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Jen Kiaba, a.k.a Jenkiabaphotography, is a self-proclaimed camera addict and seasoned photographer. I recently asked her a few questions to help you choose the right camera to shoot your product photos.

What kind of camera would you suggest for an Etsy seller who’s just starting out, and has a limited budget?
If you’re just starting out in the handmade world, probably the last thing you want to do is shell out a sizable pile of money for a camera. You know you need good photos, but will a more expensive camera really ensure that you get those great photos? The answer is “No.” Promise! To prove this, I decided to give myself a little challenge and put several cameras to the test. The goal was to see if I could get great photos no matter what. At the moment I own three digital cameras (yes, I know — it’s a sickness). These are all older cameras as well, to prove the point that you don’t have to run to the mall and buy the newest camera on the market. A gently used camera is a great tool to begin with to learn the basics of photography! The first contender is a mid-level professional camera: a Canon 30D, which retails for about $800 online. This is the camera that I shoot all of my professional gigs with at the moment. It’s a bit pricey for the Etsy seller just starting out, but I wanted to use this baby as a basis of comparison.

The second camera is a Fujifilm FinePix F30. With a little bit of online digging you can find this one for about $250. This is an amazing camera! If I could show up at all of my professional gigs with this camera and not get laughed out of town, I might try it. You have a full range of control with the exception of a true manual mode. There is a lot of bang for your buck here.

The last camera I tested today is a Nikon CoolPix L4. You can get this baby for $15 online! This camera came into my life when my sister moved to New York City and left it behind. Your exposure is fully automatic, but there seem to be all kinds of fun goodies to play with here.

Around 11 a.m. I found a window with some southern exposure, put a gauzy white sheet over the window to diffuse the light, and snapped some pictures of a vintage locket. I took two photos with each camera and then did a quick edit using Picnik.

The results:
The Fujifilm camera allowed me to get really close AND blur out my background by shooting in Aperture Priority mode and shooting with the widest aperture possible (in this case f2.8, which is really amazing!).

The Nikon doesn’t give you that kind of fine-tuned aperture control because the exposure is fully automatic; however you could try mimicking that lovely blurred effect with Picnik’s Focal Soften tool. The Macro setting also didn’t allow me to get quite as close as the Fuji camera did, but the results were still pretty great!

Click here to zoom in on the photo above.

Check out the image comparison and see for yourself. Which camera would you choose? The Fujifilm FinePix F30 is still my favorite, but I was pretty blown away by the Nikon CoolPix L4 as well. And for $15, you really can’t go wrong!

Are there features that are more important than others they should look for?
If you are in the market for a different model of camera, I would suggest looking for something with at least 4 megapixels (you don’t need much more for Etsy or for printing up promotional materials), the ability to change your white balance, a macro mode and preferably an aperture priority mode. If you would like to read a great comparison of the top camera models for 2009, check out this post by Engadget Labs: The best point-and-shoot camera for under $400.

What kind of lighting would you suggest?
Natural lighting will always be your best friend. With a thin white sheet (or even a thin white vinyl shower curtain from the dollar store) and a window, you are in business. If your camera allows you to change your white balance to incandescent, this will give you the opportunity to shoot indoors in the evening if you don’t get the opportunity to photograph using daylight. However you must make sure to have strong enough lights — inexpensive flood lamps work well in this case. Just make sure that they don’t get too close to anything flammable.
If you aren’t able to photograph during daylight hours, then it would also behoove you to look into making a photo lightbox. Here’s a blog post I did last year: How to Make a DIY $10 Macro Light Tent!

Do you have any online resources you would suggest to a new photographer?
I highly recommend Digital Photography Tips for Beginners from Digital-photography-school.com.This site offers a whole series of articles dedicated to walking a new photographer through the basics in layman’s language. The articles are so accessible and friendly, and I think new photographers will begin to enjoy taking photos for their shop once photography has been demystified for them!

Are you in love with your digital camera? Let us know in the comments below!   

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  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage says:

    Great tips! Thank you so much for the comparison, very helpful :)

    4 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi says:

    Just the kind of topic I was looking for! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • abacusbeadcreations

    abacusbeadcreations says:

    Wow, great article. I love my Canon XSi, and although it was pricey, the software that came with it is awesome. I can hook my camera up to my computer and see what my pictures will look like before I take them.

    4 years ago

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe says:

    I'm lucky to be able to use two different cameras for different purposes (close ups vs. wide shots) - one a close circle of friends pitched in for as a birthday gift a while back & one that belongs to my husband. Now, if I could only talk him into talking some photos for me! He's a phenomenal photographer!

    4 years ago

  • allisonmooney

    allisonmooney says:

    Great info - thanks!

    4 years ago

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts says:

    The Nikon D40 works great for us~!

    4 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    the photograph really helps sell an item. this is great advice. thanks jen!

    4 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Great info!

    4 years ago

  • DixSterling

    DixSterling says:

    Did you use a tripod? The shots are really sharp.

    4 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Thanks for making the point that huge numbers of pixels DON'T necessarily mean better photos unless you're likely to be printing them billboard size! I'd also add that a small tripod is very useful, especially for close up work or if you just naturally don't have a steady hand. You can pick one up very cheaply. Or if you photograph lots of things a similar size (such as jewelry) you can use wooden blocks or food cans to rest your elbows, hands or camera on to keep things from getting too blurred.

    4 years ago

  • loulahbelle

    loulahbelle says:

    great advice! i'm on the look out for a new camera right now as i've just broken mine! :os

    4 years ago

  • ModernMeetsWhimsy

    ModernMeetsWhimsy says:

    nice overview!

    4 years ago

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead says:

    I work hardest on my photos. I did invest in a "nice" camera eventually and I'm really enjoying it but I didn't HAVE to do it. Good article. I will study it more later.

    4 years ago

  • ecozuzu

    ecozuzu says:

    great info & images! :)

    4 years ago

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure says:

    So good to hear a professional say you don't need to spend megabucks on a camera for good photos. Thanks for this very informative post!

    4 years ago

  • QUID

    QUID says:

    I have a great mid-range camera that I use when I need to do close up/macro shots or just want to get product up in a hurry. I also work with several friends who are photographers to get some more professional photos since I am definitely NOT a photographer!

    4 years ago

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy says:

    Thanks for sharing the info on getting a great picture. This article was extremely helpful.

    4 years ago

  • genisepark

    genisepark says:

    Thank you so much for the great tips. I like not spending huge dollars for a camera, lights and tent.

    4 years ago

  • gracehesterdesigns

    gracehesterdesigns says:

    The quality of the $15 camera is pretty good! A nice follow-up post would be to use online digital enhancement tools to brighten up or improve on the photos. Thanks for sharing! Grace Hester Designs Silhouette- and typography- based artwork and prints Experience my blog at http://gracehester.typepad.com Shop my designs at http://gracehesterdesigns.etsy.com Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/gracehester

    4 years ago

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden says:

    great article! A good Camera really does make a huge difference in showing off your product:)

    4 years ago

  • galit

    galit says:

    I love my FinePix! it's the best!

    4 years ago

  • silkpurseaccessories

    silkpurseaccessories says:

    I've been using the camera on my phone! It's a Samsung Behold. I do edit the pictures afterward, but they turn out pretty well, way better than my actual camera. :D

    4 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    These are great tips. I'm always trying to improve my pics.

    4 years ago

  • Floreal

    Floreal says:

    great information...nothing beats natural light...:0)

    4 years ago

  • rockmenow

    rockmenow says:

    not to sound like a b*tch: the 30D is ancient, released in feb. 2006. if you're willing to spend 800 dollars, both Canon, Nikon and Pentax have far superior stuff, that will last you for a lifetime. yes, megapixels don't matter, but the sensor does, and so does the way in which the information is stored. and no one wants to store information in technology that was developed in 2006 (believe me, my camera is even older).

