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Product Photography for Beginners


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!”

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  • mtraub

    mtraub says: 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!

    4 years ago

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • blissfulbathandbody

    blissfulbathandbody says:

    Awesome tips....thanks! :-)

    4 years ago

  • mamif

    mamif says:


    4 years ago

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter says:

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

    4 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Wonderful article, thank you so much.

    4 years ago

  • circlesareforever

    circlesareforever says:

    Great video for new bees.

    4 years ago

  • sewlola

    sewlola says:

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

    4 years ago

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood says:

    Totally need to watch this, thank you!

    4 years ago

  • fiorejewellery

    fiorejewellery says:

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

    4 years ago

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen says:

    Great advice!

    4 years ago

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime says:

    Thank you for the advice.

    4 years ago

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers says:

    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?

    4 years ago

  • materialevidenceshop

    materialevidenceshop says:

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

    4 years ago

  • SquishyProducts

    SquishyProducts says:

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

    4 years ago

  • materialevidenceshop

    materialevidenceshop says:

    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.

    4 years ago


    ESSANEL says:

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

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

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

    4 years ago

  • ErinAntiques

    ErinAntiques says:

    Thanks for the great tips! :)

    4 years ago

  • MoodyBags

    MoodyBags says:

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

    4 years ago

  • beliz82

    beliz82 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Cool! Thank you.

    4 years ago

  • oceansidebride

    oceansidebride says:

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

    4 years ago

  • pamwares

    pamwares says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • BUniqueBags

    BUniqueBags says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • J2Jewelry

    J2Jewelry says:

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

    4 years ago

  • sweetharvey

    sweetharvey says:

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

    4 years ago

  • belleenergie

    belleenergie says:

    Thanks for the tips! Very helpful :)

    4 years ago

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair says:

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

    4 years ago

  • lindageez

    lindageez says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio says:

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

    4 years ago

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign says:


    4 years ago

  • HelenesDreams

    HelenesDreams says:

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

    4 years ago

  • PopOColor

    PopOColor says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • memckeen

    memckeen says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl says:

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

    4 years ago

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread says:

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

    4 years ago

  • fallingforpieces

    fallingforpieces says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • ChristinasMagic
  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

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

    4 years ago

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo says:

    Excellent video! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Nice video, Jessica. Thanks for the reminders.

    4 years ago

  • VonlenskaVintage

    VonlenskaVintage says:

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

    4 years ago

  • joydujour

    joydujour says:

    Thank you so much for the great tips!

    4 years ago

  • epicycledesigns

    epicycledesigns says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • Lauralous

    Lauralous says:

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

    4 years ago

  • VictorysGrin

    VictorysGrin says:

    Very helpful tips!

    4 years ago

  • stacyssundries

    stacyssundries says:

    Thank you! <3

    4 years ago

  • MollysMuses

    MollysMuses says:


    4 years ago

  • PeachyChicBoutique

    PeachyChicBoutique says:

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

    4 years ago

  • isewcute

    isewcute says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Uniqu3Jewels

    Uniqu3Jewels says:

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

    4 years ago

  • tolduso

    tolduso says:

    thanks for the video and great ideas...I so need help with my

    4 years ago

  • Charlieandthefox

    Charlieandthefox says:

    Great tips, I'll work on this.

    4 years ago

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle says:

    Very helpful post. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • wooxwoo

    wooxwoo says:

    Thank you for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • jinny888

    jinny888 says:

    thank you for sharing very helpful

    4 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • sweetmellyjane

    sweetmellyjane says:

    This is really great information. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • RebelsandPebbles

    RebelsandPebbles says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • designsbytaylor2u

    designsbytaylor2u says:

    Great tips! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • dododiy

    dododiy says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • myAvonlea

    myAvonlea says:

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

    4 years ago

  • klinker

    klinker says:

    thanks for the post an the tips!

    4 years ago

  • SpicyBijoux

    SpicyBijoux says:

    Thanks for sharing! Photography is definitely a challenge.

    4 years ago

  • mtraub

    mtraub says: 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!

    4 years ago

  • yinsteadofi

    yinsteadofi says:

    Thanks so much for the hints!!

    4 years ago

  • kwassmer

    kwassmer says:

    Thanks for this!

    4 years ago

  • thevintageattic10

    thevintageattic10 says:

    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 !>>>

    4 years ago

  • LilyThings

    LilyThings says:

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

    4 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

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

    4 years ago

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies says:

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

    4 years ago

  • TarasArtHouse

    TarasArtHouse says:

    great article!

    4 years ago

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir says:

    Great video!

    4 years ago

  • catiques

    catiques says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • skateboardfe

    skateboardfe says:

    Awesome tips!

    4 years ago

  • jelijulie

    jelijulie says:

    great tips!

    4 years ago

  • Bmbyx

    Bmbyx says:


    4 years ago

  • bootki

    bootki says:

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

    4 years ago

  • pezzazz

    pezzazz says:

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

    4 years ago

  • HeyMichelle

    HeyMichelle says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo says:

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

    4 years ago

  • zobiehead

    zobiehead says:

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

    4 years ago

  • madebymellymoo

    madebymellymoo says:

    Great tips, thanks!

    4 years ago

  • go2girl

    go2girl says:

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

    4 years ago

  • msbibliotecaria

    msbibliotecaria says:

    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!!

    4 years ago

  • CollectableSpectacle

    CollectableSpectacle says:

    Thanks for the tips!!

