLeela says:

    Great advise! Thank you so much! I am currently working on learning more about my camera and photography...I look forward to one day looking back and noticing a difference!

    3 years ago

  • Serrelynda

    Serrelynda says:

    Here is one of my first sold listings: (CRINGE) Here is a current listing:

    3 years ago

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns says:

    Great advise!! I'm going to start working on better photos!! Thank you so very much!!

    3 years ago

  • NYCrochet

    NYCrochet says:

    The first item I ever sold: And THAT was after going to the forums for the advice that made me realize that photographing a hat on a lamp or a wrinkled bed sheet was not a good idea. I still have a lot to learn about photography, but I like to think I've come a long way.

    3 years ago

  • LaurieSarahDesigns

    LaurieSarahDesigns says:

    I LOVE this article!!! I was just going through some of my old shots and found one of my popular rings. Here is the first images from the first one I sold: and the newest one on my site: Wow! What a difference!

    3 years ago

  • laceramiste

    laceramiste says:

    it is SO, SO, SO great to know that all you pros started out just like the rest of us. THANK YOU! =)

    3 years ago

  • danceswithflowers

    danceswithflowers says:

    Out of all the helpful articles I've read on the Storque, this was probably the *most* help! It was terrific to see real-life examples of all those photo tips - and it's really especially nice to see that those of us just learning are normal, lol! The pros used to be just like us - I guess that means there's hope! /grin

    3 years ago

  • thepebblecollection

    thepebblecollection says:

    If this was a contest, I do believe I would win. Not only were the first 3 months of photos appalling, the jewelry was shocking as well! It is amazing to see the improvement not only in the quality of the photos but in the creations themselves. Here's my best, bad picture/bad design:

    3 years ago

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux says:

    I'm so glad I'm not alone in my extreme discomfort in looking at my old, old photos! Trust me, if I can learn to take a half decent photo, anyone can. :) A really fun read - thank you, Danielle, for including me!!! :)

    3 years ago

  • artsongjewelry

    artsongjewelry says:

    Another terrific article. I am always trying to improve my photos for light, composition, etc. Thanks for the continuing info and ideas.

    3 years ago

  • kitandcaboodleshop

    kitandcaboodleshop says:

    Love to know that I'm not the only one who took bad photos. It's good to see what is considered bad next what is considered good. Being a visual person, this helped me a lot. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse says:

    I think I may still be fighting to figure out how to show my things to their best advantage. If anyone has some tips, convo me, please!

    3 years ago

  • thepeacefulpeacock

    thepeacefulpeacock says:

    this is probably one of my favorite articles to date! more, more, more!!!

    3 years ago

  • artsyclay

    artsyclay says:

    Oh my goodness, I hadn't looked at my first page of sold items (from 2006) in a long time. I found dark ones and blurry ones....and I didn't have a clue about how to crop a thumbnail so the item would be in the center so they are all over to one side. LOL Sold 4/09/06 3 cameras later, discovery of the macro setting, and software to crop and brighten :)

    3 years ago

  • FlowerPress

    FlowerPress says:

    Hee hee, I love it! Thanks for the laugh. I think its great to keep improving our photos, Etsy is great for inspiration on how to do it right, which is pretty cool since most of us are taking our own shots... and now I'm off to look back at my old pics for entertainment :-)

    3 years ago

  • mindfulmatters

    mindfulmatters says:

    The challenge of jewelry photgraphy and photo processing surprised me - it takes nearly as much time as it does to create the work ;). Thanks for sharing your early photos and reassuring us that this is an on-going improvement process!

    3 years ago

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple says:

    I love looking at these and see I'm not the only one! Here are the pictures I started with: *cringe* I know! Here's my newer photo's - better, but still need to work on them... I honestly wonder if I'll ever have the perfect picture - i think there's always something new to learn. When people ask me about selling on etsy and what I do - I tell them that I sew and make jewelry but have also had to be come a amateur photographer - good pictures = more sales; without a doubt!

    3 years ago

  • mindfulmatters

    mindfulmatters says:

    The challenge of jewelry photography and photo processing surprised me - at time it seems to require as much time as it does to create the piece ;). Thanks for reassuring us that nearly everyone goes through this learning curve and that the photography end of Etsy is a continual improvement process!

    3 years ago

  • emeraldlily

    emeraldlily says:

    I can totally relate to this! When I started, my jewellery was taken on wooden tables under incandescent light, at night! Once I did more research and saw how others created gorgeous photos, I started thinking about interesting ways to photograph my work. I love colour so focused on creating colourful photography. The bad (over exposed AND under exposed in the same shot): Better contrast:

    3 years ago

  • poorpitifulpearl

    poorpitifulpearl says:

    love this & needed this.

    3 years ago

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch says:

    Interesting! I agree, the pictures is everything in online retail! First impression is the last! I am still not the best in photography but pairing with some amazing talented artists is totally changed my store look! Elena

    3 years ago

  • carolbroadleypottery

    carolbroadleypottery says:

    Great timing, I am working on photos tonight, just got my new gradient backdrop ( the first one came defective) and I am anxious to give it a try!!

    3 years ago

  • SweetSeamz

    SweetSeamz says:

    The only way from here is up!!!! Still trying to work out, when lightening pics, how to stop the white in outside daylight photos from going whaaaaa!!! More reading required.

    3 years ago

  • AlinaandT

    AlinaandT says:

    great article! here is my before: and after:

    3 years ago

  • bstudio

    bstudio says:

    Thanks for the reminder that photos are an all important part of our shop! I look at some of my early work and shake my head. Thanks to my first year buyers for seeing beyond the less than wonderful product presentation!

    3 years ago

  • PurplePeony

    PurplePeony says:

    early 2007 photo! now... huge difference! HUGE! lol

    3 years ago

  • soulrust

    soulrust says:

    Fun & educational read - will have to stroll through my shop and find the photos that need improvement - always room for improvement!