    4 years ago

  • 6catsart

    6catsart says:

    Great article. I use a nine year old hp715 3.3 mp camera that my husband bought me for christmas and get OK shots with it. I loved how easy it was to use when I first got it. It does reasonable enough shots for the internet and etsy. Though my forty year old (film) 35mm Pentax is my favorite for great color and crisp images.

    4 years ago

  • studio1950

    studio1950 says:

    Natural light is very frustrating when you live in New England and it is cloudy much of the time. Another photographer also talked about playing with white balance, which I have started doing. Lighting is very tricky in general!

    4 years ago

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 says:

    I have a Nikon CoolPix L4 - you CAN adjust the exposure under the shooting menu, but it is not as specific as other cameras. It goes from 0 to +3, & sometimes using the natural light from my window I might need something in between those settings. I also feel that since the macro setting doesn't allow you to get as close as some other cameras, I really need something more than a 4 megapixel, as my cropped shots can get grainy (especially given the lighting issues). BUT yes - you can use that camera for your Etsy pics. I've been fortunate to have a few of my things featured on Etsy, & have a lot of success with craftgawker too. So if your current camera isn't working, go spend the $15!

    4 years ago

  • StarRedesigns

    StarRedesigns says:

    I have a FujiFilm Finepix Z20 10MP camera and it is AMAZING for the price of $120-$150. I would definitely recommend it to anyone starting out with photography on a low budget. It has amazing capabilities and takes beautiful shots, not to mention it is compact and easily fits in a pocket or purse!

    4 years ago

  • OrdinaryMommy

    OrdinaryMommy says:

    This is great, and well timed for me! Thanks! I actually started a thread in the forums about this topic recently: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6483919. I currently have a Nikon Coolpix that has a great macro function, but the image stability is not so grand. It is on its way out though, so I'm going to be the market to buy a new one soon.

    4 years ago

  • lucietales

    lucietales says:

    Great great theme! Thanks so much to share all those precious tips! The comparison is significant, I was just asking myself about the quality of my camera and whether buy another one... Right timing!

    4 years ago

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds says:

    Oh, thank you. I was just wondering same thing. My son tells me to get new and more expensive camera....great topic :))

    4 years ago

  • TessaKim

    TessaKim says:

    Perfect, I need all the photograph tips I can get!

    4 years ago

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious says:

    we love our Nikon D50 - great for our Esty shop and for getting great pics of a moving 3 year old!

    4 years ago

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign says:

    Jen, thanks so much for sharing this, still working on my pics so much, but I get in to it more and more, that it makes Fun!!!

    4 years ago

  • lilfishstudios

    lilfishstudios says:

    Love this comparison. My camera is a nothin'-fancy Pentax Optio M40, just a little point and shoot, and I love it. I can tuck it in my pocket when I'm out in the woods, and stick it on a tripod when I'm shooting product shots. Of course, this doesn't keep me from lusting after a big fancy camera... Someday.

    4 years ago

  • jewelsbyjaney

    jewelsbyjaney says:

    Thank you! I have a little Canon which I love and has so far been good for my purposes, but it's nice to know that I'm not totally screwing myself over if I don't purchase an amazing camera at this stage in my selling 'career.'

    4 years ago

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams says:

    Interesting test!...love the clothesline of cameras.

    4 years ago

  • Myhaleygirl

    Myhaleygirl says:

    In the market for a new camera, thanks for the tips!

    4 years ago

  • bethtastic

    bethtastic says:

    There are great tips...I was using an Olympus point and shoot with a macro mode when I first started out. Though my pictures weren't nearly what I wanted, I was able to tweak them with photoshop. However, I finally broke down and found a Nikon D40 (it's a DSLR), (with some online digging and some serious searching I found it for $350, WITH a kit lens!) and I'm so in love with it. The one thing I can truly say makes the difference is the fact that it has no shutter lag, you can set the white balance, and you can shoot in automatic, aperture priority, shutter, or fully manual. It's simple to use. It takes amazing photos of every little nook and cranny of your item, which I think is so important. One thing to keep in mind: You have to weigh the options of buying something for $150 that might be "eh" to you, or spend a touch more (in my case $350) and make your life a load easier. I still use my little point and shoot for taking ttv (through the viewfinder) photos, but the Nikon D40 is so easy to use, and it also allows me to not spend ages futzing with photographs with p-shop. JewelsbyJaney--I don't think you're "screwing yourself over," but it sounds like you really want one! You don't have to go Canon (tends to run more expensive), but try B and H photo, they have a ton of refurbished Nikons that are a lot cheaper. :)

    4 years ago

  • tiemee

    tiemee says:

    Great article and advice for snapping pics! I also attest to the Fuji FinePix -- it was a great camera and I am looking to purchase again. I am currently using a Coolpix but do miss my Fuji!!

    4 years ago

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign says:

    Wonderful post - very helpful:) Thanks!!

    4 years ago

  • Morado

    Morado says:

    Very useful article! And the picks that go with it are adorable!

    4 years ago

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom says:

    great info, thanks for sharing

    4 years ago

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie says:

    Great tips. :)

    4 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage says:

    thanks for the tips!

    4 years ago

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns says:

    a picture's worth a thousand words and sometimes a thousand bucks:)

    4 years ago

  • ArletteMichelle

    ArletteMichelle says:

    The floor lamp trick really works well..Thanks for the article and websites...

    4 years ago

  • nanouke

    nanouke says:

    What an amazing article! Thank you :)

    4 years ago

  • ladaworks

    ladaworks says:

    Great advice. Thank you.

    4 years ago

  • SignsofVintage

    SignsofVintage says:

    Thanks for the great advice!

    4 years ago

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy says:

    Great links and tips! I really just don't like taking pictures in general. I use every excuse in the book not to take pictures and I find myself waiting until the very end of the day to take pictures in the hopes that I miss my chance and have to take them the next day! I use a Fujifilm FinePix model of some sort. Can't remember which one. I have been very lucky that my camera takes great pictures despite the fact I have no idea how to or no interest in taking photos of my work. My only problem with Fujifilm FinePix that I have is the instruction manual. It is totally confusing and does not help me much. The upload/download software is a bit annoying. But I tell you, the camera I have takes great pictures especially I happen to show a little more interest in the process. Thanks for the info!

    4 years ago

  • madamtartarsauce

    madamtartarsauce says:

    awesometown!

    4 years ago

  • cherdak

    cherdak says:

    Thank you for this post ! Very useful info.

    4 years ago

  • DapperPaper

    DapperPaper says:

    We have a Canon 50D and we love it! You can take some good photos with a point and shoot, but they are world's apart in quality. Lighting is one of the most important aspects and sometimes it can make a so-so subject matter look amazing. And playing around with the focus is also something that helps give your photos an artsy look!

    4 years ago

  • VirtuoSew

    VirtuoSew says:

    Thank you for the excellent info. I wonder a lot if I had a different camera would my photos be better, and I think the answer is no!

    4 years ago

  • HouseOfMirth

    HouseOfMirth says:

    this is so fitting. i will be purchasing a camera in the next few days. great timing :)

    4 years ago

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry says:

    Great info!

    4 years ago

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy says:

    No way?! Fantastic article...who knew such great results could be achieved with such an affordable camera!

    4 years ago

  • buddyxdesigns

    buddyxdesigns says:

    Thanks for the gr8 tips, just redone some of my pics to brighten them up, thanks agan.

    4 years ago

  • vadjutka

    vadjutka says:

    Great post, and I really welcome the idea, that SLR cameras not neccessarily will give you the best result. Though I do have an SLR camera (canon 20D) I think that any kind of photography - let it be product or photo journalism - is only 30% about the technical details. The rest (70%) is about approach, to be visually sensitive, so have an "eye". This - having "an eye" - can be also practiced, but takes a little longer than knowing how to use technically a camera.