    4 years ago

  • MagnoliaHandspun

    MagnoliaHandspun says:

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

    4 years ago

  • earthlycreature

    earthlycreature says:

    Great tips, Thanks:)

    4 years ago

  • MagicSunday

    MagicSunday says:

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

    4 years ago

  • loveshappyhour

    loveshappyhour says:

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

    4 years ago

  • chasingclouds

    chasingclouds says:

    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 :)

    4 years ago

  • cuteandcreepy

    cuteandcreepy says:

    Great tips and thanks for sharing!!

    4 years ago

  • aniO

    aniO says:

    Fantastic! Thank U

    4 years ago

  • ForeverYoursTruly

    ForeverYoursTruly says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose says:

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

    4 years ago

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet says:

    Thanks so much for posting this!

    4 years ago

  • forrestinavintage

    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!

    4 years ago

  • theartfulbadger

    theartfulbadger says:

    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! :)

    4 years ago

  • earringsnation

    earringsnation says:

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

    4 years ago

  • daphnatal

    daphnatal says:

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

    4 years ago

  • GoldhawkPotteryEtc

    GoldhawkPotteryEtc says:

    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...

    4 years ago

  • AukinasGoddess

    AukinasGoddess says:

    love it.

    4 years ago

  • Cutefairybear

    Cutefairybear says:

    Thank you for the advice

    4 years ago

  • BusyLizzyBoutique

    BusyLizzyBoutique says:

    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...!!

    4 years ago

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff says:

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

    4 years ago

  • rhealeanne

    rhealeanne says:

    Really well done and useful video. Thanks so much!

    4 years ago

  • designlab443

    designlab443 says:

    nice video... thank you!

    4 years ago

  • tinygiraffeshop

    tinygiraffeshop says:

    Wonderful! Always appreciated!

    4 years ago

  • CraftyStitches

    CraftyStitches says:

    fabulous tips. tx :)

    4 years ago

  • grammijforeveryoung

    grammijforeveryoung says:

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

    4 years ago

  • grammijforeveryoung

    grammijforeveryoung says:

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

    4 years ago

  • AdornMeJewelry

    AdornMeJewelry says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • ThinkingHands77

    ThinkingHands77 says:

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • VintageAndVictorian

    VintageAndVictorian says:

    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).

    4 years ago

  • VintageAndVictorian

    VintageAndVictorian says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • marykerran

    marykerran says:

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

    4 years ago

  • SilverDragon

    SilverDragon says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • CinLynnBoutique

    CinLynnBoutique says:

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

    4 years ago

  • MalindasBeadDesigns

    MalindasBeadDesigns says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • MrsPetersonPottery

    MrsPetersonPottery says:

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

    4 years ago

  • eileenheneghan

    eileenheneghan says:

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

    4 years ago

  • vintagetotdesigns

    vintagetotdesigns says:

    beautiful work and helpful hints, thnx!

    4 years ago

  • upperroad

    upperroad says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • wildwomanbeads

    wildwomanbeads says:

    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: 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

    4 years ago

  • ShotHouseStudios

    ShotHouseStudios says:

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

    4 years ago

  • MrsCraftyRVing

    MrsCraftyRVing says:

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

    4 years ago

  • hannahblackceramics

    hannahblackceramics says:

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

    4 years ago

  • DoubleBarA

    DoubleBarA says:

    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?

    4 years ago

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • SparkBoxStudio

    SparkBoxStudio says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • seastudio

    seastudio says:

    Nice video with clear tips. Thanks...

    4 years ago

  • ZestySoup

    ZestySoup says:

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

    4 years ago

  • orkideavioleta

    orkideavioleta says:

    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?

    4 years ago

  • orkideavioleta

    orkideavioleta says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Eternalelfcreations

    Eternalelfcreations says:

    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 ^_^

    4 years ago

  • DuettaDesigns

    DuettaDesigns says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • Oceanpeg

    Oceanpeg says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • AstoriaLane

    AstoriaLane says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • AnnaBelleArts

    AnnaBelleArts says:

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • freestylecalligraphy

    freestylecalligraphy says:

    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!!

    4 years ago

  • AnthroPhilanthropy

    AnthroPhilanthropy says:

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

    4 years ago

  • linguine

    linguine says:

    Nice, thanks!!

    4 years ago

  • jesslope

    jesslope says:

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

    4 years ago

  • AromasElements

    AromasElements says:

    Well done! thanks

    4 years ago

  • MattiOnline

    MattiOnline says:

    Great little video! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • catcontrare

    catcontrare says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • gritsglitz

    gritsglitz says:

    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...

    4 years ago

  • julsofparadise

    julsofparadise says:

    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!

    4 years ago



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

    4 years ago

  • BeauWylie

    BeauWylie says:

    Very helpful, thanks!

    4 years ago

  • EmmalineBailey

    EmmalineBailey says:

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

    4 years ago

  • JewelryDesignsForYou

    JewelryDesignsForYou says:

    Great video and tips! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • ahmusing

    ahmusing says:

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

    4 years ago

  • ahmusing

    ahmusing says:

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

    4 years ago

  • exodesign

    exodesign says:

    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 :)

    4 years ago

  • SiameseTwists

    SiameseTwists says:

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

    4 years ago

  • BlossomHill

    BlossomHill says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • ethnicdesign

    ethnicdesign says:

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

    4 years ago

  • oktak

    oktak says:

    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!)

    4 years ago

  • estateoftheart

    estateoftheart says:

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

    4 years ago

  • RuchkiKruchkI

    RuchkiKruchkI says:

    Thank you very much, Michell! So useful!

    4 years ago

  • LynnsLinens

    LynnsLinens says:

    love it! thanks for the great tips!