    3 years ago

  • jabonbon

    jabonbon says:

    Yikes! We certainly can learn from our past "photo boo-boos". This was fun.

    3 years ago

  • 42things

    42things says:

    I'm doomed.

    3 years ago

  • TheZenMuse

    TheZenMuse says:

    When I started I had no idea just how much time it would take to learn to become a photographer. I continue to work at it trying to master this craft. It is my biggest challenge and continues to baffle me at times.

    3 years ago

  • iheartnorwegianwood

    iheartnorwegianwood says:

    Ok this is actually really embarassing now that I'm posting it...but here goes! Before: After: Thank god for tripods and timers!

    3 years ago

  • RoyalPrincess

    RoyalPrincess says:

    A nice way to look back

    3 years ago

  • AmericanHandmade

    AmericanHandmade says:

    Great Article. I'm still learning and have Finally gotten a light set up so mine have gotten a little better. At first I did most shots outdoors on my car hood or in the grass but some of my indoor shots were Awful. It's still not perfect yet but I'm working on it. My big problem is making the time to Re shoot everything and then updating my shop. That is going to be my weekend project this Memorial Day holiday to keep me out of trouble ... Peace and Love ...

    3 years ago

  • rozzie

    rozzie says:

    some amazing improvements... i have a long way to go too

    3 years ago

  • SandraDesigns

    SandraDesigns says:

    Like some others, I too have a location problem with getting the right outdoor light but I try to work around it. I sometimes think that some people put too much emphasis on fab photos and don't show enough of the product. I won't click on a photo if I can't see enough of it to tell exactly what it is.

    3 years ago

  • GoodieTrueShoes

    GoodieTrueShoes says:

    Hilarious! I'm getting closer to the "after" stage, me thinks!

    3 years ago

  • sandijagt

    sandijagt says:

    Great article! Still pretty new, and my pictures are my greatest challenge! Lots of great tips... thanks!

    3 years ago

  • KaelinDesign

    KaelinDesign says:

    Oh yes- I understand this post *perfectly*. Here's my before: and my after: Keep up the good work!!

    3 years ago

  • newenglandcandyco

    newenglandcandyco says:

    I have only been on Etsy for a few months but even in that short time my photos have improved drastically. I now crop and play with the light to get my photos just right. I am sure it is a constant process. I wonder how good they'll be after one year or many years. Rebecca New England Candy Co.

    3 years ago

  • Ayoka

    Ayoka says:

    This is excellent. A comparison really shows people what to look for in improving their photos.

    3 years ago

  • liaison

    liaison says:

    FUN! I DEFINITELY still have some bad ones mixed in w/ the good ones on my site!

    3 years ago

  • beadworkbyamanda

    beadworkbyamanda says:

    There's always room for improvement but I can barely tell what the first items I sold were!

    3 years ago

  • royalrugrats

    royalrugrats says:

    This was a fun article, amazing to see the differences. Thanks for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • rhapsodyattic

    rhapsodyattic says:

    Worked for months trying to figure out the photography piece before I even opened my shop...still have some learning to do!!

    3 years ago

  • Edelind

    Edelind says:

    Such an entertaining article! great work!!:)

    3 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Great tips!! Thanks so much - but now I'm super subconscious of my photos! I won't be able to sleep tonight! ;0)

    3 years ago

  • deathmachine

    deathmachine says:

    Great tips, something a I am working on too!!

    3 years ago

  • helenabiancastudios

    helenabiancastudios says:

    How hard can it be to take a good photo? Way hard! Beat this for bad: And better: Still room for improvement though. Any suggestions?

    3 years ago

  • CarolDowningDesigns

    CarolDowningDesigns says:

    Such great examples and advice. Still learning, it's one of the most challenging aspects of setting up shop, to get great photos. Still anticipating my 1st sale--thanks for the the tips!

    3 years ago

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass says:

    We can all relate...

    3 years ago

  • BossysFeltworks

    BossysFeltworks says:

    Ok Friends, get a load of this before and after: and now after: For so many of us, it's a combination of getting better at our craft, our photography, our editing AND getting more and more excited about our shop! I still feel like I have a lot to learn, but when I get discouraged I look at those first photos! We've come a long way!

    3 years ago

  • 1dream

    1dream says:

    Great article.It is very good for new Etsian!

    3 years ago

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy says:

    I just looked at my description for the cat and one of my selling points is "Hand signed underneath" LOL. I am certain that's what pushed the buyer over the edge.

    3 years ago

  • FrazzledBallerina

    FrazzledBallerina says:

    This was a fun article! I'm fairly new to etsy and it's nice to know I'm not the only one with some trouble when it comes to photographing my pieces:) I still, however, have alot to learn...

    3 years ago

  • moonstruckmaiden

    moonstruckmaiden says:

    All great information! I totally love playing with color and I am still exploring getting the right look for the product I am selling. Please be patient with me, I am still learning! Thanks for providing these tips - I know lighting for sure is something I need to work on more. Take care, Love and light - Moonstruck Maiden

    3 years ago

  • Beadymonkey

    Beadymonkey says:

    I love this! And a few of my favorites! What a great way to help encourage your sellers!

    3 years ago

  • JanCramer

    JanCramer says:

    Mudpuppy - too funny - I would have bought it just to see how your cat was "hand signed underneath"~ ha ha. Great article! :)

    3 years ago

  • KomisCouture

    KomisCouture says:

    Thank you for this awesome article! I have learned a lot about photography simply by trial and error and sometimes am just plain embarrassed by my early photos! One of the main things I've learned to focus on is contrasts and making the photo crisp. It's especially important to have interesting angles and great close-ups because I sell jewelry, and the details are the most important part of my work when trying to show the buyer why they would want to purchase my work over someone else's. (I don't know if these photos will show up...) Before photo style... After photo style...