    4 years ago

  • RikiZarris

    RikiZarris says:

    I just started on Etsy and have been spending money out the wahzo on so many little things So for now I am just using my 15$ coolpix but tweaking my images with Photoshop elements. Which reminds me there are a few photos I noticed looked a little too blue that I need to go back and fix.

    4 years ago

  • SleepDreamPlay

    SleepDreamPlay says:

    Really interesting article. I liked the Nikon myself. This is good to know as I need a new camera soon.

    4 years ago

  • SeventhSphere

    SeventhSphere says:

    Thanks for the tips Jen! Taking photos is something that stress me out no end, so thanks very much for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • 2treasurehunt

    2treasurehunt says:

    Great Article, Great info. Very informative.

    4 years ago

  • wisdomofthemoon

    wisdomofthemoon says:

    I've found that, especially for pictures where no one is moving, a tripod and the timer function are really helpful, even when you have just a little bit of daylight. I did a post on the specifics here, if you're interested http://wisdomofthemoon.blogspot.com/2010/02/low-light-pictures-with-point-and-shoot.html

    4 years ago

  • redcat12

    redcat12 says:

    Great tips for all camera enthusiasts! And, I agree, one can never have too many cameras. Love your work on the website and in your Etsy store. Thanks for writing such great articles for Etsy and all of its members!

    4 years ago

  • Jenkiabaphotography

    Jenkiabaphotography says:

    Thanks everyone! So glad that this post is proving to be useful! Thanks Danielle for asking such great questions! <3 DixSterling - these images were not taken with a tripod. With a fast enough shutter speed you can eliminate a lot of the blur that one might get with shaky hands. rockmenow - even with technology developed in '06, with regular maintenance you can still have great results with an older camera. The same idea pertains to driving an older car. And in terms of storing data, it's very important to get into the habit of backing up your work. I back up three times - to my computer, to a cd and to an external hard drive.

    4 years ago

  • WrenWillow

    WrenWillow says:

    what a wonderful and well timed topic!! thank you!

    4 years ago

  • PaperThickInk

    PaperThickInk says:

    Thank you for writing such an objective article! I started out with a Canon point n shoot; switched to a Nikon D200 and a Sigma macro temporarily. For the trouble it took to use it; I'm going back to a point n shoot. Thanks for debunking the myth of $$Cost$$ == Quality product shots.

    4 years ago

  • CuriousSparrow

    CuriousSparrow says:

    Great tips. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • candacejean

    candacejean says:

    Nice tips. I wish I could afford a new camera!

    4 years ago

  • MissPompadour

    MissPompadour says:

    Thank you! I'm dog earing your bloggie blog!

    4 years ago

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry says:

    Great article! It's so important to be able to get good photos. I think this will help a lot of people out! I still adore my very first digital slr: a Canon Rebel XT. It's user-friendly, and with my favorite lens (50mm 1.8) I feel like I can photograph anything!

    4 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    Awesome advice! The comparison shots are quite amazing--the FujiFilm Fine Pix does an amazing job! I'm going to save this article for future reference.

    4 years ago

  • podgy00

    podgy00 says:

    great post. i think that photography is one of the most important factors in selling on etsy, it is the first point of contact with potential customers, its for this reason i joined my local camera club its a great resource i have learned a few things that give great results like using an 18% grey card here is a link explaining about the grey card http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjrYVCwOOrA it helps give a well balnced image with true whites i also use a light tent but this is not as important. I think to improve ones photography the best option is just to observe what else is out there and then adapt it to suit your needs and your products needs, and also have fun!

    4 years ago

  • zuppaartista

    zuppaartista says:

    wonderfully written jen! such great advice. :)

    4 years ago

  • compassrosedesigns

    compassrosedesigns says:

    Thanks for the great article and the links. I have a Samsung SL30, 10.2 Mega Pixls. I really don't have a clue as to what the settings are all about. Wish I did. My photos are taken near a window, in a shaded area or on an overcast day. Lately, I have been using foam board as the surface, one black, one white. Seems to be working.

    4 years ago

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin says:

    Wonderful article! I love love love my Nikon D60, it is definitely worth the pretty penny it was!

    4 years ago

  • PamLefcourt

    PamLefcourt says:

    Nice article!

    4 years ago

  • SStewartJewelleryArt

    SStewartJewelleryArt says:

    This is a great post! Love the comparison shots! Thanks for the photo advice!

    4 years ago

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy says:

    Great tips, love the 3 camera comparison shots. It would be great to have something like this for clothing photographers. I'm at my wits end with finding what works. If it's not the lighting, it's grainy, or too blue, or this or that.... I'm all over the place, I want to cry! ;P

    4 years ago

  • daisytoad

    daisytoad says:

    I'm really trying hard to find the Nikon CoolPix L4 online for $15, or less than $85 and I can't seem too.... : (

    4 years ago

  • byKEONA

    byKEONA says:

    This is very informative! Thank you so much for taking the time out to explain this. I was debating to invest on a professional camera and ditch the $400 Sony CyberShot that I have been using. Using a white sheer curtain to diffuse light is a great tip!

    4 years ago

  • daisytoad

    daisytoad says:

    oh and Picasa has a color temp adjuster (for those too blue or too orange shots)

    4 years ago

  • kellylynndesigns

    kellylynndesigns says:

    Thanks for the light box tips...I'm definitely going to try it.

    4 years ago

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop says:

    I'm with you on the Fujifilm FinePix, Jen - definitely happy with my old pal.

    4 years ago

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie says:

    thank you so much for this article..I need to get a new camera soon so this has been very helpful!

    4 years ago

  • RSSDesignsInFiber

    RSSDesignsInFiber says:

    If you can, I highly recommend getting one that has customizable white balance - and use a Kodak gray card to set it in whatever light you have - it really makes it more workable for getting the actual color of your item in the photos!!! You can find really good used ones in good condition online, if you take the time to search. I admit I spent a bunch of time researching which camera to get, as I am used to using manual settings from my landscape photography days, and I spent a bunch of time searching for the camera I decided on - for a really good price I got a Canon Powershot with manual options including customizable white balance and both Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed Priority, so I can use it for a variety of things! They are out there if you do the research and take the time to search!

    4 years ago

  • capecottagedesigns

    capecottagedesigns says:

    I'm having trouble with the size of my pix-when I try to upload then onto my Etsy site, they are too big. I have a new (reconditioned) laptop & it's not loaded with any manipulation software-HELP!!!

    4 years ago

  • NeedSomeBling

    NeedSomeBling says:

    Taking pictures of my jewelry has been my biggest challenge. I strive to bring out the true look of my pieces the best I can because jewelry is always more beautiful in person. Selling online can be difficult because it is so hard to capture that true beauty in pictures. Thanks for the great article!

    4 years ago

  • BandGeek

    BandGeek says:

    I love my Canon PowerShot A540. The macro setting kills. Best $150 ever.

    4 years ago

  • EmmieBean

    EmmieBean says:

    Hey thanks for the info on the Nikon CoolPix L4! Gotta love a good bargain.

    4 years ago

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo says:

    Great article, Thank you so much for the useful tips!!

    4 years ago

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo says:

    Great article, Thank you so much for the useful tips!!

    4 years ago

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts says:

    great experiment, and wonderful advice. i actually followed her post about the diy macro studio, and it works great!

    4 years ago

  • littlejennywren

    littlejennywren says:

    The Fuji Finepix F30 was number one on my list of cameras to buy but it was very difficult to find one.Instead I bought my very beautiful Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. Love my camera.

    4 years ago

  • SusannahTucker

    SusannahTucker says:

    Great article, and thank you for using my photograph! White balance and macro settings are the biggest points for me in terms of product photography, and my little digital Canon point and shoot does it better than my DSLR!

    4 years ago

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie says:

    These are really fantastic tips. Thanks so much!

