Shop Etsy

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

May 27, 2010

by daniellexo handmade and vintage goods

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

Before: Peridot Earrings  After: Wide Pink Silver Oak Ring

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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



Before: Handmade Ceramic Fat Cat   After: Hanging AirPlant Pod

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


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

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

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


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

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



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

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


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

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



Before: Falling Pinecones After: Spotlight Earrings

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Finchlings Gift Card - Kraft
Finchlings Gift Card - Kraft
Elements Shea butter Soap bar Black Vetiver Cafe (Vegan Friendly)
Elements Shea butter Soap bar Black Vetiver Cafe (Vegan Friendly)
CLEARANCE-Porcelain and Glass Pendants - Blue Flowers
CLEARANCE-Porcelain and Glass Pendants - Blue Flowers
GIANT block print squirrel stuffie
GIANT block print squirrel stuffie
Tiny Teeny Circle stud earrings in 14K gold filled
Tiny Teeny Circle stud earrings in 14K gold filled
HandSpun Yarn Bulky 2ply Yarn merino wool and tencel Spring Crocus 83 yards 5.7 ounces
HandSpun Yarn Bulky 2ply Yarn merino wool and tencel Spring Crocus 83 yards 5.7 ounces
NEW Double Blush Bird Aqua-Large Flat bottom zipper pouch (Padded)
NEW Double Blush Bird Aqua-Large Flat bottom zipper pouch (Padded)


  • TheShabbyChicCottage

    TheShabbyChicCottage said 10 years ago

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

  • dgordon

    dgordon said 10 years ago

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

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 10 years ago

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

  • MothHouse

    MothHouse said 10 years ago

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

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

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

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey said 10 years ago

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

  • BrightWallVintage

    BrightWallVintage said 10 years ago

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

  • Dalim

    Dalim said 10 years ago

    Great tips and inspiration for new sellers!

  • avantanthologue

    avantanthologue said 10 years ago

    pretty funny!! + good points.

  • TheJewelryNook

    TheJewelryNook said 10 years ago

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

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 10 years ago

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

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 10 years ago

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

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 10 years ago

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

  • concentric

    concentric said 10 years ago

    Fantastic post, especially the admin shots :D

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 10 years ago

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

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 10 years ago

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

  • KnitFrekkles

    KnitFrekkles said 10 years ago

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

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest said 10 years ago

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

  • WildPinkRoses

    WildPinkRoses said 10 years ago

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

  • KatDesignsNYC

    KatDesignsNYC said 10 years ago

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

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 10 years ago

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

  • Lilley

    Lilley said 10 years ago

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

  • NottyPooch

    NottyPooch said 10 years ago

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

  • daweigreat

    daweigreat said 10 years ago


  • blackbirdtees

    blackbirdtees said 10 years ago

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

  • JLynnCreations

    JLynnCreations said 10 years ago

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

  • ButterflyBabyPlace

    ButterflyBabyPlace said 10 years ago

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

  • mariescottage

    mariescottage said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed this article!!!

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit said 10 years ago

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

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 10 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Imburton

    Imburton said 10 years ago

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

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 10 years ago

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

  • yummyandcompany

    yummyandcompany said 10 years ago

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

  • lamarquisedesanges

    lamarquisedesanges said 10 years ago

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

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 10 years ago

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

  • shabbychicadee

    shabbychicadee said 10 years ago

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

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer said 10 years ago

    This is brilliant!

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 10 years ago

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

  • LoriK

    LoriK said 10 years ago

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

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 10 years ago

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

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer said 10 years ago

    And has definitely made me revisit some of my photos!