    3 years ago

  • KomisCouture

    KomisCouture says:

    Oops, the photos didn't show (I can leave a link..) Before: After: -Krista

    3 years ago

  • imakecutestuff

    imakecutestuff says:

    I had been taking photos for juried shows and selling my jewelry for 14 years prior to opening my shop but even so, I had to retrain myself to go from this: to this: Now I teach folks how to take better photos so I won't ever forget again :)

    3 years ago

  • HorsepowerStudio

    HorsepowerStudio says:

    Alas, I'm new to Etsy and all my pics are utterly "befores." I actually signed up for Etsy in January but haven't posted anything until recently because of my photos. I finally decided to post anyway and get started already! I am encouraged by your article and will read the articles you suggest. I'm certain to have some decent "afters" soon. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • TodaysBaby

    TodaysBaby says:

    Your article was excellent as usual. However, most tips on photography are for small items which I know are difficult to show properly. But how about some tips on the large stuff, like quilts and clothes. Especially when we don't have access to resident models. I think my photos show my product well but they'll never make a fp as they're very amateur. Help!!!

    3 years ago

  • smootynashley

    smootynashley says:

    Oh my poor pics. Same with me HorsepowerStudio. Nice new pics coming soon!!! As always etsy thanks for the support!

    3 years ago

  • SilviaMaciasDesigns

    SilviaMaciasDesigns says:

    Very funny post. And useful too. All the photography articles from Etsy are very helpful. Thanks Danielle.

    3 years ago

  • jmliss

    jmliss says:

    Very good article... thanks!

    3 years ago

  • smootynashley

    smootynashley says:

    Same here Horsepower! Thanks etsy, for your support!

    3 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Fun article!! It put a smile on my face! I don't even want to look at my old pics!

    3 years ago

  • atradeforatrade

    atradeforatrade says:

    Great article! It's surprisingly tricky to get good shots - these are some very helpful tips.

    3 years ago

  • uncljohn

    uncljohn says:

    This is a good artical and important, also with so many new people, one more thing that has to be learned. but when I have seen something I like and the picture was less than satisfactory (remember monitors can differ greatly between two people) I have Coral Photopaint and I will capture the picture and adjust contrast, brightness and intensity to see it better. Mostly they are too dark. I used that method to purchase earrings as gifts last week.

    3 years ago

  • Picatrix

    Picatrix says:

    Oh...I am definitely having picture woes, nobody even notices my pics when they hit the recently listed page. Gonna have to get more creative with this. Thanks for sharing, I guess I am not alone! ;)

    3 years ago

  • YouCanSparkle

    YouCanSparkle says:

    Even though I haven't 'arrived' yet with my photographs, this article was extremely comforting! At least I'm not the only one who feels suddenly back in kindergarten.

    3 years ago

  • PoorJean

    PoorJean says:

    Ha! These are great, although I think I have you beat with some of the bad initial photos. I just want to curl up and die when I see some of the first things I posted on my site! Live and learn, every day :-)

    3 years ago

  • kaeldra

    kaeldra says:

    I am still struggling with backgrounds, and in particular photographing earrings! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your embarrassing most embarrassing photos have expired, so I can't share, sadly.

    3 years ago

  • UrbanHandiwork

    UrbanHandiwork says:

    Thanks for all the ideas! I'm new to Etsy, and I was planning to photograph some items this weekend, so I'm excited to do a much better job than I would have done without all this advice!! :)

    3 years ago

  • UrbanHandiwork

    UrbanHandiwork says:

    Thanks for all the ideas! I'm new to Etsy, and I was planning to photograph some items this weekend, so I'm excited to do a much better job than I would have done without all this advice!! :)

    3 years ago

  • sirtom

    sirtom says:

    They say a photo never lies...which is true, as my first attempts at photographing my bags were very dark and gloomy! Thanks for the helpful article.

    3 years ago

  • cocokato

    cocokato says:

    studying! Photograph is very very hard but working on it. Patient. great topic, Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • galejade

    galejade says:

    Great post ! I'm still trying to improve my photos ; thanks for the tips :-) I love this post as much as I needed it.

    3 years ago

  • ILoveYoYo

    ILoveYoYo says:

    Great! When I look my first sale I'm thinking how my customers dare to buy them! I was so lucky to sell my appliques with that horrible pictures! Time and a lot of practice is the only solution I believe

    3 years ago

  • Arctida

    Arctida says:

    Great Article! I just had to check my first pictures and OMG! they are awful! Good thing there is always rum for improvement :)

    3 years ago

  • PureaAccessory

    PureaAccessory says:

    I am still learning to take good photo. Just a little difference (Lighting, background, angle) changes everything!!!!

    3 years ago

  • juliedcrisp

    juliedcrisp says:

    Lol! What a difference a good camera and lighting makes!

    3 years ago

  • SeaUnicorn

    SeaUnicorn says:

    always inspiring

    3 years ago

  • RockStoneTreasures

    RockStoneTreasures says:

    Had a good chuckle reading this; loved the comparisons to 5th grade coolness. You can't underestimate the power of a great photo. Thanks for the post.

    3 years ago

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag says:

    Interesting article....good info...smiles.

    3 years ago

  • TheFamiLeeJewels

    TheFamiLeeJewels says:

    Thanks for an amusing and informative article. It's nice to know that we are all on the same learning curve.

    3 years ago

  • forqueenvictoria

    forqueenvictoria says:

    the bottom middle photo in 'extra credit' may not be stellar, but it sure is funny!

    3 years ago

  • HummingbyrdJewelry

    HummingbyrdJewelry says:

    So nice to know that others have also started off clueless there's hope to learn and grow. Pictures are the bane of my existence! They're not the fun part of the creation process. Especially since it feels so post-production. Its the lifeblood of sales though and hopefully one of these days I'll find a way to love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • BaitedHook

    BaitedHook says:

    Darn it. I think I need to buy a new camera :(

    3 years ago

  • birdshaveflowers

    birdshaveflowers says:

    baby pics are even harder, they are so wiggly!

    3 years ago

  • prettyoriginals

    prettyoriginals says:

    That was fun! What seller can't relate? I'm going to take another look at my photos today, that's for sure.