    4 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    great article

    4 years ago

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign says:

    thanks for the comparison list!

    4 years ago

  • monocotoleydon

    monocotoleydon says:

    I appreciate the encouragement ... knowing that probably the best thing I can do to improve my photos is learning more and practicing, instead of shelling out lots of money for a new camera.

    4 years ago

  • PearlyGirlyTraders

    PearlyGirlyTraders says:

    This is so helpful...I have been playing with photos, but only open about 2 weeks now. I need to quit my day job and stay home to take thouse 11am pictures! It seems to be hard for me to get the right light on objects. thanks again for the examples, it is good to know we are not alone!

    4 years ago

  • BlueberryCream

    BlueberryCream says:

    Great article! Thank you! I also have Canon, but it doesn't always do what i want!

    4 years ago

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey says:

    Thanks for the info!!

    4 years ago

  • SugarKids

    SugarKids says:

    Thank you, thank you...from one seriously photo challenged seller!

    4 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    Thank you for the tips and the links! I LOVE my OLD Canon Rebel SLR (film camera), but in recent years switched to a Minolta Digital camera (abt. $300). When it suddenly died, I had to get a quick replacement which turned out to be a Canon Powershot (store display) for about $70. I am quite pleased with the results I get, but my dream camera is a Canon EOS system.... someday.... :)

    4 years ago

  • petitedancer25

    petitedancer25 says:

    I think that if you don't have a big budget, looking on craigslist for a gently used camera is a great option. I ended up purchasing a Canon Powershot SD790 IS Elph for about $120 (they're usually in the $200-$300 range) from a woman about a year ago, and it is a couple of years old, but it still works like a charm! It does everything I need, and is also cute and little. Go craigslist!

    4 years ago

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets says:

    thank you for this article - love the comparison!

    4 years ago

  • reiddamnit

    reiddamnit says:

    wow, that lightbox idea is so simple and so genius! thanks for sharing!!

    4 years ago

  • knitsinclass

    knitsinclass says:

    Thanks so much for this article - pictures are so so so important when selling online, and there are a LOT of great photographers on Etsy - Definitely encouraging to know that an expensive camera isn't needed to yield great results. Really appreciate the links to the other resources, too.

    4 years ago

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber says:

    Thank you so much! Wonderful tips. Photos can always be improved.

    4 years ago

  • barebirdie

    barebirdie says:

    I love this article! I love the tips about lighting and indoor lighting at night! I have been trying to convince my friends that you can take great photos without expensive equipment! I make all kinds of things and just wrote a tutorial on "HOw to Take Great Pin-Up Photos" on my blog. Check it out at www.seecatecreate.wordpress.com along with more crafting and photography tutorials! :)

    4 years ago

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik says:

    thanks for the tips!

    4 years ago

  • LateToTheRevolution

    LateToTheRevolution says:

    Great article! I've been thinking about upgrading!

    4 years ago

  • birdie1

    birdie1 says:

    Wish I would have had this info before investing in a Canon Powershot1200 IS in December - hate it! I went back to using my old Panasonic Lumix.

    4 years ago

  • littlebungalowstudio

    littlebungalowstudio says:

    A very useful article. Thanks a bunch! I'm actually in the market for a new camera that I can use for my shop and to photograph my interior design work. I've been looking into the Olympus Evolt cameras. Great timing!

    4 years ago

  • ChellaBellaDesigns

    ChellaBellaDesigns says:

    Great article! We use a Olympus E-510 (pricy but fabulous) And a Lumix (not so pricy & still fabulous). Between the two we can get some pretty great shots!

    4 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Thanks so much! Great advice!

    4 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    A camera can be a huge investment, but does not have to be! With digital photography where it is these days, cheaper cameras often take great photos. That said, if you are looking for a more professional camera and don't think you need a DSLR, I recommend the Canon G9 or the G11. It is basically a professional point and shoot with much of the control of an SLR. I love mine.

    4 years ago

  • hidingintrees

    hidingintrees says:

    Fantastic tips! In my experience, for taking pictures of paintings, most types of cameras will take decent photos but the lighting is so key. I like to use a flood light, along with natural light/lights out and take images without using the flash. Moving around the flood light in different directions will give different effects.

    4 years ago

  • ASenseofPlacePhotogr

    ASenseofPlacePhotogr says:

    yay Jen! Great article :) I love my Fuji Finepix, it really is incredible how much they can muster and I totally understand the feeling of thinking you'll be laughed away for bringing it to a pro event though. ;)

    4 years ago

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch says:

    Advice on photography, needless to say is always appreciated, but taking it to the next level on Camera's was even better. thanks so much.

    4 years ago

  • SimplyInvitingCards

    SimplyInvitingCards says:

    Brava, Jen! Many will appreciate the awesome advice you gave today. Thank you! :)

    4 years ago

  • nowonder

    nowonder says:

    Jenkiabaphotography your puctures are beautiful!! Thank you for the tips!

    4 years ago

  • njdesigns1

    njdesigns1 says:

    Great article!!! I use an Olympus Stylus 9000 and love it. Basically you just point and shoot!

    4 years ago

  • actionjackson

    actionjackson says:

    I've grappled so much with taking pictures. I actually use a light box that I made, but the tips about white balance and using sunlight, etc. are good reminders. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • sewbellababyboutique

    sewbellababyboutique says:

    Great article, the right picture does speak louder than words, I know I enjoyed the tips!

    4 years ago

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy says:

    I REALLY appreciate your tips ~ heard about the Nikon Coolpix before, but this clinches it, I think. :^) Heidi

    4 years ago

  • PattyLakinsmith

    PattyLakinsmith says:

    Fabulous info! It confirms everything I recently learned in a jewelry photography workshop with Kyle Cassidy. I have a Pentax Optio W20, designed for water sports and such, and get pretty decent pix from it. But it lacks an aperture priority mode, which bums me out. I'll look for the Fuji you recommend. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass says:

    Thanks Jen. I got a Fujifilm F200EXR for Christmas. Still learning, but is a definite improvement over my old camera.

    4 years ago

  • twoartdirectors

    twoartdirectors says:

    A great image can be achieved with any camera. I have seen iphone photos that are remarkable. I believe that the quality of the photo relies on composition, which has nothing to do with the camera --- but the person behind it. Take a second to look at the object you are shooting and view it from different angles. Try a low angle to make it look more heroic, etc.

    4 years ago

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset says:

    My sis started her photogrpahy career as a preteen now she still delves into this beloved art, My art was always to attempt to capture beauty and inspirations on canvas paper, rag paper, or to add lib and embellish what my weary eyes witness, So, love the out of the woods and romantic, gothic art photography also

    4 years ago

  • Stoneberri

    Stoneberri says:

    Thanks for all the tips. It is nice hearing from someone who is an "expert" in the field. Pictures are the selling point for us in Etsy, that is for sure!

    4 years ago

  • BellaGreenJewelry

    BellaGreenJewelry says:

    Thank you for your advice, these are great tips that a newbie like myself can certainly use.

    4 years ago

  • anemonecomms

    anemonecomms says:

    love your pics they are beautiful! i have a canon powershot but have yet to discover how all the features work, even though i've had it for over a year :)

    4 years ago

  • ambette

    ambette says:

    At the moment I'm using a Panasonic Lumix. It's a fantastic little compact point & shoot, but unfortunately got sand in it when we were in Peru, and when it came back from being fixed, keeps leaving this dark spot in the corner which I have to keep editing out in Photoshop :(

    4 years ago

  • CharlieErnestNErise

    CharlieErnestNErise says:

    My favorite camera is the Sony Cyber-shot!!! Great tip about the incandescent light mode I'm surrounded by a lot of trees so sometimes the natural light is limited!