  • AuntKarensCreations

    AuntKarensCreations said 10 years ago

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

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 10 years ago

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

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 10 years ago

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

  • sugarlilac

    sugarlilac said 10 years ago

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

  • Zadyball

    Zadyball said 10 years ago

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

  • MoonLightSally

    MoonLightSally said 10 years ago

    Great article. It gives me hope! :)

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 10 years ago

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

  • gasometri

    gasometri said 10 years ago

    very nice (and usefull) post! :)

  • Charasjewelcandy

    Charasjewelcandy said 10 years ago

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

  • mpaperarts

    mpaperarts said 10 years ago

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

  • astarteearthart

    astarteearthart said 10 years ago

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

  • atouchofvintage

    atouchofvintage said 10 years ago

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

  • UglyKitty

    UglyKitty said 10 years ago

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

  • southpawstudios

    southpawstudios said 10 years ago

    Great article, fun to see the befores and afters

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 10 years ago

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

  • RusticRainbow

    RusticRainbow said 10 years ago

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

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome said 10 years ago

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

  • MaryMorrisJewelry

    MaryMorrisJewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage said 10 years ago

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

  • muyinmolly

    muyinmolly said 10 years ago

    great photos don't just happen overnight!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • spunwovendesigns

    spunwovendesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Great article!

  • pixestreasurechest

    pixestreasurechest said 10 years ago

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

  • Gazzu

    Gazzu said 10 years ago

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

  • Talula

    Talula said 10 years ago

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

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the fun and instructive post!

  • tippleandsnack

    tippleandsnack said 10 years ago

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

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen said 10 years ago

    So fun to read!

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 said 10 years ago

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

  • janewearjewelry

    janewearjewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 10 years ago

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

  • SASSYspaces

    SASSYspaces said 10 years ago

    very helpful article...

  • heatherozee

    heatherozee said 10 years ago

    Words of wisdom!

  • CricketsCreations

    CricketsCreations said 10 years ago

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

  • rawartletterpress

    rawartletterpress said 10 years ago

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

  • ShopClementine

    ShopClementine said 10 years ago

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

  • thepaintedlily

    thepaintedlily said 10 years ago

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

  • julieandco

    julieandco said 10 years ago

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

  • missbrache

    missbrache said 10 years ago

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

  • Laniec1

    Laniec1 said 10 years ago

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

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 10 years ago

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

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 10 years ago

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

  • UnkamenSupplies

    UnkamenSupplies said 10 years ago

    Fabulous photos!

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe said 10 years ago

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

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 10 years ago

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

  • Cynamonn

    Cynamonn said 10 years ago

    Great article and photos! :)

  • anidar

    anidar said 10 years ago

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

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 10 years ago

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

  • LoveHonorUpcycle

    LoveHonorUpcycle said 10 years ago

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

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 10 years ago

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

  • laantigua

    laantigua said 10 years ago

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

  • sentimentalstones

    sentimentalstones said 10 years ago

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

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage said 10 years ago

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

  • BirdonWireStudio

    BirdonWireStudio said 10 years ago

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

  • BlackDaisyDesigns

    BlackDaisyDesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • MontclairMade

    MontclairMade said 10 years ago

    fun! thanks for this great article!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 10 years ago

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

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 10 years ago

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

  • GlimpseCreations

    GlimpseCreations said 10 years ago

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

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy said 10 years ago

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

  • dustbincards

    dustbincards said 10 years ago

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

  • eliwill

    eliwill said 10 years ago

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

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 10 years ago

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

  • HindLand

    HindLand said 10 years ago

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

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.

  • susansheehan

    susansheehan said 10 years ago

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

  • SmokinHott

    SmokinHott said 10 years ago

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

  • 6catsVintage

    6catsVintage said 10 years ago

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

  • Balanced

    Balanced said 10 years ago

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

  • ekra

    ekra said 10 years ago

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

  • factorygirlashli

    factorygirlashli said 10 years ago

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

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 10 years ago

    Very interesting as well as encouraging!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

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

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 10 years ago

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

  • WeeSparrow

    WeeSparrow said 10 years ago

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

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda said 10 years ago

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

  • Earmark

    Earmark said 10 years ago

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

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

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

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 10 years ago

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

  • bonspielcreation

    bonspielcreation said 10 years ago

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

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 10 years ago

    Great blog post, daniellexo!