    3 years ago

  • hodgepodgefarm

    hodgepodgefarm says:

    please do more of these! the before-n-after are addictively fun to see. and i've always wanted to see those shop makeovers but i never can catch the virtual labs...

    3 years ago

  • robotpop

    robotpop says:

    I too took a look back at my photos from when I first started here, and also wonder how in the world I ever made any sales. Back then I didn't have a decent camera or know anything about lighting or photo editing. I think I've come a long way, and I'm still working to make them better. Thanks for the fun article that made me take a look back at my first years here.

    3 years ago

  • sannachristina

    sannachristina says:

    Great info. If "A picture is worth a thousand words" I sure need to sharpen my skill and talk less.

    3 years ago

  • ChrisBDesigns

    ChrisBDesigns says:

    what a great article. It sure has been a learning curve to do the photography. I know that I need to improve on my photos because I sell lots when people see my jewelry. Now I just need to translate it into my photography. Keep those great articles coming Etsy!!

    3 years ago

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry says:

    great article... my before pictures were a lot worse though... lol

    3 years ago

  • oceansandbeads

    oceansandbeads says:

    who does not have pictures like those and in the beginning thought they work just fine?! If a friend would not have told me my pictures were boring I would still have those on my page....but I will try and improve them more when I see that...

    3 years ago

  • backinthehills

    backinthehills says:

    Arg. I have too much to learn! These are really helpful examples though -they inspire me to push my creativity and technique -thanks.

    3 years ago

  • zaythehappyhatter

    zaythehappyhatter says:

    Oy! Well played, and playful. I'm among the crowd of re-inventing the the pictures- but lo - the process, the long and fruitful process. Many thanks, many inspirations.

    3 years ago

  • chocolateandsteel

    chocolateandsteel says:

    so funny! A few times I thought, "hey, that's my picture". I guess we all have bad pics. I thought I improved my bad pics by putting them in full sun and shooting straight down. Then discovered that wasn't so great either. I finally have come into my own. Only took 3 years:)

    3 years ago

  • BlueMooseCreations

    BlueMooseCreations says:

    Thank you for this!! =) My first items I sold are horrible pictures!! I still have a lot of work ahead of me too!! I have been taking my photos outside but I also need a good light box and one that is be enough for my added backgrounds to be in. What I wish we could see is the set up of all the photography areas everyone has!! =) Or what it looks like before the images are cropped. I need help with my backgrounds... =)

    3 years ago

  • Cookstah

    Cookstah says:

    Awesome. My number one tip... and I also feel like I have not arrived with my photography... but if you are not photo shoppy you MUST get PICASA ( It is free and you can adjust the shadows and light balance (The I feel lucky button) And for goodness sake, use all 5 picture boxes. :) The best advice I have heard is sell in 2d but it's 3d... so important. Thanks for this great article.

    3 years ago

  • BijouxFairy

    BijouxFairy says:

    hahaha! I thought I was the only one who had a bad bad photos way back. :) Everyday, I try to reshoot, reshoot, reshoot my photos over and over again.

    3 years ago

  • MaggieDayStudio

    MaggieDayStudio says:

    Wow, this was great! I thought I had pretty good photos but now I'm not so sure. I obviously need to rethink my shots!

    3 years ago

  • handjstarcreations

    handjstarcreations says:

    this is great, so glad to know it is not just me - hopefully, I will improve like these folks!

    3 years ago

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue says:

    Much to learn........thanks for all the good info.

    3 years ago

  • WoodysFlies

    WoodysFlies says:

    Thank you for this info.! I have only been at this a couple of months, and discovered quick about dull photos! Your examples really show the differences. But with practice, I will get better!

    3 years ago

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell says:

    This is such a great Success article! Reminds us all that great photos make such a difference, and that it is attainable. For as much as I promote shop photography improvements, I'm well aware that my first attempt (someday!) to sell on Etsy will need plenty of critique and help. Congrats to the sellers who've come this far. You have my greatest admiration!

    3 years ago

  • akcArt

    akcArt says:

    Thank you for this helpful information! Definitely reinforces that this is a process and practice makes perfect.......well at least, hopefully, better!

    3 years ago

  • GemstonesByBren

    GemstonesByBren says:

    Good points and examples!

    3 years ago

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique says:

    thanks to etsy for all of the awe-inspiring photo articles and to the etsy community for sharing their tips and pitfalls. my clients tend to tell me that my pieces are so much better in person than in the photos and i thank them from the bottom of my heart while i work to improve my skills. thank you lovelies...thank you.

    3 years ago

  • mommysosweet

    mommysosweet says:

    This is definitely something I'm working on now. Thanks so much for your help!

    3 years ago

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler says:

    It is amazing how much time, trial and a way better camera can change photos! I still really want a new macro lens, but it's crazy to look at old pictures and see how much things have changed.

    3 years ago

  • bykamay

    bykamay says:

    I vote i get the "worst pics award!" I'm trying tho! :D

    3 years ago

  • preciousplaytime

    preciousplaytime says:

    I feel a little better now knowing that atrocious photos in the beginning is not unique to me....thanks so much for sharing this article. I got some great ideas and help from other etsians on lightboxes, angles and anxious to try them out for some redo's

    3 years ago

  • tinyporcelain

    tinyporcelain says:

    So much to learn!

    3 years ago

  • seababejewelry

    seababejewelry says:

    this was so entertaining. I can painfully relate! I was LOL several times!

    3 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    nice to see we are all on a kind of learning curve! so thankful for all the articles on photography and that so many sellers are willing to share tips :)

    3 years ago

  • birribe

    birribe says:

    So great to see the improving photoskill,

    3 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Thanks so much!!

    3 years ago

  • Eccentricity

    Eccentricity says:

    This was really interesting and helpful and the visuals were great. I have work to do.

    3 years ago

  • CorvusandWillow

    CorvusandWillow says:

    It's really nice to see that I am not the only one who struggles with photos. I feel somehow comforted, and look forward to that magical day when I start taking excellent!

