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Product Photography for Beginners

Nov 7, 2011

by HeyMichelle

Learning how to take great photos is one of the most important things you can do to improve your Etsy shop. Since prospective customers can’t see or touch your item in person, photos communicate an item’s beauty and important qualities. Beautiful photos will also help your items to be featured both on and off of Etsy.

Luckily, taking great photos is a skill that you can learn! If you look at the early sold items of many sellers with wonderful pictures, you’ll see that they started just where you are now.

In this video workshop — led by successful Etsy shop owner and photographer Jessica Marquez of Miniature Rhino in Brooklyn, NY — we’ll talk shop about different types of cameras and what’s best for you. Jessica covers camera basics to provide more control over the images you create, key elements to improve your photographs for your Etsy shop, and how to solve some common problems with inexpensive, DIY fixes. Download the worksheet and watch the video above to jump start the creative process and get you thinking about creating the best possible images for your Etsy shop.

We hope this video helps you on your photo-improvement journey! Make sure to go slowly while reworking your photos; try re-doing just a few per week. Take a lot of photos of an item as you learn. This helps you to figure out what works and what doesn’t, and it also gives you a lot of photos to choose from. You’ll find that you’ll get better and better as the weeks go by. Once you’re taking gorgeous photos, then go back and re-do the rest of the photos in your shop if necessary.

Be sure to check out our other photography resources and let us know about your progress and any questions that you have in the Etsy Success team!

[Video photo credits: miniaturerhinoCoMod, debbiecarlos, OliveHandmade, LegacyStudio, iheartnorwegianwood, SillyHilliklinker, nativevermont, leahduncan, graphicspaceswood, VieModerneohhhlulu, mbgdesignsninainvorm, TheParlorApothecary]

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About Jessica: “I grew fascinated with images (especially snapshots) and pursued art and photography throughout my booklearnin’ — all the way from sunny Southern California to an MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. Photography is my great love, second only to my love of craft and making. This pairing has brought me great joy in creating my handmade business Miniature Rhino, which I opened in August of 2008 on Etsy. It’s an honor to teach a photography workshop where I get to geek out on my favorite topics!”

1 Featured Comment

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 5 years ago Featured

    Hi everyone! For those asking, Jessica uses the Canon 5D in the video, with a Canon Ultrasonic 28-135 lens with image stabilizer. Hope that helps!

569 comments

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux said 5 years ago

    Good product photography really is a key selling point. I recently improved my photos and it increased my sales dramatically. Still a work in progress, though. Thanks for the article!

  • blissfulbathandbody

    blissfulbathandbody said 5 years ago

    Awesome tips....thanks! :-)

  • mamif

    mamif said 5 years ago

    truth

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 5 years ago

    Yaaay! I need this so bad! Thanks Hey Michelle!

  • pasin

    pasin said 5 years ago

    Wonderful article, thank you so much.

  • circlesareforever

    circlesareforever said 5 years ago

    Great video for new bees.

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 5 years ago

    Awesome hints! I need a better camera to save time taking pictures.

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 5 years ago

    Totally need to watch this, thank you!

  • fiorejewellery

    fiorejewellery said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for all the tips! Taking great item photograhs is always work in progress :)

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 5 years ago

    Great advice!

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt said 5 years ago

    This advice never grows old. I can't tell you how many items I have been unable to use in my regular blog posts because the photographs were not good enough.

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the advice.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 5 years ago

    Thank you! I am finally figuring out my camera after having it for 2 years. For some reason purple does not look the same tone as it actually is. Any tips?

  • materialevidenceshop

    materialevidenceshop said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the video! Taking product shots is one of my favorite parts about having my own shop.

  • SquishyProducts

    SquishyProducts said 5 years ago

    I have the same issue as Amysfunkyfibers and would love to get some tips too, also - what model camera is that in the video?

  • materialevidenceshop

    materialevidenceshop said 5 years ago

    To amysfunkyfibers- each brand of camera can have their own quirks. I shoot with a Nikon DSLR and it doesn't like red colors- it will often not give me the red I see before me. So I often have to fix those shots in a photo correcting program such as Lightroom or Photoshop. You many have to do the same with your photos.

  • ESSANEL

    ESSANEL said 5 years ago

    Great tips...I agree, sometimes experimenting and having fun with different compositions produce the best results!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Great tips! Photographing items is often the hardest part but great photos can really lift your shop too : )

  • ErinAntiques

    ErinAntiques said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips! :)

  • MoodyBags

    MoodyBags said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this, it is always so much more fun to see a video tutorial to get the full effect.

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    Great tips and ideas !! Thank you for sharing :)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Cool! Thank you.

  • oceansidebride

    oceansidebride said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! And perfect timing since I am working on retaking some photos this week to get ready for the holidays!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 5 years ago

    taking good photos never ends. It took me forever to figure out how to get good shots of my aprons. I kept moving and trying different shots. I will saying having a great camera that can handle low light has been great. Also have a tripod. The tripod has cut the number of shots I have to take in half which in turn has saved me a great amount of time in the long run. If you are new to this....keep trying and I say ask questions of other sellers. I have learned all kinda of helpful hints from sellers. happy monday!

  • BUniqueBags

    BUniqueBags said 5 years ago

    LOL! The FP Picture to lead us into this article is AWFUL!! The Photo of the Photographer is dark and not really in focus,nor is the pic of Michelle. I have thrown my Hands in The Air ~ Just this morning trying to Find 16 candy cane themed items to put up in a treasury HA! Awful pics are Everywhere! Geez folks... In the Forums there are always Whiners about Low Viewer Totals and Low Sales ~ ~ Well You Have to Put In The Time with your Photo Pictures To get People into your Shop and SHOP!! Please,Please Fellow Etsians ~ Make it easier on Yourselves and on those Who are Willing To Promote Your Goods ~ Take Great Pictures ! Most FP and the 1st 3 Pages of Top Viewed Treasuries all have 5 things in Common : 1) White clean and pressed,painted or.....Backgrounds 2) Picture clarity is Vital 3) Showing your items without any other things within the picture frame 4)Distance from the pictured item ( need to be framed properly) 5) Lighting To Admin I hope you Change the FP Opener Pic LOL! And Run Articles on the Importance of Great Pics Often Thanks Admin ~ for the video ~ But Practice what you are Suggesting in Your Own Pictures

  • J2Jewelry

    J2Jewelry said 5 years ago

    The only other thing to add is this: TURN OFF THE FLASH!!! :)

  • sweetharvey

    sweetharvey said 5 years ago

    Can always use photography tips here. I should have taken photography in school - never thought I would need it as an illustrator.

  • belleenergie

    belleenergie said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! Very helpful :)

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Taking pictures is so hard for me!

  • lindageez

    lindageez said 5 years ago

    I love photoshop tips! With 5 shots of each item being so time consuming, so I like to get the best shots uploaded from the start! Always interesting in improving! Thanks!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 5 years ago

    Wow, thank you so much!!! I still struggle with my photos and could use more improvement! It is a never ending learning process.

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 5 years ago

    Thanks!

  • HelenesDreams

    HelenesDreams said 5 years ago

    Thank you Hey Michelle! I am thinking of getting a new camera myself and exploring some different backgrounds for a change this upcoming year!

  • PopOColor

    PopOColor said 5 years ago

    Just recently bought a new Sony Cybershot dsch55. I love that fact that it has a color balance adjustment so I can capture the true color of the fabrics I photograph. If you do need to add lighting to your photo setups, use the GE Reveal light bulbs. They are a full spectrum light bulb and will allow you to capture the best color. You can find them at any hardware store.

  • memckeen

    memckeen said 5 years ago

    This is what i'm seeing: Invalid URL The requested URL "/video/31457269?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ffffff", is invalid. Reference #9.746d19b8.1320685494.b0054fe

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 5 years ago

    great tips. photography IS everything! people just need to take more time "playing" with their camera and becoming friends with it!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 5 years ago

    i swear, someimes i wish i could just hire someone! thanks for the tips!

  • fallingforpieces

    fallingforpieces said 5 years ago

    So, almost all these tips would work great with small items, but I'd love to hear advice anyone has on photographing larger items like quilts.

  • ChristinasMagic

    ChristinasMagic said 5 years ago

    Sweet!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 5 years ago

    I agree, one of the hardest things to capture in a photo is close to an accurate color of teal, blues, purples and oranges. I know monitors will register a little different, but just having it close to the correct shade would help. If the color comes up so very different on my computer, I do note that in the description.

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 5 years ago

    Also, what Falling for Pieces says about shots for quilts, I would be interested in knowing about shooting models and clothing, thanks!

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo said 5 years ago

    Excellent video! Thank you!

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo said 5 years ago

    Photography is crucial to getting views. Thanks for the tips!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Nice video, Jessica. Thanks for the reminders.

  • VonlenskaVintage

    VonlenskaVintage said 5 years ago

    oooh what was the song used at the beginning? loved that!

  • joydujour

    joydujour said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for the great tips!

  • epicycledesigns

    epicycledesigns said 5 years ago

    This is wonderful to be reminded of, especially this time of year. I finally feel like, after a year and a half of selling on Etsy, I'm getting the hang of what works and looks good for my products. Thanks for all the information you guys put out!

  • Lauralous

    Lauralous said 5 years ago

    Great video with tips! You really helped me with your simple ideas! Thank you so much!!

  • VictorysGrin

    VictorysGrin said 5 years ago

    Very helpful tips!

  • stacyssundries

    stacyssundries said 5 years ago

    Thank you! <3

  • MollysMuses

    MollysMuses said 5 years ago

    FABULOUS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • PeachyChicBoutique

    PeachyChicBoutique said 5 years ago

    Lovely tips & helpful...however a 'point & shoot' camera was pictured & obviously not the camera used for the photos...so sort of a disconnect there.

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 5 years ago

    Taking product photos can be as much fun as making the items. I love it!

  • Uniqu3Jewels

    Uniqu3Jewels said 5 years ago

    Really helpful video...nice to have a checklist so you can take pictures that shows work in good light.

  • tolduso

    tolduso said 5 years ago

    thanks for this...love the video and great ideas...I so need help with my pics..lol

  • Charlieandthefox

    Charlieandthefox said 5 years ago

    Great tips, I'll work on this.

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 5 years ago

    Very helpful post. Thank you!

  • wooxwoo

    wooxwoo said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing :)

  • jinny888

    jinny888 said 5 years ago

    thank you for sharing very helpful

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I struggle with my own photography of products. Lighting, background, colors, etc. I found out that jewelry is the hardest thing to photograph....sure is!

  • sweetmellyjane

    sweetmellyjane said 5 years ago

    This is really great information. Thank you!

  • RebelsandPebbles

    RebelsandPebbles said 5 years ago

    It's the one thing that has kept me from putting any items in my shop yet. So scared I won't do my merchandise justice with the pictures I take. Also hard because it is mostly kids clothes and don't have much access to kids to photograph them in. This helped, thank you.

  • designsbytaylor2u

    designsbytaylor2u said 5 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks!

  • dododiy

    dododiy said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • myAvonlea

    myAvonlea said 5 years ago

    This was awesome. I love the before pics and afters.

  • klinker

    klinker said 5 years ago

    thanks for the post an the tips!

