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Etsy Success: Photographing 2D Artwork

Sep 16, 2010

by pikaland handmade and vintage goods

Taking great photos of your work is key! How you present your artwork is just as important as the work itself, and more often than not it’s what makes the difference between someone understanding/buying your work. Flatness is one of the biggest obstacles to overcome when photographing 2D work and presenting it online. Context is everything; it is important to remember the item isn’t just an image on a screen! For flat 2D objects, such as drawings and prints, show a scanned version of the work, but also a shot with space around the work. You want to give your viewer an idea of the size of the piece, as well as its presence!


I am an object d’art! Not just a 2D image on your screen!

Before I begin, I must state that lighting is THE most important thing when photographing your artwork! Natural lighting is almost always the best way to show off your work and photographing near a window is one of the best ways to achieve this. When looking at the images below, note where the light source is coming from, you can tell by the shadows and contrasts in light and dark. In almost all of the photographs you can see the light coming from the right or left, and more likely than not it’s coming from a window! Keep this in mind when choosing where to photograph your art.Below you will find a number of great examples and ideas on how to photograph your work to its best advantage:

Frames give your work visual weight and make it more of an object. It not only gives your viewer an opportunity to see how your work would look framed but also what frame works best with your work. The power to visualize where you see your artwork and in what context is huge. I would recommend investing in a great frame that works well with many of your pieces and rotate different images in it to photograph your works. Also keep in mind where you photograph your framed work, where would you ultimately visualize your work hanging? Would it lean against your desk or hang on the wall of your studio or do you have a great room in mind in which you would hang it? If so, show it! Where you imagine your work to be displayed will help your viewer imagine where it could be exhibited in their own space.


Wood Surfaces
One of the best surfaces you can use to photograph your art is wood. Not only is it organic and natural but often adds warmth to your image and doesn’t compete with your artwork.


Holding Your Artwork
Holding your work not only gives the viewer an idea of the size of the piece (in relation to your hand) but also makes the work more personable, more accessible or object-like. We like to pick things up, hold them in our hands, become familiar with them through touch before we buy them. In essence you’re picking the work up for the buyer. Your hand becomes the viewer’s hand and allows them to view the work as an actual object.


The Art of Display
Giving your work context or creating a narrative surrounding your art can enhance your image enormously. There are a number of ways this can be done; some of the best include other objects that relate to your artwork and including other works of art displayed around the work or hanging in a group. Often this visual chatter adds to the energy and value of the work itself. Get creative, be inventive! Just make sure the objects or images you choose enhance your work of art and really add to its character. Make your photograph a work of art in itself! If you’re having fun staging and photographing your work, chances are the image will be fun for viewers to look at as well.


Once you’ve taken fantastically lit and well staged photos of your work you’ll need to edit.

Using Photoshop or a similar program, be sure to adjust brightness/contrast when needed as well as saturation and hue (perhaps your image looks a little green or the light a little too yellow, you can use the hue bar to adjust and change this). Also be sure to crop your image, getting rid of any unnecessary space or objects. Remember, when photographing your workl you are also composing a picture. Just like when you compose your work of art, you want to make your photograph as visually engaging and interesting to look at as the work itself. Choosing the right way to best showcase your work is key.


Things to keep in mind:

  • Use natural lighting!
  • Have fun photographing your work, it will show in your photographs!
  • Only use objects, surfaces, or backgrounds that will enhance your work (you’ll know when it’s working when you like the photograph you’ve created as much as the work itself!).
  • If someone’s attracted to the image of your work they’ll be attracted to the work itself.
  • Once you’ve found a way that best showcases your work, be sure to photograph all your work in the same way; consistency is key in the presentation of your art.

Explore new and different ways in which you can best show off your art. Experiment, play, approach the staging of your work of art with as much enthusiasm as you bring to making the work itself — it will show!

If you’d like more tips, advice and critical feedback on how to photograph your work and build a better online presence checkout our online art courses @Pikaland with new fall courses including How to Survive and Thrive as an Artist Online , Visual Journaling and Making Your Mark. The core of our courses revolve around creative thinking that leads to the creation of new works of art (or new ways to creatively present existing works!) with weekly assignments, one-on-one critiques, peer input and a supportive community of artists in which to share and grow!

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  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    Wonderful tips...simply presented! Fabulous post!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Love this piece, so helpful. Let's here it for chubby cats too! Thanks.

  • dbsj

    dbsj said 7 years ago

    Great tips and the chubby cats grabbed my heart as well...

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 7 years ago

    fabulous tips and ADORABLE art work! i love love love that little swimming kitty :)

  • BlueTrike

    BlueTrike said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great article - the timing couldn't be more perfect for me as I just invested in a new Epson fine art printer and am in the process of preparing/photographing my artwork so that I can start offering quality archival prints in my shop. (I'm so excited at the possibilities - the prints it makes are gorgeous!) Mara

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 7 years ago

    Great Article! Thank you for the information

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 7 years ago

    Thank you for these! I just started taking photos of my finished personalized map & dictionary cutouts while holding them in my hand, for example here: to give my shop visitors a sense of their size. Will put your other tips to work too!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    These are fantastic suggestions - they'd all work very well for 3D objects as well.