    4 years ago

  • jguilddesigns

    jguilddesigns says:

    Great advice,thank you! I have a cannon elf for around $300, looking to upgrade to an SLR camera, but I have to say my elf takes a pretty good picture! The macro function works very well for jewelry!

    4 years ago

  • filofashion

    filofashion says:

    Great Article..!

    4 years ago

  • Leslie23

    Leslie23 says:

    Thanks you for the tips!! I am a new Etsy seller and been having to borrow cameras to take pics of my stuff... now I can use this info to get a new camera!

    4 years ago

  • bethtastic

    bethtastic says:

    Really really really, the important thing to remember if you're buying a new camera is this: If you're going to spend $150 on a nicer point and shoot with some features, really think hard about upgrading to a DSLR. The extra $100 is SO worth it, and will take a lot of time off your hands. I know $100 is a big difference, but you'll earn it back, trust me! I waffled for so long before buying my Nikon D40, afraid I wouldn't be able to use a digital version of an SLR, but I don't regret it at all. Plus, you can always upgrade from there if you want to--buying new lenses for it, etc. I still have my Olympus FE-170 and it does a nice job, it's great for carrying around, and snapping simple easy shots, but man, I LOVE that I spent the extra $ on the DSLR. It saves you so much time. :)

    4 years ago

  • HandmadeByKat

    HandmadeByKat says:

    Great advice and gives me hope for taking better pics using what I have. I think I need to get out the manual and figure our my settings. I've never heard of the incandescent light mode and will definitely check it out.

    4 years ago

  • FrenchKnot2U

    FrenchKnot2U says:

    Good sound advise and within reach! Jen you are right on about a natural source of light. I have tried so many ways to improve my pics and I have had the best results indoors, mid-morning with a southern exposure. I appreciate the veil tip to diffuse the light. Lights! Camera! Action!

    4 years ago

  • roshchow

    roshchow says:

    Thanks for the tips... I have a Nikon and have been experimenting with it....

    4 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Great advice! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • geomanticsunite

    geomanticsunite says:

    This is great advice! I've been needing to upgrade my camera to get better closeups. And this really helps sort through all the options. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • VivienPollackDesign

    VivienPollackDesign says:

    I love my canon G11 - I am still figuring it out but I am getting nice photos considering I don't know much yet. Cost is in the four hundred range.

    4 years ago

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic says:

    This is what I need! Thanks! Can you do photo critic in my shop? Please! Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • GardenBeads

    GardenBeads says:

    Thank you for sharing all the great tips...looks like I got lots of work to do...

    4 years ago

  • LayneyDasher

    LayneyDasher says:

    Thanks for the info... I have the Canon 50d, and at times I find it tricky to use... I think I am getting better - articles like these certainly help!

    4 years ago

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels says:

    Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • SwoonJewels

    SwoonJewels says:

    Handy hints indeedo! Thanks :)

    4 years ago

  • Dabanga

    Dabanga says:

    I can never read too many articles about photography,so now I can add another Great one to my list! Thanks for sharing. Dabanga

    4 years ago

  • DistinctiveColorArt

    DistinctiveColorArt says:

    Thank you for the information. It's a great article. I still struggle with the photography end of things. I see so many sellers who have just beautiful shots of their work and I can't seem to capture the naturalness, depth or color that they do. It's very frustrating but maybe there is hope for me yet. Thanks, again.

    4 years ago

  • dahliacouturejewelry

    dahliacouturejewelry says:

    You’re funny!! Great advice. I have an Olympus E-510 SLR 10 .0 mega pixel camera. I think it takes great picture. (Check out my etsy shop and let me know what you think?)

    4 years ago

  • akarii

    akarii says:

    super helpful! thank you !!

    4 years ago

  • josoriginals

    josoriginals says:

    I love photography tips. I am on my second camera and it's fabulous. Got it with my air mile points!!

    4 years ago

  • RetroHeaven

    RetroHeaven says:

    thank you for the great article. i have been using a fujifilm finepix 6.3 megapixels for 4 years now and i love it! thanks for the other links and tips.....i always like to improve my photography! pamela TheFlamingPearl.etsy.com RetroHeaven.etsy.com DestashWalrus.etsy.com

    4 years ago

  • chicgeekdesigns

    chicgeekdesigns says:

    Thank you! I always need product photo tips!

    4 years ago

  • studio3ten

    studio3ten says:

    THANKS for the tips! much appreciated ! :) ~suzanne

    4 years ago

  • Gingeroni1

    Gingeroni1 says:

    Great article. Thank you so much for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • LeatherWorksWithYou

    LeatherWorksWithYou says:

    These tips came in time. I have been frustrated taking picures. Can't tell how they are until uploaded on to my laptop. Lighting tip was essential. Thanks , MJ

    4 years ago

  • littlebirddesignuk

    littlebirddesignuk says:

    This is a great help as I've been thinking of buying a new camera but not sure I need one now! Thanks. :)

    4 years ago

  • Californya

    Californya says:

    Light box = awesome!

    4 years ago

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom says:

    Great info for those of us who know nothing about taking pics!!!!!!!! I bought my first digital camera when i started preparing my webpage and couldn't afford a photographer....... i bought a Cannon Powershoot A420 cant remember how much I paid for it but it was the best investment i ever made!!!!!! I know nothing about photography and didn't need to know anything either as this little camera did it all for me.... click and voila... wonderful pics.... as far as i´m concerned anyway.

    4 years ago

  • TeaAndLaundry

    TeaAndLaundry says:

    I have a Nikon D80 right now, but I used to get great photographs with a Lumix DMC-FZ5 - there are a bajillion newer models than that one, all with a LEICA LENS. Swoon.

    4 years ago

  • MartiniJewels

    MartiniJewels says:

    I purchased a refurbished Nikon Cool Pix online for $136. Takes great shots, but i would recommend a tripod as well for any camera, especially if you're photographing small objects.

    4 years ago

  • JiSTglass

    JiSTglass says:

    THANK YOU... THANK YOU... THANK YOU! My photos are definitely in need of an upgrade and this has been very helpful! I just purchased a Canon SX1200 which is taking great macro shots but now its time to work on lighting!

    4 years ago

  • savillon

    savillon says:

    great article!

    4 years ago

  • frenchsugarvintage

    frenchsugarvintage says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you - this info is worth a zillon - especially to people like me who don't know the difference between a camera and a toaster (LOL). Keep up the good work bringing us such wonderful, informative and interesting information!!!

    4 years ago

  • RedGingerDesigns

    RedGingerDesigns says:

    Really helpful and very encouraging for an inexperienced photographer of jewelry. Thanks for the tips.

    4 years ago

  • BuddhaLeDread

    BuddhaLeDread says:

    I have always been in love with Sony Cybershots (the touch screens), currently I have the latest (TX7) and it's pretty amazing. The only thing it doesn't have that my older cybershot did that I miss is changing the color to vivid, natural, normal, sepia, or black and white, however, I do so much editing on my computer, it's not a big deal to just do it there. It has customizable white balance, which is VERY handy when the set ones don;t work as well (why doesn't incandescent adjusting ever look right?). The new cybershots have smile detection too, which helps me when I set my camera on a tripod and don't want to mess with the timer 20 times to take 20 pictures, I just set the smile detection to the level I want and every time I smile, it takes a pic, what's not to love?

    4 years ago

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison says:

    What a great article! I can't wait to share this with some friends and relatives...you don't have to have an expensive camera to make some great photographs. Now I can show them the proof. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • MyeDeRatch

    MyeDeRatch says:

    awesome tips!! Thanks :)

    4 years ago

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio says:

    I appreciate you for giving us important tips like camera work! I have a good camera which I enjoy but have learned some pointers from this.....Thank you, Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • FabBeads

    FabBeads says:

    Thanks for the info. I am still using my trusty Canon Powershot S30, but am thinking about buying a new camera. I like the tip about using the Aperture Priority mode. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • susansphotoart

    susansphotoart says:

    Your suggestions are right on. Your photography and store is inspiring.