    4 years ago

  • JansJewelryOrganizer

    JansJewelryOrganizer says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • micahellen

    micahellen says:

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

    4 years ago

  • LushWreathWorks

    LushWreathWorks says:

    Thanks very much for the helpful tips!

    4 years ago

  • 4oldtimesandnew

    4oldtimesandnew says:

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

    4 years ago

  • BrightRoseCreations

    BrightRoseCreations says:

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

    4 years ago

  • modestanytime

    modestanytime says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • tiffanymcavoy

    tiffanymcavoy says:

    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • AnniesAttic

    AnniesAttic says:

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

    4 years ago

  • ElCheapovintage

    ElCheapovintage says:

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

    4 years ago

  • yimmekedesign

    yimmekedesign says:

    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 !

    4 years ago

  • allachieve

    allachieve says:

    Thank you for the advice.

    4 years ago

  • oldtimethreads

    oldtimethreads says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Liduvina

    Liduvina says:

    Great tips! thank you very much!

    4 years ago

  • Tabithas34

    Tabithas34 says:

    anyone else not able to watch the video?

    4 years ago

  • TinyBitsandPieces

    TinyBitsandPieces says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • Quilties

    Quilties says:

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

    4 years ago

  • HiddenMeadows

    HiddenMeadows says:

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

    4 years ago

  • zatanah

    zatanah says:

    Great video and tips.

    4 years ago

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz says:

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

    4 years ago

  • MeerkatArt

    MeerkatArt says:

    Nicely put together. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • jessicakertel1

    jessicakertel1 says:

    Thank you!!! Great tips!!!

    4 years ago

  • HeartsAndStones

    HeartsAndStones says:

    Thank you! So inspiring.

    4 years ago

  • FlowerThyme

    FlowerThyme says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • NeverSayNeverAgain

    NeverSayNeverAgain says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • IslandPendants

    IslandPendants says:

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

    4 years ago

  • ThePottersBarn

    ThePottersBarn says:

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

    4 years ago

  • LimBoVintage

    LimBoVintage says:

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

    4 years ago

  • shawnlacydesigns

    shawnlacydesigns says:

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

    4 years ago

  • sentimentalstones

    sentimentalstones says:

    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 different from today's pics!

    4 years ago

  • josiekitty

    josiekitty says:

    Really great tips, thanks so much for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • swankness

    swankness says:

    Thank you!!

    4 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Desireesbeadboutique

    Desireesbeadboutique says:

    Good tips. Thank you!

    4 years ago



    Very useful tips. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Great video, thanks!

    4 years ago

  • SirensGrotto

    SirensGrotto says:

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

    4 years ago

  • JustForGiggles

    JustForGiggles says:

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

    4 years ago

  • SultanasCrochet

    SultanasCrochet says:

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

    4 years ago

  • ardens

    ardens says:

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

    4 years ago

  • TheWholeArtist

    TheWholeArtist says:

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

    4 years ago

  • bijubrill

    bijubrill says:

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

    4 years ago

  • dancingintherains

    dancingintherains says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Littlehillwoolworks

    Littlehillwoolworks says:

    Thanks so much, very helpful!

    4 years ago

  • littlehamptons

    littlehamptons says:

    Thank you for your helpful advice!

    4 years ago

  • enchiladamama

    enchiladamama says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • SirliMosaic

    SirliMosaic says:

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

    4 years ago

  • TheHourglassStudio

    TheHourglassStudio says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Chopard

    Chopard says:

    Thank you for the advice! Very useful information!

    4 years ago

  • FacciaFelice

    FacciaFelice says:

    Awesome tips! Inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry says:

    Thanks for the useful tips!

    4 years ago

  • Niridia

    Niridia says:

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

    4 years ago

  • EulaliaBriz

    EulaliaBriz says:

    awesome photos! Thanks

    4 years ago

  • BeljaysFeltnArt

    BeljaysFeltnArt says:

    Thanks for the tips. I am still learning.

    4 years ago

  • sissysparrows

    sissysparrows says:

    Great video... thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • efratjewelry

    efratjewelry says:

    Thank you for the video and great tips:)

    4 years ago

  • PavlovaandFox

    PavlovaandFox says:

    More great tips for new starters. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • irisbiran

    irisbiran says:

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

    4 years ago

  • TwistedSilverDesign

    TwistedSilverDesign says:

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

    4 years ago

  • TokulVintage

    TokulVintage says:

    putting the item into context - great tip Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • Oggi

    Oggi says:

    Great article, very useful hints, thank you!

    4 years ago

  • LaIndustriaDeMayka

    LaIndustriaDeMayka says:

    Thanks for the tips, very useful video.

    4 years ago

  • BeauBazaar

    BeauBazaar says:

    Great vid, off to do now!

    4 years ago

  • dekoprojects

    dekoprojects says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • berthabrightmarke

    berthabrightmarke says:

    @ HeyMichelle, Nice, short and informative article.

    4 years ago

  • amber4you

    amber4you says:

    Thank you for this information! Really informative and useful.

    4 years ago

  • SecondHome

    SecondHome says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Rolyzcreations

    Rolyzcreations says:

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

    4 years ago

  • 2SmartCats

    2SmartCats says:

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

    4 years ago

  • LittleJoobieBoo

    LittleJoobieBoo says:

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

    4 years ago

  • blondiesteff

    blondiesteff says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Laviniasmuse

    Laviniasmuse says:

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

    4 years ago

  • maramao

    maramao says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Patagoniahandmade

    Patagoniahandmade says:


    4 years ago

  • ambernurture

    ambernurture says:

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

    4 years ago

  • beadsofaquarius

    beadsofaquarius says:

    Thank you! Wonderful and very helpfull tips! ;)

    4 years ago

  • Kiramic

    Kiramic says:

    That was sooo helpful!! Thank You!