  • MyCKs

    MyCKs said 7 years ago

    Really helpful info! I'm getting some ideas already ^-^ Off to go photo some extra pics :)

  • JayHell

    JayHell said 7 years ago

    Brilliant post, very inspiring, just the kind of advice I've been searching for! Thankyou!

  • ChasingtheCrayon

    ChasingtheCrayon said 7 years ago

    Good article. Thanks for the great tips Amy and Jamie,

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    Good reminders! Thank you for sharing!

  • QuigonHandmades

    QuigonHandmades said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this article, it is very helpful! My boyfriend is a painter and screen-printer. He is thinking about an Etsy shop, and I will probably be the one photographing his work.

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 7 years ago

    One other tip I would add is including an image or a photo collage of work in progress - I think it adds a lot of interest! In one of my listings of a classic solid paper paper cut I display the "in progress" image as my main image: because it's particularly beautiful - it's the veins and aortas of the "two hearts beat as one" design that eventually get discarded - or at least not featured on the artwork itself. I've received many compliments on that image!

  • AnnikaLane

    AnnikaLane said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for this post - this is a challenging aspect of the process for me. One (unsolicited) tip... sometimes it is helpful to remove the glass from framed pieces to avoid the glare... it is a hassle to put it all together again, but ultimately could be worth it for a better view of the art... Thanks again!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    great article with excellent hints and tips! thank you 3peoples for this :) definitely an article to bookmark!

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 7 years ago

    Great tips thanks!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    Hooray Pikaland! Thanks so much Amy and Jamie for these helpful hints and reminders!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for so many great tips! Though I don't usually have many 2-D items in this shop, I do have some in another shop and these tips will definitely help! :)

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    great tips for many items!! thanks, amy!!

  • afiori

    afiori said 7 years ago

    Awesome feature! I like this: " Your hand becomes the viewer's hand and allows them to view the work as an actual object." However, I find it a bit difficult to use staged photos because the icons / little things falling down the front page on Etsy are SO small! With jewellery and small items like my notebooks it works but I find it very difficult with photographs since you want them to be seen clearly?

  • shannamastersdesigns

    shannamastersdesigns said 7 years ago

    I have found that lighting has been the most challenging issue, when photographing my work. I am still experimenting, but this article offers some good points...mainly to have fun with it! Thanks.

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 7 years ago

    all wonderful ideas!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 7 years ago

    Wonderful tip! Thank you.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 7 years ago

    Terrific tutorial - fun to read and excellent suggestions. Thank you!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 7 years ago

    Great tips and really important points. I've become a lot more comfortable using "real life" settings for my prints, especially in taking photographs of the silkscreen printing process, but I feel like I have tons to learn still. Your photos look terrific, well done!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    Natural lighting is the best for taking photos. Often, you have to give your camera a range of values, especially if you are photographing very dark or very light work. I posed a few tips on my blog for this technique

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 7 years ago

    Super-helpful tips accented by great photos! I just love Jamie's cat illustrations too. :)

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 7 years ago

    Perfect timing for this article as I have been collecting frames to shoot my work in!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 7 years ago

    This is a fantastic article. Well worth the read. We are always looking at ways to improve displays. Thank you. LeafandInk

  • inkmeup

    inkmeup said 7 years ago

    really helpful... I always struggle with my 2d shots lots of ideas to try for next photo sesh!

  • tamaragarvey

    tamaragarvey said 7 years ago

    great tips and i totally agree; i've sold a lot more prints since i started including a photo of the framed version in my listings!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 7 years ago

    These are great hints even for non-2d work!! :) Thank you!

  • couve

    couve said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this post! It helps a lot! Cheers, Couve

  • annieWHERE

    annieWHERE said 7 years ago

    Great article and tips!! I recently found Pikaland Blog and have been enjoying my visits :) Thank you for sharing!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 7 years ago

    Great tips and lovely photos! I have been updating my shop to include photos of my greeting cards (before I had flat images of the artwork only). Tried a few backgrounds before deciding on teak wood. It makes such a difference! I still want to experiment with including some background objects... practice makes perfect, I guess! :-)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Great tips I like the idea of holding something while its being photographed looks great!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    great article and helpful too, thanks!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 7 years ago

    I have constantly struggled to properly and effectively and excitingly photograph my work! I sometimes feel like my images are boring. I have a significantly easier time selling my work in "real life" than online because the work has so much texture and many layers that are difficult to photograph. Natural light is definitely key. My current struggle is that I work all day long and there isn't any daylight when I am home to photograph! I have to wait until the perfect weekend. My tip: When you have everything set up and great light for photographing, photograph A BAZILLION things all in a row. I tend to have a huge pile that I can power through taking pictures in about an hour, and then I can go back and edit during the evening or on dark cloudy days.

  • pikaland

    pikaland said 7 years ago

    Jamie's cats are icons in the making! ;D

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 7 years ago

    Excellent article! 3D photos of artwork are far more interesting than 2D ones!

