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Jun 7, 2010

by heidiadnum

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

In this article we’ll look at some excellent product photographs and talk about colour, light and reflection. I’ll offer tips and advice to help solve what seem to be the most common and specific product photography problems. My suggestions are straightforward and the great news is that you certainly don’t have to have a fancy camera or a huge budget to make them work for you.

Know Your Camera

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

Photo by Christine Berrie

Colour

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

  • Exposure

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

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

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

  • White Balance

This setting tells the camera what is pure white. If the camera gets white right, then all the other colours follow.


Photo by thriftypyg

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

Light

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

Photo by Ruby Wren Cards

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

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

Photo by ModishVintage

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

Photo by simplijessi

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

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

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

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

Reflection and Translucence

  • Reflection

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

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

Photo by mengseldesign

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

Photo by toolisjewelry

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

Photo by kathiroussel

  • Translucence

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

Photo by GlitzGlitter

Get more photography advice from Heidi in Choosing a Background for Product Photographs

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414 comments

  • hypericumfragile

    hypericumfragile said 7 years ago

    Great article and a great selection of items!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you very much for sharing :)

  • janinebasil

    janinebasil said 7 years ago

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

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 7 years ago

    Fantastic tips! Thank you for sharing!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

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

  • RosemaryManufacture

    RosemaryManufacture said 7 years ago

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

  • ChasingtheCrayon

    ChasingtheCrayon said 7 years ago

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

  • simpledaisy

    simpledaisy said 7 years ago

    Fabulous article!!! Thanks for sharing:)

  • CasaDiAries

    CasaDiAries said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing with us so many great tips!

  • nicoledebruin

    nicoledebruin said 7 years ago

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

  • davisdesignsau

    davisdesignsau said 7 years ago

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

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 7 years ago

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

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 7 years ago

    brilliant tips! thank you :)

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

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

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 7 years ago

    Great tips!Thanks for sharing :)

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the tips Heidi!

  • RUBYrecycled

    RUBYrecycled said 7 years ago

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

  • davisdesignsau

    davisdesignsau said 7 years ago

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

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography said 7 years ago

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

  • UpsideDownsideDark

    UpsideDownsideDark said 7 years ago

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

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 7 years ago

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

  • cherryshop

    cherryshop said 7 years ago

    Excellent tips! Thank you, Heidi!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Thankk's for the great tips!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

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

  • cityroad

    cityroad said 7 years ago

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

  • Accessoire

    Accessoire said 7 years ago

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

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

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

  • MysticLily

    MysticLily said 7 years ago

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

  • MossmottleManor

    MossmottleManor said 7 years ago

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

  • catnapcottage

    catnapcottage said 7 years ago

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

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

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

  • melanielean

    melanielean said 7 years ago

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

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    always appreciate the tips!

  • LynspiredJewelry

    LynspiredJewelry said 7 years ago

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

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 7 years ago

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

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones said 7 years ago

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

  • mnhince

    mnhince said 7 years ago

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

  • fortheloveofpete

    fortheloveofpete said 7 years ago

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

  • MaaPstudio

    MaaPstudio said 7 years ago

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

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the practical tips!

  • Viverre

    Viverre said 7 years ago

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

  • ladylotus

    ladylotus said 7 years ago

    thank you !

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 7 years ago

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

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

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

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 7 years ago

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

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 7 years ago

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

  • momochas

    momochas said 7 years ago

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

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

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

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

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

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Thanks a lot for sharing them.

  • prettyoriginals

    prettyoriginals said 7 years ago

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

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

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

  • GaLiMa

    GaLiMa said 7 years ago

    This article is very helpful, thank you!

  • PookieandPierre

    PookieandPierre said 7 years ago

    Great article and tips! Thanks for sharing these!

  • RevolvingStore

    RevolvingStore said 7 years ago

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

  • PottyMouthGems

    PottyMouthGems said 7 years ago

    Awesome article Heidi!! XXXOOO

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 7 years ago

    thanks so much. These are great tips!

  • HandmadeFlowers

    HandmadeFlowers said 7 years ago

    Thank you, this is very helpful.