  • sloeginfizz

    sloeginfizz said 10 years ago

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

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 10 years ago

    Great Article!

  • bonspielcreation

    bonspielcreation said 10 years ago

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

  • sarawestermark

    sarawestermark said 10 years ago

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

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 10 years ago

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

  • ItsSoPattyDesigns

    ItsSoPattyDesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • Petaluna

    Petaluna said 10 years ago

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

  • esdesigns

    esdesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • BreadandBadger

    BreadandBadger said 10 years ago

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

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 10 years ago

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

  • ASHWoodshops

    ASHWoodshops said 10 years ago

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

  • rikrak

    rikrak said 10 years ago

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

  • mediumgrey

    mediumgrey said 10 years ago

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

  • novaofsweden

    novaofsweden said 10 years ago

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

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 10 years ago

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

  • SmokinHott

    SmokinHott said 10 years ago

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

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 10 years ago

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

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 10 years ago

    really fun, thank Danielle!

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 10 years ago

    Always room for improvement!

  • LARaised

    LARaised said 10 years ago

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

  • PamSoperDesigns

    PamSoperDesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • bunnywithatoolbelt

    bunnywithatoolbelt said 10 years ago

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

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 10 years ago

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

  • MuseSilkPaintings

    MuseSilkPaintings said 10 years ago

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

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 10 years ago

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

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • Iheartmoustaches Admin

    Iheartmoustaches said 10 years ago

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

  • hotpinkchick

    hotpinkchick said 10 years ago

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

  • daisycakessoap

    daisycakessoap said 10 years ago

    go team!!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 10 years ago

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

  • CircaCeramics

    CircaCeramics said 10 years ago

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

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 10 years ago

    Great tips! It is very helpful :)

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 10 years ago

    im still in the process of learning:)

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading said 10 years ago

    That was fun!

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading said 10 years ago

    That was fun!

  • Piggy

    Piggy said 10 years ago

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

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 10 years ago

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

  • thebrontelife

    thebrontelife said 10 years ago

    Heh. :p

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 10 years ago

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

  • sewspecialbylois

    sewspecialbylois said 10 years ago

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

  • KnockKnocking

    KnockKnocking said 10 years ago

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

  • zipandruth

    zipandruth said 10 years ago

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

  • sacredsuds

    sacredsuds said 10 years ago

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

  • Marang97

    Marang97 said 10 years ago

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

  • TheMerchantMariner

    TheMerchantMariner said 10 years ago

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

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 10 years ago

    This was so fun to read and see!!!

  • seaurchin

    seaurchin said 10 years ago

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

  • karuski

    karuski said 10 years ago

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

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • TrendyTrimmingsByTT

    TrendyTrimmingsByTT said 10 years ago

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

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • janedean

    janedean said 10 years ago

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

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits said 10 years ago

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

  • halpal28

    halpal28 said 10 years ago

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

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign said 10 years ago

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

  • bonjourpierre

    bonjourpierre said 10 years ago

    Great improvements!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 10 years ago

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

  • smallthreads

    smallthreads said 10 years ago

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

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 10 years ago

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

  • Greenerica

    Greenerica said 10 years ago

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

  • MiladyLeela

    MiladyLeela said 10 years ago

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

  • Serrelynda

    Serrelynda said 10 years ago

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

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • NYCrochet

    NYCrochet said 10 years ago

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

  • LaurieSarahDesigns

    LaurieSarahDesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • laceramiste

    laceramiste said 10 years ago

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

  • danceswithflowers

    danceswithflowers said 10 years ago

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

  • thepebblecollection

    thepebblecollection said 10 years ago

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

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 10 years ago

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

  • artsongjewelry

    artsongjewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • kitandcaboodleshop

    kitandcaboodleshop said 10 years ago

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

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 10 years ago

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

  • thepeacefulpeacock

    thepeacefulpeacock said 10 years ago

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

  • artsyclay

    artsyclay said 10 years ago

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

  • FlowerPress

    FlowerPress said 10 years ago

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

  • mindfulmatters

    mindfulmatters said 10 years ago

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

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 10 years ago

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

  • mindfulmatters

    mindfulmatters said 10 years ago

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

  • emeraldlily

    emeraldlily said 10 years ago

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

  • poorpitifulpearl

    poorpitifulpearl said 10 years ago

    love this & needed this.