  • Leocardia

    Leocardia said 7 years ago

    Thank you for your great tips. I could put much more things in my shop, but I´m a bit reluctant to photograph my items, in case, the photos might be not so perfect as I would like them to be... But your tips are very encouraging.

  • ElizabethOHara

    ElizabethOHara said 7 years ago

    So many simple, do-able, inexpensive (free) to-dos that can enhance my work and help me sell? Wow! Thank you one and all! Love those kitties, love the examples each and every one. THANKS

  • awinthrop

    awinthrop said 7 years ago

    Great article! I'm working on finding the perfect formula for photographing my artwork, I haven't been too satisfied with what I've got so far. This definitely helps!

  • jennifermorrisbeads

    jennifermorrisbeads said 7 years ago

    rozzie's right, these are definitely great tips for 3-d work too! thanks for such a helpful article..really well written..and adorable art too! xo

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 7 years ago

    Thanks you for Enthusiasm for artists, Years have passed many artworks have been created, paper yellows over time, care for art is super important, Just love kitty artwork !

  • Deezden

    Deezden said 7 years ago

    Helpful article, I use most of these, so am happy that I have done it sort of right :)!

  • LaineysLandscape

    LaineysLandscape said 7 years ago

    Thank you-this answered lots of question I have been having. I am inspired to make better photos of my work. Lainey

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    thanks for the informative article. love the cats. :)

  • RomantiquePunk

    RomantiquePunk said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much. Very helpful. Perfect timing. Awesome.

  • zime

    zime said 7 years ago

    Great tips!! I love you Amy!!! :D For editing my photos I actually use it's a great program. Easy to use, free and online!!

  • polkadotshop

    polkadotshop said 7 years ago

    Great article! I need to get my stuff into frames...I am always suggesting to frame the cards. Need to practice what I preach. :o)

  • sweetharvey

    sweetharvey said 7 years ago

    Fantastic - thank you so much for sharing!

  • FacingTheLens

    FacingTheLens said 7 years ago

    Excellent suggestions.

  • artbybrooke

    artbybrooke said 7 years ago

    Great stuff :) I love the "editing" idea. I never thought about adding doodles to my pic, but the example looks good. In fact, think I'm gonna try it right now....

  • AshleyPahl

    AshleyPahl said 7 years ago

    These are great ideas. Photographing note cards and prints can be really difficult sometimes.

  • BellyAntButton

    BellyAntButton said 7 years ago

    Thanks for finally posting an article on how to photograph artwork!! I know for me it's been a challenge to properly represent my artwork in a commercial market via a computer screen. I've always felt photographs take away from the actual quality and livelihood of a piece. But keeping your tips in mind, this will help. :D

  • OriginalsbyMarcela

    OriginalsbyMarcela said 7 years ago

    Great article.

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 7 years ago

    Perfect timely advice Thank you so much!!!!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 7 years ago

    great tips and sweetly illustrated

  • mudpuppy

    mudpuppy said 7 years ago

    Oh man, get outta my head! This is just what I needed. Thank you!

  • liquidstar

    liquidstar said 7 years ago

    Thanks! Very helpful.

  • wahlrus

    wahlrus said 7 years ago

    Very helpful ideas! Exactly what I need in my shop! Thank you so much! etsyLove from, Jamie

  • KitzieG

    KitzieG said 7 years ago

    Excellent tip - I shall put these in to practice with my latest set of prints!

  • KitzieG

    KitzieG said 7 years ago

    I would also be interested to hear opinions on what viewers prefer to see as the first/main photograph on a listing - the scan or a 3D image?

  • paintedfishstudio

    paintedfishstudio said 7 years ago

    love this post.

  • GalerieB

    GalerieB said 7 years ago

    Great tips, Thanks!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    great tips :)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Great advice!

  • SaraWen

    SaraWen said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article! thank you for sharing your tips. :)

  • branda

    branda said 7 years ago

    Wonderful!! Compliments!! :-) :-)

  • PrettyIngrid

    PrettyIngrid said 7 years ago

    Wonderful ideas! I learned a lot from this. FABULOUS images as well :)

  • BluestarInk

    BluestarInk said 7 years ago

    thank you so much!

  • charliesdollshop

    charliesdollshop said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the tips!

  • senioritis

    senioritis said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Definitely going to try holding some of our postcard sized prints for photos to see how that works ;)

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 7 years ago

    Great tips Thanks for sharing.

  • LibertyImages

    LibertyImages said 7 years ago

    Great tips, thanks so much! And after wondering for months where to set my photos to show them off & give people an idea of the size, it came to me while reading this article. Love that kitty. I agree with a PP that he's a future icon. ;)

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Adorable illustrations...& great tips...thanks!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Such helpful info! Very applicable to photographing art quilts and wall hung textiles pieces as well. Thanks so much!

  • loadedhipspress

    loadedhipspress said 7 years ago

    Some really great things to think about. Absolutely adorable illustrations!

  • letterhappy

    letterhappy said 7 years ago

    great tips.. and i'm honored to be included in the related items! i was really excited about how my new batch of product photos came out after i decided to hold all of my prints out to photograph them instead of just scanning them.