  • pennymasquerade

    pennymasquerade said 7 years ago

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

  • AllthingsWood

    AllthingsWood said 7 years ago

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

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer said 7 years ago

    Great tips! x

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe said 7 years ago

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

  • UNAshop

    UNAshop said 7 years ago

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

  • littlebirddesignuk

    littlebirddesignuk said 7 years ago

    excellent tips. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

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

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 7 years ago

    Great detailed article. THANKS!

  • RenataandJonathan

    RenataandJonathan said 7 years ago

    thank you for sharing :)

  • StopTheClock

    StopTheClock said 7 years ago

    Great examples and tips! Thanks!

  • TeenahTime

    TeenahTime said 7 years ago

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

  • ForgottenYarns

    ForgottenYarns said 7 years ago

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

  • artin

    artin said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great information!

  • artin

    artin said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the information! Very helpful!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    excellent tips! thank you!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 7 years ago

    GREAT little tips on this article! Thanks.

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo said 7 years ago

    Great Tips!

  • PRINTforLOVEofWOOD

    PRINTforLOVEofWOOD said 7 years ago

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

  • CreamCityCrafts

    CreamCityCrafts said 7 years ago

    Great advice, thanks for sharing!

  • blushieandbruiser

    blushieandbruiser said 7 years ago

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

  • daisyberry

    daisyberry said 7 years ago

    The last picture is very nice.

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 7 years ago

    Always appreciate photo advice. Thanks!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 7 years ago

    Thank you SO much for sharing these tips. :)

  • TastyVintage

    TastyVintage said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thank you for sharing!

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 7 years ago

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

  • ParisianDreams

    ParisianDreams said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing these great tips!

  • sophiascooter

    sophiascooter said 7 years ago

    Very helpful thx!!!!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 7 years ago

    Looking forward to part II! :) Thanks again!

  • StarAniseRecipes

    StarAniseRecipes said 7 years ago

    off to read the manual :D thanks!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 7 years ago

    Thanks, for the wonderful tips and ideas!

  • mascarajones

    mascarajones said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you!

  • DoodlebugAccessories

    DoodlebugAccessories said 7 years ago

    Thank you for these fantastic tips!

  • steampunkjunq

    steampunkjunq said 7 years ago

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

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 7 years ago

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

  • bonjourpierre

    bonjourpierre said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • evagodeva

    evagodeva said 7 years ago

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

  • GlitzGlitter

    GlitzGlitter said 7 years ago

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

  • deusprovidebit

    deusprovidebit said 7 years ago

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

  • NoniBam

    NoniBam said 7 years ago

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

  • SarahOfSweden

    SarahOfSweden said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing.

  • carleeglass

    carleeglass said 7 years ago

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

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 7 years ago

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

  • sandmaiden

    sandmaiden said 7 years ago

    good tips, thanks so much for sharing!

  • red2white

    red2white said 7 years ago

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

  • beadychick

    beadychick said 7 years ago

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

  • simplyfrenchvintage

    simplyfrenchvintage said 7 years ago

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

  • beautifulchaos

    beautifulchaos said 7 years ago

    marking

  • ThePaperButton

    ThePaperButton said 7 years ago

    Great help thanks!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • PomelyGrove

    PomelyGrove said 7 years ago

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

  • LittleFishArts

    LittleFishArts said 7 years ago

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

  • gurneycreekfarm

    gurneycreekfarm said 7 years ago

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

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    as always... great advice!

  • TwigAndBird

    TwigAndBird said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great information!

  • mukkymonkey

    mukkymonkey said 7 years ago

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

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 7 years ago

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

  • SugarKids

    SugarKids said 7 years ago

    Really great ideas. Thanks for the information!

  • tamisdesigns

    tamisdesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 7 years ago

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

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle said 7 years ago

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

  • Vanittas

    Vanittas said 7 years ago

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

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 7 years ago

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

  • joyoustreasures

    joyoustreasures said 7 years ago

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

  • ourhobbytoyourhome

    ourhobbytoyourhome said 7 years ago

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

  • SweetTPaperDesigns

    SweetTPaperDesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • PoorJean

    PoorJean said 7 years ago

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

  • chrisgalli

    chrisgalli said 7 years ago

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

  • amitiedesigns

    amitiedesigns said 7 years ago

    Very helpful indeed! Thanks for sharing :0)

  • Simag

    Simag said 7 years ago

    Great article and a beautiful selection of items!

