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Heidi_bio.jpgAustralian expat Heidi Adnum lives and works in London as a photographer of children and families, though she takes any opportunity to photograph food. She has two shops on Etsy heidiadnum and hellodarlingvintage. She also runs a photography and inspiration blog, La Isla Blogita.

It’s such a privilege to contribute to the blog. At the London Etsy Meet Up in April I had the opportunity to hear first-hand what photographic challenges some sellers are facing. In this article we’ll look at some excellent product photographs and talk about colour, light and reflection. I’ll offer tips and advice to help solve what seem to be the most common and specific product photography problems. My suggestions are straightforward and the great news is that you certainly don’t have to have a fancy camera or a huge budget to make them work for you.

Know Your Camera

“How do I…”

The first and the most important thing you can do to help your product photography is to read the camera manual. Boring, I know, but it’s worth it, as you need to know what your camera will and won’t do. There are lots of settings and terms, which can be confusing, but your manual will help with this. Visit the website of the manufacturer and also YouTube, as many manufacturers and photographers offer free online tutorials. This is great if, like me, you learn by seeing and doing after reading about it.

Etsy has so many excellent resources designed to help sellers, especially articles on product photography, including posts from guest photographers with some really helpful advice. You simply must check them out.

Graph Camera Print by CB78

Colour

“I’ve tried all the settings but I can’t get the colour right.”

Problems with colour are almost always the result of an incorrect exposure or white balance setting.

  • Exposure

To fix over or under-exposure you need to experiment with the features that your camera offers. Step away from the “automatic” setting! If your camera allows, the features you will need to use to manually alter exposure levels are shutter speed, depth of field/aperture, and ISO — these are the three elements that make up exposure. If your camera doesn’t allow for manual setting adjustment, then you can still try the other automatic settings, such as landscape, macro, etc. Also look for a feature called “exposure compensation,” as this will allow you to tell the camera to expose more or less than it normally would.

As a general rule, I suggest placing your product in a well-lit area, such as under a window or outside, and aim to shoot it using only natural light. This means turning off the flash and other lights, which is the best way to achieve a photograph that shows the true colour of your product.

Flash is great for product lighting, but small flashes (those on most digital compact cameras) can cause harsh shadows. I understand shooting with natural light alone is easier said than done, so more tips on lighting are coming right up…

  • White Balance

This setting tells the camera what is pure white. If the camera gets white right, then all the other colours follow. Find helpful advice on white balance in this article.


UK Postage Stamps – Queen in Multicolors from thriftypyg

One way to confuse the camera completely is to use two or more sources of light. For example, if you have turned on a household lamp (orange) and also use the camera flash (white) to take your photograph, you are mixing colours and probably casting a murky tint over your images. No matter how many times you change the white balance, the colour will never be quite right. Avoid this by using only one light source. For example, leave the lamp on but turn off the flash and set the white balance to “lamp” (or tungsten). Alternatively, turn off the lamp, leave the flash on and set the white balance to “flash.” The camera flash is daylight-balanced, so combining flash and natural light is also OK. If you cannot change the white balance setting in your camera, then ensure you use a single light source to avoid that murky colour cast.

Light

“Should I use natural or artificial light?”

Given the choice between natural and artificial light, I recommend natural light. Natural light is unreliable, I know, but the good news is that there are simple techniques that will help you get the most out of whatever nature has sent. If you cannot use natural light, however, don’t worry, as there are more ways to improve product photos using flash and artificial light.

“I prefer to photograph outside, but it’s often too dark or raining. Help!”

Low-light or dull days don’t have to equal dull photographs. Excellent photography doesn’t have to be bright.

Garden Butterfly Card Set by RUBYrecycled

If you have increased your exposure time to let in more light, you need to keep the camera perfectly still to avoid blur. Can’t afford a tripod or a beanbag? Just use a pile of books or a bag of rice. Pop on the timer for an even sharper result.

Look closely at many excellent product photos and you may see a window in the reflection. This often means that whatever came through that window was the only source of light used to get that lovely image.

Vintage Red Apple Canister from ModishVintage

Rain can restrict outdoor photography, but don’t let it put you off as rainy days can still provide plenty of light. Invest in a sheet of clear plastic and rig it up outside (before the rain!). Allow enough room for you and your table to fit underneath.

Lyle by simplijessi

Reflect light onto your product by making your own reflector using a piece of card wrapped in tin foil. Allow the light to fall on your reflector and tilt it towards the unlit side of your product. White card will do the same thing but with a softer effect. This works for both natural light and flash photography.

Pyrex Mixing Bowl from rachiesplace

“I need to use the flash or go into the sun but that’s often too bright.”

If you need to use the flash but are finding it too strong or harsh, soften it by taking a sheet of white facial tissue and placing it over the flash. You may have to tape or tack the tissue to your camera if you don’t have a “pop-up” flash.

French Country Table Runner by myadobecottage

Bright, sunny days can hinder your photograph as much as low-light, because sunlight is very harsh and casts dark shadows. You can soften sunlight using a piece of sheer fabric. For indoor near-the-window- shots, hang the fabric over your window or, for outdoor shots, hang it on the clothesline between the sun and your product. Depending on the thickness of your fabric, you will have diffused the light and created softer highlights and shadows.

Pineapple Trinket Holder from LucyandEllen

When positioning your item outside in direct sunlight, soften the effect by shooting towards the sun, so that the sun is behind your product. Often this will create a warm glow around the edges. If the background is well-lit but the product is still too dark, try adding the flash. Remember, you can diffuse the flash if its effect is too strong.

Reflection and Translucence

  • Reflection

“How do I photograph my shiny product without showing my reflection?”

Reflection can be a good thing, as it can add lustre and dimension to inanimate objects, such as food or jewellery. It can also be a pain, though, when you’re photographing a print in a frame and you can’t see the print due to the bright glow from the flash!

An easy solution is to remove the glass or plastic cover, where possible. For other reflective surfaces try shooting from an angle. This might be slightly below or beside the object and also works for prints in frames when the glass can not be removed. Reflection will be reduced if you turn off the flash.

Robots in love screen print by mengseldesign

Too much light with your photographs of shiny products, most notably metals, will lack detail. Too little light and the lustre will fade. Achieve the right balance of light naturally using the tips above and add in a dark reflector. This can simply be piece of black or dark card held near one or both sides of the object. You will see the dark reflection on one edge of the product. This creates depth and contrast nicely with high-shine. Once again, turn off the flash and the texture and detail will show through perfectly.

Smiley Ring by toolisjewelry

The photographer’s reflection is a tricky one. If you take a closer look at the eyes of the model on any magazine cover, you’ll see a reflection of the photographer and lights. Any shiny/reflective surface that is square-on to the camera will reflect the lens/lighting/photographer, and this is difficult to avoid without digital editing. If it bothers you, consider zooming in so that the camera/lens is farther away. Use the timer so you can walk out of shot. Rest assured, though, that if your potential buyers are looking at a sharp, detailed and well-lit image, your reflection in the item would not be a problem.