  • wanderthisway

    wanderthisway said 7 years ago

    these are fantastic tips, thanks!!

  • GreatestJoyDesigns

    GreatestJoyDesigns said 7 years ago

    I am definitely struggling to get my work photographed in a way that shows it's true beauty. It hasn't been easy but your article has helped, thanks.

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 7 years ago

    This was SOOOO helpful. Thanks so much!!

  • sistermountain

    sistermountain said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much!

  • ChantalVincent

    ChantalVincent said 7 years ago

    Great article. So many helpful tips! Such a cool cat.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 7 years ago

    Excellent! Love the cats!

  • silentlanguages

    silentlanguages said 7 years ago

    thank you for this-- so helpful since i'm working on revamping my shop!

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 7 years ago

    Great feature, really enjoyed reading it. Going to keep a link to this, as it is transferrable to so many other 2D projects.

  • sassmama

    sassmama said 7 years ago

    Thank you, I am still practicing with my photo and photoshop skills. I have been listing a lot on this website which is another great avenue for your digital images to be created in other items....

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill said 7 years ago

    Excellent ideas, my camera will getting a workout- again:)

  • Eternitee

    Eternitee said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. i am going to try the framing- havent done that yet.

  • Celticcatphotos

    Celticcatphotos said 7 years ago

    Thank You! I think photographing prints and cards is one of the hardest problems to address when listing on Etsy!

  • greenappleworks

    greenappleworks said 7 years ago

    good ideas-- I love the pictures!!

  • TheArtofKris

    TheArtofKris said 7 years ago

    THANK YOU!!!!

  • WieberArt

    WieberArt said 7 years ago

    For the life of me, I could not determine from where all the views for this painting were being generated. Finally, I discovered over on Craftcult that it was featured here on Etsy Success: Storque Blog under related products. TYVM for the honor.

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 7 years ago

    Great Advice, Thank you!

  • SaraFeiss

    SaraFeiss said 7 years ago

    Great tips, I will definitely try the framing. Thanks for sharing!

  • knottybracelets

    knottybracelets said 7 years ago

    Ahh just great tips, thank you so much! xoxo

  • artfields

    artfields said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips! I usually avoided photographing art framed in glass because of all the reflections in it. I would put a newly phtographed painting on my computer and discover myself taking the picture reflected in it. Maybe that's not always such a bad thing.

  • ElizaWestArt

    ElizaWestArt said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. Yes, I take the glass out too.

  • dandelionlady

    dandelionlady said 7 years ago

    What good ideas. I've been having such a hard time coming up with shots of my blockprints, now I've got tons of ideas!

  • thesharpcrayon

    thesharpcrayon said 7 years ago

    I like the idea of photographing the artwork in front of a wooden background. I love the simplicity of your work - very charming. Question: I'm new here. Is the article I just read considered a blog? Also had did you post it? Were you chosen? Thanks, Christy

  • nosideup

    nosideup said 7 years ago

    might have to convert from scanning lady to photo-taking lady.

  • staciejewelry

    staciejewelry said 7 years ago

    Thanks. Every bit of advice on photography is much appreciated!

  • ThePaperButton

    ThePaperButton said 7 years ago

    excellent! Thanks so much for this. I will be adding my prints to my shop in the next couple of months. This was very helpful to keep some ideas in my head for my photos.

  • trillium

    trillium said 7 years ago

    great images and really helpful advice!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    nice tips and very cute illustrations!

  • LoveYouSo

    LoveYouSo said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much! Can't wait to try some of your suggestions.

  • vantiani

    vantiani said 7 years ago

    Exactly what I need! Wooohoo! Thank you so much for sharing all these, guys! Hugs!

  • possandwom

    possandwom said 7 years ago

    Now I am inpired! I seriously need to do some new photos!

  • yesterdaysgirlshop

    yesterdaysgirlshop said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Have you considered discussing using light boxes to photograph in, and how to make a box for photographing?

  • sweetdolls

    sweetdolls said 7 years ago

    Very helpful, thanks!!

  • doodlekreations

    doodlekreations said 7 years ago

    Very helpful tips ! So apt for my work :)

  • jadjusjewelry

    jadjusjewelry said 7 years ago

    Good information.

  • michellearnold

    michellearnold said 7 years ago

    This is great! Artwork is tricky in every way, and shooting for selling online is a different beast then shooting "portfolio" pix, too, so there are some good additional tips here!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 7 years ago

    Great article - thank you.

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 7 years ago

    Wow-I needed this article-great suggestions! I am taking this all to heart and making some serious changes in my shop. Thanks!

  • TheYearningRobot

    TheYearningRobot said 7 years ago

    This will come in handy when I finally start putting prints on my shop!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    fantastic ideas! I have to pull my handmade shop together and this will be so helpful!

  • SparklePaw

    SparklePaw said 7 years ago

    I love Jamie's work! Great tip - thanks! :D

  • glasspondstudio

    glasspondstudio said 7 years ago

    This is a great article. Thanks for the wonderful tips!