  • Hechoamano3

    Hechoamano3 said 7 years ago

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

  • grammijforeveryoung

    grammijforeveryoung said 7 years ago

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

  • grammij

    grammij said 7 years ago

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

  • UniquelyYoursbyCil

    UniquelyYoursbyCil said 7 years ago

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

  • nisseworks

    nisseworks said 7 years ago

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

  • jewelrycollectibles

    jewelrycollectibles said 7 years ago

    Thanks for your helpful tips. Your photos look great.

  • byKEONA

    byKEONA said 7 years ago

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

  • PointyPaws

    PointyPaws said 7 years ago

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

  • designbirdie

    designbirdie said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this article! very fab

  • bluebirdknits

    bluebirdknits said 7 years ago

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

  • linneaswedishdesign

    linneaswedishdesign said 7 years ago

    Some great tips. Thank you!

  • eclettica

    eclettica said 7 years ago

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

  • LifeAdorned

    LifeAdorned said 7 years ago

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

  • CricketCreekDesigns

    CricketCreekDesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • josoriginals

    josoriginals said 7 years ago

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

  • patspottery

    patspottery said 7 years ago

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

  • apiecebydenise

    apiecebydenise said 7 years ago

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

  • workingwoodart

    workingwoodart said 7 years ago

    This is like it was written just for me. Thanks

  • jolietsimple

    jolietsimple said 7 years ago

    great tips! thank you!

  • wearartscotland

    wearartscotland said 7 years ago

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

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 7 years ago

    so important! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • xxloublouxx

    xxloublouxx said 7 years ago

    Great article thanks for all the tips :D

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon said 7 years ago

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

  • chickenboots

    chickenboots said 7 years ago

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

  • KRISSY167

    KRISSY167 said 7 years ago

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

  • KathrynGreenwald

    KathrynGreenwald said 7 years ago

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

  • kellylynndesigns

    kellylynndesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks!

  • bardet

    bardet said 7 years ago

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

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 7 years ago

    Excellent advice! smiles

  • flamingofancy

    flamingofancy said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for all your great advice!

  • pheepheebowtique

    pheepheebowtique said 7 years ago

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

  • DolineBlochDesigns

    DolineBlochDesigns said 7 years ago

    I keep trying :)

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 7 years ago

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

  • chelseabogledesigns

    chelseabogledesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • FAVE123

    FAVE123 said 7 years ago

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

  • Lilybellesjewels

    Lilybellesjewels said 7 years ago

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

  • jensdreamdecor

    jensdreamdecor said 7 years ago

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

  • billetsdoux

    billetsdoux said 7 years ago

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

  • earthexpressions

    earthexpressions said 7 years ago

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

  • nstjean

    nstjean said 7 years ago

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

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 7 years ago

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

  • tropAcool

    tropAcool said 7 years ago

    one can never have enough photo tips! thanks.

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice. Very helpful.

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • YaneaStudios

    YaneaStudios said 7 years ago

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

  • moonbindery

    moonbindery said 7 years ago

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

  • blackberrygraphics

    blackberrygraphics said 7 years ago

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

  • AllisonCreates

    AllisonCreates said 7 years ago

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

  • VeloNoir

    VeloNoir said 7 years ago

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

  • AllieEtCie

    AllieEtCie said 7 years ago

    Great tips..thank you, thank you!

  • Lissies

    Lissies said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you! :)

  • anakim

    anakim said 7 years ago

    Great tips! thanks for sharing!

  • marievan

    marievan said 7 years ago

    thank you for the tips ;-)

  • artangel

    artangel said 7 years ago

    Wonderful advice, thanks so much heidiadnum!

  • feltmeupdesigns

    feltmeupdesigns said 7 years ago

    great tips, thanks Heidi!

  • HazelFisherCreations

    HazelFisherCreations said 7 years ago

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

  • SoTeiTei

    SoTeiTei said 7 years ago

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

  • AngelDel

    AngelDel said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the useful tips!