    4 years ago

  • Oceanpeg

    Oceanpeg says:

    The NYI of Photography teaches its students that it's not the camera, but the person behind the camera that makes the better photos. That's what I learned well over 30 years ago from them. They taught me to take plenty of photos, and, with digital cameras, it is a reality, especially if taking them at different angles and distances and uploading them to your own computer and using a program like PhotoShop for cropping and the like now-a-days.

    4 years ago

  • Iovelycrochet

    Iovelycrochet says:

    Great tips! Thank you so much !!

    4 years ago

  • happyapple1973

    happyapple1973 says:

    A Canon 20D can be had for even cheaper than the 30D and it's just as good. I used it professionally for 3 years before upgrading to a gently used 5D. The 20D can be bought for around $200. The lenses can be expensive for good quality, but if you do a little searching, they are a great investment. Lenses sell used on Ebay for almost 70% of what they are new (good ones). Cameras lose value quickly. Good article!

    4 years ago

  • giusypatch

    giusypatch says:

    great tips! thank you!

    4 years ago

  • MDNcrafts

    MDNcrafts says:

    Great article!!

    4 years ago

  • HandsomeAndLace

    HandsomeAndLace says:

    Best tips ever! I feel that all I am lacking on my Etsy is really great photos so hopefully this helps! Maybe I can even test this article with a before reading this article to after! Thanks so much! XOXOX -Keira

    4 years ago

  • PassionArte

    PassionArte says:

    Really interesting! Thank you for you tests and for the suggested online resources!

    4 years ago

  • sandrahiggins10

    sandrahiggins10 says:

    I've been tempted to purchase a new camera since I started out a few months ago. Thanks for great tips! Now I can and I can also find something in my budget.

    4 years ago

  • RusticArtMirrors

    RusticArtMirrors says:

    Thankx for the perfect article at the right time!You made my choice to stay with NIKON easy,,as making that big change from 30 years of 35mm film to the new digital world! I really need some feedback and or criticism on my backgrounds that I am currently using? This article has been the most helpful to me as a fairly new etsy artist.

    4 years ago

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse says:

    I have a finepix 3800, and mostly it's great! The macro is terrific, as you said. I do have some problems with indoor lighting even natural lighting, but mostly if I am under the skylights, I'm good to go. Thanks for a nice comparison. The nikon might be a bargain!

    4 years ago

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda says:

    Great article! My tripod has made all the difference in the world for my pic quality (just a cheap one,$15 from Target). My camera is a Kodak Easy Share C140 (less than $100). So for about $110 and natural light (which is free), I'm taking really nice pics. I was worried about aking good pics at first; now it's fun!

    4 years ago

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage says:

    This is a really nice article..so specific!!! As I read this I realize I need some more lesson reviews..

    4 years ago

  • JanuaryJaniesJewelry

    JanuaryJaniesJewelry says:

    Great article! Always take lots of shots and edit and tweek no matter what camera you use.

    4 years ago

  • Isewscrubs

    Isewscrubs says:

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and I really appreciate the comparison of the camera shots.

    4 years ago

  • PoorJean

    PoorJean says:

    I have the Panasonic Lumix, and it is an absolutely fantastic camera for a very reasonable price. It's tough,user-friendly, and has good hand stabilization (for those of us who don't own tripods!) It costs under $400. Check my shop to see photo quality, if you're curious ;-) Also, for some photo resizing and editing, check out Paint.net - it's free and easy to use!

    4 years ago

  • TrendyTrimmingsByTT

    TrendyTrimmingsByTT says:

    Thank you for this great information! This is an area I am still playing around with and I have decided NOT to change cameras at this time! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • herpaintedword

    herpaintedword says:

    Thank-you for these helpful hints. SO grateful for the advice! :)

    4 years ago

  • charisg08

    charisg08 says:

    Great tips! This article was very helpful.

    4 years ago

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket says:

    Just what I needed. Wonderful tips...Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux says:

    Encouraging article -thanks.

    4 years ago

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar says:

    Fantastic! great tips : )

    4 years ago

  • louisagallery

    louisagallery says:

    very nice overview!!!! thanks!!!!

    4 years ago

  • AllthingsWood

    AllthingsWood says:

    Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!! Very much appreciated. (:

    4 years ago

  • vixendesigner

    vixendesigner says:

    Thank you! I'm inspired and no longer blaming my uninteresting photos on my camera. :-)

    4 years ago

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft says:

    Thank you for all the tips, is a great article! Now I can try the get better pictures!

    4 years ago

  • edn2

    edn2 says:

    thanks--that was very helpful. I have been feeling so bad about my camera and your article made me feel better...You don't have to spend a lot of money to get good photos..

    4 years ago

  • UniquelyYoursbyCil

    UniquelyYoursbyCil says:

    I totally agree that one does not have to spend alot of money on a camera to get good pictures - I have had awesome luck with Fuji Finepix & Olympus Cameras, never paying over $100 for them. Lighting, angles and backgrounds are very important. I happen to love taking photos and trying new angles, etc.

    4 years ago

  • EireDynamics

    EireDynamics says:

    thanks for the camera recommendations! i plan on getting a new one soon so this was perfect timing :)

    4 years ago

  • talyagallery

    talyagallery says:

    Thank you, great tips!

    4 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    Thanks for this post! I made sure to review several review sites before making a purchase. What a difference a camera with an excellent macro setting can make! Wow!

    4 years ago

  • jabonbon

    jabonbon says:

    Thank you for sharing! ;)

    4 years ago

  • anne4bags

    anne4bags says:

    Great help - thank you. Like others here I am going to buy a new camera for travelling as well as photos for my bags. There are some great tips here and other good links.

    4 years ago

  • Sutekidane

    Sutekidane says:

    Nice! I am glad that I have a camera at least for 500$! It seems to be not that bad!

    4 years ago

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe says:

    Thanks! good article for a beginner!

    4 years ago

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina says:

    Very good approach. It was very interesting to see your comparison. We've just started suing Canon 450D and we love it. See the shop. Would be great to hear your comments. We are going to re-shoot older items. and, we also built a self-made light box and use 3 day-light lamps. Thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops says:

    Thanks. I'm searching for the right digital camera now.

    3 years ago

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts says:

    Thank you - very helpful.

    3 years ago

  • MarvelousMaude

    MarvelousMaude says:

    The info was Great, just found Etsy and in love already, don't know what I'm doing but learning quick. Thenk you for the great advice....Maude

    3 years ago

  • SubtleFunk

    SubtleFunk says:

    Thanks for a top notch article!!

    3 years ago

  • samdesigns2009

    samdesigns2009 says:

    great article. i currently use a sony cybershot that does ok.

    3 years ago

  • ScotlandUK

    ScotlandUK says:

    Jenny thank you for all your advice I thought until now some of my pics were OK but a big re-think is needed. Many thanks for taking the time to share it with us.

    3 years ago

  • ILoveYoYo

    ILoveYoYo says:

    Great article! Also you can take one of your work with you to electronic store will help you to choose right camera too!

    3 years ago

  • virguerias

    virguerias says:

    I know my pictures are far from perfect. This kind of straight forward explanation is just what I needed. Thank you!!

    3 years ago

  • JacquelineJewelry

    JacquelineJewelry says:

    Thanks for the article and all the comments. I'm just starting out on Etsy and have to get photos taken of all my work. I want to start now before I have so much stuff that it becomes overwhelming so I'm going to ask my boyfriend, who's a phenomenal photographer to takes some shots for me before I invest in a camera. I don't know what he has but he spent about $120 on it an it gets marvelous images. Thanks again!

    3 years ago

  • joajewellery

    joajewellery says:

    Thank you , thank you, thank you. Am just now trying to decide on a camera, was going for the Kodak with white colour balance controls...but will check out the Fujifilm finepix now.