    4 years ago

  • YankeeDaughter

    YankeeDaughter says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • LoopsbyAnnie

    LoopsbyAnnie says:

    Great photo tips. Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • Christine627

    Christine627 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid says:

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

    4 years ago

  • johndepatie

    johndepatie says:

    Thank you for the advice.

    4 years ago

  • BeadDivasFlorida

    BeadDivasFlorida says:

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

    4 years ago

  • katieduran

    katieduran says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • riverrattile

    riverrattile says:

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

    4 years ago

  • VernasVault

    VernasVault says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • dboatrightoriginals

    dboatrightoriginals says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • NutfieldWeaver

    NutfieldWeaver says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • Pandanimal

    Pandanimal says:

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

    4 years ago

  • gailsgreatergoods

    gailsgreatergoods says:

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

    4 years ago

  • ricketyrocketboy

    ricketyrocketboy says:

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

    4 years ago

  • MayThailand

    MayThailand says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Moers

    Moers says:

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

    4 years ago

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery says:

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

    4 years ago

  • LifeisBalance

    LifeisBalance says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • tcarmo

    tcarmo says:

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

    4 years ago

  • TheWeeTawnyOwl

    TheWeeTawnyOwl says:

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

    4 years ago

  • cuddlebugkids

    cuddlebugkids says:

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

    4 years ago

  • good4you

    good4you says:

    yay thank you!

    4 years ago

  • cuddlebugkids

    cuddlebugkids says:

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

    4 years ago

  • cuddlebugkids

    cuddlebugkids says:

    PS...great video! Thanks so much!

    4 years ago

  • ressac

    ressac says:

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

    4 years ago

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • CopperNThreads

    CopperNThreads says:

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

    4 years ago

  • PoePoePurses

    PoePoePurses says:

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

    4 years ago

  • TwinMountainPottery
  • aktina

    aktina says:

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

    4 years ago

  • vampofvintage

    vampofvintage says:

    Wonderful!! A picture is 1000 words!

    4 years ago

  • blanchesplace

    blanchesplace says:

    Another excellent post.

    4 years ago

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio says:

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

    4 years ago

  • beachmix

    beachmix says:

    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).

    4 years ago

  • KimmieBethDesigns

    KimmieBethDesigns says:

    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!.

    4 years ago

  • ionesAttic

    ionesAttic says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • PearlAmourJewels

    PearlAmourJewels says:

    Great post. Love the video tutorials.

    4 years ago

  • AsiaQueen

    AsiaQueen says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • JeezumCrowVintage

    JeezumCrowVintage says:

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

    4 years ago

  • scotthuckphoto

    scotthuckphoto says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • Justlena

    Justlena says:

    Great tips!!!Thank you so much!

    4 years ago

  • pukkaijudit

    pukkaijudit says:

    very good video, thank you! :-)

    4 years ago

  • jhollywooddesigns

    jhollywooddesigns says:

    Great video - it was so helpful! :)

    4 years ago

  • lizajgo

    lizajgo says:

    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 gets easier.

    4 years ago

  • RatgirlProductions

    RatgirlProductions says:

    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! :)

    4 years ago

  • GlassDanceBeads

    GlassDanceBeads says:

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

    4 years ago

  • DeuxPetitesSouris

    DeuxPetitesSouris says:

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

    4 years ago

  • JTBoys

    JTBoys says:

    Thank you so much! Very helpful tips.

    4 years ago

  • mosaichick

    mosaichick says:

    Helpful and cute video. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • bloei

    bloei says:

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

    4 years ago

  • OnPrimroseLane

    OnPrimroseLane says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • lvroturquoise

    lvroturquoise says:

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

    4 years ago

  • DuettaDesigns

    DuettaDesigns says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • FleurDeSoleil

    FleurDeSoleil says:

    Thank you for the helpful hints

    4 years ago

  • deLoop

    deLoop says:

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

    4 years ago

  • bluepeninsula

    bluepeninsula says:

    Really nice video! Well done.

    4 years ago

  • smartclothes

    smartclothes says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Fiberfigments

    Fiberfigments says:

    Thanks for the tips. They are always a help.

    4 years ago


    FISHeFISH says:

    thank you!

    4 years ago

  • IndieKulture

    IndieKulture says:

    Thank you, tips were very helpful.

    4 years ago

  • CitySistersShop

    CitySistersShop says:

    Very helpful video. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • wildwomanbeads

    wildwomanbeads says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • papertique

    papertique says:

    Great tips, Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • SmartGalDesigns

    SmartGalDesigns says:

    Thanks, I needed that!

    4 years ago

  • ChrisCollections

    ChrisCollections says:

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

    4 years ago

  • LWJewelryCreations

    LWJewelryCreations says:

    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 :-)

    4 years ago

  • normahale1

    normahale1 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • OxOriginalArtJewelry

    OxOriginalArtJewelry says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • tiedyedmonkeys

    tiedyedmonkeys says:

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

    4 years ago

  • normahale1

    normahale1 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • SaritaSopita

    SaritaSopita says:

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

    4 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

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

    4 years ago

  • QuirkMuseum

    QuirkMuseum says:

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

    4 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    Great tips. thanks for the video

    4 years ago

  • JaceJewelry

    JaceJewelry says:

    Thank you for the tips. Great advise.

    4 years ago

  • LimitlessJewelry

    LimitlessJewelry says:

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

    4 years ago

  • MonkyLonkyDesigns

    MonkyLonkyDesigns says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information!