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 10 years ago

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

  • carolbroadleypottery

    carolbroadleypottery said 10 years ago

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

  • SweetSeamz

    SweetSeamz said 10 years ago

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

  • AlinaandT

    AlinaandT said 10 years ago

    great article! here is my before: and after:

  • bstudio

    bstudio said 10 years ago

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

  • PurplePeony

    PurplePeony said 10 years ago

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

  • soulrust

    soulrust said 10 years ago

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

  • jabonbon

    jabonbon said 10 years ago

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

  • 42things

    42things said 10 years ago

    I'm doomed.

  • TheZenMuse

    TheZenMuse said 10 years ago

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

  • iheartnorwegianwood

    iheartnorwegianwood said 10 years ago

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

  • RoyalPrincess

    RoyalPrincess said 10 years ago

    A nice way to look back

  • AmericanHandmade

    AmericanHandmade said 10 years ago

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

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 10 years ago

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

  • SandraDesigns

    SandraDesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • GoodieTrueShoes

    GoodieTrueShoes said 10 years ago

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

  • sandijagt

    sandijagt said 10 years ago

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

  • KaelinDesign

    KaelinDesign said 10 years ago

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

  • newenglandcandyco

    newenglandcandyco said 10 years ago

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

  • Ayoka

    Ayoka said 10 years ago

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

  • liaison

    liaison said 10 years ago

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

  • beadworkbyamanda

    beadworkbyamanda said 10 years ago

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

  • royalrugrats

    royalrugrats said 10 years ago

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

  • rhapsodyattic

    rhapsodyattic said 10 years ago

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

  • Edelind

    Edelind said 10 years ago

    Such an entertaining article! great work!!:)

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 10 years ago

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

  • deathmachine

    deathmachine said 10 years ago

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

  • helenabiancastudios

    helenabiancastudios said 10 years ago

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

  • CarolDowningDesigns

    CarolDowningDesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 10 years ago

    We can all relate...

  • BossysFeltworks

    BossysFeltworks said 10 years ago

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

  • 1dream

    1dream said 10 years ago

    Great article.It is very good for new Etsian!

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy said 10 years ago

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

  • FrazzledBallerina

    FrazzledBallerina said 10 years ago

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

  • moonstruckmaiden

    moonstruckmaiden said 10 years ago

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

  • Beadymonkey

    Beadymonkey said 10 years ago

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

  • JanCramer

    JanCramer said 10 years ago

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

  • KomisCouture

    KomisCouture said 10 years ago

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

  • KomisCouture

    KomisCouture said 10 years ago

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

  • imakecutestuff

    imakecutestuff said 10 years ago

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

  • HorsepowerStudio

    HorsepowerStudio said 10 years ago

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

  • TodaysBaby

    TodaysBaby said 10 years ago

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

  • smootynashley

    smootynashley said 10 years ago

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

  • SilviaMaciasDesigns

    SilviaMaciasDesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • jmliss

    jmliss said 10 years ago

    Very good article... thanks!

  • smootynashley

    smootynashley said 10 years ago

    Same here Horsepower! Thanks etsy, for your support!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 10 years ago