  • SpicyBijoux

    SpicyBijoux said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Photography is definitely a challenge.

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 5 years ago Featured

    Hi everyone! For those asking, Jessica uses the Canon 5D in the video, with a Canon Ultrasonic 28-135 lens with image stabilizer. Hope that helps!

  • yinsteadofi

    yinsteadofi said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for the hints!!

  • kwassmer

    kwassmer said 5 years ago

    Thanks for this!

  • thevintageattic10

    thevintageattic10 said 5 years ago

    Wonderful Video and post ! Yes the biggest challenge for me is don't be afraid to experiment you never Know the gem your uncover for me to show my wonderful piece's to the world ! Thank you !>>>

  • LilyThings

    LilyThings said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, I love the natural light tip!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much! There's always room for improvement. :)

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 5 years ago

    Good pictures are THE most important thing to selling online. Thanks for the great tips.

  • TarasArtHouse

    TarasArtHouse said 5 years ago

    great article!

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 5 years ago

    Great video!

  • catiques

    catiques said 5 years ago

    Great , no super great article.I agree with seller TURN OFF Flash. Turn on Macro and great tip on Natural Light. Thanks for sharing info.

  • skateboardfe

    skateboardfe said 5 years ago

    Awesome tips!

  • jelijulie

    jelijulie said 5 years ago

    great tips!

  • Bmbyx

    Bmbyx said 5 years ago

    :o)

  • bootki

    bootki said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips, I'm rolling up my sleeves now, and off to work!

  • pezzazz

    pezzazz said 5 years ago

    Always a work in progress...thanks for the tips!

  • HeyMichelle

    HeyMichelle said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful comments, everyone! For those looking for ideas for quilt photography (or any type of item), here's what I do: Try searching for what you sell on Etsy. What kind of photos grab your attention and make you want to click? That is a great way to get ideas about what works!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 5 years ago

    Constantly working on improving my photography - my biggest challenge!!! Thanks for posting this!

  • zobiehead

    zobiehead said 5 years ago

    GREAT tutorial! Your helpful hints have inspired me to open my own Etsy shop, REALLY! Thank you SO much for sharing!

  • madebymellymoo

    madebymellymoo said 5 years ago

    Great tips, thanks!

  • go2girl

    go2girl said 5 years ago

    Thank you! I'm always trying new suggestions to get the best images using my little Canon Powershot.

  • msbibliotecaria

    msbibliotecaria said 5 years ago

    Wonderful tips!! I do agree you don't have to have a great camera, but it does help. Also, staging is fun and helpful and more than anything, experimenting with different angles and backgrounds is also crucial. I learned a lot and I hope I can use these tips to improve too. Thanks!!

  • CollectableSpectacle

    CollectableSpectacle said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!!

  • MagnoliaHandspun

    MagnoliaHandspun said 5 years ago

    You learn something new every day! Thanks for this great video- great tips. And thank you so much for including Magnolia.

  • earthlycreature

    earthlycreature said 5 years ago

    Great tips, Thanks:)

  • MagicSunday

    MagicSunday said 5 years ago

    Thank you. Good hints. I try to do the same.

  • loveshappyhour

    loveshappyhour said 5 years ago

    Thank you!! I really need to take better pictures, this was very helpful!

  • chasingclouds

    chasingclouds said 5 years ago

    Great video! Thanks - lucky enough to have had a few good photos make it to the front page! It takes a lot of trial and error :)

  • cuteandcreepy

    cuteandcreepy said 5 years ago

    Great tips and thanks for sharing!!

  • aniO

    aniO said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Thank U

  • ForeverYoursTruly

    ForeverYoursTruly said 5 years ago

    Awesome tips! I'm going to try some new pics for my shop.

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 5 years ago

    Revisiting our pictures is always a great idea....updated looks help keep it all relevant.

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for posting this!

  • forrestinavintage

    forrestinavintage said 5 years ago

    Not suggested [in the video] but very important: :: Do not use the flash - can't say it enough! :: Get out of AUTO mode and make friends with manual settings :: Understand what ISO, white balance and aperture are and use them :: Invest in some clamp lights (got both mine at yard sale for $3 total) :: Keep your background consistent to brand the look/feel of your shop :: Learn to use the macro mode and create depth of field The video is pleasant - newbies will surely appreciate it!

  • theartfulbadger

    theartfulbadger said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. It is a constant struggle, isn't it? Just when you start to like the photos you're taking you realise all the listings you have need to be updated with new photos! :)

  • earringsnation

    earringsnation said 5 years ago

    Just want to know the camera used in this video... :) Photos look so nice... :)

  • daphnatal

    daphnatal said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! If anyone have more tips - please share :) Thank you all & great November!!

  • GoldhawkPotteryEtc

    GoldhawkPotteryEtc said 5 years ago

    I'm always looking for new tips, and I especially appreciate this as a video. Photography is so visual so its helpful to see multiple examples. I keep trying...

  • AukinasGoddess

    AukinasGoddess said 5 years ago

    love it.

  • Cutefairybear

    Cutefairybear said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the advice

  • BusyLizzyBoutique

    BusyLizzyBoutique said 5 years ago

    This was a fabulous video, with great tips. I feel I'm ready for the next steps to improving my photography in my shop! Now, if I could just recruit some models for the wearables...!!

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 5 years ago

    Absolutely key! Thanks for posting all the great, basic tips :)

  • rhealeanne

    rhealeanne said 5 years ago

    Really well done and useful video. Thanks so much!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 5 years ago

    nice video... thank you!

  • tinygiraffeshop

    tinygiraffeshop said 5 years ago

    Wonderful! Always appreciated!

  • CraftyStitches

    CraftyStitches said 5 years ago

    fabulous tips. tx :)

  • grammijforeveryoung

    grammijforeveryoung said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the video on great photos...I am working on mine!

  • grammijforeveryoung

    grammijforeveryoung said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips...I am working on better photos!

  • AdornMeJewelry

    AdornMeJewelry said 5 years ago

    I think that's a good beginner's video, but one point. She says you don't need an expensive camera, but look at that puppy she's using. I have to say that my photos, until I bought my Canon G9 a couple of years ago, were crap. Didn't matter how I staged or lit my jewelry, it wasn't until I bought a good camera with a great macro lens that my photos were worth looking at. In my opinion, it all starts with the camera, because you can do everyting else to make your photos look good, but they never really will if you're using a cheapie.

  • ThinkingHands77

    ThinkingHands77 said 5 years ago

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  • VintageAndVictorian

    VintageAndVictorian said 5 years ago

    It may have been worthwhile to watch, if I could have understood a word she said (and there's no problem with my computer's audio nor my hearing).

  • VintageAndVictorian

    VintageAndVictorian said 5 years ago

    forrestinavintage says: Not suggested [in the video] but very important: :: Do not use the flash - can't say it enough! :: Get out of AUTO mode and make friends with manual settings :: Understand what ISO, white balance and aperture are and use them :: Invest in some clamp lights (got both mine at yard sale for $3 total) :: Keep your background consistent to brand the look/feel of your shop :: Learn to use the macro mode and create depth of field The video is pleasant - newbies will surely appreciate it! ________ Although I did not listen to/watch the entire video, because I could not understand what she said, I do agree this poster's advice.

  • marykerran

    marykerran said 5 years ago

    Photography is a never ending learning experience for me. I learn something new nearly every week. Thanks.

  • SilverDragon

    SilverDragon said 5 years ago

    Where is the video? All I see is a big blank area at the top where I suspect the video is supposed to be. I am using the latest version of Opera. Thank you!

  • CinLynnBoutique

    CinLynnBoutique said 5 years ago

    Thank you!! This is very helpful. Photography is the hardest part for me.!!

  • MalindasBeadDesigns

    MalindasBeadDesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you. This info was helpful. I don't have a big camera with detachable lenses, but I will try different angles, etc. Thanks again, Malinda

  • MrsPetersonPottery

    MrsPetersonPottery said 5 years ago

    Inspires me to re-do my whole shop... and take more photos... and upload more things!! XOXO

  • eileenheneghan

    eileenheneghan said 5 years ago

    Such great tips, thanks for this. I feel like I am in constant struggle with my photos.

  • vintagetotdesigns

    vintagetotdesigns said 5 years ago

    beautiful work and helpful hints, thnx!

  • upperroad

    upperroad said 5 years ago

    Good info. I love the visual examples, it gives me great ideas and I am finding photo props I never would have thought about using around my house. Thanks!

  • wildwomanbeads

    wildwomanbeads said 5 years ago

    Here's what I did. I hired a professional photographer for the first shots of my jewelry. He offered me a special deal if I would assist in the set-up of my products and give him feedback on the quality of his shots. We found we worked together efficiently and quickly, and it actually made what was (for me alone) an ordeal into something really fun. Besides, the expense is tax deductible. I learned while he shot, and before long, we were a team, and all my products were looking very good. Please go to my shop for a look at what e were able to accomplish together: http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildwomanbeads?ref=pr_shop_more. I can't emphasize "fun" enough! And what would have taken me days to prepare, set up, shoot, and take down for the next prep, set up and shoot, took us just hours to get through all my pieces. This is NOT an alternative to learning how to take good shots. I'm learning that from Mike. But it's one way to get good photos of your lovely products onto Etsy WHILE you're learning. a maybe one-time expense that is well worth the shot in the arm (pun intended) for your shop. One more thing: Find a few great props. I've had so many people ask to buy the little Japanese teapot I use for many of my shots! And now that Mike's done this a few times, I'm sure he'd be willing to consult with Etsy on developing good tips for great shots. Best luck to all, Meredith Wild Woman Beads on Etsy www.wildwomanbeads.com

  • ShotHouseStudios

    ShotHouseStudios said 5 years ago

    I can't seem to open the video for some reason?

  • MrsCraftyRVing

    MrsCraftyRVing said 5 years ago

    I can't get video to open - help I need this lesson BAD!!

  • hannahblackceramics

    hannahblackceramics said 5 years ago

    Very TRUE! Pictures are the only thing buyers have to go on. Thank you for this post!

  • DoubleBarA

    DoubleBarA said 5 years ago

    No matter what I do, the vid does not run. I've tried several of my tricks-n-tips but still no luck. Is there a direct link somewhere that bypasses clicking on the arrow?

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 5 years ago

    Everybody get chrome if you cannot see the video, it might be your browser. Great tips, what kind of fancy shmancy camera was that? I guess my light is not great, and I have been using auto because everything is too dark using Manual. Except that auto makes things that look great in the camera look too dark on the computer. go figure. thanks for a great video.

  • SparkBoxStudio

    SparkBoxStudio said 5 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing. Hoping to get some more images of my work in context. I have been feeling like something is lacking and I totally think this is it.

  • seastudio

    seastudio said 5 years ago

    Nice video with clear tips. Thanks...

  • ZestySoup

    ZestySoup said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. I was just commenting on my need to take better pix. I'll keep experimenting.

  • orkideavioleta

    orkideavioleta said 5 years ago

    Great tips!! Thank you so much! I'm curious, what is the photo editing software used in the video, in the part she's editing the pictures?