    4 years ago

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux says:

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

    4 years ago

  • pinkdesigns

    pinkdesigns says:

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

    4 years ago

  • limitz

    limitz says:

    Absolutly great video!

    4 years ago

  • StupivaLeVioleBijoux

    StupivaLeVioleBijoux says:

    Well done, very nice video :)

    4 years ago

  • MonicaMoore777

    MonicaMoore777 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • earnestefforts

    earnestefforts says:

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

    4 years ago

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva says:

    Great tips here! Thanks

    4 years ago

  • zipzippitydos

    zipzippitydos says:

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

    4 years ago

  • seahrse

    seahrse says:

    Wonderful tips and well presented. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • art4ear

    art4ear says:

    Great tips, will give it my best. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • Simag

    Simag says:

    Thank you so much for the great tips!

    4 years ago

  • marinalubomirsky

    marinalubomirsky says:

    Great video and excellent tips!

    4 years ago

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue says:

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

    4 years ago

  • romyandclare

    romyandclare says:

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

    4 years ago

  • cyasarcan

    cyasarcan says:

    Thanks for the help!

    4 years ago

  • AmazoneTextileDesign

    AmazoneTextileDesign says:

    GREAT JEsssica THANKYOU !!

    4 years ago

  • tomsgrossmami

    tomsgrossmami says:

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

    4 years ago

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro says:

    Thank you!!!

    4 years ago

  • MagentaGinger

    MagentaGinger says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    4 years ago

  • CherylBrissonFolkArt

    CherylBrissonFolkArt says:

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

    4 years ago

  • sarantos

    sarantos says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • cosseycreations

    cosseycreations says:

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

    4 years ago

  • frnchsk

    frnchsk says:

    Thank you sooo much for the info!! :)

    4 years ago

  • ZorroPlateado

    ZorroPlateado says:

    Great tips...thank you!

    4 years ago

  • beadsandpaint

    beadsandpaint says:

    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? there less of a "yuck" factor if a necklace or bracelet has been worn by the model?

    4 years ago

  • TheDulceVida

    TheDulceVida says:

    Great thank you!

    4 years ago

  • kkajoux

    kkajoux says:

    Super, thanks a million

    4 years ago

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels says:

    Great tips, thanks!

    4 years ago

  • TreehouseIllustrator

    TreehouseIllustrator says:

    Short, simple, and sweet! :)

    4 years ago

  • Soles

    Soles says:

    thanks for sharing, great tips!!!

    4 years ago

  • StrumAndSparkle

    StrumAndSparkle says:

    That was great! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • AudPottery

    AudPottery says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • kAdamsArt

    kAdamsArt says:

    Great article! Very helpful.

    4 years ago

  • boobahblue

    boobahblue says:

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

    4 years ago

  • blessedbutter

    blessedbutter says:

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

    4 years ago

  • madison355

    madison355 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • thriftyjennie

    thriftyjennie says:

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

    4 years ago

  • lucieheaton

    lucieheaton says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Chunkylicious

    Chunkylicious says:

    wonderful tips!

    4 years ago

  • stitchuation

    stitchuation says:

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

    4 years ago

  • LerinPhotography

    LerinPhotography says:

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

    4 years ago

  • jesusvalencia14

    jesusvalencia14 says:

    this helps to be better off

    4 years ago

  • adrianadossantos

    adrianadossantos says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • twosisterscottage

    twosisterscottage says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • steffanypayne

    steffanypayne says:

    That's what's up

    4 years ago

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • majoys

    majoys says:

    Very helpful....thank you

    4 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

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

    4 years ago

  • CatShyCrafts

    CatShyCrafts says:

    beautiful tutorial!

    4 years ago

  • ShannonCraft

    ShannonCraft says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • naughteebits

    naughteebits says:

    Great vid, thanks for the tips!

    4 years ago

  • olivasoaps

    olivasoaps says:

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

    4 years ago

  • modernmatters

    modernmatters says:

    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!!

    4 years ago

  • deepbluesea

    deepbluesea says:

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

    4 years ago

  • thefarbeyondstudio

    thefarbeyondstudio says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • BelowBlink

    BelowBlink says:

    Great tips! ;-)

    4 years ago

  • mariantonieta

    mariantonieta says:

    Very useful video! Thanks a lot.

    4 years ago

  • martket

    martket says:

    Thank youuuuu!!! :))

    4 years ago

  • FeltByLiza

    FeltByLiza says:

    Great tips, thank YOU!

    4 years ago

  • FeltByLiza

    FeltByLiza says:

    Thank you for these great tips ))

    4 years ago

  • FeltByLiza

    FeltByLiza says:

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

    4 years ago

  • sincerelyearth

    sincerelyearth says:

    Nice video. Needs more details.

    4 years ago

  • gcjewelry2002

    gcjewelry2002 says:

    Great help to me. Thank you.

    4 years ago

  • skrynka

    skrynka says:

    Great video! Thanks!!!

    4 years ago

  • Hippiechicjewelz

    Hippiechicjewelz says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • vixendesigner

    vixendesigner says:

    Great tips!

    4 years ago

  • HanaMauiCreations
  • lepiccolefate

    lepiccolefate says:

    Thanks for advice.

    4 years ago

  • SilkOriginals

    SilkOriginals says:

    much appreciated vid ~ Thank You :-)

    4 years ago

  • quickstop711

    quickstop711 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • mackenzieframes

    mackenzieframes says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • soulflowervintage

    soulflowervintage says:

    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..