White Twig with Pearl Ring by kathiroussel

  • Translucence

“How do I photograph semi-transparent products without making them look dull and flat?”

For shiny or semi-translucent items, such as gemstones, glass and metal, try to light them from behind. Get up close and keep the flash turned off. This technique is also handy to show depth and detail.

Rose Quartz Silver Necklace by GlitzGlitter

Thanks so much to Heidi for sharing her knowledge with us! Check out some of her food photography in the Seller’s Items and see more of her well-photographed Etsy picks in the Related Items below.

Coming up in Part 2, we’ll take a look at backgrounds, props, composition and scale.

Photography How-To’s | The Seller Handbook | UK Edition

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile says:

    Great article and a great selection of items!

    3 years ago

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage says:

    Great tips! Thank you very much for sharing :)

    3 years ago

  • janinebasil

    janinebasil says:

    Bloody good tip on looking up tutorials on you tube! I feel like a dunce for not thinking of that before!

    3 years ago

  • silkstory

    silkstory says:

    Fantastic tips! Thank you for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Great tips I've only just recently started taking my pictures outside and I've seen a tremendous improvement in my images since then. I'm always looking for more tips, thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • RosemaryManufacture

    RosemaryManufacture says:

    Good tips, marked this article to favs. Thank you for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • ChasingtheCrayon

    ChasingtheCrayon says:

    Thanks for tips, removing the glass before taking a photo of a print in a frame, makes sense!

    3 years ago

  • simpledaisy

    simpledaisy says:

    Fabulous article!!! Thanks for sharing:)

    3 years ago

  • CasaDiAries

    CasaDiAries says:

    Thanks for sharing with us so many great tips!

    3 years ago

  • nicoledebruin

    nicoledebruin says:

    I am glad to hear that not having your or the camera's reflection showing in a shiny object is very hard, I sell charms and most of them have my reflection in them :(

    3 years ago

  • davisdesignsau

    davisdesignsau says:

    Thanks for all the tips... i will be sure to try some of them out!!

    3 years ago

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie says:

    Great tips and suggestions! Thanks so much for the great article.

    3 years ago

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe says:

    brilliant tips! thank you :)

    3 years ago

  • craftpile

    craftpile says:

    Very generous in the helpings...thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • Ayca

    Ayca says:

    Great tips!Thanks for sharing :)

    3 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    Thank you for the tips Heidi!

    3 years ago

  • RUBYrecycled

    RUBYrecycled says:

    Thanks so much for featuring my butterflies in such a wonderful article! :) Photography is something I'm always looking to improve on, there are some great tips here I'll be trying out! :)

    3 years ago

  • davisdesignsau

    davisdesignsau says:

    Thanks for these fabulous tips... will be sure to keep them in mind when taking future photos... am learning such a lot from these blogs!

    3 years ago

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography says:

    Wonderful tips. Thanks for sharing your wealth of experience and knowledge.

    3 years ago

  • UpsideDownsideDark

    UpsideDownsideDark says:

    Thanks for this timely, helpful article. My photos are rubbish, but hopefully not for much longer :)

    3 years ago

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds says:

    I love Heidi's food portraits..so clean, and gives each piece personality!!!

    3 years ago

  • cherryshop

    cherryshop says:

    Excellent tips! Thank you, Heidi!

    3 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Thankk's for the great tips!

    3 years ago

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye says:

    Fantastic information to help with what so many of us find to be the most vexing issue when it comes to selling online! And this is Part 1?! So more uber-helpful info to come!? I love you! Heidi!

    3 years ago

  • cityroad

    cityroad says:

    very helpful - & timely too - was only just discussing this!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • Accessoire

    Accessoire says:

    thank you, Heidi good photos are truly key, nice tutorial =)

    3 years ago

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry says:

    Heidi, these are wonderful tips. Thank you so much for sharing them and I love all the items in your collection above.

    3 years ago

  • MysticLily

    MysticLily says:

    Thank you for this great article! I'm going to print it out and try some of these tips.

    3 years ago

  • MossmottleManor

    MossmottleManor says:

    Thanks for this clear and concise article! The "dark reflector" tip had never occurred to me :-) Looking forward to learning more here!

    3 years ago

  • catnapcottage

    catnapcottage says:

    Great article! Thanks! That is what I struggle with most with having an online shop. I have some new tricks to try now! Thanks again!!

    3 years ago

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 says:

    Excellent examples...thank you for the great tips!

    3 years ago

  • melanielean

    melanielean says:

    Awesome article Heidi!! So practical! Thanks to your article I now know that I can change the white balance on my little point and shoot camera! Always wondered what WB stood for? I also love the tissue tip over the flash... genius!

    3 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage says:

    always appreciate the tips!

    3 years ago

  • LynspiredJewelry

    LynspiredJewelry says:

    Heidi, thanks so much! The very specific tips are so useful. I read the article, took photos, read again, shot more photos of same items, read again, took more photos. The improvement was amazing. Your article will go into my reference folder to be checked again and again.

    3 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    thank you for the advice here .. your work is stunning

    3 years ago

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones says:

    Wonderfully helpful article, specific tips and links to more. Thanks so much! Going back to reread now.

    3 years ago

  • mnhince

    mnhince says:

    Ooh this is great! I love the lighting from behind idea for gemstones.

    3 years ago

  • fortheloveofpete

    fortheloveofpete says:

    Thanks Heidi! The information here was so useful and full of so many ideas for me to try. When I look back on my first photographs on Etsy I shudder! I've come a long way, but I still have a lot of room for improvement. With helpful advice like that given here I hope that I'll soon be taking really excellent photographs. Thanks again, and I love your work too!

    3 years ago

  • MaaPstudio

    MaaPstudio says:

    Thanks a lot for featuring my ring here and big thank you for the great tips!!It was rely nice to meet you in London Etsy meet up:))

    3 years ago

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative says:

    Thanks for the practical tips!

    3 years ago

  • Viverre

    Viverre says:

    Great article! I'm off to read my camera's manual now. :D

    3 years ago

  • ladylotus

    ladylotus says:

    thank you !

    3 years ago

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig says:

    Thank You so Much!! for the great tips that can be used with the equipment I already have. I am new to Etsy and sure can use the help. Tammy

    3 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    Taking some new photos today...Glitzglitter, and Kathiroussel have stunning photos. I use them in my treasuries often.

    3 years ago

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry says:

    Great tips Heidi! I have been following her blog for a while. It's a great one!

    3 years ago

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion says:

    Thanks for the info! Can never get enough good advice for taking photos.

    3 years ago

  • momochas

    momochas says:

    This will be very helpful. Thanks so much for all the tips!.

    3 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    wonderful suggestions and even some i didn't even know about, like using light from behind an object when you want depth and detail.