  • orkideavioleta

    orkideavioleta said 5 years ago

    For the people having problems to see the video, try opening the page in Google Chrome, it usually works for me.

  • Eternalelfcreations

    Eternalelfcreations said 5 years ago

    lovely video, makes me want to go find an old piece of well loved (worn down) wood for backdrops <3 Thank you for making the video ^_^

  • DuettaDesigns

    DuettaDesigns said 5 years ago

    Where's the article, nothing shows up for me except one paragraph saying to redo 2 listings at max a month. The video doesn't play at all it just sits there. This was NOOOOOOO help at all.

  • Oceanpeg

    Oceanpeg said 5 years ago

    Experimenting is the key. Trying different things to make the photos sharp and stand out seems to be the key. If you use a flash because of poor lighting in the room, don't be on top of the item you're photographing. Be a distance away and zoom in. Also back-light the item with a table lamp or the like to get rid of shadows and the like. Experiment with moving the lamp to different spots for different effects. If possible, don't put the item up against the wall. Back drops like a colored bath towel comes in handy, too. Even a solid colored shower curtain works sometimes. Check out your local high school for adult photo evening courses where you'll learn more about your camera and taking better photos. One great photo course is New York Institute of Photography's "Eye of the Photographer." Adobe PhotoShop is a great digital photo program for manipulating photos on the computer. Its pretty much like a digital darkroom.

  • AstoriaLane

    AstoriaLane said 5 years ago

    Thank you for posting this. I have been really working on my photos. I think I'm getting there but as always there is always room for improvement.

  • AnnaBelleArts

    AnnaBelleArts said 5 years ago

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  • freestylecalligraphy

    freestylecalligraphy said 5 years ago

    You caught me at the right time! I am just about to shoot some images, and this may have saved me some serious frustration. Thanks!!

  • AnthroPhilanthropy

    AnthroPhilanthropy said 5 years ago

    Thank you for this great tutorial. My photos were suffering! :)

  • linguine

    linguine said 5 years ago

    Nice, thanks!!

  • jesslope

    jesslope said 5 years ago

    i'm waiting for the natural light. mr.sun...

  • AromasElements

    AromasElements said 5 years ago

    Well done! thanks

  • MattiOnline

    MattiOnline said 5 years ago

    Great little video! Thanks for sharing!

  • catcontrare

    catcontrare said 5 years ago

    thanks for the tips...I started photographing models, a whole new can of worms! You have to pay attention to their hair, makeup, lighting, how the clothes look, if they move, then things move and you are constantly re-adjusting, but it's worth it because I love fashion and clothing needs to be on a model to get the best effect!

  • gritsglitz

    gritsglitz said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial! Hope I had see this earlier then it took me much shorter time to find out the truth! lol! I've been selling online for more than 2 years now and get the similar conclusions. My problem now is, similar to some other sellers just mentioned, about the integrity of color be shown on the monitor. I'm using 2 monitors at home and they already show the differences...

  • julsofparadise

    julsofparadise said 5 years ago

    Thanks for this video! It reminds me I need to learn how to use my new camera and improve my pic taking skills. I used to say 'Im not a photog, my gig is in shells'. But I know I can do better! THX!

  • DISTINCTSIGNS

    DISTINCTSIGNS said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this information....I really struggle in this area....

  • BeauWylie

    BeauWylie said 5 years ago

    Very helpful, thanks!

  • EmmalineBailey

    EmmalineBailey said 5 years ago

    Great video! I just recently redid all my images for my shop. Now I know these hints for when I do my new listings :-)

  • JewelryDesignsForYou

    JewelryDesignsForYou said 5 years ago

    Great video and tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • ahmusing

    ahmusing said 5 years ago

    Great video! Thanks a ton! I am really trying to make my shop look the way I dream of it appearing to customers!

  • ahmusing

    ahmusing said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for the video! I am really trying to make my shop look clean and fresh for customers!

  • exodesign

    exodesign said 5 years ago

    Great video and I agree with tips. I notice ppl are asking about model of camera, but can someone tell me the model of the video camera used to shoot this video? So clear and in focus. Please let me know! Thanks :)

  • SiameseTwists

    SiameseTwists said 5 years ago

    Thanks! Great info.Plan to retake alot of mine a few at a time.

  • BlossomHill

    BlossomHill said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! Now I just need to put them into practice :) I should probably move away from a blue background I have been using and start to use more white. Thanks for sharing this great video.

  • ethnicdesign

    ethnicdesign said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for all the tips! A BIG Hug for you :D

  • oktak

    oktak said 5 years ago

    We should have a "Worst First Sold Item Photo Contest" on Etsy. We had an unofficial one on twitter, and it was hilarious to see big sellers' 1st sold item photos. They were all pretty BAD. But this means that we can all learn to take better photos :) (My 1st sale photo sucked too - still learning!)

  • estateoftheart

    estateoftheart said 5 years ago

    Very well done. Thank you for sharing your time and tips.

  • RuchkiKruchkI

    RuchkiKruchkI said 5 years ago

    Thank you very much, Michell! So useful!

  • LynnsLinens

    LynnsLinens said 5 years ago

    love it! thanks for the great tips!

  • JansJewelryOrganizer

    JansJewelryOrganizer said 5 years ago

    My photos improved a lot when I started using a tripod. And even with a tripod, I use the camera's self-timer (2 second setting) so I don't get any shaking from pressing the button. The photos are much clearer even when you zoom in to see detail. Read up on your camera's white balance or auto white balance (AWB) controls if you're having trouble getting the correct subtle colors. Overall, though, I am very impressed by most of the photos I see on Etsy!

  • micahellen

    micahellen said 5 years ago

    I still need help in this area! thanks for the tips!

  • LushWreathWorks

    LushWreathWorks said 5 years ago

    Thanks very much for the helpful tips!

  • 4oldtimesandnew

    4oldtimesandnew said 5 years ago

    Thanks for such practical and useful info! Have been trying to improve my photos and every bit of info helps.

  • BrightRoseCreations

    BrightRoseCreations said 5 years ago

    The hardest part for me is staging... getting the items in context.

  • modestanytime

    modestanytime said 5 years ago

    I work in a finished basement, and natural light is hard to come by. I find that taking photos without the flash does not bring out the details of the objects I'm taking. Flash helps me out. Please take a look at my items for sale, and let me know how to improve my pics! Thanks.

  • tiffanymcavoy

    tiffanymcavoy said 5 years ago

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  • AnniesAttic

    AnniesAttic said 5 years ago

    Thanks for all the helpful hints..pictures of my aprons get better and better!

  • ElCheapovintage

    ElCheapovintage said 5 years ago

    Wonderful tips! I love learning different ways to improve my photos. These mini tutorials are much appreciated!

  • yimmekedesign

    yimmekedesign said 5 years ago

    Wonderful tips in such a short time, wow. I once made a picture of me holding my handmade clutch. The clutch looked AWESOME and I right away posted the picture in my shop....until my sister called and told me about the humongous grease spot I had on my shirt...whoops !

  • allachieve

    allachieve said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the advice.

  • oldtimethreads

    oldtimethreads said 5 years ago

    Great tips! I will put them into use. Thanks!

  • Liduvina

    Liduvina said 5 years ago

    Great tips! thank you very much!

  • Tabithas34

    Tabithas34 said 5 years ago

    anyone else not able to watch the video?

  • TinyBitsandPieces

    TinyBitsandPieces said 5 years ago

    great video. I, too, lack a decent macro camera, and editing software. I know a good photo helps sell the product, plus it is fun to find backgrounds that complement the textures in your product. Maybe a new camera will be on my Christmas list!

  • Quilties

    Quilties said 5 years ago

    Great video, very pleasant to watch, many beautiful photos to inspire and tips we can really remember! Thank you!

  • HiddenMeadows

    HiddenMeadows said 5 years ago

    Great video! I cannot wait to find some textured backgrounds! :)

  • zatanah

    zatanah said 5 years ago

    Great video and tips.

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for the advise. I just got a new camera and have been having a blast playing with it!.

  • MeerkatArt

    MeerkatArt said 5 years ago

    Nicely put together. Thanks.

  • jessicakertel1

    jessicakertel1 said 5 years ago

    Thank you!!! Great tips!!!

  • HeartsAndStones

    HeartsAndStones said 5 years ago

    Thank you! So inspiring.

  • FlowerThyme

    FlowerThyme said 5 years ago

    Very cool! Thanks so much for sharing. My photos totally changed when I learned how to properly edit -- Picasa is an irreplaceable tool for me :) I love the idea of helping people see the items in their own homes. It seems so obvious and I have some work to do.

  • NeverSayNeverAgain

    NeverSayNeverAgain said 5 years ago

    Those are some amazing, and simple tips for better photos and composition! You don't need an uber-expensive camera to achieve many of these techniques. I shoot all of my work with an iPhone, and I regularly receive compliments on my quality shots.

  • IslandPendants

    IslandPendants said 5 years ago

    Thank you! I loved the tip about showing the product in a space that lets you see the size.

  • ThePottersBarn

    ThePottersBarn said 5 years ago

    Excellent information. I am having a problem with glare on potter items. Any suggestions?

  • LimBoVintage

    LimBoVintage said 5 years ago

    very helpful. trying various angles helps and i always prefer to work with natural light. thanks for the tips.

  • shawnlacydesigns

    shawnlacydesigns said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the info. Photos are a very challenging process for me , my shop pics are terrible!!! But practice makes perfect right!

  • sentimentalstones

    sentimentalstones said 5 years ago

    I never thought I would learn so much about photography until after I joined Etsy. Learning to photograph my products eventually gave me the confidence to photograph other things around me and now I have even enjoyed taking pictures of my family. Just finished my son's senior photo for his yearbook and it turned out better than I imagined it would. And yes, my products looked terrible in the beginning...so different from today's pics!

  • josiekitty

    josiekitty said 5 years ago

    Really great tips, thanks so much for sharing!

  • swankness

    swankness said 5 years ago

    Thank you!!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 5 years ago

    Great video! Jessica, thanks for taking time to make the video. Michelle, thanks for sharing it here.

  • Desireesbeadboutique

    Desireesbeadboutique said 5 years ago

    Good tips. Thank you!

  • BOBBYPINQUEEN

    BOBBYPINQUEEN said 5 years ago

    Very useful tips. Thanks!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 5 years ago

    Great video, thanks!

  • SirensGrotto

    SirensGrotto said 5 years ago

    Awesome video! All very true, helpful, useful info!

  • JustForGiggles

    JustForGiggles said 5 years ago

    Very, very cool! I think I might take my goods right on outside and play around a little :~) Thank you!

  • SultanasCrochet

    SultanasCrochet said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice. I'm definitely going to start re-working my photos!

  • ardens

    ardens said 5 years ago

    I would love to know what photo editing software she is using...thanks in advance.

  • TheWholeArtist

    TheWholeArtist said 5 years ago

    I"m getting no video. It says there is one but it doesn't play.

  • bijubrill

    bijubrill said 5 years ago

    One of the best tutorials ever!! Thank you very very much!

  • dancingintherains

    dancingintherains said 5 years ago

    Thank you very much!! This is really helpful :D

  • Littlehillwoolworks

    Littlehillwoolworks said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much, very helpful!