    4 years ago

  • RobotsAreAwesome

    RobotsAreAwesome says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • Elentiri

    Elentiri says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • jewelkingthai

    jewelkingthai says:

    Great Idea and usefull information

    4 years ago

  • colorbeast

    colorbeast says:

    Great vid

    4 years ago

  • jennyjenny123

    jennyjenny123 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • walkaboutarts

    walkaboutarts says:

    Great tips, beautifully presented. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • OverTheTop

    OverTheTop says:

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

    4 years ago

  • metalicious

    metalicious says:

    Yay! Loved this article! Jessica totally rocked!

    4 years ago

  • TahelSadot

    TahelSadot says:

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

    4 years ago

  • AyaDesignsJewelry

    AyaDesignsJewelry says:

    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!!

    4 years ago

  • hingedjewelry

    hingedjewelry says:

    As the days are shorter in the north (where I am!) I so appreciate the tips she 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!

    4 years ago

  • designedbyjane

    designedbyjane says:

    Thank you for sharing such great tips and tricks xx

    4 years ago

  • julsofparadise

    julsofparadise says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • RBJohnson

    RBJohnson says:

    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..

    4 years ago

  • karenmakesstuff

    karenmakesstuff says:

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

    4 years ago

  • CoopyCoop

    CoopyCoop says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • lutrell1

    lutrell1 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • cutietiffy

    cutietiffy says:

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

    4 years ago

  • sentimentalist

    sentimentalist says:

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

    4 years ago

  • JennyElenaDesigns

    JennyElenaDesigns says:

    Awesome! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • JVincentFitz

    JVincentFitz says:

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

    4 years ago

  • lindaalfred2000

    lindaalfred2000 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • BlacknickSculpture

    BlacknickSculpture says:

    Thanks for the photography tips!

    4 years ago

  • etstime

    etstime says:

    Thank you.

    4 years ago

  • FlowerPatches

    FlowerPatches says:

    Great tips! Thanks

    4 years ago

  • CreativeWorksofArt

    CreativeWorksofArt says:

    Thanks for the tips. Need all I can get.

    4 years ago

  • myfunbeads

    myfunbeads says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • NaturalAesthetics

    NaturalAesthetics says:

    Thanks so much for the photography tips!

    4 years ago

  • PoppengaArtStudio

    PoppengaArtStudio says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • TigerHeadDesigns

    TigerHeadDesigns says:

    So helpful! Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • UrbanEcoBeauty

    UrbanEcoBeauty says:

    Fantastic job, thank you!!

    4 years ago

  • ArtdeLimaginaire

    ArtdeLimaginaire says:

    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

    4 years ago

  • ArtdeLimaginaire

    ArtdeLimaginaire says:

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

    4 years ago

  • FAVE123

    FAVE123 says:

    Very helpful tips, thank you.

    4 years ago

  • maggieandmodesigns

    maggieandmodesigns says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • SnookyDoodles

    SnookyDoodles says:

    Great post and instructions, Thank you so much!

    4 years ago

  • etsycol

    etsycol says:

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

    4 years ago

  • jpohleong

    jpohleong says:

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

    4 years ago

  • yhtanaff

    yhtanaff says:

    Thank you so much! Good tips

    4 years ago

  • MaBille

    MaBille says:

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

    4 years ago


    MIRAKRIS says:

    great video thank you for the tips :-)

    4 years ago

  • KaleidoscopeArtist

    KaleidoscopeArtist says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    4 years ago

  • SweetCakeCookie

    SweetCakeCookie says:

    Thanks so much!

    4 years ago

  • Mercankara

    Mercankara says:


    4 years ago

  • Lookatallthecolors

    Lookatallthecolors says:

    Great tips! Thanks

    4 years ago

  • ClaireCaudwell

    ClaireCaudwell says:

    Great video. Very informative and helpful! :)

    4 years ago

  • viviennebarz

    viviennebarz says:

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

    4 years ago

  • kristiinameiner

    kristiinameiner says:

    I always strive for improvement in my photos

    4 years ago

  • mikimartinez

    mikimartinez says:

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

    4 years ago

  • SeinFelt

    SeinFelt says:

    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 definitely brought in sales, but now how to keep it up myself? This post definitely helped. Cheers. Vivian

    4 years ago

  • designsofartisan

    designsofartisan says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Mangotangobeauty

    Mangotangobeauty says:

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

    4 years ago

  • BendByErika

    BendByErika says:

    Thanks for the advice!

    4 years ago

  • Donkeystudio

    Donkeystudio says:

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

    4 years ago

  • inbetweenaccessories

    inbetweenaccessories says:

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

    4 years ago

  • PourBoyCeramics

    PourBoyCeramics says:

    Thanks for the tips. They were very helpful!

    4 years ago

  • BonnieandBell

    BonnieandBell says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • veryveraventage

    veryveraventage says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • FaeryKissNaturals

    FaeryKissNaturals says:

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

    4 years ago

  • turtlecreekdesign

    turtlecreekdesign says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • madelinefeliciano

    madelinefeliciano says:

    4 years ago

  • jiorji

    jiorji says:

    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. :)

    4 years ago

  • gailanders3

    gailanders3 says:

    Nice easy basic tips....thanks!

    4 years ago

  • wannycreation

    wannycreation says:

    I love your stuff. Thanks for sharing this.

    4 years ago

  • noteko

    noteko says:

    Thank u so much for a great TIPS!!