    3 years ago

  • akcArt

    akcArt says:

    WOW! Thank you so much for all the wonderful advice!!!

    3 years ago

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann says:

    Great tips! Thanks a lot for sharing them.

    3 years ago

  • prettyoriginals

    prettyoriginals says:

    So helpful! I am excited to experiment with several of your tips this week. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Camera manual. Hmmmm - who knew? Now where did I put that thing.

    3 years ago

  • GaLiMa

    GaLiMa says:

    This article is very helpful, thank you!

    3 years ago

  • PookieandPierre

    PookieandPierre says:

    Great article and tips! Thanks for sharing these!

    3 years ago

  • RevolvingStore

    RevolvingStore says:

    I am always looking toimprove and am going to take some new pics today and use some of your advice. Thanks so much!!!

    3 years ago

  • PottyMouthGems

    PottyMouthGems says:

    Awesome article Heidi!! XXXOOO

    3 years ago

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey says:

    thanks so much. These are great tips!

    3 years ago

  • HandmadeFlowers

    HandmadeFlowers says:

    Thank you, this is very helpful.

    3 years ago

  • pennymasquerade

    pennymasquerade says:

    Wonderful article! Photography is something I'm constantly trying to improve/change so this is so useful to me! Thanks! :)

    3 years ago

  • AllthingsWood

    AllthingsWood says:

    cool beans, always love to learn more, thanks! Hey I am writing an article on the Examiner.com, a Father's day special. If anyone would like to promote their shop by sending me a link to an item that I can add to the slide show that would be great. I have 10 more spots for the first edition and will do a follow up edition where I will need 20 more items to feature. e-mail the link to the item you want featured along with a short description to include the photo credit (no more than 450 characters). myinterview@verizon.net Thanks, Bettie ♥

    3 years ago

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer says:

    Great tips! x

    3 years ago

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe says:

    thank you for the tips! we are constantly working to improve our photos!

    3 years ago

  • UNAshop

    UNAshop says:

    Great Tips! thanks for sharing!...question: how do I photograph leather bags, so that leather doesn´t appear shiny when it´s not...thanks again :)

    3 years ago

  • littlebirddesignuk

    littlebirddesignuk says:

    excellent tips. Thanks so much for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Thanks for sharing your expertise! Your tips are very helpful!!

    3 years ago

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields says:

    Great detailed article. THANKS!

    3 years ago

  • RenataandJonathan

    RenataandJonathan says:

    thank you for sharing :)

    3 years ago

  • StopTheClock

    StopTheClock says:

    Great examples and tips! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • TeenahTime

    TeenahTime says:

    makes me want to re-photograph everything, what a job

    3 years ago

  • ForgottenYarns

    ForgottenYarns says:

    I like the tip about the flash. Why I never thought of that one.

    3 years ago

  • artin

    artin says:

    Thanks for the great information!

    3 years ago

  • artin

    artin says:

    Thanks for the information! Very helpful!

    3 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen says:

    excellent tips! thank you!

    3 years ago

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet says:

    GREAT little tips on this article! Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo says:

    Great Tips!

    3 years ago

  • PRINTforLOVEofWOOD

    PRINTforLOVEofWOOD says:

    Great tips and thanks for including my vintage camera notes :)

    3 years ago

  • CreamCityCrafts

    CreamCityCrafts says:

    Great advice, thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • blushieandbruiser

    blushieandbruiser says:

    Talk about not being educated (meaning myself). This really helped a lot, I will no longer point and shoot the same ever again, thanks!

    3 years ago

  • daisyberry

    daisyberry says:

    The last picture is very nice.

    3 years ago

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass says:

    Always appreciate photo advice. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing these tips. :)

    3 years ago

  • TastyVintage

    TastyVintage says:

    Great article! Thank you for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum says:

    Thanks so much for all of your lovely responses! I'm so pleased that you found the tips and suggestions helpful. Keep an eye out for Part 2 :)

    3 years ago

  • ParisianDreams

    ParisianDreams says:

    Thank you for sharing these great tips!

    3 years ago

  • sophiascooter

    sophiascooter says:

    Very helpful thx!!!!

    3 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    Looking forward to part II! :) Thanks again!

    3 years ago

  • StarAniseRecipes

    StarAniseRecipes says:

    off to read the manual :D thanks!

    3 years ago

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

    Thanks, for the wonderful tips and ideas!

    3 years ago

  • mascarajones

    mascarajones says:

    Great tips! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • DoodlebugAccessories

    DoodlebugAccessories says:

    Thank you for these fantastic tips!

    3 years ago

  • steampunkjunq

    steampunkjunq says:

    Can never have enough GREAT photo tips. Thanks! :)

    3 years ago

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure says:

    Fantastic - thanks for this. I really struggle with trying not to show my camera's reflection when I photograph pearls, so I'm going to try shooting from below now :)

    3 years ago

  • bonjourpierre

    bonjourpierre says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • evagodeva

    evagodeva says:

    Great info , thanks Heidi! You listed all the problems I have when I try to photograph my products!

    3 years ago

  • GlitzGlitter

    GlitzGlitter says:

    Great tips!! And thank you so much for using my necklace!!!

    3 years ago

  • deusprovidebit

    deusprovidebit says:

    oh this is fantastic! *waving* at glitzglitter up there...i love her photos!!!

    3 years ago

  • NoniBam

    NoniBam says:

    Didn't know about white balance before... will definitely use it next time I take photos... Thanks for all the tips, looking forward to the next chapter ;-)

    3 years ago

  • SarahOfSweden

    SarahOfSweden says:

    Thank you for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • carleeglass

    carleeglass says:

    Very helpful...but I need help in photographing my stained glass. Sometimes even with light shining thru, the glass looks dark. I have to manipulate the photo in photoshop.

    3 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony says:

    thanks for mentioning tips on shiny things. I like the idea of backlighting and turning on the camera timer, which I have yet to try.

    3 years ago

  • sandmaiden

    sandmaiden says:

    good tips, thanks so much for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • red2white

    red2white says:

    thank you, Heidi! I would also love to hear how to photograph clothes (bigger items) indoors on a dull day :), how to make bigger area well lit...

    3 years ago

  • beadychick

    beadychick says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! My boyfriend is a pro photographer, but he's always "too busy" to take pics for me. He's given me some tips, but I understand your explanations much better!! Must be the man/woman language barrier!!!

    3 years ago

  • simplyfrenchvintage

    simplyfrenchvintage says:

    Great article. I devour any tips on how to improve my photos....I'm slowly getting there! It's quite a challenge but an interesting one. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • beautifulchaos

    beautifulchaos says:

    marking

    3 years ago

  • ThePaperButton

    ThePaperButton says:

    Great help thanks!

    3 years ago

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns says:

    Great tips. My huzbin is a photographer, so I'm lucky that I don't have to deal with that end of things! <3 Andrea

    3 years ago

  • PomelyGrove

    PomelyGrove says:

    Thank you so much for the tips, Heidi! Photographs are definitely one of my biggest challenges.