  • littlehamptons

    littlehamptons said 5 years ago

    Thank you for your helpful advice!

  • enchiladamama

    enchiladamama said 5 years ago

    Back to the drawing board for me. I'd convinced myself that I had no talent as a photographer & had resorted to a professional for my photos......but maybe, just maybe there's hope for me. I'm willing to give it another go after watching this video. Thanks for the boost.

  • SirliMosaic

    SirliMosaic said 5 years ago

    Thank you very much! Very useful information for me .)

  • TheHourglassStudio

    TheHourglassStudio said 5 years ago

    Very nice helpful article, thank you for the great job.

  • Chopard

    Chopard said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the advice! Very useful information!

  • FacciaFelice

    FacciaFelice said 5 years ago

    Awesome tips! Inspiring!

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the useful tips!

  • Niridia

    Niridia said 5 years ago

    Great tips; hadn't even considered some of the concepts detailed in the video! Thanks for the great info!

  • EulaliaBriz

    EulaliaBriz said 5 years ago

    awesome photos! Thanks

  • BeljaysFeltnArt

    BeljaysFeltnArt said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. I am still learning.

  • sissysparrows

    sissysparrows said 5 years ago

    Great video... thanks for sharing!

  • efratjewelry

    efratjewelry said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the video and great tips:)

  • PavlovaandFox

    PavlovaandFox said 5 years ago

    More great tips for new starters. Thank you!

  • irisbiran

    irisbiran said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the useful tips. The photos come out so beautiful!

  • TwistedSilverDesign

    TwistedSilverDesign said 5 years ago

    Thank you. Your tips will be in great help. I just brought a new camera to improve my pictures. :)

  • TokulVintage

    TokulVintage said 5 years ago

    putting the item into context - great tip Thank you!

  • Oggi

    Oggi said 5 years ago

    Great article, very useful hints, thank you!

  • LaIndustriaDeMayka

    LaIndustriaDeMayka said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips, very useful video.

  • BeauBazaar

    BeauBazaar said 5 years ago

    Great vid, off to do now!

  • dekoprojects

    dekoprojects said 5 years ago

    It's quite helpful, but I think I know the most important rules. The problem is to find the place with the best natural light. Most rooms in my house are painted in different colors, so they reflect this colors on my photos. It's quite irritating.

  • berthabrightmarke

    berthabrightmarke said 5 years ago

    @ HeyMichelle, Nice, short and informative article.

  • amber4you

    amber4you said 5 years ago

    Thank you for this information! Really informative and useful.

  • SecondHome

    SecondHome said 5 years ago

    Great advice, thank you! I'll be sure to try some of the tips.

  • Rolyzcreations

    Rolyzcreations said 5 years ago

    great tips for beginners (and not so beginners) :)

  • 2SmartCats

    2SmartCats said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Nice to know you don't always need the most expensive camera :-)

  • LittleJoobieBoo

    LittleJoobieBoo said 5 years ago

    I'm always trying to improve my photos - you make it look so easy :)

  • blondiesteff

    blondiesteff said 5 years ago

    very very interesting and really helpfull!!! Thank you so much.

  • Laviniasmuse

    Laviniasmuse said 5 years ago

    Great little starter video but I agree that the camera makes all the difference and the lens!!

  • maramao

    maramao said 5 years ago

    Great video and great tips - I really need them : ) thanks a lot!

  • Patagoniahandmade

    Patagoniahandmade said 5 years ago

    Thanks!!!!!!

  • ambernurture

    ambernurture said 5 years ago

    this little movie gets a gold star from me, very simple and clear, thanks x

  • beadsofaquarius

    beadsofaquarius said 5 years ago

    Thank you! Wonderful and very helpfull tips! ;)

  • Kiramic

    Kiramic said 5 years ago

    That was sooo helpful!! Thank You!

  • YankeeDaughter

    YankeeDaughter said 5 years ago

    I have been progressively getting better at shooting pix. My inspiration...other Etsy sellers. They may choose an odd angle or texture shot to enhance an item and I have found for some of my items this is the best way to represent them.

  • LoopsbyAnnie

    LoopsbyAnnie said 5 years ago

    Great photo tips. Thanks for sharing.

  • Christine627

    Christine627 said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much. Photographing my work has always been scary to me & thought about hiring a pro but you have given me confidence!

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid said 5 years ago

    I love this class about how to create nice images, I surely do <3

  • johndepatie

    johndepatie said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the advice.

  • BeadDivasFlorida

    BeadDivasFlorida said 5 years ago

    Helpful hints for the most time consuming part of the job!

  • katieduran

    katieduran said 5 years ago

    This is a great little video. Since I'm just getting started out, I can use all the advice I can get. I will agree with others here though that I find a tripod absolutely necessary. This is mostly due to having to shoot in low, artificial light conditions. I wish I had all those great things lying around to add as props and backgrounds, it helps create such a beautiful scene. Thanks for the advice!

  • riverrattile

    riverrattile said 5 years ago

    Good advice. I can see that I need to re-think my photo taking.

  • VernasVault

    VernasVault said 5 years ago

    Just what the doctor ordered. I've been having problems with my lighting. I used natural light but at the wrong time, wrong place so that the sun really washed out my shots. This is was really helpful. Thanks so much

  • dboatrightoriginals

    dboatrightoriginals said 5 years ago

    Great video, one of the tips is something that I have to start doing . Put my paintings in context with something. I really appreciate the little extra tips that make your shop sing.

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver said 5 years ago

    A very well done video - thank you! I sometimes think I spend as much time with the camera as I do sketching or weaving. Always a work in progress!

  • Pandanimal

    Pandanimal said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. I guess I just need to play a lot more with my camera and see what I come up with.

  • gailsgreatergoods

    gailsgreatergoods said 5 years ago

    Thank you fr the tis, I loved it... Keep them coming they inspire us all.

  • ricketyrocketboy

    ricketyrocketboy said 5 years ago

    These are really great tips BUT what if you don't have live models to show off you wares???

  • MayThailand

    MayThailand said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much, this is very useful video tips!!! I was looking for this!!!

  • Moers

    Moers said 5 years ago

    Thanx for the helpfull tips. My foto's do need to look better! Nice and clear video!

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips...working with pottery is a challenge, but little by little my photos are getting better.

  • LifeisBalance

    LifeisBalance said 5 years ago

    Great tips. I just started making necklaces and I took them out to a local park to find some great natural light and interesting textures to shoot against.

  • tcarmo

    tcarmo said 5 years ago

    Great!!!!thank you a lot ;))

  • TheWeeTawnyOwl

    TheWeeTawnyOwl said 5 years ago

    This video will not play for me at all !!!! frustrated :-(

  • cuddlebugkids

    cuddlebugkids said 5 years ago

    I can't seem to get the video to play either...

  • good4you

    good4you said 5 years ago

    yay thank you!

  • cuddlebugkids

    cuddlebugkids said 5 years ago

    FYI all...I just got the video to work by going to the Seller Handbook link right under the photo.

  • cuddlebugkids

    cuddlebugkids said 5 years ago

    PS...great video! Thanks so much!

  • ressac

    ressac said 5 years ago

    This is good. Loved your tips! Thanks...

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 5 years ago

    Thanks Jessica!! I'm always looking to improve my photos. I got a new Camera and I'm having to start all over again learning it, but I think it will be worth it! Thanks Again! Tammy

  • CopperNThreads

    CopperNThreads said 5 years ago

    Thank you, Thank you! Great tips and really helpful to see them in action.

  • PoePoePurses

    PoePoePurses said 5 years ago

    Just starting my business and this video will be a big help. Thank you.

  • TwinMountainPottery

    TwinMountainPottery said 5 years ago

    Good tips

  • aktina

    aktina said 5 years ago

    Thanks a lot!Just what I was looking for :)

  • vampofvintage

    vampofvintage said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!! A picture is 1000 words!

  • blanchesplace

    blanchesplace said 5 years ago

    Another excellent post.

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    can't stress this enough! photos can make all the difference! thanks for sharing yet another great post!

  • beachmix

    beachmix said 5 years ago

    Covered all the bases. I can't get a good macro shot without a tripod. Try a beanbag with your camera on a stand. I also can't find a good indoor spot so I shoot outside in the shade next to the fence so I can put push pins into it for hanging a back drop, or inside the garage with the door open. I disagree about the quality of the camera. You won't get the short depth of field like the jewelry people use with a cheaper camera. Know your camera's range limit (don't get closer to your subject than the manufacturer recommends).

  • KimmieBethDesigns

    KimmieBethDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great Video - Thank You! Just curious - what kind of lens is on your camera. I just bought a new DSLR and I am looking for a better lens than the one that it came with..suggestions are welcome!.

  • ionesAttic

    ionesAttic said 5 years ago

    great video...especially helpful is the advice to experiment with several angles. Lots of natural light a necessity! Luckily I have a two story window with some white sheers that work perfectly for table top items. I use a large piece of white foam board to bounce back light in from the right when needed.

  • PearlAmourJewels

    PearlAmourJewels said 5 years ago

    Great post. Love the video tutorials.

  • AsiaQueen

    AsiaQueen said 5 years ago

    The photo is the first way to translat the product image. I think I still have a lot of works to make my store better. How to catch up customers eyes is the big project. Keep going!

  • JeezumCrowVintage

    JeezumCrowVintage said 5 years ago

    Very nice little video, and quite helpful. Thanks, guys! :o)

  • scotthuckphoto

    scotthuckphoto said 5 years ago

    I think that this was a good tutorial up until 2:26 when she said "you might not be a photo pro overnight ..." enchiladamama says: "resorted to a professional for my photos......" there is nothing wrong with using a professional, let them do what they are good at & you do what they are good at. Consider bartering with a photographer for goods & services. Most (professional) photographers have good equipment & tools that most people do not have. Remember, owning a DSLR camera does make you a professional photographer, it just makes you a camera owner.

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 5 years ago

    This is a fantastic photography tutorial! It's simple to understand, yet full of essential advice. I have been practicing many of these techniques, but I still found some simple things that I can work on in my product photography. Thank you so much! I will be implementing these tips ASAP.

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 5 years ago

    I'm going to have to disagree with you scotthuckphoto. I think many artists have a predisposition to be great photographers, as they already have certain skills that are transferable from one art form to another, like a feel for color placement, spacing, and overall composition. Continued learning can only help an artist become better at whatever they choose to do. Choosing a professional photographer is certainly a personal business decision, but to say that it is the only right one is unfair.

  • Justlena

    Justlena said 5 years ago

    Great tips!!!Thank you so much!

  • pukkaijudit

    pukkaijudit said 5 years ago

    very good video, thank you! :-)

  • jhollywooddesigns

    jhollywooddesigns said 5 years ago

    Great video - it was so helpful! :)

  • lizajgo

    lizajgo said 5 years ago

    Turning off the flash...the 1st thing i learn how to do with a new camera. With that said, using natural light, shoot around "long-shadow" time. An hour or so, after sunrise & before sunset And having a few favorite backdrops, can simplify things...I'm a longway's from mastering my camera, but like most things, with PRACTICE...it gets easier.