    3 years ago

  • mollynewborn

    mollynewborn says:

    Thank you for the tips! I especially like the directions for the Macro Light Tent. Thank you!!

    3 years ago

  • chantalmarieliving

    chantalmarieliving says:

    I need to buy a new camera. This article is right on for me. Thanks

    3 years ago

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani says:

    Thanks a lot for the Tips!!!

    3 years ago

  • whimsy52

    whimsy52 says:

    Thank you for your tips and I just bought a Casio EXILM digital camera. Just bought it and hope it will work with Etsy well.

    3 years ago

  • kpdesignsplus

    kpdesignsplus says:

    thanks for helping us newbees out. that lightbox i saw in a catalog went for just under $100.00!i know i need a better camera or a new husband to take the pictures. i nnded to know the brand names. mahalo plenty, kp

    3 years ago

  • xoazuree

    xoazuree says:

    Can I add a few things? Yes, why thank you! If you do have a digital SLR I think getting a 50mm lens is a must. 50mm is what the eye sees and it's capable of taking really cool shots where one part of the item is blurred and the rest is in focus. You can get a good Canon one for about $100 new and probably much cheaper used. I have very limited daylight available so I do a few things to make catch the little light I do get from my window (My window faces the U of our building) by bumping up the ISO (if you have this feature) the higher the number the more light sensitive your image will be but be careful not to go too high because depending on your camera your image might start to get grainy and yucky. I do my product shots on a white table near my window with a white posterboard behind the item and one to the opposite side of the window so it reflects the light and helps eliminate shadows. This set up cost me a whole $2 and helps me get really white nicely naturally light photographs. I didn't use flash for any photo in my shop. I hope that helps! Feel free to convo me if you have any more questions!

    3 years ago

  • patradashary

    patradashary says:

    Great info! Gone to search for my camera book now!

    3 years ago

  • SeaFlowerStudios

    SeaFlowerStudios says:

    Excellent intructions how to build a Light Tent! Very simple to follow!

    3 years ago

  • ShinyMoonBeams

    ShinyMoonBeams says:

    loved this article

    3 years ago

  • OfTheFountain

    OfTheFountain says:

    -Nikon D3000 (though I used to use a Fuji Finepix and that worked just as well) -natural light -tripod -Photoshop: brightness/contrast adjustments That's all I use.

    3 years ago

  • MamaPeacock

    MamaPeacock says:

    Great article and so helpful!!

    3 years ago

  • EsperanzaGems

    EsperanzaGems says:

    I had problems getting good photos. I found that using a light tent make a big difference. Thanks for all the info!

    3 years ago

  • thebqe

    thebqe says:

    It is so nice to see an article telling people that you don't have to spend a lot of money on a camera to take awesome photos. Thanks so much for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • JanellsFlare

    JanellsFlare says:

    Thank you so much for this article! All of the information was easy to understand and oh so helpful! Now maybe I can take some decent pictures and get my jewelry posted in my shop!

    3 years ago

  • bijubrill

    bijubrill says:

    Thank you for the perfect tips! This is the most difficult thing to accomplish: to make your jewelry pop on a white background, to find the perfect light and to do closeups.... whenever I want to capture one of my creations, I usually take at least 15 pictures before adjusting them in an editing program (usually Corel Photoshop). It is hard for me as I have a Sony non-professional camera, for family use :-). But I did take a few good ones though...

    3 years ago

  • AquaLunaArts

    AquaLunaArts says:

    Thanks for the article. That was really helpful and it's great to see the comparisons of pics from different cameras. It's also good to know that using a camera with 4 megapixels is Ok as my friend gave me his old one and I was concerned that the images woulldn't be very good quality. I'm going to take some new photos now!

    3 years ago

  • GoodOldDaysTreasures

    GoodOldDaysTreasures says:

    I have difficulty getting true colors with my Cannon Power Shot. I don't know if I could make some adjustments to improve the problem, or if it is just the camera. Thanks for your article.

    3 years ago

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible says:

    Agree with everything you've said but for now I'm stuck with my old camera until I get some sales under my belt then I think I'll take your advice and go with the cannon! thanx, peace!!!

    3 years ago

  • bluepiedesigns

    bluepiedesigns says:

    Great advice- thanks for taking the time to inform everyone!

    3 years ago

  • LaceNSneakers

    LaceNSneakers says:

    Thank you so so so much. I bumble my way around with my camera and have improved alot. But some of the simple things you shared were new to me. You're right...good pictures make all the difference. I just keep working at it....

    3 years ago

  • Oceanpeg

    Oceanpeg says:

    Several years back I switched over from print film cameras and processing my own film and printing it up myself to went digital photography when my son gave me a Fujifilm S5100, which I love. It's just about the same size as the 35mm SLR's that I used and has some of the same features on it. Add that to Adobe Photoshop for doing darkroom work in, and I'm pretty much set. Fuji cameras aren't that bad. One thing I learned from a NYI of Photography course many years back: It's not the camera, but, the person behind the camera that makes the great pictures...

    3 years ago

  • MARYJOHN

    MARYJOHN says:

    you rock!

    3 years ago

  • tinyearsjewelry

    tinyearsjewelry says:

    My fuji does some great shots in other people's hands... maybe I should let them take my photos so I don't have to always tweak them in Photoshop... thanks... Casey @ Tin Years

    3 years ago

  • aromaticbodyoils

    aromaticbodyoils says:

    Its not so much the camera, its how well you use it and get to know it. I have taken some amazing shots with my Blackberry in the perfect lighting, and I have seen some wonderful pics taken with an Iphone. I personally use a Kodak Z980. Love it!

    3 years ago

  • modstitches

    modstitches says:

    I was just thinking about getting a new camera. Very timely!

    3 years ago

  • BowWowzerZ

    BowWowzerZ says:

    nice article. I just bought an olympus pen e-pl1. awesome camera that is super simple to use but with a full range of features. all for under $500

    3 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    Your tips have been very encouraging. I appreciate your generosity. Thank you!!

    3 years ago

  • KarmaKarma

    KarmaKarma says:

    Great article ;)

    3 years ago

  • bonhomiejewelry

    bonhomiejewelry says:

    great advice, thank you! and i love your work!

    3 years ago

  • katescottage2

    katescottage2 says:

    What a GREAT article!!!! Thanks a million! I actually LOVE my Canon Powershot A630. Although it is just a simple family camera, I love what it can do! The more I've learned about photography, the better my photos have become. Still a long way to go!!! Thanks for posting all the GREAT resources!!! :)

    3 years ago

  • CNAcertification

    CNAcertification says:

    Thanks for the tips. I really wanted to be in photography craft. I do not dream to become a good professional photographer. I am contended with getting pictures.

    3 years ago

  • asioriginals

    asioriginals says:

    Hello: As a one-person, do-it-all shop owner, the photography part was and continuous to be a challenge. I'm getting better and better as I go along. Your tips and other helpful suggestions are the support I need to improve my skills. I do want to take great pictures, although photography is not my forte. Hopefully with tips like yours - and Thank You - my shop will feature stand-out photos of my jewelry. Thanks again.

    3 years ago

  • TheMonkeyCannon

    TheMonkeyCannon says:

    I'm going to be purchasing a camera this week and this article has been so helpful. Thanks so much ! :)

    3 years ago

  • ontherocksgems

    ontherocksgems says:

    My jewelry is stunning....and pictures are NOT. I have been going crazy trying to decide what kind of camera to purchase and have been borrowing them from friends. Thanks so very much for your wonderfully informative article and camera purchase suggestions...now if I could only find out how everyone gets that cute little picture, instead of the blank square...I'll be all set! Maryanne ontherocksgems

    3 years ago

  • whiteoakroom

    whiteoakroom says:

    Well I guess I'm getting there!! I have the right camera! FujiFilm FinePix....Now I just need to practice more!!( and more, and more!) That is my biggest problem! Even with this camera, I'm still not getting "good" pics...... So on to the next step, look at the other site you mention for beginners! Thank-you so much for this information!