    3 years ago

  • LittleFishArts

    LittleFishArts says:

    Fantastic info - and perfect timing as I'm finally listing things in my shop! Now to get outside before the storm hits...

    3 years ago

  • gurneycreekfarm

    gurneycreekfarm says:

    Thanks for the tips. I am trying to do more outdoor shots, it really does make the difference!

    3 years ago

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio says:

    as always... great advice!

    3 years ago

  • TwigAndBird

    TwigAndBird says:

    Thanks for the great information!

    3 years ago

  • mukkymonkey

    mukkymonkey says:

    Fantastic tips! Thanks so much, can't wait to get the camera out now!!

    3 years ago

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux says:

    Brilliant and very useful article!! Thank you for sharing these fabulous photography tips!! love it!! :)

    3 years ago

  • SugarKids

    SugarKids says:

    Really great ideas. Thanks for the information!

    3 years ago

  • tamisdesigns

    tamisdesigns says:

    Thanks for the tips. I can't wait to try to get more depth and detail in my photos.

    3 years ago

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate says:

    I am learnng and learning more and more, thanks to people like you to help all all through. thanks

    3 years ago

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle says:

    This article with the link is a complete, comprehensible, product photography article. Just what I need it! Thank you very much!

    3 years ago

  • Vanittas

    Vanittas says:

    Getting a good photograph can be very hard... Tks for the info, great article!!!

    3 years ago

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings says:

    Thanks for doing this, Heidi. Have been struggling with photos lately, especially lighting and colour issues, so this advice is really timely. Aussie Etsians rock!!

    3 years ago

  • joyoustreasures

    joyoustreasures says:

    This is an excellent article, with great advice on lighting. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • ourhobbytoyourhome

    ourhobbytoyourhome says:

    Wonderful Tips! Thank you so much for sharing that great information with us.

    3 years ago

  • SweetTPaperDesigns

    SweetTPaperDesigns says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! Getting the right photos does take some work!

    3 years ago

  • PoorJean

    PoorJean says:

    Great tips - especially the encouragement about rainy day photography. I am from Seattle and I have a hard time taking photos with the constant rain!

    3 years ago

  • chrisgalli

    chrisgalli says:

    Very helpful...especially helpful tips about photographing food items. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • amitiedesigns

    amitiedesigns says:

    Very helpful indeed! Thanks for sharing :0)

    3 years ago

  • Simag

    Simag says:

    Great article and a beautiful selection of items!

    3 years ago

  • Hechoamano3

    Hechoamano3 says:

    I l;ove knowing now that it is OK to use my flash! ge=reat tip, using a tissue to make it less harsh!!!

    3 years ago

  • grammijforeveryoung

    grammijforeveryoung says:

    Great new tips for me to apply to my next photo session. Will be eagerly waiting for the props lesson. Can't wait!

    3 years ago

  • grammij

    grammij says:

    Rrrrgh...now I have to figure out how to take pics of my crib mobiles. No crib, no baby, no nursery...very challenging. I can't wait to try some changes!

    3 years ago

  • UniquelyYoursbyCil

    UniquelyYoursbyCil says:

    Great photo tips and info - some new things for me to try for better photos -- Thanks so much!

    3 years ago

  • nisseworks

    nisseworks says:

    Very timely tips for me - I'm thinking about reshooting most of my shop and could use some help. Thanks :)

    3 years ago

  • jewelrycollectibles

    jewelrycollectibles says:

    Thanks for your helpful tips. Your photos look great.

    3 years ago

  • byKEONA

    byKEONA says:

    Thank you for taking the time out to share your knowledge with us. These are great tips as I have not heard of some during my research.

    3 years ago

  • PointyPaws

    PointyPaws says:

    I read and reread every word. Thank you for taking time to write this!

    3 years ago

  • designbirdie

    designbirdie says:

    Thanks for this article! very fab

    3 years ago

  • bluebirdknits

    bluebirdknits says:

    What a wonderful article! There were so many great tips.

    3 years ago

  • linneaswedishdesign

    linneaswedishdesign says:

    Some great tips. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • eclettica

    eclettica says:

    OMG this is like ESP, the most perfect of timings! Thank you so very much!!!

    3 years ago

  • LifeAdorned

    LifeAdorned says:

    i don't usually pay much attention to photography tutorials, but this one discusses some great troubleshooting info that i haven't seen elsewhere! i appreciate you sharing these tips and i'm sure to get some use out of them.

    3 years ago

  • CricketCreekDesigns

    CricketCreekDesigns says:

    Thank you for the great tips! Trying to get good pictures of my jewelry can sometimes be very frustrating. I'm going to try out some of these ideas tomorrow morning.

    3 years ago

  • josoriginals

    josoriginals says:

    I am constantly taking new photographs of my work. It is so time-consuming but absolutely worthwhile when I get a great shot. I find that certain windows in my house have the best light at different times of day: ie: between 1:00 and 4:00pm in my south exposure window and during the late morning hour in my studio's east exposure window. The research is worth it. Thanks for the info- I am always learning something new to help my shop!!

    3 years ago

  • patspottery

    patspottery says:

    This is a great piece, and I intend to make use of the info!!

    3 years ago

  • apiecebydenise

    apiecebydenise says:

    Excellent article and information! thanks for the tips :o)

    3 years ago

  • workingwoodart

    workingwoodart says:

    This is like it was written just for me. Thanks

    3 years ago

  • jolietsimple

    jolietsimple says:

    great tips! thank you!

    3 years ago

  • wearartscotland

    wearartscotland says:

    Awsome article Heidi. Reading the manual is such a good suggestion!

    3 years ago

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed says:

    so important! Thanks so much for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • xxloublouxx

    xxloublouxx says:

    Great article thanks for all the tips :D

    3 years ago

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon says:

    I'm not running any jewellery shops but that part on it is an eye-opening information cause sometimes I wonder how sellers can take amazing and captivating photos of their jewellery. I sell prints and notecards. Print is quite easy for me. Just a jpeg of the final artwork will do. However sometimes I need to take photo on the cards I have printed to show how they look like. It will also give a sense of real touch to them. I know how hard to get natural light especially during winter here in Melbourne with whole day cloudy or raining. Last night I spent hours trying to set up my own photography corner (not studio) but still the effect is not as good as the natural light :( (i need sunlight! or perhaps a good photographer!)

    3 years ago

  • chickenboots

    chickenboots says:

    I've been working hard on my photos lately-built a light box...but the daylight bulbs aren't quite right. It's a bit blue when I photo things. The daylight setting on my camera makes things too orange. I use tungsten (which adds to the blue effect). Do you have a brand and style of light bulb for light boxes you like? Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • KRISSY167

    KRISSY167 says:

    Tricky, tricky. Getting it just right might be an art form itself. For those of us that aspire to be better every day...good luck!