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

  • atradeforatrade

    atradeforatrade said 10 years ago

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

  • uncljohn

    uncljohn said 10 years ago

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

  • Picatrix

    Picatrix said 10 years ago

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

  • YouCanSparkle

    YouCanSparkle said 10 years ago

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

  • PoorJean

    PoorJean said 10 years ago

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

  • kaeldra

    kaeldra said 10 years ago

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

  • UrbanHandiwork

    UrbanHandiwork said 10 years ago

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

  • UrbanHandiwork

    UrbanHandiwork said 10 years ago

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

  • sirtom

    sirtom said 10 years ago

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

  • cocokato

    cocokato said 10 years ago

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

  • galejade

    galejade said 10 years ago

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

  • ILoveYoYo

    ILoveYoYo said 10 years ago

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

  • Arctida

    Arctida said 10 years ago

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

  • PureaAccessory

    PureaAccessory said 10 years ago

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

  • juliedcrisp

    juliedcrisp said 10 years ago

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

  • SeaUnicorn

    SeaUnicorn said 10 years ago

    always inspiring

  • RockStoneTreasures

    RockStoneTreasures said 10 years ago

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

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 10 years ago

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

  • TheFamiLeeJewels

    TheFamiLeeJewels said 10 years ago

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

  • forqueenvictoria

    forqueenvictoria said 10 years ago

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

  • HummingbyrdJewelry

    HummingbyrdJewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • BaitedHook

    BaitedHook said 10 years ago

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

  • birdshaveflowers

    birdshaveflowers said 10 years ago

    baby pics are even harder, they are so wiggly!

  • prettyoriginals

    prettyoriginals said 10 years ago

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

  • hodgepodgefarm

    hodgepodgefarm said 10 years ago

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

  • robotpop

    robotpop said 10 years ago

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

  • sannachristina

    sannachristina said 10 years ago

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

  • ChrisBDesigns

    ChrisBDesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • oceansandbeads

    oceansandbeads said 10 years ago

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

  • backinthehills

    backinthehills said 10 years ago

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

  • zaythehappyhatter

    zaythehappyhatter said 10 years ago

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

  • chocolateandsteel

    chocolateandsteel said 10 years ago

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

  • BlueMooseCreations

    BlueMooseCreations said 10 years ago

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

  • Cookstah

    Cookstah said 10 years ago

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

  • BijouxFairy

    BijouxFairy said 10 years ago

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

  • MaggieDayStudio

    MaggieDayStudio said 10 years ago

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

  • handjstarcreations

    handjstarcreations said 10 years ago

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

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue said 10 years ago

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

  • WoodysFlies

    WoodysFlies said 10 years ago

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

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 10 years ago

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

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 10 years ago

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

  • GemstonesByBren

    GemstonesByBren said 10 years ago

    Good points and examples!

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 10 years ago

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

  • mommysosweet

    mommysosweet said 10 years ago

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

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 10 years ago

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

  • bykamay

    bykamay said 10 years ago

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

  • preciousplaytime

    preciousplaytime said 10 years ago

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

  • tinyporcelain

    tinyporcelain said 10 years ago

    So much to learn!

  • seababejewelry

    seababejewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

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

  • birribe

    birribe said 10 years ago

    So great to see the improving photoskill,

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much!!

  • Eccentricity

    Eccentricity said 10 years ago

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

  • CorvusandWillow

    CorvusandWillow said 10 years ago

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

  • marygracethomas

    marygracethomas said 10 years ago

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

  • WeCanDoItVintage

    WeCanDoItVintage said 10 years ago

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

  • SilverTrove

    SilverTrove said 10 years ago

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

  • bluefingerstudios

    bluefingerstudios said 10 years ago

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

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 10 years ago

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

  • MissMinoes

    MissMinoes said 10 years ago

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

  • therebirthofnyela

    therebirthofnyela said 10 years ago

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

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 10 years ago

    Great article!

  • ourhobbytoyourhome

    ourhobbytoyourhome said 10 years ago

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

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 10 years ago

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

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 10 years ago

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

  • shopREiNViNTAGE

    shopREiNViNTAGE said 10 years ago

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

  • PrimativePots

    PrimativePots said 10 years ago

    Amazing what just that little extra does

  • iheartice

    iheartice said 10 years ago

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

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign said 10 years ago

    It's all in the details...