    3 years ago

  • marygracethomas

    marygracethomas says:

    Oh, yes...I have some great examples of before and after. Such as: photo before learning tips from Etsy: photo after learning some tips on Etsy:

    3 years ago

  • WeCanDoItVintage

    WeCanDoItVintage says:

    Interesting! I have been inspired! Thanks for the blog!

    3 years ago

  • SilverTrove

    SilverTrove says:

    Yikes! Reading this article and looking at the pictures made me realize my afters look like your befores! Still, I do have some simply dreadful shots from early on and I am improving all the time. I won't need to tell you which one of these two shots are which!

    3 years ago

  • bluefingerstudios

    bluefingerstudios says:

    Hilarious! Ahhh, but so true... And I remember thinkin' I really was doin great on my photos in the beginning- it used to take me all day to get one usable pic!

    3 years ago

  • nowonder

    nowonder says:

    Great article! Its great that peple were willing to share. I once changed a picture I didnt like and on that day the item sold fr the first time!

    3 years ago

  • MissMinoes

    MissMinoes says:

    Great tips. It's a neverending journey to perfection =^x^=

    3 years ago

  • therebirthofnyela

    therebirthofnyela says:

    These are some really lovely product photos! I hope to get a better camera very soon, as mine isn't very good. Photographing artwork has always been quite challenging for me.

    3 years ago

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer says:

    Great article!

    3 years ago

  • ourhobbytoyourhome

    ourhobbytoyourhome says:

    Thank you for all the great tips!!! It sure makes me rethink the way I take pictures. Thanks......

    3 years ago

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles says:

    OMG...looking at these, then looking at mine... i really must go back to the drawing board. living in "de-Nile" is a lovely respit, but i shouldn't stakeout permanent roots :D

    3 years ago

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry says:

    Love this article! I love product much fun! I'm trying to get my friend to start a shop so I can take her pictures for her!

    3 years ago

  • shopREiNViNTAGE

    shopREiNViNTAGE says:

    awwwesome article! I'm still trying to work on my photos too, it seems like a neverending war with perfection :) thanks for the b/a shots, very helpful!

    3 years ago

  • PrimativePots

    PrimativePots says:

    Amazing what just that little extra does

    3 years ago

  • iheartice

    iheartice says:

    Wow i just realized that i need to change up some of my photos. Great article!! :)

    3 years ago

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign says:

    It's all in the details...

    3 years ago

  • ChavahsGarden

    ChavahsGarden says:

    I haven't been on Etsy for long, but I've fanatically read just about everything on photography so I've been able to go from this: to this: I cannot thank all photo advisors on Etsy enough!

    3 years ago

  • desertshinejewelry

    desertshinejewelry says:

    Photos are definitely a challenge for me and provided endless entertainment for my family and others. While waiting for my Mom at the Doctor's office the other day, I realized the person across from me was trying hard not to laugh as he watched me intently reading (and frowning, I'm sure) my camera's owners manual!

    3 years ago

  • GatoRanch

    GatoRanch says:

    I'm a photographer and sell mostly my photography here on Etsy. But this past week I listed some vintage cowboy boots. I really wanted photos of them being worn outside for the best light and nicer background. But guess what, it is rainy season here in the "Sunshine State." So you can't always get those perfect photos you want and just have to settle for less. It has been overcast/raining every time I try to take photos. :( If I get a beam of sunshine long enough I'll get better shots up!

    3 years ago

  • BeanzBeads

    BeanzBeads says:

    I agree that good photos are key to sales. I'm still learning and experimenting. My first listing's photos do no justice to how pretty the pieces are. When they expire, I'm taking all new photos of those items!

    3 years ago

  • Underneath

    Underneath says:

    I guess my pictures would benefit from at least one of two things: either i'm the photographer or the model. Being both at the same time has proven to be nearly unmanageable when equipment is scarce. Still I blame the poor quality on bad lighting choices and/or options.

    3 years ago

  • 5to9inthegarden

    5to9inthegarden says:

    I have so much to learn, it's painful! I'm from old school sales and my mind is spinning; getting on facebook, blogs, twitter, great photos. E gads, as grandma used to say. I usually take really nice, and honorably mentioned at the state fair, ahem, photos...however...I can see where my marketing photos could use some work. I just cracked up reading about using your bedspread as a backdrop, hey, it seemed like a good spot at the time! It's a whole different animal when you take a zillion pics and catch the fine definition of dew drops on orchids; I'm finding that it's challenging to set up my products and get the most for my efforts. Anyone have suggestions for the best way to feature macrame plant hangers and fan pulls? My next step is to get my hemp dog leashes up on my site but my dogs have not been willing models...they see me coming with a leash and think it's time to GO!

    3 years ago

  • susangutting

    susangutting says:

    So much to learn. Thank your for the before and now photo examples. This is all new to me and actually a bit overwhelming. New skills. Sigh.

    3 years ago

  • VintageFrocksOfFancy

    VintageFrocksOfFancy says:

    That was great!! I needed a good laugh!! It was humble of all who shared! THANKS!! Michaelann

    3 years ago

  • AbsolutelyKismet

    AbsolutelyKismet says:

    Good points! I just opened my shop, and I already know I'll need to be making some serious photography changes! Using the zoom to see an up close isn't so bad, but why will anyone look when the thumbnail looks gray and washed-out?

    3 years ago

  • DragonFlyHall

    DragonFlyHall says:

    OK, I now realize I've got cheesy to get to work on that...

    3 years ago

  • ChristyBead

    ChristyBead says:

    I'm still a new member and have gotten photography suggestions on the Critique forum. I will be reshooting and reposting soon...I'm looking forward to becoming an "after"!