  • RatgirlProductions

    RatgirlProductions said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for this article and video. Being a character illustrator, a huge bulk of my work is visual art prints and originals. You have given me some ideas on how to really make my items stand out more! :)

  • GlassDanceBeads

    GlassDanceBeads said 5 years ago

    if i could just have that camera.......

  • DeuxPetitesSouris

    DeuxPetitesSouris said 5 years ago

    thanks for the tips!! a great refresher course on taking great shots!

  • JTBoys

    JTBoys said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much! Very helpful tips.

  • mosaichick

    mosaichick said 5 years ago

    Helpful and cute video. Thanks.

  • bloei

    bloei said 5 years ago

    Very helpful! I definitely have a go at resizing/cropping! Thanks :)

  • OnPrimroseLane

    OnPrimroseLane said 5 years ago

    Michelle Thank you so much for your video. We can never receive too much information about photography.! Alisa and Judy ps We love your studio

  • lvroturquoise

    lvroturquoise said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the helpful tips! I will try some of your ideas for my next round of jewelry pics!

  • DuettaDesigns

    DuettaDesigns said 5 years ago

    OK finally able to watch the video. It gave me a great idea for my blog, I'm off to take some photos and write a new blog. Thanks

  • FleurDeSoleil

    FleurDeSoleil said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the helpful hints

  • deLoop

    deLoop said 5 years ago

    oo la la Im wondering what kind of camera and editing system that is Michelle is using?

  • bluepeninsula

    bluepeninsula said 5 years ago

    Really nice video! Well done.

  • smartclothes

    smartclothes said 5 years ago

    thanks for the great tips :-) any tips for fashion items? keep on the creativity going on... Revital

  • Fiberfigments

    Fiberfigments said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. They are always a help.

  • FISHeFISH

    FISHeFISH said 5 years ago

    thank you!

  • IndieKulture

    IndieKulture said 5 years ago

    Thank you, tips were very helpful.

  • CitySistersShop

    CitySistersShop said 5 years ago

    Very helpful video. Thanks!

  • wildwomanbeads

    wildwomanbeads said 5 years ago

    I'm a lifelong amateur photographer. I know my way around my camera and have (and use) a tripod. I have a great little Canon digital that takes wonderful outdoor shots. But none of this gets me the quality I want in photos for my jewelry items, especially if I'm looking for great close ups. I can't emphasize enough what Scott Huck says (way above): Consider a professional photographer. What I can accomplish in three hours with a professional is more than I can do in three days by myself. Mine will take some jewelry in trade, and we also barter help to each other's marketing strategies, which keeps the costs down. Remember: if this is a business on which you claim income, the cost of a photographer is a legitimate deduction for doing busniess. Personally, I would rather put my time into making high quality jewelry and let the photographer do what he does so very well. I totally agree with the suggestion to pick a few attractive photo props and work with them to give your shop a consistent look. Good luck, everyone! Come by my shop if you're interested in the quality of the photos! Meredith Wild Woman Beads

  • papertique

    papertique said 5 years ago

    Great tips, Thanks!

  • SmartGalDesigns

    SmartGalDesigns said 5 years ago

    Thanks, I needed that!

  • ChrisCollections

    ChrisCollections said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great video and tips. I do admire the photography of many Etsy sellers and get inspired by your creative displays.

  • LWJewelryCreations

    LWJewelryCreations said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the video. I'm always looking for ways to improve my shots. Shooting jewelry is definitely a challenge, and always need ideas for backdrops! Ditto on the suggestion to reshoot the older pics, as I can see already how much I've learned since starting on Etsy. BTW: if you can't afford Photoshop, you can use a free editing software called Gimp. I LOVE Gimp as it's easy, and can make lousy shots look really good :-)

  • normahale1

    normahale1 said 5 years ago

    Thnk you for the tips on proper shooting of photos, for displayed items, I am enjoying your E-mail already.

  • OxOriginalArtJewelry

    OxOriginalArtJewelry said 5 years ago

    Great tips! I opened my shop 1 1/2 yrs. ago and am still redoing photos. I got a new camera to take close-up shots and it makes a huge difference but I'm still working on a 'perfect' background.

  • tiedyedmonkeys

    tiedyedmonkeys said 5 years ago

    Excellent clear and useful information. Thanks! I love it here on etsy!

  • normahale1

    normahale1 said 5 years ago

    Microsoft Office wont allow me to re-size my photo for you nor download it here.

  • SaritaSopita

    SaritaSopita said 5 years ago

    Good advice and tips, good ideas, thank you very much!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 5 years ago

    AWESOME! This video is so well put together, I liked watching her take the photos.

  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum said 5 years ago

    Some good tips there. I think I take some pretty good shots but photoshop is the icing on the cake.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    Great tips. thanks for the video

  • JaceJewelry

    JaceJewelry said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the tips. Great advise.

  • LimitlessJewelry

    LimitlessJewelry said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips... Good photographs help us to show our great job!!!

  • MonkyLonkyDesigns

    MonkyLonkyDesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this information!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 5 years ago

    Fabulous photography video tips!! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  • pinkdesigns

    pinkdesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you I know my photographs really need to be sharper and I know this will help.

  • limitz

    limitz said 5 years ago

    Absolutly great video!

  • StupivaLeVioleBijoux

    StupivaLeVioleBijoux said 5 years ago

    Well done, very nice video :)

  • MonicaMoore777

    MonicaMoore777 said 5 years ago

    Great advice in a tiny amount of time. Thank you! i'm ready to shoot!

  • earnestefforts

    earnestefforts said 5 years ago

    Excellent tutorial. Just got DSL, so this was the first one I've watched :-)

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 5 years ago

    Great tips here! Thanks

  • zipzippitydos

    zipzippitydos said 5 years ago

    Thank You Sooooooooooooooooooooo Much for your AWESOME Tips!! :^)

  • seahrse

    seahrse said 5 years ago

    Wonderful tips and well presented. Thank you!

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 5 years ago

    Great tips, will give it my best. Thanks.

  • Simag

    Simag said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for the great tips!

  • marinalubomirsky

    marinalubomirsky said 5 years ago

    Great video and excellent tips!

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 5 years ago

    RE: Colors....really important info, I found out by research. Read this! I use Canon 450D aka EOS Rebel Xsi I use image stabilizer feature. Natural indirect light, indoors. I shoot big sized pictures, just under the RAW setting and crop for a nice easy to view square photo. For color correctness, I use a 58mm Tiffen hot mirror. It's simple, you just screw it onto the lens! Immediate difference in reds, purples, and blues. This filter will make a black and white difference regarding the COLORS! I also use a Canon Powershot SX110IS...bust mostly my big Canon. I also use Picnik, a easy online software tool. My photos are pretty good, I strive for bright pictures with the colors popping! Check out my shop, to see what my camera + filters are capable of.

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 5 years ago

    Run & get a Tiffen Hot Mirror filter. I bought mine at Adorama online. Best $60 purchase hands down!

  • romyandclare

    romyandclare said 5 years ago

    Oh my, this was a fabulous bit of info beautifully done in under 5 mins! Perfect and so helpful!! Thanks!

  • cyasarcan

    cyasarcan said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the help!

  • AmazoneTextileDesign

    AmazoneTextileDesign said 5 years ago

    GREAT JEsssica THANKYOU !!

  • tomsgrossmami

    tomsgrossmami said 5 years ago

    Thank you! But Buniquebags is right, practice what you are teaching. :)

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 5 years ago

    Thank you!!!

  • MagentaGinger

    MagentaGinger said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • CherylBrissonFolkArt

    CherylBrissonFolkArt said 5 years ago

    I'm going to re-photo tomorrow - I'm excited!

  • sarantos

    sarantos said 5 years ago

    Great video. If you don't have natural light buy daylight type light bulbs and use those to mimic that. I made a light box out of white foam core board and have two flexible desk lamps clipped one on each side for the light.

  • cosseycreations

    cosseycreations said 5 years ago

    Great information....What editing software would you recomend??

  • frnchsk

    frnchsk said 5 years ago

    Thank you sooo much for the info!! :)

  • ZorroPlateado

    ZorroPlateado said 5 years ago

    Great tips...thank you!

  • beadsandpaint

    beadsandpaint said 5 years ago

    I know for selling jewerly, having a model wear the pieces would be ideal for the pics, but a buyer doesn't want to buy a pair of earrings that someone already wore right? ..is there less of a "yuck" factor if a necklace or bracelet has been worn by the model?

  • TheDulceVida

    TheDulceVida said 5 years ago

    Great thank you!

  • kkajoux

    kkajoux said 5 years ago

    Super, thanks a million

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 5 years ago

    Great tips, thanks!

  • TreehouseIllustrator

    TreehouseIllustrator said 5 years ago

    Short, simple, and sweet! :)

  • Soles

    Soles said 5 years ago

    thanks for sharing, great tips!!!

  • StrumAndSparkle

    StrumAndSparkle said 5 years ago

    That was great! Thanks!

  • AudPottery

    AudPottery said 5 years ago

    Even for none beginners and ones who have taken photography this is a great reminder to be creative and have fun when photographing! We all know how much work it can be, so I think this is super helpful to make you take a step back and remember to have a little fun!

  • kAdamsArt

    kAdamsArt said 5 years ago

    Great article! Very helpful.

  • boobahblue

    boobahblue said 5 years ago

    Great tips..thank you so much for the helpful video!!

  • blessedbutter

    blessedbutter said 5 years ago

    I so needed that! Thanks:) Very good advice for a newby!

  • madison355

    madison355 said 5 years ago

    Great video. Well organized and presented in a very pleasant way.

  • thriftyjennie

    thriftyjennie said 5 years ago

    This was a very well made video with great ideas, I hope that i can follow the instructions exactly and get the same results. :)

  • lucieheaton

    lucieheaton said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed the video and will be trying out the photography tips, thanks !

  • Chunkylicious

    Chunkylicious said 5 years ago

    wonderful tips!

  • stitchuation

    stitchuation said 5 years ago

    Thank you for this! Would love to see a similar video with pics using a less-expensive camera.

  • LerinPhotography

    LerinPhotography said 5 years ago

    For those without a DSLR camera, I provide professional photography services on a trading-for-products basis. Visit my shop or www.lerinphotography.com

  • jesusvalencia14

    jesusvalencia14 said 5 years ago

    this helps to be better off

  • adrianadossantos

    adrianadossantos said 5 years ago

    I have been struggling to take pics and spend a lot of time on it. I really needed this, thanks for sharing. Also, I would agree with some of you, I would like to see a video with tips on how to best use a simple digital camera.

  • twosisterscottage

    twosisterscottage said 5 years ago

    Took me awhile to read and listen to this video and hints. But thanks, lots of good info. I do need all the help I can get! Debbie

  • steffanypayne

    steffanypayne said 5 years ago

    That's what's up

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 5 years ago

    tips from us! we worked for major magazines in nyc as a photographer. get a cheap tripod! even point and shoots can use a tripod. learn how to use a program like photoshop or picasa! a white background is one the most difficult to shoot products on- choose a neutral or dark background to begin with. make sure your images are in focus! for closeups choose macro setting. don't use flash! use natural even light! your point and shoot registers white as grey-you have to compensate in exposure or fix it in an image editing program!