    3 years ago

  • KathrynGreenwald

    KathrynGreenwald says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tips! I value your expertise. Kathryn

    3 years ago

  • kellylynndesigns
  • bardet

    bardet says:

    I have so far to go, but this was very helpful. thanks

    3 years ago

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag says:

    Excellent advice! smiles

    3 years ago

  • flamingofancy

    flamingofancy says:

    Thanks so much for all your great advice!

    3 years ago

  • pheepheebowtique

    pheepheebowtique says:

    Thank you for this artice. I've read so many and my pictures still are not right. I'm going thru the manual tomorrow and heading on to You tube as soon as I send this msg. Again, Wonderful...Thanks

    3 years ago

  • DolineBlochDesigns

    DolineBlochDesigns says:

    I keep trying :)

    3 years ago

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio says:

    Thank you so much for th important tips! Some of us need all the help we can get! : )

    3 years ago

  • chelseabogledesigns

    chelseabogledesigns says:

    Thank you soooo much! This has been by far the best photography tips I have ever seen....so much so that I read it twice and took notes:) Thank you soooo much again...can't wait to try them out! have a beautiful day!

    3 years ago

  • FAVE123

    FAVE123 says:

    Thank you for the tips, I always have problem that my pictures cannot show the true color of my product, now i can't wait to try it. Thank you so much.

    3 years ago

  • Lilybellesjewels

    Lilybellesjewels says:

    Thank you so much for really great information. I have a really hard time taking good photos of my pieces. So many times I've had people who have seen things in the shop amazed when they see the same piece in person; They always say how much more attractive it looks in real life.

    3 years ago

  • jensdreamdecor

    jensdreamdecor says:

    read the manual...seems like a no brainer but I've been resisting! Thanks for all the good advice!

    3 years ago

  • billetsdoux

    billetsdoux says:

    Thanks for the great article....Good photos are my downfall. I will keep trying tho! These tips will come in handy. Looking forward to Part 2.

    3 years ago

  • earthexpressions

    earthexpressions says:

    There's always something new to learn about this... Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • nstjean

    nstjean says:

    You are a great teacher! Thanks for writing this...I think I will actually remember it unlike my manuel!

    3 years ago

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata says:

    Thank you for your wonderful tips! I put this article on my favorites! :)

    3 years ago

  • tropAcool

    tropAcool says:

    one can never have enough photo tips! thanks.

    3 years ago

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue says:

    Thanks for the great advice. Very helpful.

    3 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • YaneaStudios

    YaneaStudios says:

    Fabulous tips!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • moonbindery

    moonbindery says:

    Very useful advice--thanks! I'll definitely use some of your tips.

    3 years ago

  • blackberrygraphics

    blackberrygraphics says:

    Great advice.... I'll definitely be trying some of those techniques. Thanks!!

    3 years ago

  • AllisonCreates

    AllisonCreates says:

    Thanks! It's always nice to get some practical tips and reminders :)

    3 years ago

  • VeloNoir

    VeloNoir says:

    GREAT ARTICLE! I shall give some of those tips a shot:)

    3 years ago

  • AllieEtCie

    AllieEtCie says:

    Great tips..thank you, thank you!

    3 years ago

  • Lissies

    Lissies says:

    Great tips! Thank you! :)

    3 years ago

  • anakim

    anakim says:

    Great tips! thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • marievan

    marievan says:

    thank you for the tips ;-)

    3 years ago

  • artangel

    artangel says:

    Wonderful advice, thanks so much heidiadnum!

    3 years ago

  • feltmeupdesigns

    feltmeupdesigns says:

    great tips, thanks Heidi!

    3 years ago

  • HazelFisherCreations

    HazelFisherCreations says:

    Excellent article - thank you for all the tips! :)

    3 years ago

  • SoTeiTei

    SoTeiTei says:

    Grat article! Thank you Heidi! I'll follow this tips next time for my pictures! I'm sure they will help a lot!

    3 years ago

  • AngelDel

    AngelDel says:

    Thanks for the useful tips!

    3 years ago

  • sarasark

    sarasark says:

    Thank you so much! I am inspired to take better pics. An additional thought on reflections... if you are shooting art with glass, hang a dark fabric behind you. It eliminates the reflection.

    3 years ago

  • heartinhanddesigns

    heartinhanddesigns says:

    thank you for the article! very informative and useful. Helps to know I'm doing some of the right things!

    3 years ago

  • FruttiTuttiBeadCandy

    FruttiTuttiBeadCandy says:

    great just the info I have been looking for

    3 years ago

  • Sistersnfriends

    Sistersnfriends says:

    Thank you for the great tips! I definitely need the help!

    3 years ago

  • maryzeran22

    maryzeran22 says:

    The tips about reflection where so useful. I STRUGGLE with that one. Being in a hurry is another issue. I am trying to learn that the photography is as important as the actual making.

    3 years ago

  • loddelina

    loddelina says:

    thank you for this set of tips, I will keep your article in my "inspiration" file!

    3 years ago

  • gifteddesigns

    gifteddesigns says:

    Thank you so much Heidi for all this info! I'm thinking of completely changing ALL my photographs and I think this will help me enormously!

    3 years ago

  • HandPaintedPetals

    HandPaintedPetals says:

    I also struggle with reflection when photographing my wine glasses and other glass items -- reflections from all sides! Best photo article I've read; really explains why things do/don't work in ways even I can understand! Thank you!!

    3 years ago

  • sabrenias

    sabrenias says:

    Thanks for these tips. I am going to try them out.

    3 years ago

  • margosoriginals

    margosoriginals says:

    these are such great tips! I've been planning to rennovate my photography so this article came just in time!

    3 years ago

  • zukas

    zukas says:

    Great tips,thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • zukas

    zukas says:

    Great tips,thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • SugarBlossomDesigns

    SugarBlossomDesigns says:

    Wonderful tips! Can't wait to try them out, you've made it seem so much easier and I'm actually excited to get my manual out so that I can truly master my camera. Thank you Heidi for your tips!!

    3 years ago

  • MischievousKitty

    MischievousKitty says:

    Great tips! I'm still working on my photography skills, and this post was really helpful - Can't wait to put some of these ideas to use! :-)

    3 years ago

  • tejewels

    tejewels says:

    Really appreciate the tips, especially about how to avoid reflection. Will try them out.

    3 years ago

  • sistersilver

    sistersilver says:

    Thank you. I see a couple things I haven't tried...specially the manual settings. I will be brave and think of you. You are so good to share with us! RT

    3 years ago

  • jewelrybyjg

    jewelrybyjg says:

    Great tips - I need to take my camera out more! Thanks much. jg

    3 years ago

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene says:

    Thank you so much for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • InformalElegance

    InformalElegance says:

    Thanks for all that helpful information. I will put it to use:)

    3 years ago

  • MagicFairy

    MagicFairy says:

    Terrific tips! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • QuiltingMemories

    QuiltingMemories says:

    Thank you for taking time to share this wonderful info.