  • cowgirlcaities

    cowgirlcaities said 7 years ago

    great tips, great pictures and written in such a fun way- thank you!!!!! smooches caitie!!!!

  • mtnlaurelarts

    mtnlaurelarts said 7 years ago

    thanks for this post! i've been struggling for a while now with how acceptable certain ways to photograph my paintings are. some great ideas in here too...

  • CreativeTruth

    CreativeTruth said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! I look forward to using them along with what I have already been doing. Thanks for sharing these great tips! =)

  • RetroEyewear

    RetroEyewear said 7 years ago

    great! thanks!

  • melindadowning

    melindadowning said 7 years ago

    very useful. thanks!

  • WhenGuineaPigsFly

    WhenGuineaPigsFly said 7 years ago

    I haven't been using contextual photos of my art yet, and I think this will be a great lesson for me to practice to give my shop an extra push. Thank you! <3

  • banfflines

    banfflines said 7 years ago

    Thank you. I thought your tips very useful. I shall be putting them to good use when I take pictures of my next project.

  • MaisonBeegeoux

    MaisonBeegeoux said 7 years ago

    LOVED the tip about using wood as a background. ("If it had teeth", right?) Thanks loads for a tres informative article!

  • NavyBlueNotes

    NavyBlueNotes said 7 years ago

    Glad to know I'm not the only one who has been struggling with this. Thanks so much for all the clever tips!

  • TutorialGirl

    TutorialGirl said 7 years ago

    This article is so good, that it make me to grab my photo camera and start working right now, but is dark and late at night.

  • GillianMcMurray

    GillianMcMurray said 7 years ago

    Great tips. I always have difficulty displaying my art in a way that will draw people in. This helps greatly. Many thanks.

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle said 7 years ago

    Thanks - great tips for enhancing our work!

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 7 years ago

    Cool tips. I like the idea of showing the scanned or cropped version and the displayed version for perspective. Definitely something to play around with.

  • blondie11776

    blondie11776 said 7 years ago

    THanks! This article gave me some ideas as I would like to open an Etsy shop to display and sell my photography. I'm all about having fun and trying new things so, I really appreciate the ideas you put into my head!

  • SchickieMickie

    SchickieMickie said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips! Really helpful. Will give them a try on my next project. LOVED the cats too!

  • katyfryd

    katyfryd said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you.

  • paulbead

    paulbead said 7 years ago

    The creative photography of my fine art glass beads is crucial to the success of my store. Thanks for your article.

  • MCSDesigns

    MCSDesigns said 7 years ago

    Very helpful. Thanks

  • missouribendstudio

    missouribendstudio said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much...great information!

  • TeresasPrimTreasures

    TeresasPrimTreasures said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this information!!!

  • DesignWithWings

    DesignWithWings said 7 years ago

    Wow, just what I was looking for. These are some really good ideas! Thanks :)

  • Squier

    Squier said 7 years ago

    Good tips.

  • Salzanos

    Salzanos said 7 years ago

    I particularly love the idea of holding a object with your hand. Had not thought that this would also give a subliminal message of "handmade". !!

  • eyeshoot

    eyeshoot said 7 years ago

    Great article! I hate photographing my work!

  • DebbieSaenz

    DebbieSaenz said 7 years ago

    Thanks, great reminder! Taking great pics is time consuming but well worth it!

  • cocolicious69

    cocolicious69 said 7 years ago

    interesting. i like a lot. great art works as well.

  • PhotographyOf

    PhotographyOf said 7 years ago

    Wow that makes such good sense! Thank you.

  • faraharia

    faraharia said 7 years ago

    Thank you!! I find it so difficult to photograph my art. I think this will help.

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 7 years ago

    awesome kitty-TY for the tips

  • StudioFludd

    StudioFludd said 7 years ago

    nice, useful. thanks!

  • OhDearWatson

    OhDearWatson said 7 years ago

    great tips - Thanks.

  • KandMdesign

    KandMdesign said 7 years ago

    Great article!!

  • RebeccasWhims

    RebeccasWhims said 7 years ago

    I had just been pondering this issue! I was going to search for a solution, when here it was, in my inbox! Thanks for all you do!

  • tricia16

    tricia16 said 7 years ago

    I was experimenting with props on this photo. It's my personal favorite, but I'm not sure how other really like it. This is my version of "holding it in your hand." This is what we moms journal about anyway. . .

  • LatemSkrow

    LatemSkrow said 7 years ago

    I'm new to this so these have been great tips! Nice article too:)

  • missquitecontrary

    missquitecontrary said 7 years ago

    This article is so helpful! I've just started trying to try to make photos of photos seem a little more interesting, and after reading this I now have so many more fun ideas to try out!

  • sarahgraybill

    sarahgraybill said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful tips :) I'll have to take these into consideration.

  • megbydesign

    megbydesign said 7 years ago

    Thank you,I really love the art work !

  • PickleLilyDesign

    PickleLilyDesign said 7 years ago

    Wonderful tips. Thank you.

  • ModGenesDesigns

    ModGenesDesigns said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article and tips! I LOVE the cats!