  • sarasark

    sarasark said 7 years ago

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

  • heartinhanddesigns

    heartinhanddesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • FruttiTuttiBeadCandy

    FruttiTuttiBeadCandy said 7 years ago

    great just the info I have been looking for

  • Sistersnfriends

    Sistersnfriends said 7 years ago

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

  • maryzeran22

    maryzeran22 said 7 years ago

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

  • loddelina

    loddelina said 7 years ago

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

  • gifteddesigns

    gifteddesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • HandPaintedPetals

    HandPaintedPetals said 7 years ago

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

  • sabrenias

    sabrenias said 7 years ago

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

  • margosoriginals

    margosoriginals said 7 years ago

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

  • zukas

    zukas said 7 years ago

    Great tips,thank you so much!

  • zukas

    zukas said 7 years ago

    Great tips,thank you so much!

  • SugarBlossomDesigns

    SugarBlossomDesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • MischievousKitty

    MischievousKitty said 7 years ago

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

  • tejewels

    tejewels said 7 years ago

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

  • sistersilver

    sistersilver said 7 years ago

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

  • jewelrybyjg

    jewelrybyjg said 7 years ago

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

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for the tips!

  • InformalElegance

    InformalElegance said 7 years ago

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

  • MagicFairy

    MagicFairy said 7 years ago

    Terrific tips! Thank you!

  • QuiltingMemories

    QuiltingMemories said 7 years ago

    Thank you for taking time to share this wonderful info.

  • charisg08

    charisg08 said 7 years ago

    Great article and great selection of photos! Thank you!

  • karuski

    karuski said 7 years ago

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

  • LavenderMemoryLane

    LavenderMemoryLane said 7 years ago

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

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 7 years ago

    Nice post!

  • RELMoriginals

    RELMoriginals said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the post!

  • ChocolateSushiHM

    ChocolateSushiHM said 7 years ago

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

  • AutumnJo

    AutumnJo said 7 years ago

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

  • birdapparel

    birdapparel said 7 years ago

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

  • dalewayne

    dalewayne said 7 years ago

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

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby said 7 years ago

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

  • kathysuniqueboutique

    kathysuniqueboutique said 7 years ago

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

  • paperannie

    paperannie said 7 years ago

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

  • GoGosHouse

    GoGosHouse said 7 years ago

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

  • JennyandV

    JennyandV said 7 years ago

    Really helpful! Thankyou!

  • BeachyBeadsShoppe

    BeachyBeadsShoppe said 7 years ago

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

  • gourdsbydesign

    gourdsbydesign said 7 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful article! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 7 years ago

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

  • PippiHepburn

    PippiHepburn said 7 years ago

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

  • PureaAccessory

    PureaAccessory said 7 years ago

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

  • alongtheline

    alongtheline said 7 years ago

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

  • BethanyHight

    BethanyHight said 7 years ago

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

  • VibrantTrains

    VibrantTrains said 7 years ago

    Excellent.

  • LittleSproutCreation

    LittleSproutCreation said 7 years ago

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

  • CounterFitCakes

    CounterFitCakes said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the tips. I need them all!

  • Palaver

    Palaver said 7 years ago

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

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom said 7 years ago

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

  • JiSTglass

    JiSTglass said 7 years ago

    great tips - thank you!

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 7 years ago

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

  • WoodysFlies

    WoodysFlies said 7 years ago

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

  • BeachGlassPalms

    BeachGlassPalms said 7 years ago

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

  • FantasyBijoux

    FantasyBijoux said 7 years ago

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

  • janesglassart

    janesglassart said 7 years ago

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

  • delightfullyvintage

    delightfullyvintage said 7 years ago

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

  • jennyandpearl

    jennyandpearl said 7 years ago

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

  • WimseyJewelry

    WimseyJewelry said 7 years ago

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

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 7 years ago

    Thank You!

  • SwirlyGarden

    SwirlyGarden said 7 years ago

    Amazing article, I really needed this!

  • howlindoggie

    howlindoggie said 7 years ago

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

  • snolbertogoster

    snolbertogoster said 7 years ago

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

  • SOiNTOiT

    SOiNTOiT said 7 years ago

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

  • RubyRedcrafts

    RubyRedcrafts said 7 years ago

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

  • Stompz

    Stompz said 7 years ago

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

  • VintageTwisted

    VintageTwisted said 7 years ago

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

  • Amievoltaire

    Amievoltaire said 7 years ago

    Excellent write-up, Thank you

  • BuyTheLightOfTheMoon

    BuyTheLightOfTheMoon said 7 years ago

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

  • SurvivorsShine

    SurvivorsShine said 7 years ago

    Thank you for your great advice!