    3 years ago

  • taraashleytreasures

    taraashleytreasures says:

    Fantastic article and sharing by all. Thanks so much. Gotta get busy taking new pics! :)

    3 years ago

  • toodlefetties

    toodlefetties says:

    Thank you for I feel like there is hope for my photos. :-)

    3 years ago

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon says:

    Just reworked on my photos after looking at this bad & good examples! Great suggestion with funny tune :D makes me laugh all the way! and a big knock on my head too!!! THANKS!

    3 years ago

  • bagandbaby

    bagandbaby says:

    Yeah, Im really having issues with my photos, but as they say, practice makes perfect. Looks like I have alot of work to do. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • catalog

    catalog says:

    great to see before and afters. soooo lucky to have a photographer in the family.

    3 years ago

  • lenokeidesigns

    lenokeidesigns says:

    i began taking my camera everywhere and pulled it out whenever i saw something beautiful; now i'm finally starting to enjoy taking pics of my work; that makes all the difference; the creativity I use in making my jewelery is starting to flow into the photos; whew!

    3 years ago

  • aereonyx

    aereonyx says:

    I'm going to be making my own lightbox in a few days.... I just need to find one big enough- and then it's a matter of the lamps! I try to take interesting pictures- some days it works.... Others- not so much! Great article :)

    3 years ago

  • Gabsie

    Gabsie says:

    The before pictures don't look that bad, I think. But I also want to make better pictures, so I'm practising. Hope I'll have bright, shiny and sparkling pictures in the future.

    3 years ago

  • HandPaintedPetals

    HandPaintedPetals says:

    gee, i feel a lot better knowing that other folks ALSO took really crummy photos (I appreciate their courage in showing them!) Very encouraging and great info -- thanks!

    3 years ago

  • newmoonglass

    newmoonglass says:

    I know I need better pics, but stained glass seems to be in it's own difficult little universe...uuugh! But I'll keep at it...

    3 years ago

  • thatsbeautifull

    thatsbeautifull says:

    great tips once again. just changed all my main pictures with the thumbnail ones as they are more eyecatching.

    3 years ago

  • sidirom

    sidirom says:

    this article is SO encouraging!! i try so hard for my photos and realy want them to be great but only with time and experiment they will get to be good enough. thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • GrannyGrant

    GrannyGrant says:

    I've been working on my pics, but still have a long way to go! Still have the shadow....

    3 years ago

  • KermitsTiesEtc

    KermitsTiesEtc says:

    I am trying to update my photos. The only place I have found to get good, true color pics was the exam rooms of the doctor's office I work in..kind of like a big light box. I still have to improve though.

    3 years ago

  • Lillypicadilly

    Lillypicadilly says:

    Very interesting

    3 years ago

  • THERIJewels

    THERIJewels says:

    Very helpful and inspiring. I am still constantly trying to improve my pictures. Hopefully, I'll get there soon.

    3 years ago

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage says:

    Do you know something strange- I think I've gone the opposite way- I used to take great photos, I'm not such a big fan of my latest work. But this weekend will see me devote some time to thinking about how to get the spark back.

    3 years ago

  • designsmjc

    designsmjc says:

    Yes I think the image is everything...and I definitely learned from my first experience, which is leading me to try again! Thanks...

    3 years ago

  • CarolJoyFashions

    CarolJoyFashions says:

    I am still learning obviously, because some of the so-called "bad" photos didn't look that bad to me! Thanks for the great info, I have a lot to learn.

    3 years ago

  • daisyberry

    daisyberry says:

    Love this article! Gonna go work on some photos now! ;)

    3 years ago

  • SilkMari

    SilkMari says:

    ...thanks so much for the comparisons...and it does take time to read and experiment with the photos ...but it is only then that you...see...the difference...

    3 years ago

  • vintageprecious

    vintageprecious says:

    Such a wealth of information! Thanks :) ~vintageprecious

    3 years ago

  • SweetEllaBella

    SweetEllaBella says:

    LOL I just started myself and needless to say my pics are a little funny right now but thank you for the article hopefully I will get the pics down soon

    3 years ago

  • hedgehogandrabbit

    hedgehogandrabbit says:

    I like pictures taken on a clean floor - it's a good background (as long as it's not high pile or stained carpet). lol. A few of the after pictures didn't represent the product properly. I wouldn't buy something that ONLY had artsy photography. It just looks like the seller has something to hide. So, an artsy photo for the main pic, then representative photos for the rest?

    3 years ago

  • PebbleInMyPocket

    PebbleInMyPocket says:

    Great to compare the before and after shots. I especially like the Christmas Tree Lights Alpaca Hand Knit Scarf on the dress makers dummy in the background and close up of texture in the foreground...very fab!

    3 years ago

  • RageoftheAge

    RageoftheAge says:

    I love how Phydeaux pulls out the scarf and Crickets scarf photos also-you IMMEDIATELY know who they are by their photos and that is what I am also striving for (although have a very long way to go!! ) ;-) Thank you for the tips!!!

    3 years ago

  • hallornothing

    hallornothing says:

    Thank you! I enjoyed your article!

    3 years ago

  • zoegirldesigns

    zoegirldesigns says:

    This was great....maybe I will get it! I had no idea that it was so hard....!

    3 years ago

  • simplyzofia

    simplyzofia says:

    Thank you so much for all the info - makes you think before you take a picture! I think I may have to go back and retake some!!!!

    3 years ago

  • gwendavies

    gwendavies says:

    This is a fantastic article, there is so much to learn, and if we cant learn from our mistakes then where else!I dont have any photography background and find the photography part of the description particularly tricky.

    3 years ago

  • yunuengems

    yunuengems says:

    this article is very interesting !!!

    3 years ago

  • LittleMissGlam

    LittleMissGlam says:

    I just started on Etsy, I have hundreds of items, but i will post them until I hire a photographer!!!, no way im gonna post after reading this!! thx for the tip:)

    3 years ago

  • BelieveJewelrySupply

    BelieveJewelrySupply says:

    Thanks for all the helpful ideas!! The examples of good photo vs. bad photo are great too! I can definitely improve on my photography skills! I will work on taking better shots! THanks!