  • ChavahsGarden

    ChavahsGarden said 10 years ago

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

  • desertshinejewelry

    desertshinejewelry said 10 years ago

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

  • GatoRanch

    GatoRanch said 10 years ago

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

  • BeanzBeads

    BeanzBeads said 10 years ago

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

  • Underneath

    Underneath said 10 years ago

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

  • 5to9inthegarden

    5to9inthegarden said 10 years ago

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

  • susangutting

    susangutting said 10 years ago

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

  • VintageFrocksOfFancy

    VintageFrocksOfFancy said 10 years ago

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

  • AbsolutelyKismet

    AbsolutelyKismet said 10 years ago

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

  • DragonFlyHall

    DragonFlyHall said 10 years ago

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

  • ChristyBead

    ChristyBead said 10 years ago

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

  • taraashleytreasures

    taraashleytreasures said 10 years ago

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

  • toodlefetties

    toodlefetties said 10 years ago

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

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon said 10 years ago

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

  • bagandbaby

    bagandbaby said 10 years ago

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

  • catalog

    catalog said 10 years ago

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

  • lenokeidesigns

    lenokeidesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • aereonyx

    aereonyx said 10 years ago

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

  • Gabsie

    Gabsie said 10 years ago

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

  • HandPaintedPetals

    HandPaintedPetals said 10 years ago

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

  • newmoonglass

    newmoonglass said 10 years ago

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

  • thatsbeautifull

    thatsbeautifull said 10 years ago

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

  • sidirom

    sidirom said 10 years ago

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

  • GrannyGrant

    GrannyGrant said 10 years ago

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

  • KermitsTiesEtc

    KermitsTiesEtc said 10 years ago

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

  • Lillypicadilly

    Lillypicadilly said 10 years ago

    Very interesting

  • THERIJewels

    THERIJewels said 10 years ago

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

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage said 10 years ago

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

  • designsmjc

    designsmjc said 10 years ago

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

  • CarolJoyFashions

    CarolJoyFashions said 10 years ago

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

  • daisyberry

    daisyberry said 10 years ago

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

  • SilkMari

    SilkMari said 10 years ago

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

  • vintageprecious

    vintageprecious said 10 years ago

    Such a wealth of information! Thanks :) ~vintageprecious

  • SweetEllaBella

    SweetEllaBella said 10 years ago

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

  • hedgehogandrabbit

    hedgehogandrabbit said 10 years ago

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

  • PebbleInMyPocket

    PebbleInMyPocket said 10 years ago

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

  • RageoftheAge

    RageoftheAge said 10 years ago

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

  • hallornothing

    hallornothing said 10 years ago

    Thank you! I enjoyed your article!

  • zoegirldesigns

    zoegirldesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • simplyzofia

    simplyzofia said 10 years ago

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

  • gwendavies

    gwendavies said 10 years ago

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

  • yunuengems

    yunuengems said 10 years ago

    this article is very interesting !!!

  • LittleMissGlam

    LittleMissGlam said 10 years ago

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

  • BelieveJewelrySupply

    BelieveJewelrySupply said 10 years ago

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

  • designs4justice

    designs4justice said 10 years ago

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

  • louisebdesigns

    louisebdesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • yellowsquirrel

    yellowsquirrel said 10 years ago

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

  • weebit

    weebit said 10 years ago

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

  • jewelrybyirina

    jewelrybyirina said 10 years ago

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

  • CaliGirl70

    CaliGirl70 said 10 years ago

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

  • LilacLaneRocks

    LilacLaneRocks said 10 years ago

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

  • KariOriginal

    KariOriginal said 10 years ago

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

  • DesertMonkeyDesigns

    DesertMonkeyDesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • gilaglassbead

    gilaglassbead said 10 years ago

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

  • AndreaFuentesDesigns

    AndreaFuentesDesigns said 10 years ago

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

  • janiebugbibs

    janiebugbibs said 10 years ago

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

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts said 10 years ago

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

  • dementedsnowflake

    dementedsnowflake said 10 years ago

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

  • KeepsMyHandsBusy

    KeepsMyHandsBusy said 10 years ago

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

  • foundaryvintage

    foundaryvintage said 10 years ago

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

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 9 years ago

    Fabulous post! Thanks Danielle

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 9 years ago

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

  • junksy

    junksy said 9 years ago

    Awesome article! Great advice, thank you!