    3 years ago

  • charisg08

    charisg08 says:

    Great article and great selection of photos! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • karuski

    karuski says:

    Thanks for a useful article! On EuropeanStreetTeam's blog we have a bi-monthly series where Etsy sellers talk about their photographing tips and more. Here's a link if you like to hear more: http://handmade-europe.com/category/business/photographing-your-work/

    3 years ago

  • LavenderMemoryLane

    LavenderMemoryLane says:

    I took so many pics using my digital camera, before i came up with some idea on how to use THIS camera. Now i use "CUSINE" mode, by the window on sunny day but not under the direct sun light, NO flashlight, and the similar distance that i've taking many pics of.. My camera is old, and can't take a Very Close Pic. which i can't change... so next time when i have money, i'll buy the camera which would focus on very close distance. anyways, thanks for some more great tips! thanks for this article, Etsy!

    3 years ago

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy says:

    Nice post!

    3 years ago

  • RELMoriginals

    RELMoriginals says:

    Thank you for the post!

    3 years ago

  • ChocolateSushiHM

    ChocolateSushiHM says:

    thanks for the tips! working on making my pics better and this will definitely help!

    3 years ago

  • AutumnJo

    AutumnJo says:

    Thank you so much for the tips! I have been struggling with the harsh desert sun and never even thought to put up a sheet. Add this to my to-do list after work :)

    3 years ago

  • birdapparel

    birdapparel says:

    Really great tips. This will be so helpful. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • dalewayne

    dalewayne says:

    thanks! Very helpful. our photography teacher buys insulation board from the hardware store. It's silver on one side, white on the other. Much cheaper than the photography studio reflectors. She uses the white or the silver side depending on her needs. Can't wait to shoot my translucent pieces from behind...

    3 years ago

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby says:

    Such great tips! I love the one about setting the timer, I never thought of that! Genius! ;) (which clearly I am not...)

    3 years ago

  • kathysuniqueboutique

    kathysuniqueboutique says:

    Great article...thanks so much for sharing...learned a lot

    3 years ago

  • paperannie

    paperannie says:

    I just re-photographed all my items and what a difference. I find playing around with the settings available in zoom browser helps tremendously. I am in awe at what I can do with my little digital camera, with a little help from the computer.

    3 years ago

  • GoGosHouse

    GoGosHouse says:

    Great advice - I'll try some of your helpful tips - thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • JennyandV

    JennyandV says:

    Really helpful! Thankyou!

    3 years ago

  • BeachyBeadsShoppe

    BeachyBeadsShoppe says:

    Great article -- I like the idea of the foil to reflect inside light. Shiny object and my reflection are tough! Thank you for the tips!

    3 years ago

  • gourdsbydesign

    gourdsbydesign says:

    Absolutely wonderful article! Thank you so much for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum says:

    Thanks again for such a wonderful response! So glad you're feeling inspired.

    3 years ago

  • PippiHepburn

    PippiHepburn says:

    Thank you, Heidi. These are the best tips. Learned that if you get the white light correct, the other colors will follow. Shoot translucent pieces with light in back, OMG, you know your stuff. Will use this tips right away.

    3 years ago

  • PureaAccessory

    PureaAccessory says:

    This article is real good! Knowing that Natural light is good but struggle with the weather. Thank you for the tin foil idea! It will help me a lot because it will be in a rainy season in Japan in few days! I am still learning to take a good product photo. It takes a lot of practice and study! Photography is deeeeeep.

    3 years ago

  • alongtheline

    alongtheline says:

    Thank you for the tips. I am always trying to photograph better and more artistic than my normal stock photos.

    3 years ago

  • BethanyHight

    BethanyHight says:

    Great tips! I'm new at this so they will all come in handy.

    3 years ago

  • VibrantTrains

    VibrantTrains says:

    Excellent.

    3 years ago

  • LittleSproutCreation

    LittleSproutCreation says:

    Excellent tips! I photograph jewelry and have had many issues with lighting. Great advice! Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • CounterFitCakes

    CounterFitCakes says:

    Thank you for the tips. I need them all!

    3 years ago

  • Palaver

    Palaver says:

    Thanks Heidi for the excellent suggestions. I really enjoy the photography as much as the selling but had never really explored the settings on my camera enough. I will try overexposing and see if that helps once tweaking in Paintshop Pro...and a dark reflector? I hadn't even thought of that! Loving your work by the way...

    3 years ago

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom says:

    Thanks for a wonderful and enlightening article...is will definitively make my life easier.....

    3 years ago

  • JiSTglass

    JiSTglass says:

    great tips - thank you!

    3 years ago

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft says:

    What a great article, thank you for all the tips, I will start working for good photos on my shop

    3 years ago

  • WoodysFlies

    WoodysFlies says:

    Wonderful information! I have an inexpensive camera that is hard to work with to make marketing photos, but I still learned from your column.

    3 years ago

  • BeachGlassPalms

    BeachGlassPalms says:

    Thank you so much. My photos stink! Hopefully I can do better with your advice.

    3 years ago

  • FantasyBijoux

    FantasyBijoux says:

    Great article! And just in time, as I decided to re-shoot all my stuff...again *sigh*

    3 years ago

  • janesglassart

    janesglassart says:

    Your tips were so easy to understand. My photos are some of the worst. I really do need to read my camera manual. I can't wait for Part 2!

    3 years ago

  • delightfullyvintage

    delightfullyvintage says:

    Wow! These tips are exactly what I needed. Thank you so much! I'm going to take photos tomorrow using what I've learned.

    3 years ago

  • jennyandpearl

    jennyandpearl says:

    I'm inspired! Can't wait to try out these tips.

    3 years ago

  • WimseyJewelry

    WimseyJewelry says:

    One of the best parts of a jewelry website is the opportunity to experiment with photography. Also, with the variety photo shops on the internet, we rookies have the opportunity to act like professionals and try to create professional photos. I keep hoping that I am getting better each time I shoot and reshoot my jewelry photos. On the other hand, one can become quite obsessive with this particular "angle" of photography.

    3 years ago

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere says:

    Thank You!

    3 years ago

  • SwirlyGarden

    SwirlyGarden says:

    Amazing article, I really needed this!

    3 years ago

  • howlindoggie

    howlindoggie says:

    thank you for taking the time to share your experience so that we may benefit from it.

    3 years ago

  • snolbertogoster

    snolbertogoster says:

    Great tips Heid, I`m doing some photo work today so I`ll try some of your advice. Thanks,Simon @ Snollygoster

    3 years ago

  • SOiNTOiT

    SOiNTOiT says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Invaluable. Hoping to get info on ISO, f-stops and speed in upcoming articles, which I will definitely read.

    3 years ago

  • RubyRedcrafts

    RubyRedcrafts says:

    Thank you for the excellent tips! I really have got to get to grips with my camera manual!