    3 years ago

  • designs4justice

    designs4justice says:

    Oh so good to know I am not the only one not knowing what I am doing! Starting an Etsy shop is quite a learning curb for this 50 year old Mom. I think I can, I think I can! Thanks for the tips!!

    3 years ago

  • louisebdesigns

    louisebdesigns says:

    I am just starting out and this a scary but exciting for me. I appreciate the chance to grow as I move through this process and learn from some great people who are not afraid to show their successes as well as the things that didn't go quite right. Thank you for all the great info and great humor. We all appreciate it.

    3 years ago

  • yellowsquirrel

    yellowsquirrel says:

    wow the difference is amazing! think i will get the camera out later and have a play!

    3 years ago

  • weebit

    weebit says:

    Haha. This was great! Thanks for giving us a good how-to while not being afraid to poke fun at yourselves. Hey, if even the admin can take crummy photos, it makes me feel less bad about mine. I also look back at the early sales and think, "bless their hearts, I'm glad they took a chance even though my photos were pretty craptastic."

    3 years ago

  • jewelrybyirina

    jewelrybyirina says:

    Thank you for great tips! I am changing pictures in my shop:)

    3 years ago

  • CaliGirl70

    CaliGirl70 says:

    Great tips! Taking the pictures is only half the fun!

    3 years ago

  • LilacLaneRocks

    LilacLaneRocks says:

    Hi everyone! I am so new to Etsy that I have not yet uploaded anything. I am trying so hard to get a shot that will be nice. Not too much to ask, but very difficult. I have always thought that different was best, but not in photography. The rules of lighting are my challenge. Thanks for a comfortable start. best meri

    3 years ago

  • KariOriginal

    KariOriginal says:

    Thanks for a great article! I'm new too and fear i'm at the bottom of the learning curve - what i have sold was definitely helped by a chance different style of photo. Working on 'telling the story' myself now which is currently a hefty battle! LilacLane (above) you should just go for it and put up what you have for a a couple of items - the great thing about etsy is you can change them when you like - plus once you have photos up you can get a critique from the forums. Anyways - thanks again for the article - off to find props now!

    3 years ago

  • DesertMonkeyDesigns

    DesertMonkeyDesigns says:

    This has definitely been challenging and though I'm new here I have already realized one thing I need to focus on...continuity. This is what ties everything together and helps brand your store. I will definitely be thinking about that the next time I'm photographing my items. I may even re-do some of the things I have up now. *sigh*

    3 years ago

  • gilaglassbead

    gilaglassbead says:

    Great article as it put a smile on my face something I needed right now so THANKS!

    3 years ago

  • AndreaFuentesDesigns

    AndreaFuentesDesigns says:

    Great article! There is nothing like looking back at old pics and comparing how much you have learned since then. Always a shocker!

    3 years ago

  • janiebugbibs

    janiebugbibs says:

    Great read! I think the problem is that we are amateurs, and we are being encouraged by amateurs (family and friends)! Maybe need to seek advice from someone in the know--and read everything we can on etsy! Thanks for the tips.

    3 years ago

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts says:

    Thanks for letting us see your vulnerabilities. Product photos are hard. The only good thing is that the products stay still for the shooting, so eventually we can get it right. I've noticed an improvement in the past few months in my own shots. Still a long way to go, though. Your advice helps.

    3 years ago

  • dementedsnowflake

    dementedsnowflake says:

    Ha, great photo's and examples of what to do and not do. Thanks :)

    3 years ago

  • KeepsMyHandsBusy

    KeepsMyHandsBusy says:

    I have scenery pics from vacations down pat...and working on using the macro feature on my camera to my some great shots of my jewelry...others still need some improvement. But what I would like to know, is how to get the most flattering angle when modeling an item, like a scarf or a bracelet or neclace? I had mys hubby try to take pics of me modeling the jewelry I made but most pics resulted in a hand that looked twice as wide as it was and fingers that looked half the length they were. Or just totally blah shots of me wearing a scarf against a white shirt. Any tips would be great! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • foundaryvintage

    foundaryvintage says:

    good photos are so important! and yet so hard to learn how to take! i'm inspired to reshoot.. any thoughts on lightboxes and if they are easy to use and effective?

    2 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    Fabulous post! Thanks Danielle

    2 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    Wow! great article. Before and after examples are soooo inspiring. Illustrates the point. Thanks

    2 years ago

  • junksy

    junksy says:

    Awesome article! Great advice, thank you!

    2 years ago

  • windrosie

    windrosie says:

    oh I'm dreaming of a new camera!:))) My short term goal is to make enough sales to make it happen:) thanks for a great article!

    2 years ago

  • MickeyandGrace

    MickeyandGrace says:

    The photos seem to be the most challenging part of Etsy for's good to know I'm not alone, and that improvement is possible!!

    2 years ago

  • twentyseven27soap

    twentyseven27soap says:

    Great post! It's encouraging to see that some of etsy's top sellers had to start somewhere!

    2 years ago

  • Untwistedsister

    Untwistedsister says:

    <------ still struggling with ugly photos. It's a wonder I've sold anything!! Great post and still so relevant.

    2 years ago

  • Hippiechicjewelz

    Hippiechicjewelz says:

    A wonderful and very inspiring article! I shared this link on my teams discussion board, I am sure it will inspire many of us to really look at our photographs! Thank you for posting such a helpful article. P.S. I really love the "Extra Credit" at the end, it makes me not feel so bad! =D

    2 years ago

  • CatybugDesigns

    CatybugDesigns says:

    This is so helpful!! I think we're all looking for new ideas, new angles, new visions... pictures really help :) Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • MonkeyFrouFrou

    MonkeyFrouFrou says:

    Thanks for the article. Would somebody be able to tell me what I'm doing wrong with my photo's? I'm new (only a month or so newbie) and things are not selling, i was getting discouraged, until my first sale two days ago(*YAY!*), and now your article gave me some more gas to keep going. Only thing is, I dont know what to do different or where to begin with my store revamp!. Some insight would go a looong way for me( I hope!)