  • majoys

    majoys said 5 years ago

    Very helpful....thank you

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Thank you for these helpful tips, I really appreciate them! Aloha!

  • CatShyCrafts

    CatShyCrafts said 5 years ago

    beautiful tutorial!

  • ShannonCraft

    ShannonCraft said 5 years ago

    Excellent tips - all sound advice and easy to follow. :) From the point of view of a buyer, keep this in mind. I can't stand going into a shop and trying to look at an item where most or all of the pictures on a listing are blurry. There are times when I have not purchased something because I felt the shop owner was not putting effort into their listings and/ or photos. So, if a photo is blurry - please don't use it. :D

  • naughteebits

    naughteebits said 5 years ago

    Great vid, thanks for the tips!

  • olivasoaps

    olivasoaps said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much! This video should be viewed by all new Etsy sellers!

  • modernmatters

    modernmatters said 5 years ago

    Greatly timed! I've been researching cameras after making do with my seven year old basic digital Kodak EasyShare. Thanks for all the tips and trial-by-fire anecdotes. I look forward to trying some of these ideas soon!!

  • deepbluesea

    deepbluesea said 5 years ago

    This was really helpful for me. Thank you so much!

  • thefarbeyondstudio

    thefarbeyondstudio said 5 years ago

    Great advice! I have been wondering if I should get a new digital camera, but I think what I need to do now after listening to your advice is to experiment! Trying to make large giclee prints on canvas appealing while getting a sense of size and color has stumped me!

  • BelowBlink

    BelowBlink said 5 years ago

    Great tips! ;-)

  • mariantonieta

    mariantonieta said 5 years ago

    Very useful video! Thanks a lot.

  • martket

    martket said 5 years ago

    Thank youuuuu!!! :))

  • FeltByLiza

    FeltByLiza said 5 years ago

    Great tips, thank YOU!

  • FeltByLiza

    FeltByLiza said 5 years ago

    Thank you for these great tips ))

  • FeltByLiza

    FeltByLiza said 5 years ago

    So good I had to say it twice LOL. Excuse error please.

  • sincerelyearth

    sincerelyearth said 5 years ago

    Nice video. Needs more details.

  • gcjewelry2002

    gcjewelry2002 said 5 years ago

    Great help to me. Thank you.

  • skrynka

    skrynka said 5 years ago

    Great video! Thanks!!!

  • Hippiechicjewelz

    Hippiechicjewelz said 5 years ago

    Wonderful photography tips! I will be sharing this tutorial with my team members! You are so correct, great photos are essential to your shops success. Thank you for posting this great article!

  • vixendesigner

    vixendesigner said 5 years ago

    Great tips!

  • HanaMauiCreations

    HanaMauiCreations said 5 years ago

    Thanks!

  • lepiccolefate

    lepiccolefate said 5 years ago

    Thanks for advice.

  • SilkOriginals

    SilkOriginals said 5 years ago

    much appreciated vid ~ Thank You :-)

  • quickstop711

    quickstop711 said 5 years ago

    Great advice and super helpful video! Thank you for the much needed advice.

  • mackenzieframes

    mackenzieframes said 5 years ago

    Invest in a light box and studio lights. You can buy a kit on ebay for not much money, the diffused light these give makes such a difference. I do feel that a tripod is necessary - my hand starts shaking as soon as I look at a camera! And then, of coarse, there is Photoshop - or some other software like it - an absolute must!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 5 years ago

    Wonderful tips as usual. So nice to see it as a video! Although explanations can be descriptive, actions in a video show it. Thank you!

  • soulflowervintage

    soulflowervintage said 5 years ago

    thank you for the tips especially to a newbie like me. I just invested in a professional studio with lighting and all. Photoshop is next.. Thanks again..

  • RobotsAreAwesome

    RobotsAreAwesome said 5 years ago

    What I do: Using my Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W7 (it's an older point & shot), I take macro photos of my robots in the natural light mid-afternoon using colorful/bright backgrounds, then bring them in Photoshop to brighten/sharpen as needed.

  • Elentiri

    Elentiri said 5 years ago

    Hi everyone! This was a lot of fun to watch. My question to all of you is do you feel you need to have a different background layout for every item? I get overwhelmed trying to find new places to photograph things, would it be awful to just do the same few each time?. Also, I have a Canon Rebel EOS with no fancy closeup lens. Does anyone have any settings for me to try as I cannot get past autoshoot.

  • jewelkingthai

    jewelkingthai said 5 years ago

    Great Idea and usefull information

  • colorbeast

    colorbeast said 4 years ago

    Great vid

  • jennyjenny123

    jennyjenny123 said 4 years ago

    Thanks for this great video! My pictures are terrible lol...I hope to improve them very soon!

  • walkaboutarts

    walkaboutarts said 4 years ago

    Great tips, beautifully presented. Thanks!

  • OverTheTop

    OverTheTop said 4 years ago

    I've been taking beautiful pictures for 5 years and have never been featured. Go figure! Must be another reason.

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 4 years ago

    Yay! Loved this article! Jessica totally rocked!

  • TahelSadot

    TahelSadot said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much, this is very useful video tips!!! I

  • AyaDesignsJewelry

    AyaDesignsJewelry said 4 years ago

    This is well done! Photos are the hardest thing for me. I was always told to use a lightbox but it's obvious that I don't have to. Thanks so much for the tips!!

  • hingedjewelry

    hingedjewelry said 4 years ago

    As the days are shorter in the north (where I am!) I so appreciate the tips she has...you don't have to labor over things, just have fun with it! Tweek later if need be. GREAT video. Thanks so much! She makes it FUN!

  • designedbyjane

    designedbyjane said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing such great tips and tricks xx

  • julsofparadise

    julsofparadise said 4 years ago

    Its so funny I just ran across this article. I just took some pictures of a new item to list and I reminded myself: TAKE PHOTOS OUTSIDE WITHOUT FLASH I know my pix will never be perfect, after all, my gig is in shells, not photography. But I know I need to keep trying! Thanks for all the great ideas! I'll go watch the video again!

  • RBJohnson

    RBJohnson said 4 years ago

    Thank you for this post, I learned with etsy on how to take better pictures... Still learning! I use my iPhone & sometimes my small digital camera, them crop and lighten in Google's free image editor, picassa I think.. Looking at my original photos, I wonder how I made that first few sales! Trust, evening packing that time was only a plastic bag with a tag.. So yes, always learning..

  • karenmakesstuff

    karenmakesstuff said 4 years ago

    I don't use natural light enough, thanks for stressing that point!

  • CoopyCoop

    CoopyCoop said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for the great tips. Just opened my shop and know that I'm going to have to work on my photos.

  • lutrell1

    lutrell1 said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much. This step-by-step information was very helpful to me. I appreciate it.

  • cutietiffy

    cutietiffy said 4 years ago

    Super helpful!!! That video gave me a lot of good ideas, I love that wooden board she used :D I want it lol

  • sentimentalist

    sentimentalist said 4 years ago

    Fabulous and Wonderful Film Clip! Darling person that shared in it! Thank You!

  • JennyElenaDesigns

    JennyElenaDesigns said 4 years ago

    Awesome! Thank you!

  • JVincentFitz

    JVincentFitz said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the photo tips.... it helped me a great deal. Need to display my 3D pieces on the wall.

  • lindaalfred2000

    lindaalfred2000 said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the lesson, I really nee it!!!

  • BlacknickSculpture

    BlacknickSculpture said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the photography tips!

  • etstime

    etstime said 4 years ago

    Thank you.

  • FlowerPatches

    FlowerPatches said 4 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks

  • CreativeWorksofArt

    CreativeWorksofArt said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. Need all I can get.

  • myfunbeads

    myfunbeads said 4 years ago

    Sometimes I am so sorry to see a beautiful piece that would fit my treasury list but I don't like the picture of it. I am not an expert but it has to be the whole picture composition that I need for my treasury not only the piece. It is very important! Thanks for the tips!

  • NaturalAesthetics

    NaturalAesthetics said 4 years ago

    Thanks so much for the photography tips!

  • PoppengaArtStudio

    PoppengaArtStudio said 4 years ago

    Nice article, but weighted to the crafts 3-dimensional objects. What about 2-dimensional artwork? Paintings, serigraphs, drawings, etc. and especially if the item is offered unframed.

  • TigerHeadDesigns

    TigerHeadDesigns said 4 years ago

    So helpful! Thanks.

  • UrbanEcoBeauty

    UrbanEcoBeauty said 4 years ago

    Fantastic job, thank you!!

  • ArtdeLimaginaire

    ArtdeLimaginaire said 4 years ago

    I am mostly loading .jpgs at my site, so my camera work isn't my main concern, but the loaded .jpg is. No matter how small I try to make my picture, it cuts off the top and bottom of the pictures that are taller than they are wide. So, people can't really see what it is unless they do click on it. Any suggestions? I know there must be a solution, but I can't see what. Thanks so much to anyone who can help me. Diane Dean

  • ArtdeLimaginaire

    ArtdeLimaginaire said 4 years ago

    I mean for the thumbprint view that etsy shows in the new work area or at my shop. Diane

  • FAVE123

    FAVE123 said 4 years ago

    Very helpful tips, thank you.

  • maggieandmodesigns

    maggieandmodesigns said 4 years ago

    Thanks! I, too, have a Cannon 5D and love it. Natural light is always the best. However, when shooting outside and there is some shade use your flash to fill in the shaded areas. Photoshop Elements 10 is a great editing program and isn't expensive. It is great for cropping, lighten and darken, and so much more.

  • SnookyDoodles

    SnookyDoodles said 4 years ago

    Great post and instructions, Thank you so much!

  • etsycol

    etsycol said 4 years ago

    Great tips.....I would love to know what lens she was using - I take it it was a Canon lens?

  • jpohleong

    jpohleong said 4 years ago

    Great tips. Thanks so much. I will keep learning and experimenting.

  • yhtanaff

    yhtanaff said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much! Good tips

  • MaBille

    MaBille said 4 years ago

    Thank you for giving us tips. It is not that common to be ''given'' tips, nowadays... Now go have fun taking pictures, everyone!

  • MIRAKRIS

    MIRAKRIS said 4 years ago

    great video thank you for the tips :-)

  • KaleidoscopeArtist

    KaleidoscopeArtist said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • SweetCakeCookie

    SweetCakeCookie said 4 years ago

    Thanks so much!

  • Mercankara

    Mercankara said 4 years ago

    Thanks!!

  • Lookatallthecolors

    Lookatallthecolors said 4 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks

  • ClaireCaudwell

    ClaireCaudwell said 4 years ago

    Great video. Very informative and helpful! :)

  • viviennebarz

    viviennebarz said 4 years ago

    I like the different backdrops used; adds a nice little je ne sais quoi to handmade goods! ;)

  • kristiinameiner

    kristiinameiner said 4 years ago

    I always strive for improvement in my photos

  • mikimartinez

    mikimartinez said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much!! Wonderful work & Super Cute cat!! Big xx from Spain!!