  • windrosie

    windrosie said 9 years ago

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

  • MickeyandGrace

    MickeyandGrace said 9 years ago

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

  • twentyseven27soap

    twentyseven27soap said 9 years ago

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

  • Untwistedsister

    Untwistedsister said 9 years ago

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

  • Hippiechicjewelz

    Hippiechicjewelz said 9 years ago

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

  • CatybugDesigns

    CatybugDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • MonkeyFrouFrou

    MonkeyFrouFrou said 9 years ago

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

  • myAvonlea

    myAvonlea said 9 years ago

    I love this <3

  • marmiejotter

    marmiejotter said 9 years ago

    great photo examples, thanks!

  • melsumn1

    melsumn1 said 9 years ago

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

  • lamille

    lamille said 9 years ago

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

  • TrueloveQuiltsForYou

    TrueloveQuiltsForYou said 9 years ago

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

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 9 years ago

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

  • hazaricreations

    hazaricreations said 9 years ago

    wow... very informative !

  • mycartouche

    mycartouche said 9 years ago

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

  • angieinpv

    angieinpv said 9 years ago

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

  • littleyellowyarrow

    littleyellowyarrow said 9 years ago

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

  • LittleShopofElleSee

    LittleShopofElleSee said 9 years ago

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


    MIRAKRIS said 9 years ago

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

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 9 years ago

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

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 9 years ago

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

  • AliciaMarieCreations

    AliciaMarieCreations said 9 years ago

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

  • ScatteredTreasures

    Danielle Johnson from ScatteredTreasures said 9 years ago

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

  • Needle2Needle

    Christine Marie Chen from Needle2Needle said 9 years ago

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

  • greenglasschile

    oscar munoz said 8 years ago

    ahhahhahhaha, great!

  • mildbunch

    The Wearmouths from KiawahCollection said 8 years ago

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

  • linnie101

    linnie101 from CharmedWine said 8 years ago

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

  • Nancenet70

    Nancenet Designs from Nancenet70 said 8 years ago

    great post thanks! forever striving for better shots!

  • QianwenZhang

    Qianwen Zhang from WoodenfulToys said 8 years ago

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

  • SteppeAbove

    Dawn Steppe from SteppeAboveCreations said 8 years ago

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

  • sewma7

    Tatiana from JuliansBoutique said 7 years ago

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

  • Shalotte

    Naomi from Shalotte said 7 years ago

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

  • sparkles4life

    Maxine Adjei from sparkles4life said 7 years ago

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

  • somerset141

    Susan Somerset Larsson from somersetlarsson said 7 years ago

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

  • JennySaker

    Jenny Saker from JeniWrenJewellery said 7 years ago

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

  • CherryGardenWorkshop

    Miss Cherry from CherryGardenDolls said 7 years ago

    Thank! It is very useful!

  • iworkartwork

    Irma Galindo from iworkartwork said 7 years ago

    Very instructive, thanks for sharing!

  • margi45 said 7 years ago

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


    VIPOTCHI from VIPOTCHI said 6 years ago

    Theres surely a lot to learn. Tks

  • Homepage said 6 years ago

    ... [Trackback] [...] There you will find 35663 more Infos: [...]

  • traceyruby

    Traceyruby from CitronLeafStudio said 6 years ago

    I'm still in the before stage. I'm glad to know there is hope for my shop, Citron Leaf Studio.

  • nancyhavassy

    Nancy from ArtAndVintageZone said 6 years ago

    Thank you - I have been afraid to take my first photos. This helps.

  • Google said 5 years ago

    Google That is the end of this post. Right here you will come across some internet sites that we assume you will enjoy, just click the hyperlinks.

  • Google said 4 years ago

    Google We came across a cool site which you may love. Take a appear when you want.

  • Google said 4 years ago

    Google Below you will obtain the link to some internet sites that we consider it is best to visit.

Sign in to add your own