  • tenderbeasts

    tenderbeasts said 7 years ago

    Thanks for posting this. These are great tips & will definitely be useful!

  • CounterFitCakes

    CounterFitCakes said 7 years ago

    Interesting article. Loved the artwork!!

  • tatimaia

    tatimaia said 7 years ago

    OH, THANK YOU! That's exactly what I need! \o/

  • Glossyphotos

    Glossyphotos said 7 years ago

    great tips, because it's all about the photo!

  • KristensPaintings

    KristensPaintings said 7 years ago

    Thank you! This was a very helpful article. I'll use this advice in the very near future!

  • carriveau

    carriveau said 7 years ago

    I have learned so much simple fun photography right here on Etsy. Who needs a college coarse :)

  • mariadiana

    mariadiana said 7 years ago


  • ShoestringPress

    ShoestringPress said 7 years ago

    Well...I reckon I've got a lot of UN-learning to do to improve my picture-making. So many years of "staged" group shots of merchandise to be discarded. Maybe my pre-teenagers can help me hone a more casual approach. They seem so much more relaxed about things...about EVERYTHING! Phil.

  • KoniFrazer

    KoniFrazer said 7 years ago

    I love this advice!! I am going to work on this right away. Thanks for sharing :)

  • rasamalai

    rasamalai said 7 years ago

    I love your work Pikabootcamp!!! :) Thank you for this inspiring article <3

  • MagicalMysteryTuca

    MagicalMysteryTuca said 7 years ago

    Very helpful! Thank you so much for sharing...

  • jabonbon

    jabonbon said 7 years ago

    Thanks, I need all the photography tips I can get.

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 7 years ago

    In love with Jamie's dancing cats! Thanks for this article ~ something I've ummed and aahed about whether to photograph or simply use the scan, so looks like I'm back to experimenting again. Thank you for the great pointers!

  • Artsystuf

    Artsystuf said 7 years ago

    I learned a lot and have made a deffinate decision to photogragh one of my necklaces framed. It will make a great presentation and my rock layered pond the perfect seting. Tomorrow I hope it can happen weather permitting. Thank You.

  • debhillart

    debhillart said 7 years ago

    Informative, thanks.

  • tinys

    tinys said 7 years ago

    Really need to work on lighting with photographing my stuff. It's 80% of a good photo right there. Thanks for the tips!

  • StitchCraze

    StitchCraze said 7 years ago

    Awesome article, very interesting ideas! I will be applying these techniques in some of my arts and crafts. Thank you so much!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 7 years ago

    One of the best photography articles I have read here on Etsy!

  • MyCraftsR4U

    MyCraftsR4U said 7 years ago

    wow, what a difference it made in my pictures to hold it in my hand and take the picture. I wan't even done reading your artical yet when I had to stop and to try that. Thank you so much for all the tips. Now I'll go back and finish reading the rest of your tips. I just had to stop and say thank you. So . . . THANK YOU! I'm going to back and retake pic's of all my items using some of the tips you shared with us. (: Kathleen

  • MyCraftsR4U

    MyCraftsR4U said 7 years ago

    P.S. I also used the wooden back ground like you suggested too. That really does make a differentce doesn't it? Again, I want to thank you. Thsese are some of the best photo taking tips that I've seen in a long time.

  • StitchyLifeVintage

    StitchyLifeVintage said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Those are some GREAT tips! Just wondering.. does anyone else experience the color fading when uploading images to Etsy? I take really great shots and then the color looks really faded in Etsy and deters customers I'M SURE!!! I've tried so many different things and to no avail! :( Help, please!

  • InspiredDesigns4YOU

    InspiredDesigns4YOU said 7 years ago

    Excellent! Photography is as much work as it can be fun! I used a small wooden mirror (wooden frame) with white plastic components (look like aquarium filler). I then added the pendant on top...drawing the viewer into the field without distraction. My father who is a photographer, stressed the importance of consistency and making and standardizing. Another effective tool is a 'light box' that can be made with not much expense. Black cloth or remnants can be bought at fabric shops too. Cheers!

  • InspiredDesigns4YOU

    InspiredDesigns4YOU said 7 years ago

    Hi StrichyLifeVintage: I haven't experience the problem you have indicated. However, what I have noticed is the difference between what you see in colour on the web CYM (cyan, yellow, magenta) and what you see as JPEG images typically do vary. I have bought jewellery boxes that look like they were turquoise when in actual light at home, they were a Turquoise/jade colour. My explanation might be what you are experiencing? The Web team on Etsy might offer a more detailed explanation that what I have. My thoughts -

  • BaniniBaby

    BaniniBaby said 7 years ago

    Great advice, thanks. I will try this with my cards...

  • AndrewGableArtist

    AndrewGableArtist said 7 years ago

    Cool perspectives thanks

  • HelgaMcL

    HelgaMcL said 7 years ago

    Wonderful (and usable :) advice. Thank you - I will implement some of the tips above.

  • STRUTHdesigns

    STRUTHdesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this insight. I was finding white backgrounds wash my work out...goin to try the wood option!