    4 years ago

  • trailgetter

    trailgetter says:

    Nice easy instructions to follow. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • mongmung

    mongmung says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • SauliusMaziliauskas

    SauliusMaziliauskas says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery says:

    Inspiration + information + action = growth :-)

    4 years ago

  • clutterbunny

    Kathy from clutterbunny says:

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

    4 years ago

  • Craftelina

    vik and ig from Craftelina says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • KatiesBeadsOfHope

    Katie Louise Leach from HopeForBinati says:

    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 :)

    4 years ago

  • wendiandtara

    Wendi and Tara from PoppiesandPaperbacks says:

    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!

    4 years ago

  • Sevein84

    Sevein84 from Sevein84 says:

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

    4 years ago

  • camermaidjewelry

    Troy Stengel from camermaidjewelry says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • coffeebreakdesigns

    Leslie from coffeebreakdesigns says:

    Great article and video! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • BusyBeeButtonsnBows

    Debbie Ferrin from BusyBeeButtonsnBows says:

    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.

    4 years ago

  • PolymerPony

    Amy Singbusch from PolymerPony says:

    woohoo :)

    4 years ago

  • lazypolly

    Polly Cho from lazypolly says:

    Very nice video!

    4 years ago

  • honeybeededjewelry
  • cronopia6

    cronopia6 from cronopia6 says:

    thanks! :)

    4 years ago

  • Isaiah1v18

    Laura Rodriguez from Isaiah1v18 says:

    Great advice! Your a pro!

    4 years ago

  • ludascrafts

    ludascrafts ludascrafts from ludascrafts says:

    This is really great information. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • buenobookshop

    Jo and David from buenobookshop says:

    Fantastic; thanks for the resources!!

    4 years ago

  • JanCramer

    Janice Cramer from JanCramer says:

    You guys are the best!

    4 years ago

  • rebeccatrevorrow

    Rebecca from WoodlandKitchen says:

    Thank you so much!!

    4 years ago

  • gabybec

    Gaby Becerra says:

    Very helpful! Thank you so much!

    4 years ago

  • konstadia

    konstadia from konstadia says:

    great tips! thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • ShareeBoutique

    Sharee Smith from ShareeBoutique says:

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

    3 years ago

  • bosquecarpentry

    Gabriel Montes from bosquecarpentry says:

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

    3 years ago

  • queenofthepond

    Karen Ennis from KarenDidItDesigns says:

    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!

    3 years ago

  • hankietankie

    Ariana from hankietankie says:

    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

    3 years ago

  • 1ofakindchimes

    Vickie Davis from 1ofakindchimes says:

    Thank you!!!

    3 years ago

  • sprucefarmer

    Lori Barbaresi from HannasHopeChest says:

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

    3 years ago

  • tiffybflower

    tiffy blanchflower from TiffyBlanchflower says:

    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!

    3 years ago

  • Castleofcostamesa

    Castleofcostamesa from Castleofcostamesa says:

    Thank you so much! Very nice video!

    3 years ago

  • PolishMeFreddy

    Alfredo Ramos from PolishMeFreddy says:

    :) Thanks for this video.

    3 years ago

  • chicknfish

    Mellissa Uber-Lopez from MellissaUberLopez says:

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

    3 years ago

  • annetteewert

    Annette Ewert from thebloomingcornercom says:

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

    3 years ago

  • jlmurniati

    Jean Lane Murniati from HatiKuJewelry says:

    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.

    3 years ago

  • osnatavni

    Osnat Avni from Avnis says:

    great!!!!! tanks

    3 years ago

  • floydsusan

    Susan Floyd from SuesMuseWenatchee says:

    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

    3 years ago

  • chicknfish

    Mellissa Uber-Lopez from MellissaUberLopez says:

    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...

    3 years ago

  • chicknfish

    Mellissa Uber-Lopez from MellissaUberLopez says:

    I mean , Michelle.:P

    3 years ago

  • quaboag

    Diana Nothe-taylor from DesignsbyDiNot says:

    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?

    3 years ago

  • UrbanChicDecor

    Terry from UrbanChicDecor says:

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

    3 years ago

  • TimelessShabby

    Jessica from ThePrairieBoutique says:

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

    3 years ago

  • hummingbirdjewelry1

    Hummingbird Jewelry from HummingbirdJewelry1 says:

    Thank you so much for the great info Michelle.

    3 years ago

  • pattyvieira81

    Patty Vieira from LeCharmeJewelry says:

    Thanks for the tips! ;)

    3 years ago

  • jorjapontotunisiano

    Francisca from PontoTunisiano says:

    Thank you for the great tips!

    3 years ago

  • Ginsme

    Gini Davenport from AFashionateAffair says:

    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!

    3 years ago

  • AdLiv

    AdLiv from AdLivsVault says:

    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 :)

    3 years ago

  • seniorsid

    Sidney Rimmington from TheOldAdobe says:

    Good tips. Made me think more ....

    3 years ago

  • laurenfrehel

    Lauren from ShleepYarns says:

    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.....

    3 years ago

  • Villedefleurs

    Tatiana from VilleDeFleurs says:

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

    3 years ago

  • rachaelolson3

    Rachael Olson from ThotJot says:

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

    3 years ago

  • aanttila

    Anja Anttila from StudioNille says:

    Thanks for the video, great tips!

    3 years ago

  • SugarberrydesignSA

    Tanya Simpson from KuleliDesigns says:

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

    3 years ago

  • artsmaidan

    Olga from SofiBabyShop says:

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

    3 years ago

  • GigglesProject

    Wanda from GigglesProject says:

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

    3 years ago

  • holly122

    Holly from hollybeals says:

    So helpful! I needed this!

    2 years ago

  • NatashaHamlet

    N. Hamlet from ShopCrystalCulture says:

    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.