  • SeinFelt

    SeinFelt said 4 years ago

    Thank you, this was hugely helpful. A photographer friend of mine had informed me that my photos were horrific, and then proceeded to take photos of all my goods...it definitely brought in sales, but now how to keep it up myself? This post definitely helped. Cheers. Vivian

  • designsofartisan

    designsofartisan said 4 years ago

    This is such a helpful video... it does encourages me take more and great photos... thanks etsy for your continued support to your sellers... =)

  • Mangotangobeauty

    Mangotangobeauty said 4 years ago

    Does anyone know which photo editing program she used on the Mac? Thanks!!

  • BendByErika

    BendByErika said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the advice!

  • Donkeystudio

    Donkeystudio said 4 years ago

    Unfortunately good natural light is very rare in England in January - roll on springtime, I need your help!

  • inbetweenaccessories

    inbetweenaccessories said 4 years ago

    Having great pictures of your work is really essential! Tnx for the excellent tips!!!

  • PourBoyCeramics

    PourBoyCeramics said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. They were very helpful!

  • BonnieandBell

    BonnieandBell said 4 years ago

    thank you so much, the idea of improving my picture skills was a bit daunting and I had images of myself studying over books till deep in the night! I have already given it a go and it's already so much easier. Thanks!

  • veryveraventage

    veryveraventage said 4 years ago

    LOVED this video. I hates taking pictures! I do know it's an important (essential) part of running an online business, but....grrrr...a lot of times I just give up. This video did not go into the very technical jargon that most articles I've read have. That only frustrates me more. I'm just a hick from French Lick and simple is goooooooood.

  • FaeryKissNaturals

    FaeryKissNaturals said 4 years ago

    I plan on getting a new camera!! Thank you so much for this information it is priceless!!!

  • turtlecreekdesign

    turtlecreekdesign said 4 years ago

    I learned how to take better pictures because of the articles on photography. I bought a light box and new camera. And have retaken most of my pictures and can see a tremendous difference. I can't thank you enough for your help!

  • madelinefeliciano

    madelinefeliciano said 4 years ago

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/88464702/set-of-four-colorful-lanterns-scented

  • jiorji

    jiorji said 4 years ago

    a lot of cameras have trouble with purple and pinks. but it's just a post processing trick that you have to do on Photoshop after. Just adjust "selective color" or try to use the best camera settings with the light you're shooting with. Also, no monitor and camera and real life colour will EVER EVER match up perfectly. It's just how it is. Hopefully etsy buyers and sellers understand this and that as sellers we try to show the closest colour possible to the real thing. :)

  • gailanders3

    gailanders3 said 4 years ago

    Nice easy basic tips....thanks!

  • wannycreation

    wannycreation said 4 years ago

    I love your stuff. Thanks for sharing this.

  • noteko

    noteko said 4 years ago

    Thank u so much for a great TIPS!!

  • trailgetter

    trailgetter said 4 years ago

    Nice easy instructions to follow. Thanks!

  • mongmung

    mongmung said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. Before I saw this tutorial I was stuck shooting everything with a white background. Hopefully I'll get to test out the tips.

  • SauliusMaziliauskas

    SauliusMaziliauskas said 4 years ago

    Thank you for the video! I would like to share my experience in taking pictures of the paintings that worked for me: 1. Always use a tripoid, even a slight move of the camera may be the reason of not enough focused picture (or too much noise in the picture) especially when zoomed. 2. I always use a self timer mode (automatically takes a picture in 5 seconds). This prevents from a slight camera movement when clicking the button to take a picture. This is very helpful when zoomed in. 3. Use a daylight for natural colours. You may take pictures outside, in terrace, or a balcony. But do not use a direct sunlight, that gives too much of yellow tones. A cloudy day is the best for natural colours. These are the tips for taking pictures of the paintings, but I strongly recommend tripoid and self timer for taking any zoomed pictures. Good luck!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 4 years ago

    Inspiration + information + action = growth :-)

  • clutterbunny

    Kathy from clutterbunny said 4 years ago

    Wonderful teaching style. Thank you so much for the the tips :-)

  • Craftelina

    vik and ig from Craftelina said 4 years ago

    Helpful. Excellent opportunity to review and improve our photo practices. We had re-photoed all items several times during past few months, always improving. Now the shop is more cohesive and nicer to the customers to browse. We shall surely use a few advices from this tutorial to improve further on. Many thanks!

  • KatiesBeadsOfHope

    Katie Louise Leach from HopeForBinati said 4 years ago

    Thanks for this helpful video! I have been trying to work on my photos...this just shows me I have a LOT more to do! Haha thanks again :)

  • wendiandtara

    Wendi and Tara from PoppiesandPaperbacks said 4 years ago

    Hi! I am trying to post a tiny felted strawberry necklace that was a joint endeavor for Tara and I. I took some decent photos today but as I post them, they render themselves sideways. Is there a way to turn the photos as I list them? Thank you for the photography tips!

  • Sevein84

    Sevein84 from Sevein84 said 4 years ago

    Thanks for this video. I can't wait to try these tips in my shop!

  • camermaidjewelry

    Troy Stengel from camermaidjewelry said 4 years ago

    OMG, the photography is so very much a work in progress! I am simply in awe of the beauty of so many Etsy shops - I've definitely found the "gold standard" here! Thank you for the articles and videos.

  • coffeebreakdesigns

    Leslie from coffeebreakdesigns said 4 years ago

    Great article and video! Thank you!

  • BusyBeeButtonsnBows

    Debbie Ferrin from BusyBeeButtonsnBows said 4 years ago

    That was a great, simplified video for us starting out, though I 've been doing it for a year, there's always room for improvement! I have a dressform I use for my model since I'm by myself, and it seems to work for what I have.

  • PolymerPony

    Amy Singbusch from PolymerPony said 4 years ago

    woohoo :)

  • lazypolly

    Polly Cho from lazypolly said 4 years ago

    Very nice video!

  • honeybeededjewelry

    BEVERLY A. HUTCHINSON from honeybeededjewelry said 4 years ago

    So helpful, thx

  • cronopia6

    cronopia6 from cronopia6 said 4 years ago

    thanks! :)

  • Isaiah1v18

    Laura Rodriguez from Isaiah1v18 said 4 years ago

    Great advice! Your a pro!

  • ludascrafts

    ludascrafts ludascrafts from ludascrafts said 4 years ago

    This is really great information. Thank you!

  • buenobookshop

    Jo and David from buenobookshop said 4 years ago

    Fantastic; thanks for the resources!!

  • JanCramer

    Janice Cramer from JanCramer said 4 years ago

    You guys are the best!

  • rebeccatrevorrow

    Rebecca from WoodlandKitchen said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much!!

  • gabybec

    Gaby Becerra said 4 years ago

    Very helpful! Thank you so much!

  • konstadia

    konstadia from konstadia said 4 years ago

    great tips! thank you so much!

  • ShareeBoutique

    Sharee Smith from ShareeBoutique said 4 years ago

    Great video, going to try a couple of your tips! :)

  • bosquecarpentry

    Gabriel Montes from bosquecarpentry said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for this video. Pictures are my weakness. Your advice is great.

  • queenofthepond

    Karen Ennis from KarenDidItDesigns said 4 years ago

    Thank you for adding this "How To" tip. I was just thinking about this prior to uploading pictures to my store. I'm nervous and want to get the photos of my work somewhere in the vicinity of correct. You are 100% right about the natural lighting!

  • hankietankie

    Ariana from hankietankie said 4 years ago

    After years I'm finally going to have my tops & scarves on a model instead of my lifeless mannequin, 'the headless horseman'...Thanks for the tips! It's a slowly but surely process...Wish me luck! xo

  • 1ofakindchimes

    Vickie Davis from 1ofakindchimes said 4 years ago

    Thank you!!!

  • sprucefarmer

    Lori Barbaresi from HannasHopeChest said 4 years ago

    Thank you for the great tips. I'm dying to try them and bring more light to the shop.

  • tiffybflower

    tiffy blanchflower from TiffyBlanchflower said 4 years ago

    This is a great article, and what phenomenal feedback from Etsy members. If you have any photography questions read the article, view the video, and read everyone's comments! I have found that natural light makes a huge difference. I have also noticed that items commonly featured on Etsy have a plain backdrop (white) or are on a model. Sometimes less is best!

  • Castleofcostamesa

    Castleofcostamesa from Castleofcostamesa said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much! Very nice video!

  • PolishMeFreddy

    Alfredo Ramos from PolishMeFreddy said 4 years ago

    :) Thanks for this video.

  • chicknfish

    Mellissa Uber-Lopez from MellissaUberLopez said 4 years ago

    Thank you for the video, now its time do do some shop renovations:P...

  • annetteewert

    Annette Ewert from thebloomingcornercom said 4 years ago

    thanks for the tips! going to think about these for my shop~ :)

  • jlmurniati

    Jean Lane Murniati from HatiKuJewelry said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the information on photography. . I'm new on Etsy, but I want to polish up my photos already! I find capturing the fire in gem stones very difficult.

  • osnatavni

    Osnat Avni from Avnis said 4 years ago

    great!!!!! tanks

  • floydsusan

    Susan Floyd from SuesMuseWenatchee said 4 years ago

    Why do only two of my 4 photos show on my shop page? When I first set things up, everything was fine. Now, two items have no photo. suesmusewenatchee

  • chicknfish

    Mellissa Uber-Lopez from MellissaUberLopez said 4 years ago

    Taking photos is not my biggest forte, I don't have tone of those fancy camera yet! But every time I get stuck with my photos , I refer what Muchelle said!!I lol. Thank you so much, I finally put it all together and open the shop, its work in progress but ..we all get there...

  • chicknfish

    Mellissa Uber-Lopez from MellissaUberLopez said 4 years ago

    I mean , Michelle.:P

  • quaboag

    Diana Nothe-taylor from DesignsbyDiNot said 3 years ago

    I am technologically challenged and just got my first digital camera (gasp!!) can anyone talk me through downloading photos of my products so that I can start selling?

  • UrbanChicDecor

    Terry from UrbanChicDecor said 3 years ago

    Great info! Thanks so much. Can't wait to get started.

  • TimelessShabby

    Jessica from ThePrairieBoutique said 3 years ago

    This info will help me a lot! Thank you Michelle and Etsy :)

  • hummingbirdjewelry1

    Hummingbird Jewelry from HummingbirdJewelry1 said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for the great info Michelle.

  • pattyvieira81

    Patty Vieira from LeCharmeJewelry said 3 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! ;)

  • jorjapontotunisiano

    Francisca from PontoTunisiano said 3 years ago

    Thank you for the great tips!

  • Ginsme

    Gini Davenport from AFashionateAffair said 3 years ago

    Wow! So many great tips! The greatest plus - I've wanted to take what I do and make it full time. Without being able to find a job I turned to what I've done for years as gifts for others. This is exciting for me to realize etsy has so many tips and tools for me to become sucessful on a full time basis - my husband too is also excited as he has been wanting to leave the duldrums of the workforce and yet still be able to make a living at something he loves!

  • AdLiv

    AdLiv from AdLivsVault said 3 years ago

    Great video, not too long but with some great tips. Trying to improve our photo's as another person has already commented it's a work in progress :)

  • seniorsid

    Sidney Rimmington from TheOldAdobe said 3 years ago

    Good tips. Made me think more ....