    2 years ago

  • myAvonlea

    myAvonlea says:

    I love this <3

    2 years ago

  • marmiejotter

    marmiejotter says:

    great photo examples, thanks!

    2 years ago

  • melsumn1

    melsumn1 says:

    This is a great article, I loved it, it was so helpful. I'm going to redo and take more time with my photos from now on.

    2 years ago

  • lamille

    lamille says:

    Ugh this is making me rethink my pictures NOW. :( I guess I should retake some pictures and rethink my composition.

    2 years ago

  • TrueloveQuiltsForYou

    TrueloveQuiltsForYou says:

    My first shots of my quilts were pretty terrible.. but I just got a new camera (Nikon) and I'm still experimenting with it. The pictures are getting a bit better, but like the folks above, I'm sure I'll look back and say "UGGGGHHH! Thanks for the tips!

    2 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    I love this! Sometimes I look at my old sold items and shudder in amazement that the bad pics actually sold something!

    2 years ago

  • hazaricreations

    hazaricreations says:

    wow... very informative !

    2 years ago

  • mycartouche

    mycartouche says:

    I thought I knew how to take photos, ha,ha,ha. I did realize very soon that I was wrong after opening my Etsy shop. Still searching for a perfect that background and mood for the shop. Hope to find it in one day:)) For now I am going to remove all the crazy color frames from all my photos ( I also though it was "special"). Thank you so much for sharing all the wisdom. Wish you all happy photo days !!!

    2 years ago

  • angieinpv

    angieinpv says:

    Very nice. Since I am photographing affordable fine art, it does not apply, paintings take the whole frame. I still struggle with the making of a banner, not as easy as the video implied, a learning process with technology, Angeline Kyba Studio

    2 years ago

  • littleyellowyarrow

    littleyellowyarrow says:

    This was so much fun to read! Etsy is such a journey - I love it!

    2 years ago

  • LittleShopofElleSee

    LittleShopofElleSee says:

    What an amazing difference in each photo, and such different styles too! I'm definitely going to take a look at my photography :)

    2 years ago


    MIRAKRIS says:

    great artical i am still learning hope that one day i will understand it better :-)

    2 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Great, thanks, I'm always trying to improve my pictures. I think it's what makes or breaks an online shop.

    2 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery says:

    Info + Inspiration + Improvement = Success My mom and grandma used to say, “If at first you don’t succeed—try, try again!”

    2 years ago

  • AliciaMarieCreations

    AliciaMarieCreations says:

    Love this! The before and afters are great, showing what is being said in such an easy way

    2 years ago

  • ScatteredTreasures

    Scattered Treasures from ScatteredTreasures says:

    I'm definitely still working... I have trouble getting my thumbnails to align like I want. Any tips for that?

    2 years ago

  • Needle2Needle

    Christine Marie Chen from Needle2Needle says:

    So glad I stumbled upon this post tonight. I'm a fairly new shop and am always looking for better ways to display my hand knit accessories! Thanks for the advice and the wonderful before and after photos!

    1 year ago

  • greenglasschile

    oscar munoz says:

    ahhahhahhaha, great!

    1 year ago

  • mildbunch

    The Wearmouths from KiawahCollection says:

    For extreme closeups with a point and shoot-google Little Big Shot macro lens-I just stumbled upon it, ordered one and it has worked great. My photos aren't the best out there, but MUCH better than when I started. A very inexpensive setup-old Nikon Coolpix L4 bought on Ebay, DIY cardboard lightbox (how to on Etsy photo blog), 3 spot-gro lights from Lowe's, scrapbooking paper for backgrounds, and the new macro lens-all set up in a closet to keep out of the way. Convo me for details on any of this. It's been trial and error.

    1 year ago

  • linnie101

    linnie101 from CharmedWine says:

    thanks. i just started my shop yesterday and i still have a lot to learn when it comes to taking good photos :)

    1 year ago

  • Nancenet70

    Nancenet Designs from Nancenet70 says:

    great post thanks! forever striving for better shots!

    1 year ago

  • QianwenZhang

    Qianwen Zhang from WoodenfulToys says:

    What a great article! I really need this at this moment! This article is really encouraging, I'm new to etsy and just opened my shop one month ago. I have so much to learn here, happy to be here! it feels great! ^^

    1 year ago

  • SteppeAbove

    Dawn Steppe from SteppeAboveCreations says:

    I love this! Very brave of you all to share those pictures. I am forever waiting to take pictures at night and end up with some not so alluring shots. Thanks for the funny article! It was clever and helpful!!

    1 year ago

  • sewma7

    Tatiana from JuliansBoutique says:

    my picture are in ,,before ,, stage , have to improve them to ,,after,, ;)

    231 days ago

  • Shalotte

    Naomi from Shalotte says:

    This article is making me feel a whole lot better about the improvements I've made to my shop in the past 3 months. I still have along way to go but I know I'm on the right track

    230 days ago

  • sparkles4life

    Maxine Adjei from sparkles4life says:

    Love this article. I'm currently undergoing a revamp of my shop. First things to improve my photos. Slowly but surely. looking back at the old ones makes me giggle. I get more likes now so working on variety to get sales.

    215 days ago

  • somerset141

    Susan Somerset Larsson from somersetlarsson says:

    just starting out and umm! think I will have to work a bit harder at it !

    169 days ago

  • JennySaker

    Jenny Saker from JeniWrenJewellery says:

    All very helpful, so thanks for that it is as important to take great shoots as it is to make beautiful worthwhile pieces! JWx

    139 days ago

  • CherryGardenWorkshop

    Miss Cherry from CherryGardenDolls says:

    Thank! It is very useful!

    125 days ago

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork says:

    Very instructive, thanks for sharing!

    55 days ago

  • margi45 says:

    Oh my, I'm thinking I should change all my photos - but still have to learn and work a lot, I can't take decent shoots at present....

    45 days ago