    2 years ago

  • jadeehandmade

    jadeehandmade from jadeehandmade says:

    Thank you so much....

    2 years ago

  • curtislemay1

    Curtis LeMay from LeMayClassicArt says:

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

    2 years ago

  • totalbooklover

    Janrose from DecorusDIY says:

    Great video & tips! Very helpful. ^-^

    2 years ago

  • RomeoRomeo

    anna from RomeoRomeo says:

    Great advice. Thanks very much.

    2 years ago

  • designbcb

    beverly from designbcb says:

    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.

    2 years ago

  • Katalin89

    Katalin Szabó-Varga from UnnieDolls says:

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

    2 years ago

  • AudreyGardenLady

    Audrey from AudreyGardenLady says:

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

    2 years ago

  • tammybetson

    Tammy Betson from TandMArtsandCrafts says:

    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.

    2 years ago

  • tphippen

    terry from TerrysThings says:

    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.

    2 years ago

  • ralucagonciar

    Raluca Gonciar from RALOOLAND says:

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

    2 years ago

  • AmianaLiBookshelf

    Luisa Lavado from PavioseParafina says:

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

    2 years ago

  • stitchingupmemories

    Becky Hoyt from StitchingUpMemories says:

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

    2 years ago

  • picturelights1

    Morna Flaum says:

    Great tips and ideas.

    2 years ago

  • TheDulceVida

    Myra Pizarro from LittleLemonadeStudio says:

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

    2 years ago

  • CherryGardenWorkshop

    Miss Cherry from CherryGardenDolls says:

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

    2 years ago

  • mizsun3sun

    Mizuho Koda from MizuhoKoda says:

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

    2 years ago


    Angela Matera from ArtePerInciso says:

    Thank you! Usefull informations!

    2 years ago

  • julesdela94 says:

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

    2 years ago

  • ritabetty1 says:

    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.

    2 years ago

  • jeanneises says:

    So a picture "is"worth a thousand words

    2 years ago

  • Blume146

    Joy Blume from NaughtyNelliesAttic says:

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

    2 years ago

  • silentmagpie

    Terri Watts from SilentMagpie says:

    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. :)

    2 years ago

  • ryalfarms1

    Bruce Turano from RyalFarms says:

    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

    1 year ago

  • thatsnicestuff

    Nuts About Nature Webster from NutsAboutNature says:

    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.

    1 year ago

  • TanaAnns

    Tana Stephens from TanaAnns says:

    Thank you Michelle!

    1 year ago

  • UptownGirlSoap

    Janice Cordeiro from UptownGirlSoap says:

    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.

    1 year ago

  • irauerbopp

    Isolde Rauer-Bopp from Isipearls says:

    Thank You for the helpfull advice! warm regards, Isipearls

    1 year ago

  • maifor1

    Mai Forsyth from NZL1094 says:

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

    1 year ago

  • liubovshpeka

    Lubava Shpeka from Ethnostyle says:

    Thanks! So helpful! I needed this!

    1 year ago

  • lakescapesllc

    lakescapesllc from DesignsFromMyHeart2U says:

    Thank you for the excellent information !!!

    1 year ago

  • waltkerri

    Kerri from PeetsLittlePicker says:

    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

    1 year ago

  • designedbykatnc

    Kathleen H from designedbykatnc says:

    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?

    1 year ago

  • voronovamary

    Mary Voronova from handberry says:


    1 year ago


    AGORAA from AGORAA says:

    Amazing! Thank you so much!

    1 year ago

  • edifyboss

    Ed Brown from EdifyClothing says:

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

    1 year ago

  • Dglee

    Dglee from Dglee says:

    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

    1 year ago

  • ruthbcanham

    Ruth Billings Canham from NahikuArtGlass says:

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

    1 year ago

  • ld34760

    Lydia Diaz from WEBAnaturalproducts says:

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

    1 year ago

  • aGLITZYoccasion

    Victoria O'Brien from aGlitzyoccasion says:

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

    1 year ago

  • jacko39reilly

    Jack O'Reilly from TheEcoOwl says:

    Nice :)

    1 year ago

  • toolanddieshop

    Meggie K from ToolAndDieShop says:

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

    1 year ago

  • jackpowerr

    jack pow says:

    thank you for this video if you are a beginner in photography and want to learn the best technique for taking photos, I went through the same stage as you until I came across this wonderful book that taught me enormously good thing about shooting and the best photo editing technique while remaining within the ordinary I strongly advice you, it helped me to win money withs to my photos

    1 year ago

  • crz4my3bbs

    Jodie Hatcher from designedtobe says:

    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!

    1 year ago

  • letteredwhimsy

    Wylene Davis from LetteredWhimsy says:

    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.

    1 year ago

  • personal2treasures

    Elli from personal2treasures says:

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

    1 year ago

  • Dashrathint

    Dashrath International from DashrathInt says:

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

    1 year ago

  • PixilatedPuffin

    PixilatedPuffin from PixilatedPuffin says:

    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)?

    1 year ago

  • MOlasoArtStudio

    Carolia Ponce de Leon from MOlasoArtStudio says:

    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?

    1 year ago

  • andaleem

    andaleem from KupoShop says:

    Thank you for this article. I have been trying to get my photos at a better quality and design better backdrops for my products: 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?

    244 days ago

  • norahsbijoux

    Sharon Lawrie from BijouxEiwal says:

    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.

    210 days ago

  • lairdmartin1

    Martin L Laird from RusticAlicious says:

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

    151 days ago

  • akashwindersandha

    Akashwinder Sandha from KnittingKuteness says:

    Thank you so much for a helpful video.

    132 days ago