  • Underneath

    Underneath said 7 years ago

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

  • Underneath

    Underneath said 7 years ago

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

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 7 years ago

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

  • GatheringSplendor

    GatheringSplendor said 7 years ago

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

  • DiamondHDesigns

    DiamondHDesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • elfadoesrock

    elfadoesrock said 7 years ago

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

  • scrapbookforme

    scrapbookforme said 7 years ago

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

  • favoriteblings

    favoriteblings said 7 years ago

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

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 7 years ago

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

  • deedlebugdesigns

    deedlebugdesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch said 7 years ago

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

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels said 7 years ago

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

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings said 7 years ago

    Thanks for all the tips!

  • rosyposydesigns

    rosyposydesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • sadie3438

    sadie3438 said 7 years ago

    I definitely need help. Thank you for sharing.

  • SMboutique

    SMboutique said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for your tips!

  • trinketsandbeaus

    trinketsandbeaus said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article - thank you kindly!!!

  • mafie999

    mafie999 said 7 years ago

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

  • asianartjewels

    asianartjewels said 7 years ago

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

  • hennyseashell

    hennyseashell said 7 years ago

    great tips and article! Thanks a LOT!!

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing these great tips!!

  • TheGinghamOwl

    TheGinghamOwl said 7 years ago

    Awesome Advice:) Thanks for sharing!

  • NewProspectPottery

    NewProspectPottery said 7 years ago

    wonderful article....thank you

  • DareDevine

    DareDevine said 7 years ago

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

  • mechiels

    mechiels said 7 years ago

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

  • tstreasures

    tstreasures said 7 years ago

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

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch said 7 years ago

    Wonderful information :) Thank you

  • lillianblack

    lillianblack said 7 years ago

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

  • mudturtlesandmore

    mudturtlesandmore said 7 years ago

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

  • AnnesGlassJewels

    AnnesGlassJewels said 7 years ago

    Learned a lot. Thank you!!!

  • KingdomKards

    KingdomKards said 7 years ago

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

  • WadeCreations

    WadeCreations said 7 years ago

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

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 7 years ago

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

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 7 years ago

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

  • mazzoni

    mazzoni said 7 years ago

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

  • yoshibearstudio

    yoshibearstudio said 7 years ago

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

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound said 7 years ago

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

  • Lumm

    Lumm said 7 years ago

    Thank You! I got some good ideas!

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 7 years ago

    Thanks again!

  • zemphira

    zemphira said 7 years ago

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

  • ArtAttackShack

    ArtAttackShack said 7 years ago

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

  • igorz

    igorz said 7 years ago

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

  • ausefullife

    ausefullife said 7 years ago

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

  • kaysbows

    kaysbows said 7 years ago

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

  • bbags22

    bbags22 said 7 years ago

    Great tips!

  • Altrosa

    Altrosa said 7 years ago

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

  • WendyKayDesigns

    WendyKayDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks, these tips should really help my enamel shots

  • KariOriginal

    KariOriginal said 7 years ago

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

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much!

  • sunshinefromaz

    sunshinefromaz said 6 years ago

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

  • pheasantrun

    marian from PheasantRunAntiques said 5 years ago

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

  • carolfritschpatterso

    Carol Fritsch Patterson said 5 years ago

    great article. very informative, thank you

  • WaltonWoodworks

    Scott Walton from WaltonWoodworks said 5 years ago

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

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • rosieexpressions

    Rose Tuttle from RosieArtLife said 4 years ago

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

  • DarthNessa

    Vanessa Robley from ThatsSoyNatural said 4 years ago

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

  • fadedviolet1

    fadedviolet1 from fadedviolet said 4 years ago

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

  • KARIMAHPEART

    Karimah Peart from FOREVERKS said 4 years ago

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

  • prefancy

    PREFANCY from PREFANCY said 4 years ago

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

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    Thanks for helpful tips. This photos look great.

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

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

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

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

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