    3 years ago

  • Stompz

    Stompz says:

    I've had to drape myself in dark to prevent reflection, but never thought of a dark card to emphasize tones/textures on smaller metal objects. Great tip! Thanks

    3 years ago

  • VintageTwisted

    VintageTwisted says:

    I love natural lighting, but on a bright day it can be too harsh. It's tricky to find a big enough place to photograph my big furniture. I love the idea of a sheer panel & can't wait to try it. Thanks-

    3 years ago

  • Amievoltaire

    Amievoltaire says:

    Excellent write-up, Thank you

    3 years ago

  • BuyTheLightOfTheMoon

    BuyTheLightOfTheMoon says:

    You had some very good info. for taking photographs, thank you. I sale 1" buttons and built a light box for photographing them. I have tried two different weights of gauze and a couple different levels of light from both sides and top. But still get some glare off the mylar coating. I'm schooled as a Technical Theatre Major and think I'll try using hair spray to cut down the glare in my next photo shoot. It's what we often use on framed pictures on the glass in plays to eliminate the glare and bounce back light on stage.

    3 years ago

  • SurvivorsShine

    SurvivorsShine says:

    Thank you for your great advice!

    3 years ago

  • Underneath

    Underneath says:

    Tissue paper over the flash! Nice tip! I just wished to find something about taking photos of garments on live models. Still very useful. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • Underneath

    Underneath says:

    Tissue paper over the flash! Great tip! I just wished to find something on taking photos of garments on live models. Still very enlightening. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic says:

    I learned so much and will keep this article bookmarked in order to try out your techniques. Thank you for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • GatheringSplendor

    GatheringSplendor says:

    Thank you -can't wait to try out your tips.

    3 years ago

  • DiamondHDesigns

    DiamondHDesigns says:

    Thanks for the tips! I am having the reflection problem with one of my items! This may just save the day! THANK YOU!

    3 years ago

  • elfadoesrock

    elfadoesrock says:

    Wow, what really helpful tips. Will be using them this weekend for Father's Day!

    3 years ago

  • scrapbookforme

    scrapbookforme says:

    Thank you for sharing, I needed this advice badly since I am having problems taking good photos.

    3 years ago

  • favoriteblings

    favoriteblings says:

    Terrific tips - never learned these cool techniques in my photography classes. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar says:

    love love love these tips!! thank you so much!!!!

    3 years ago

  • deedlebugdesigns

    deedlebugdesigns says:

    Thank you for this information! Photography is my struggle right now. I look forward to trying out some of these ideas!!

    3 years ago

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch says:

    Thanks Etsy for giving us the platform to grow our business...

    3 years ago

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels says:

    Thank you sooooo much for this great information! It is realy helpfull :-)

    3 years ago

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings says:

    Thanks for all the tips!

    3 years ago

  • rosyposydesigns

    rosyposydesigns says:

    I spent the good part of this a.m. struggling to get it right. Wish I had read these priceless photo tips before I started. Thank you for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • sadie3438

    sadie3438 says:

    I definitely need help. Thank you for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • SMboutique

    SMboutique says:

    Thanks so much for your tips!

    3 years ago

  • trinketsandbeaus

    trinketsandbeaus says:

    Wonderful article - thank you kindly!!!

    3 years ago

  • mafie999

    mafie999 says:

    Thanks so much for the great tips and your kindness in sharing

    3 years ago

  • asianartjewels

    asianartjewels says:

    great tips! Thanks for sharing. Got to reshoot my stuff!

    3 years ago

  • hennyseashell

    hennyseashell says:

    great tips and article! Thanks a LOT!!

    3 years ago

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these great tips!!

    3 years ago

  • TheGinghamOwl

    TheGinghamOwl says:

    Awesome Advice:) Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • NewProspectPottery

    NewProspectPottery says:

    wonderful article....thank you

    3 years ago

  • DareDevine

    DareDevine says:

    One of the best and most useful articles I have read! Thanks for sharing :)

    3 years ago

  • mechiels

    mechiels says:

    So much good info. I will be trying out your tips right away. Thanks

    3 years ago

  • tstreasures

    tstreasures says:

    With such an abundance of sun here in the desert I've been trying to use it for my photos but needed this extra info to help me. Thanks for such great tips!

    3 years ago

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch says:

    Wonderful information :) Thank you

    3 years ago

  • lillianblack

    lillianblack says:

    That is without a doubt the BEST article I've read on photo tips!! You said everything in a way that was easy to understand - & has me itching to get out and take photos! You ROCK!!! THANK YOU!

    3 years ago

  • mudturtlesandmore

    mudturtlesandmore says:

    Thanks for the ideas! I need to experiment with some ;)

    3 years ago

  • AnnesGlassJewels

    AnnesGlassJewels says:

    Learned a lot. Thank you!!!

    3 years ago

  • KingdomKards

    KingdomKards says:

    Thank you so much for the great advice and the links to find out more information! Great article!

    3 years ago

  • WadeCreations

    WadeCreations says:

    A very informative article! We are always looking for new ways to do things. Keep the info coming!

    3 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    WOW! Great advice. Saving this article! Can't wait for part 2! Thanks Heidi!

    3 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    WOW! Great article. Thank you Heidi. Looking forward to part 2!

    3 years ago

  • mazzoni

    mazzoni says:

    Great article...looking forward to using your advise. Very informative!Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • yoshibearstudio

    yoshibearstudio says:

    Thanks for the photography tips! Oh, and those cupcakes are making me HUNGRY!!

    3 years ago

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound says:

    thank you for the tips. I am always looking for ways to improve my photos. dahlila xxoo

    3 years ago

  • Lumm

    Lumm says:

    Thank You! I got some good ideas!

    3 years ago

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum says:

    Thanks again!

    3 years ago

  • zemphira

    zemphira says:

    Thank you so much. Now, I have a lot of work to do! ;)

    3 years ago

  • ArtAttackShack

    ArtAttackShack says:

    Great tips and advice Heidi! Thank you so much! I'm going to go try some of them out right now :)

    3 years ago

  • igorz

    igorz says:

    thanks. Just to add to this my wife sometimes uses tinfoil as reflectors. very effective

    3 years ago

  • ausefullife

    ausefullife says:

    Love the idea of looking up my camera on u-tube - your brilliant. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • kaysbows

    kaysbows says:

    I love all the tips.............now off to replace those "flat" photos!

    3 years ago

  • bbags22

    bbags22 says:

    Great tips!

    3 years ago

  • Altrosa

    Altrosa says:

    Thank you so much. This was very useful. I am very happy about the timer trick and will have to get out my manual. Hope I will find it...

    3 years ago

  • WendyKayDesigns

    WendyKayDesigns says:

    Thanks, these tips should really help my enamel shots

    3 years ago

  • KariOriginal

    KariOriginal says:

    Great article with some fantastic 'how to' explanations of technical skills - many thanks

    3 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Thanks so much!