  • laurenfrehel

    Lauren from ShleepYarns said 3 years ago

    Since I've improved my pictures I get less faves and sales, if you look at my sales section you'll know what I mean, they were really bad pictures. I just don't understand.....

  • Villedefleurs

    Tatiana from VilleDeFleurs said 3 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. Going now to make new pics ! Yay !!!

  • rachaelolson3

    Rachael Olson from ThotJot said 3 years ago

    Thanks for your input! It is very valuable information to me!

  • aanttila

    Anja Anttila from StudioNille said 3 years ago

    Thanks for the video, great tips!

  • SugarberrydesignSA

    Tanya Simpson from KuleliDesigns said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for the valuable information the video is such a win!

  • artsmaidan

    Olga from SofiBabyShop said 3 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! Now I know how I can make my photos look better.... can't wait to start experimenting!

  • GigglesProject

    Wanda from GigglesProject said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your tips! I am going to try them out :)

  • holly122

    Holly from hollybeals said 3 years ago

    So helpful! I needed this!

  • NatashaHamlet

    N. Hamlet from ShopCrystalCulture said 3 years ago

    Of course promoting is going to be a big part of making sales, but it makes perfect sense that your photos need to be great too! Thank you for the video.

  • jadeehandmade

    jadeehandmade from jadeehandmade said 3 years ago

    Thank you so much....

  • curtislemay1

    Curtis LeMay from LeMayClassicArt said 3 years ago

    Great tips, well presented. Photography is my weak point, so I am going to have to turn a weakness into a strength.

  • totalbooklover

    Janrose from DecorusDIY said 3 years ago

    Great video & tips! Very helpful. ^-^

  • RomeoRomeo

    anna from RomeoRomeo said 3 years ago

    Great advice. Thanks very much.

  • designbcb

    beverly from designbcb said 3 years ago

    hhmmmm..i had a little bit of trouble with someone saying 'you don't need a big, fancy camera' while holding a big, fancy camera. show me pics taken with an every day digital camera without the zoom lenses, that's not an expensive dslr. Show me how to work the settings and what they mean. Then, you've got something.

  • Katalin89

    Katalin Szabó-Varga from UnnieDolls said 3 years ago

    What is the name of this photo editing program from this video?

  • AudreyGardenLady

    Audrey from AudreyGardenLady said 3 years ago

    Interestingly, ArtFire sent me the link to this video. Well done by the way!

  • tammybetson

    Tammy Betson from TandMArtsandCrafts said 3 years ago

    Aahhh, considering I did take a photography course 20 years ago, this is really difficult. I think I have a good picture then I put it on and it looks terrible. I have an idea how to re-do earrings, but I do struggle with necklaces and bracelets. I was going to have a session today, but my sunroom is not very sunny as its gloomy and foggy outside. If anyone fancies taking a look at my pics and giving me some advise, it would be appreciated.

  • tphippen

    terry from TerrysThings said 3 years ago

    Love the Helpful Hints. I totally agree with the advice on having a smart background that will highlight the item on display. Thanks so much.

  • ralucagonciar

    Raluca Gonciar from RALOOLAND said 3 years ago

    Love the video!! Totally agree with everything, light is extremely important, that's what I also found out! Thanks!

  • AmianaLiBookshelf

    Luisa Lavado from PavioseParafina said 3 years ago

    I should write down the tips, and try some of them to improve my photos. Thanks for the great video!

  • stitchingupmemories

    Becky Hoyt from StitchingUpMemories said 3 years ago

    Thanks for the great photo tips! Just starting my Etsy Shop so all the tips are so helpful!

  • picturelights1

    Morna Flaum said 3 years ago

    Great tips and ideas. http://www.perfectpicturelighting.com/battery-operated-picture-lights.php

  • TheDulceVida

    Myra Pizarro from LittleLemonadeStudio said 3 years ago

    Thank you ...what a quick easy and helpful guide!

  • CherryGardenWorkshop

    Miss Cherry from CherryGardenDolls said 2 years ago

    Cat is amazing! Sleepy cute cat is in this video and - GREAT TIPS! thank you very much!

  • mizsun3sun

    Mizuho Koda from MizuhoKoda said 2 years ago

    Great!!!! Thanks for your tips!!!

  • ARTEPERINCISO

    Angela Matera from ArtePerInciso said 2 years ago

    Thank you! Usefull informations!

  • julesdela94 said 2 years ago

    Great tips for someone like me who's just starting their journey! Thanks!!

  • ritabetty1 said 2 years ago

    I take the worst photos ... can't wait to see the video once I find it. Everyone seems to love it and I sure can use some tips as my pictures are really pathetic no matter what I try.

  • jeanneises said 2 years ago

    So a picture "is"worth a thousand words

  • Blume146

    Joy Blume from NaughtyNelliesAttic said 2 years ago

    Valuable info. I was really concerned about staging my items. Such ideas. Thank you!

  • silentmagpie

    Terri Watts from SilentMagpie said 2 years ago

    Unfortunate I do not understand video because desutch close caption. Please add English Close caption accessible for me. I am Deaf. Need to know more info.. Thank you. :)

  • ryalfarms1

    Bruce Turano from RyalFarms said 2 years ago

    This is a good video but after the pictures are taken how are they uploaded or transfered to Etsy for display? Do you have video on how to tranfer pictures? Thank you

  • thatsnicestuff

    Nuts About Nature Webster from NutsAboutNature said 2 years ago

    This video is still valuable four years later. I'm thankful we are in the digital camera age, so I can take many, many photos to pick through and find the right four or five for my listings.

  • TanaAnns

    Tana Stephens from TanaAnns said 2 years ago

    Thank you Michelle!

  • UptownGirlSoap

    Janice Cordeiro from UptownGirlSoap said 2 years ago

    Camera flashes are useless. I shoot with a Canon Mark III, 24-70 lens mostly , circular polarizer, and soft light outside and light tent inside. Great courses has awesome photography courses. Including Joel Sartory from National Geo. Camera control is crucial and never ending.

  • irauerbopp

    Isolde Rauer-Bopp from Isipearls said 2 years ago

    Thank You for the helpfull advice! warm regards, Isipearls

  • maifor1

    Mai Forsyth from NZL1094 said 2 years ago

    Thanks you for the tip, I will try my best.

  • liubovshpeka

    Lubava Shpeka from Ethnostyle said 2 years ago

    Thanks! So helpful! I needed this!

  • lakescapesllc

    lakescapesllc from DesignsFromMyHeart2U said 2 years ago

    Thank you for the excellent information !!!

  • waltkerri

    Kerri from PeetsLittlePicker said 2 years ago

    Thanks for more helpful information. It seems to me that any item with that two toned background of white and gray looks best. I m just using my iPad, that's all I have. Is it possible to get good shots with using the iPad if I make or buy the white gray background box? Thanks again. Kerri

  • designedbykatnc

    Kathleen H from designedbykatnc said 2 years ago

    Thanks for all the great tips. My shop is a work in progress. I use my Iphone to take my pictures. Is that a bad idea?

  • voronovamary

    Mary Voronova from handberry said 2 years ago

    Thank's!

  • AGORAA

    AGORAA from AGORAA said 2 years ago

    Amazing! Thank you so much!

  • edifyboss

    Ed Brown from EdifyClothing said 2 years ago

    Really good advice, thanks. My tshirt shop is only a week old so i am still experimenting with pictures!

  • Dglee

    Dglee from Dglee said 2 years ago

    Where can I go to post something for sale? Is there a source for Uploading the photos? I seem very confused right now. Thanking you very much! Dglee

  • ruthbcanham

    Ruth Billings Canham from NahikuArtGlass said 2 years ago

    Good ideas--particularly like the idea of displaying the item with other items in your shop.

  • ld34760

    Lydia Diaz from WEBAnaturalproducts said 2 years ago

    Great video. I do love to use natural light over artificial light for my products.

  • aGLITZYoccasion

    Victoria O'Brien from aGlitzyoccasion said 2 years ago

    This was very helpful and made it seem all that more possible that I can do it! Thank you.

  • jacko39reilly

    Jack O'Reilly from TheEcoOwl said 2 years ago

    Nice :)

  • toolanddieshop

    Meggie K from ToolAndDieShop said 2 years ago

    Thank you for such a helpful video...making what can be complicated or mysterious, doable. I learned. Thanks again.

  • jackpowerr

    jack pow said 2 years ago

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  • crz4my3bbs

    Jodie Hatcher from designedtobe said 1 year ago

    Thank you for this, simple and quick is good for me lol I love photography, and I love my items. They just didn't go together. You've inspired me to paint my space brighter, and show off the things that inspire me!

  • letteredwhimsy

    Wylene Davis from LetteredWhimsy said 1 year ago

    Wow, this is great. I've really been struggling with my photos. Every time I think I have a good shot, I view it later and it just doesn't work. Especially with the way Etsy crops photos, its frustrating.

  • personal2treasures

    Elli from personal2treasures said 1 year ago

    Thank you very much!shooting good photos of the products is really difficult if you don't "have" it with cameras...

  • Dashrathint

    Dashrath International from DashrathInt said 1 year ago

    Great video. I do love to use natural light over artificial light for my products.

  • PixilatedPuffin

    PixilatedPuffin from PixilatedPuffin said 1 year ago

    The video and comments are helpful; but the one thing that I need to know is how many pixels (length & width) is best for Etsy photos? I have done quite a lot of work with Photoshop before, for purses and jewelry, but shooting clothing on a model is different, since in the photo I would be trying to get the mood or "look" of the clothing item, including the mood of the model... so her face would have to be featured. Is it better to crop, then resize, enhance etc with Photoshop first, then send the photo to Etsy to resize again (like in Facebook)?

  • MOlasoArtStudio

    Carolia Ponce de Leon from MOlasoArtStudio said 1 year ago

    Hi thanks for the video. I am in the process of opening my shop and taking pics of my art which is hand made oil paintings. I know very little of photography and do not have the time to attend a course. Can you give me a couple hints of painting photography?

  • andaleem

    andaleem from KupoShop said 1 year ago

    Thank you for this article. I have been trying to get my photos at a better quality and design better backdrops for my products: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KupoShop?ref=l2-shopheader-name I bought some fabric and found that that worked as a great backdrop for my new Jane Austen mug product. I'm hoping that maybe by hitting up a place with fabrics or creative backdrops I can design more appealing product photos. Would you recommend any particular lens for my canon rebel?

  • norahsbijoux

    Sharon Lawrie from BijouxEiwal said 1 year ago

    I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that struggles with taking pics that showcase my products to look as good in the photo as they do in real life. Thank you for the tips.

  • lairdmartin1

    Martin L Laird from RusticAlicious said 348 days ago

    All tips are appreciated especially for this cameraman novice!! Thankyou

  • akashwindersandha

    Akashwinder Sandha from KnittingKuteness said 328 days ago

    Thank you so much for a helpful video.

  • UBSEEDS

    Wanda Reid from UBSEEDS said 142 days ago

    Hello Everyone.... I am new to Etsy and am in the process of opening my first online store . I am excited and stressed at the same time. I don't want to miss something that I need to do ...Pictures to me are tricky but I will continue taking them until I figure it out....I welcome any suggestions or hints that any of you may have....Thanks

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