  • CuriousTuesday

    CuriousTuesday said 7 years ago

    Great advice which could be used by all of us!, not just for 2D.

  • Kalatirth

    Kalatirth said 7 years ago

    Thanks a lot...This is very useful and will help the shop much! I will definetly use the tips... Mruna

  • MariaBjork

    MariaBjork said 7 years ago

    Thank you! :)

  • parksidepalace

    parksidepalace said 7 years ago

    great article - thanks!

  • reinaliz

    reinaliz said 7 years ago

    Great tips ; thanks!

  • TracyEmmaCupitt

    TracyEmmaCupitt said 7 years ago

    Thankyou for your advice, I've been struggling with this! Lovely work x

  • ABarrante

    ABarrante said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. I got some good ideas :)

  • magalerie

    magalerie said 7 years ago

    Great article ! Thanks

  • ArtistBeingHuman

    ArtistBeingHuman said 7 years ago

    Nice suggestions. Thanks!

  • sissysparrows

    sissysparrows said 7 years ago

    Great Advice.... love your work!

  • cassandrastephanie

    cassandrastephanie said 7 years ago

    So helpful! This has been one of my struggles..

  • SuePsales

    SuePsales said 7 years ago

    Right On! Thanks for the advice.

  • dollladie

    dollladie said 7 years ago

    Invaluable information. Actually, one of my favorite parts of selling on Etsy, is photographing my corsages. Thank you!

  • brookstreamstudio

    brookstreamstudio said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tip!

  • PinkCaffeination

    PinkCaffeination said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these tips!! Just what I've been looking for as I too have been struggling to photograph my prints to make them three dimensional.

  • JenniferLynnProducts

    JenniferLynnProducts said 7 years ago

    This was a really helpful article. I've been going back and forth about whether I want to offer prints of some of my old paintings, and the main sticking point was how to effectively photograph them, as opposed to dragging them somewhere to be scanned (I don't have a scanner.) For the color fade problem--try bumping the brightness down a hair and the contrast up a hair--JUST a hair--before uploading to Etsy. That MIGHT help...

  • RightOnStrange

    RightOnStrange said 7 years ago

    When I clicked on this page, I didn't expect the advice to pertain to me as a photogragher, but you have given me terrific ideas. Giving visual suggestions on how a print can look in their own home is vital! My stuff sells well in a shop, but I am struggling to sell on ETSY. This will help! THANKS!!!

  • theaterclouds

    theaterclouds said 7 years ago

    wonderful tips. I have been thinking about how to show my prints as objects. Thanks.

  • toutourouge

    toutourouge said 7 years ago

    Well.. what they all said before me, I agree ;)

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 7 years ago


  • makingthishome

    makingthishome said 7 years ago

    this post and these pictures have given me more inspiration than I could possibly begin to express to you all. Thank you thank you.

  • papermajik

    papermajik said 7 years ago

    Thanks for talking about 2-d art. I have new ideas!!

  • kirstenfrancis

    kirstenfrancis said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! I'm revved up to take some great shots of my work. Thank you.

  • LouisestArt

    LouisestArt said 7 years ago

    Thanks a lot. I will ad some "extra" to my pictures.

  • snolbertogoster

    snolbertogoster said 7 years ago

    Very good advice here, I will be trying these tips out this weekend. Best Wishes, Simon @ Snolbertogoster

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 7 years ago

    Very good advice, thank you for posting!

  • theblackbirdsings

    theblackbirdsings said 7 years ago

    An inspirational article with great ideas and tips - thank you so much!

  • iconicblue

    iconicblue said 7 years ago

    Very nice! I would also recommend photos showing that a real person made the item in question - either a studio shot, work in progress, that kind of thing. Still working on this part myself. Overall, great tips!

  • SiklosPhoto

    SiklosPhoto said 7 years ago

    great advice - I've been thinking about how to jazz up my listings, and these are some great ideas

  • pishposhcards

    pishposhcards said 7 years ago

    great ideas thanks

  • margo121

    margo121 said 7 years ago

    Thank you for thegreat tips... funny I was thinking along the same lines as a way to present my jewelry and other items... My jewelry by using a rich-textured sweater and leather coat as the backdrop. I do use wood for items on my web site and am happy with the results. Guess great minds do think alike...

  • kathartstudio

    kathartstudio said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips!

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill said 7 years ago

    so helpful, thank you

  • piecesofaprilmel

    piecesofaprilmel said 7 years ago

    While trying to make Treasury list, the words, Pictures tell stories" rings in my many of us can create but have to find tune the art of picture taking, me included. I have improved for my first set to my now 500th picture. I take all of the pictures for my site as well as my moms, practice make perfection...well almost perfect we can always improve!To me it's the most challenging thing other than making my banner as good as it is now!

  • mariaswatercolor

    mariaswatercolor said 7 years ago

    Perfect article and perfect tips, it was on my to do list to take different pictures of my paintings for the website. Thanks for the great tips, I have added picture taking to the list for tomorrow!