    3 years ago

  • WillaminaVintage

    WillaminaVintage says:

    I agree Fujiflim Finepix is a great camera! I paid $160.00 for mine at B+H (highly recommend them both for helpfulness and prices). I was using natural light from a side window, and that was working fabulously, then the sun went to the other side of the planet and the rain started. Hmmm, gonna have to wrangle a new lighting source...

    3 years ago

  • MeToYouCrochet

    MeToYouCrochet says:

    Thank you !!

    3 years ago

  • gilaglassbead

    gilaglassbead says:

    Very useful tips as am looking for a camera to buy now. Thank you very much.

    3 years ago

  • OhSudz

    OhSudz says:

    Nikon's are great cameras. Great lenses. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • anmarkdesign

    anmarkdesign says:

    thnks for this post!

    3 years ago

  • MataTimur

    MataTimur says:

    Amazing tips! Especially the DIY Light Tent! Awesome!

    3 years ago

  • rusticcarvings

    rusticcarvings says:

    I've been using my Canon Elph that I've had for years, and I'm now looking into a replacement. Shhh, don't tell the Elph, but I think my iPhone takes better pictures. ;) In any case, this post was incredibly helpful - thanks!!

    3 years ago

  • AquamarsBoutique

    AquamarsBoutique says:

    Great Camera info.. Thanks much, Gabriela

    3 years ago

  • Mazias

    Mazias says:

    Fantastic tips. I am so relieved that I don not need to purchase an expensive camera. I think with these suggestions my photos will come out much better. Thanks much

    3 years ago

  • MoonstoneBay

    MoonstoneBay says:

    Thanks for your article and also everyone's feedback. My second Kodak Easyshare just died and I'm shopping for a new camera both for Etsy and everyday life. My older Easyshare was a much better camera, which goes to show more technology doesn't necesarily mean better. I'm going to check out some of the cameras that you recommended. Thanks again!

    3 years ago

  • HelenPetersBeads

    HelenPetersBeads says:

    Late to the party, but hey! Thanks for posting this article, glad to know my ancient (as digital stuff goes) Fuji Finepix A410, cousin to your A30, is still a decent camera! (what's a bit of extrapolation between friends)

    3 years ago

  • Buffalovely

    Buffalovely says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you!!

    3 years ago

  • stofandstuff

    stofandstuff says:

    Fabulous article, have to improve my Etsy photo's and the sales will roll in I hope! Carla

    3 years ago

  • LittleLambStitchery

    LittleLambStitchery says:

    super helpful! can't wait to try all your tips...and make my own light box!

    2 years ago

  • Bethenia

    Bethenia says:

    Personally, for this photo I like the background being in focus but maybe I'm just partial to Nikon ;)

    2 years ago

  • BeyondEnergyHealing

    BeyondEnergyHealing says:

    Great tips and comparisons which was very helpful, thank you.

    2 years ago

  • OrganicDesign

    OrganicDesign says:

    Thanks, your advice was great.

    2 years ago

  • Redolynnce

    Redolynnce says:

    Thank you for the great tips. I have noticed that how your pictures look are so very important. Lynn

    2 years ago

  • TreasuresandBeyond

    TreasuresandBeyond says:

    Thanks for sharing very helpful information. I always enjoy the photos of items here on Etsy just absolutely beautiful. It's a relief to know that an inexpensive camera can get the job done very well also.

    2 years ago

  • GlassPaul

    GlassPaul says:

    When I took the picture of my item, the item was vertical; when I posted the picture the item was horizontal. What did I do wrong?

    2 years ago

  • boots2183

    boots2183 says:

    awesome tips and thanks so much for sharing the link for the digital photography school site i am definately going to be spending a lot of time there!

    2 years ago

  • boots2183

    boots2183 says:

    umm where exactly can you find the nikon coolpix l4 for only $15?! the cheapest i found online was $176!

    2 years ago

  • TheRustedWren

    TheRustedWren says:

    Wonderful tips for getting the best images, photography has come a long way and should not be a barrier to showing off your best work. Thanks for the helpful information :o)

    2 years ago

  • ssmdesign

    ssmdesign says:

    Thanks for the advise and links for tutorials! This is one of my goals and I think I could learn to love my digital camera, if I could learn how to use it to the best of it's abilities : )

    2 years ago

  • EarthCandycreations

    EarthCandycreations says:

    Great article on camera quality! Thank you

    2 years ago

  • HappyEarthTea

    HappyEarthTea says:

    I have a canon rebel xt. This is among the higher end cameras for serious amateurs. But when it comes to taking close ups or macro shots it is almost impossible without a macro lens. That lens comes for $300+. On the other hand my mother-in-law's kodak vintage point and shoot digital camera takes close ups that are simply awesome.

    2 years ago

  • Netamente

    Netamente says:

    Thank you, everything has been very interesting and most of all very useful to me.

    2 years ago

  • maramao

    maramao says:

    always great advice! thanks!!

    2 years ago

  • PrettyPatriots

    PrettyPatriots says:

    Good to know that I stand a chance of taking better pictures even with my digital camera! =)

    2 years ago

  • geminice

    geminice says:

    Much appreciated information!! Thank you.

    2 years ago

  • Ilovephotography

    Ilovephotography says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    2 years ago

  • organicpinklady

    organicpinklady says:

    Loved seeing the comparisons. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • MayThailand

    MayThailand says:

    Thank you so much!!! I'll try my best taking the best photo I can!!!

    2 years ago

  • TheDulceVida

    TheDulceVida says:

    How much is the Nick camera and where can I get one for 15. Or is this a typo?

    2 years ago

  • TheMothersBlessing

    Susan Bloom from TheMothersBlessing says:

    I didn't see anyone address resizing. I don't want to do it. I want a camera that takes pictures that are the correct size, my Canon doesn't take them small enough even on the smallest setting. Thanks I want the macro and the aperture features if possible, I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks, Susan

    2 years ago

  • passtheteapot

    J.T. Siems from SweetTeaApothecary says:

    Thanks! I'm in the process of setting up my first Etsy shop and have been having major anxiety about the photography aspect. I have an old digital camera and my phone. Nothing fancy, but pretty much all my friends have professional grade Nikons and I was worried about getting lost in the mix. I'll have to read more photography tips but this has definitely made me feel better about my old little camera!

    2 years ago

  • annamariapotamiti

    Annamaria Potamiti from annamariapotamiti says:

    Great help thank you.

    1 year ago

  • rinei

    Rini Martiani from IrumiMarch says:

    Thank you! ;)

    1 year ago

  • Killeenmomma

    LaDonna Arcona from RusticBabyBoutique says:

    Any tips on the settings to use for a finepix s700?

    1 year ago

  • souvenir1964

    Lynda Groeschen from SouvenirFarm says:

    Hello, I am new. Has anyone used their Ipad for their photos? I must use that for now while I save for a digital camera. At this point, I've been rather impressed with photo quality, but I would like to improve it. I do not need to photograph jewelry however. If anyone uses an Ipad I'd love to hear your pros and cons. thank you!

    1 year ago

  • littleleftie

    Lauren S. says:

    GREAT article! Loved it! As for a digital camera I love: I LOVE my Nikon Powershot SX260 HS. It's like a DSLR in the body of a point-and-shoot! Very lovely, surprisingly excellent quality at even 63 or 80 times zoom, wonderful focus and aperture and macro setting. I would definitely reccommend this camera and the good news is: it's only about $200. SCORE! :)

    1 year ago

  • jendettelbach says:

    I find myself in the market for a new camera and found this article to be very helpful! Thank you so much!

    44 days ago