    3 years ago

  • sunshinefromaz

    sunshinefromaz says:

    With my digital camera if I get close enough to show details the picture comes out blurry.Is there anything I can do to get close up pics?

    2 years ago

  • pheasantrun

    marian from PheasantRunAntiques says:

    my problem is I am novie with the camera and am having problems placeing the photos in the propper place in the camera to make it easir to transfer them to my posting "Any help appreciate

    1 year ago

  • carolfritschpatterso

    Carol Fritsch Patterson says:

    great article. very informative, thank you

    1 year ago

  • WaltonWoodworks

    Scott Walton from WaltonWoodworks says:

    If you're having problems with the weather shooting outdoors... which you will have due to rain, wind, sun, clouds... you know Mother nature... you can easily make an indoor setup very easily! For small products, a small table covered with a piece of plywood does the trick. Cover it with an appropriate cloth or paper background and tape it down so it doesn't move. Then get a white bed sheet and suspend it over your whole table so the edges go just below the tables edge. With today's cameras, pretty much all of them have color balance settings. Using inexpensive "work lights" you can get at anyn hardware or home center, a set of 2 or 3 work perfectly. With the bedsheet suspended over your product, shine your lights at the bedsheet (remember not to close to the sheet)... now put your camera on a tripod, set your camera to the "lightbulb" setting, lift a section of the sheet over your camera lens and see what you have. I do also recommend using a lens shade! Subtle movements of the lights are all you need. Position one of the lights behind and off to either side of your product for an edge highlight. If you are using 2 lights to light the front of your product,,,, move one further away and you will get a more 3D look. Now set your camera's lighting setting to indoor light which if you have just icons it will look like a light bulb... or set it by light temperature which is known as Kelvin. Your settings should be around 2800 degree - 4000 degree Kelvin all depending what light bulbs you chose to use (regular household bulbs are in the 23-3500K range and is why when you take a "normal" indoor picture you will get a yellow to brownish cast. Another way I have found to be VERY effective, especially shooting silverware is indirect or reflective lighting. Let me explain. Remove the sheet from your table and put it aside. Get a piece of 4'x8' of white foamcore. Holding it over your tabletop, lay the back edge of the foamcore on the table top and prop the front end up somewhere around 30 to 45 degrees from the table top. You can do this a number of ways... a few wooden dowels, clamps and a light stand, what have you. Clamp or tape the back of the foamcore down so it doesn't move because you'll want to change the angle according to the product. Let's say we are shooting a set of silverware, With your set of siverware setup under the foamcore and nicelt placed on your background, set up your lights. This might sound a little funny but once you see what you get in camera... you'll be amazed! Your camera is on a tripod with camera on it looking down on your product. Now your light placement will be just at tables edge shining up onto the inside of the foamcore! Look in your camera, move the lights around a little and see that your seeing ALL the detail in your silverware... with NO hotsopts. Detail in the tines of the forks, detail in the ornate handles and low and behold... detail in your knife and spoons... with no hotspots! That's what we call "reflective lighting". I have been photographing products for years as aside from my woodworking, I'm a commercial photographer by trade. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give me a shout! I'm Scott Walton at Walton Woodworks here on Etsy. Cheers

    1 year ago

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    1 year ago

  • rosieexpressions

    Rose Tuttle from RosieArtLife says:

    Thanks for the great information. Photography is one of the most important areas and I am going to work on mine. I appreciate all the info.

    320 days ago

  • DarthNessa

    Vanessa Robley from ThatsSoyNatural says:

    Wow, thanks! I will try these tips for my next product!

    246 days ago

  • fadedviolet1

    fadedviolet1 from fadedviolet says:

    Help! How do I rotate a picture in a listing! Thanks, Linda

    243 days ago

  • KARIMAHPEART

    Karimah Peart from FOREVERKS says:

    This is awesome. Thank you for writing such helpful tips. Now I'm definitely a little more prepared to create those awesome shots i wanted for my shop.

    222 days ago

  • prefancy

    PREFANCY from PREFANCY says:

    Great Tips, i will Apply them on my products on PREFANCY Shop. Thank You

    207 days ago

  • Lyonsatplay

    Jennifer Lyons from DaisyWeaver says:

    @fadedviolet1 I'm looking for the same information. Did you ever find out how to rotate a picture? I've been looking in the help but so far I'm not getting much success. Anyway if you find the answer I would really appriciate learning how to rotate my pictures. Thanks

    176 days ago

  • AzraelsApothecary

    Azraels Apothecary from AzraelsApothecary says:

    Bravo! Wonderful!

    171 days ago

  • richardemrich

    Richard Emrich from nLIGHTnME says:

    very useful, already doing much of this, but nice to be affirmed. keep in mind that photo alternation products can be employed to help you make the photo more accurately reflect what you are selling (if, for example, you just cannot get the right color).

    141 days ago

  • veroniquelouineaux

    Veronique Louineaux from ARTfromPARIS says:

    Thanks for helpful tips. This photos look great.

    130 days ago

  • H2Ocolorkath

    H2Ocolorkath from H2Ocolorkath says:

    Thank you so much....I am just getting started and this should help.

    94 days ago

  • billmieswinkel

    Bill Mieswinkel says:

    I am considering having a store front on ETSY, and have been reading their requirements, and have a problem with picture size. Your information is very helpful, but I have yet to find anyone at ETSY that can tell me how I can get mt pictures to be a 2" x 2" size before I send them to ETSY. I have a photo program on my computer that came with the camera; but since I am not technically or electronically inclined; I have no idea how I can change the picture size then attach it to an email and send it. My camera uses the 3.5" floppy disk; it's a Sony Mavica 85. There is an option on my program that I use to change a picture size, but I don't see any way to transfer this reduced size to a 2 x 2;and attach it to an email; which ETSY tells me is required for their system. What would you do under these circumstances.

    72 days ago

  • iluvsoy64

    Lillian Markov from LilliansSoyCandles says:

    Thank you so much for the great advice and tips. I thought I would have to and purchase a expensive camera and actually all I really had to do is read my manual for my camera. Now my pictures will look much better and focused with the natural light. I actually had my Dad explain this to me since he is a Photographer and now I know.

    72 days ago

  • kaystyle

    Kay from kaystylejewelry says:

    Thank you so much for the tips . I make silver wire jewelry which is very difficult to photograph . I will try shooting at an angle a n using just one light source. kaystylejewelry@etsy.

    67 days ago

  • MoreEthicalDesign

    Antonella Abbrancati from MoreEthicalDesign says:

    Great tips to enhance our creations, after all the care that we put to realize them, is also important take good pictures. Thank you!

    63 days ago

  • CurlyQJewelry says:

    Good advice about reading the owner's manual. Just yesterday I finally read the part addressing the white balance because I couldn't get the white background to look white. What a tremendous difference! It makes me sick to think of all the hours wasted, not to mention the frustration. Thanks.

    47 days ago

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    11 days ago