  • mariaswatercolor

    mariaswatercolor said 7 years ago

    Perfect article and perfect tips, it was on my to do list to take different pictures of my paintings for the website. Thanks for the great tips, I have added picture taking to the list for tomorrow!

  • ArtByAmarose

    ArtByAmarose said 7 years ago

    Thank you, thank you for this. Selling photography on Etsy is tough and I think these tips will really help. Time to change my shop and soon! Namaste.

  • tikoart

    tikoart said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the useful tips!

  • LauraKAiken

    LauraKAiken said 6 years ago

    thank you for a great article. I enjoyed it. laura.


    ARTinVENICE said 6 years ago

    Yes, it is very hard to photograph an item and present it the right way! And it's true that a good picture is the best way to capture buyers' attention! I hope I'll found good ways to present my paintings! Thanks for the tips!

  • Andra123

    Andra123 said 6 years ago

    Great article. Thank you for the tips and the emphasis of having fun when you take photos of the item you are selling. I have noticed that when I take pictures of the jewelry I sell, it IS much more fun to create a "story" for each photo. However, in doing so it is easy to let the objects that you wanted to enhance your item, overwhelm it, so be forewarned.

  • SarahTan

    SarahTan said 6 years ago

    great tips! thanks for sharing! :)

  • artbykat

    artbykat said 6 years ago

    as i was browsing photographers on etsy, i came across one who had these really cool shots (placed second on the side of the main photo) of her photos framed up and in a livingroom setting. she had 2 different scenes of this where she photoshopped her photos into the frame to show how they would look framed up...without actually having to physically frame them. i've been trying to find a similar program where i can just pop my photos into an already created scene. anyone have a suggestion where i can find a similar design? (hope this makes some sense!!)

  • junkomiyakoshi

    junkomiyakoshi said 6 years ago

    Awesome tips! Am going to try! Thanks for sharing :)

  • BatesMercantileCo

    BatesMercantileCo said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for such helpful info. Love the tips on 'holding' your items to make the viewer/customer feels as if they are holding it. Thanks again. ArtByKat, not sure what programs you have but you should certainly be able to do that in Photoshop, or even in Illustrator.

  • MythWeaver

    MythWeaver said 6 years ago

    A great article, i have just started to upload images into my shop, and as my work is 2D was trying to play around with different ways to show it, but wondered if i was way off mark. You have given me the boost to continue to experiment. many thanks. ruthie.

  • VictoriaRoseWare

    VictoriaRoseWare said 6 years ago

    Love your ideas and have definately taken note to display my work to show placement and size. Thanks, Victoria.

  • studiotuesday

    studiotuesday said 6 years ago

    Great ideas. On my to do list!

  • CindysNatureArt

    CindysNatureArt said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the great ideas. I'm just starting out selling on-line and your ideas will be very helpful.

  • homesweethome50

    homesweethome50 said 6 years ago

    Your post opened my eyes to see things differently, thank you!

  • RhiannonsRealm

    RhiannonsRealm said 6 years ago

    Just wanted to say "congratulations" to the shops who have all of this figured out and already have amazing photography!

  • artropology

    artropology said 6 years ago

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  • artropology

    artropology said 6 years ago

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  • stubborndog

    stubborndog said 6 years ago

    Love these tips! Thanks!

  • Barbiola

    Barbiola said 6 years ago

    Thanks again for more eye-opening tips :)

  • SimandCharlieDesigns

    SimandCharlieDesigns said 6 years ago

    Love all the suggestions! I'm happy with most my current photos for my printable prints, but I would love to do something unique so that everyone knows they are my photos. These ideas have me brainstorming :)

  • Borettoart

    Borettoart said 6 years ago

    Greate tips! Thank you so much

  • PepePiedra

    PepePiedra said 6 years ago

    Great, thanks for sharing all these tips

  • krejo

    krejo said 6 years ago

    Great tips - thank you very much! Plus - I adore your cats!

  • cookier3rocks

    cookier3rocks said 6 years ago

    I struggle with taking good, staight, even photos of my paintings. It never crossd my mind to just Scan them! Thanks!

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 6 years ago

    Thanks for great advice. I especially liked holding art in your hand to compare size with something to take the guess work out.

  • slaymaker

    slaymaker said 6 years ago

    Thanks - great tips! My 2D work has been lacking the photographic UMPH it deserves. I just gave my 3D works a photo-makeover, and now I feel inspired for a 2D photo makeover!

  • SuzanneUrban

    SuzanneUrban said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips this could help me a lot!

  • jesperwilson

    jesperwilson said 5 years ago

    This was very helpful! Thanks for one of the best posts in the Etsy seller handbook.

  • lacasunitienda

    lacasunitienda said 5 years ago

    Finally I found exactly the report I needed! Great ideas for flat (products) sellers! Thank you Amy!! Thank you Jamie!!

  • Sovae

    Nas Sovaé from TinyAdventureStudio said 4 years ago

    Thank you! I've been wondering how to present my artwork here! definitely very helpful :)

  • Sarahjuanita

    Sarah Juanita from SarahJuanitaCreates said 3 years ago

    Very helpful! thanks for this!

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