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UK Edition: Choosing a Background for Product Photographs

Jun 21, 2010

by heidiadnum handmade and vintage goods

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.

Hello again, fellow Etsians! This is part two of your product photography questions answered. Find part one, covering colour, light and reflection here. Once again, we’ll look at some excellent product photographs and I’ll be offering some tips and advice to help solve sellers’ most common and specific problems — this time on backgrounds, props, composition and scale. My suggestions are straightforward and you don’t have to have a fancy camera or a huge budget to make them work for you.


Natural, neutral and simple “everyday” backgrounds work best. You probably have more suitable backgrounds in and around your home, garden, or local park than you realise. These include floorboards, decking, walls, wooden tables and chairs, laminate, firm flat fabric, tiles, bricks, stones and plants…the list goes on.

If you can’t find anything around the house, then make your own. Rescue an old piece of wood from a friend’s house, or even a builder’s skip!

Photo by PAWLING

Grab a pot of enamel paint, a piece of MDF and you’ve got an instant surface with a lovely sheen in the colour of your choice. Lay a sheet of glass or Perspex over a piece of card, felt or foam for an instant high-shine surface. Another low-cost way to achieve a high-shine surface is a sheet of tile/panel board, an off-cut of laminate or even a plain tile.

Photo by jessjamesjake

Bright white and jet black might sound like the perfect neutral backgrounds but they are very harsh and the high-contrast can be unflattering. The best way to use white as a background is to either shoot from a distance or put distance between your product and the background. This will make the white background look slightly grey. Light grey is easier on the eye than bright white and will be more flattering on your product.

Make your own white studio background using a sheet of thick white paper or matte white linoleum taped to the wall and draped down onto the floor. This creates a “runway” for a seamless effect. White fabric can also be used: however it is very important that the fabric is kept perfectly still and is free from any creases. The purpose of a plain, white background is to keep all focus on the item and not the background at all, so creases or marks are distracting and can look unprofessional.

Photo by Hindsvik

The best way to use black is to choose an “almost” black background, preferably with texture, such as a charcoal-coloured card.

Photo by locallibrary

Subtle patterns can be pretty and may complement your product.

Photo by sweetestelle


I love props. They’re bold and fun and can really bring photos to life. All you need to do is consider the look and feel of your shop and prop accordingly.

Photo by HelenRawlinson

Remember that models and dress forms are props, too. Using real models and dress forms can bring clothing to life and can seem more luxurious and inspiring to customers than dummies. If you’re selling a premium item, then your photos should reflect that. It might be worthwhile to invest in a trusted professional photographer and model to give your photos a sumptuous feel.

Photo by Hopeless


Grouping your products together can make them more eye-catching. This is especially true for small items.

Photo by byrdandbelle

Get up close and straight-on to your product. This perspective makes products look bold and impressive.

Photo by RoseLullabyDolls

Select an unusual crop or a particular detail and use this as your headline image. Potential buyers will be intrigued!

Photo by ThePaperAddict

Use depth of field to your advantage. Simply put, a blurred background, or foreground and background, takes the eye straight to your product. When you background is blurred you can use almost any background setting you like, as long as the colours complement your products. Try your macro setting to achieve this. Alternatively, if you are trying a manual set-up, select a small/shallow depth of field. For example, a low F-stop number, perhaps up to f5.0.

Photo by michellechangjewelry


The best way to show scale is to photograph your product in situ with a universal reference. I love in situ shots. They can really inspire potential customers. If you’re using a model, remember that they need to look comfortable and confident whilst using your product.

Photo by PegandAwl

Using the same space, crop or perspective for all of your product shots can also create scale. This can be achieved by simply using the same room or angle for every item and can be perfect for large items or supplies that you want to “stand alone” in the photograph.

Photo by michaelarras

Universal props to show scale include flowers in a vase, books, a children’s toy, a beautiful pencil or even your business card.

Photo by Ninainvorm

If you’ve got a good photo of your product showing its size and scale, but you want a great photo for the headline image, zoom in and get close up to the detail. This could be the arm of a sofa or the detail of a chair leg.

Photo by Bombus

Need Help?

Don’t be intimidated by fancy cameras that do everything except make you dinner — your trusty little digital compact “point and shoot” should serve you well. However, sometimes, whether due to its age or capacity, your camera simply may not be able to deliver the clear, sharp and vibrant product shots needed for success and you may have to upgrade. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. There are a number of excellent digital compact cameras on the market for under £200 — shop around and you might find one on sale for as low as £75. Hopefully you will make your money back through increased product sales!

Check out Heidi’s Photography Tips Part 1, which covers light, colour and reflection here.

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  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    this was super helpful - loved the discussion about backgrounds - thank you!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    So much wonderful information. Thanks!

  • maimy

    maimy said 7 years ago

    Great advice, and lovely ideas!

  • paulofnavarone

    paulofnavarone said 7 years ago

    some great photos here. makes me think i need to go sort my shop out. ha. love roses 'hugh' and the silverpine cupcake.

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tips! Very helpful, especially regarding backgrounds!

  • norajane

    norajane said 7 years ago

    Yay! Thank you so much for including my bean stamp in this fantastic article! So honored!

  • OhMafelt

    OhMafelt said 7 years ago

    Postcard cake, yum...that original!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 7 years ago

    very good and interesting advice! much appreciated!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 7 years ago

    Great information!! Thanks... I love looking for new unique ideas for my photos!! I think enjoy it as much as my designs!!

  • Chariot90

    Chariot90 said 7 years ago

    Great like always! I'm a big fan of your articles and I learn a lot from them. Very helpful

  • SavoyFaire

    SavoyFaire said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this! Very interesting and helpful!

  • heavenlyhandbag

    heavenlyhandbag said 7 years ago

    Great ideas and advice thanks.

  • KylieO

    KylieO said 7 years ago

    Thankyou for taking the time to give us such great advice! I scour etsy for photography tips, especially photographing children in a natural, professional way.

  • raeburnink

    raeburnink said 7 years ago

    thanks for the great tips!!!

  • FifiFlyaway

    FifiFlyaway said 7 years ago

    Great advice heidi - thank you for your advice and for featuring my beaded bangles!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Great advice. Thank's for the tips!

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 7 years ago

    these articles are priceless! thanks!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 7 years ago

    Really great ideas! I think I will use some today!

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice. The examples are wonderful!

  • davisdesignsau

    davisdesignsau said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! will have to try some out in spare time!

  • DiamondSand

    DiamondSand said 7 years ago

    Very helpful. Thank you for sharing.

  • RiverBazaar

    RiverBazaar said 7 years ago

    Inspirational. Play with the camera. Taking fotos is time consuming but rewarding both for you and visitors to your shop. Don't always get caught up with having absolutely perfect fotos over listing items. I have seen stellar fotos with little sales and stellar sales with so so fotos...

  • cloverduke

    cloverduke said 7 years ago

    i love the "Giraffe Wall Sticker" and all the tips! :)

  • Scrapboarding

    Scrapboarding said 7 years ago

    Ooooo! I love this. I am now more curious about the seamless factor of these backdrops, how they flow from wall onto surface. Thanx for great article! Going back to read part I.

  • GreenRoomStudios

    GreenRoomStudios said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the advice! I soooo need to re shoot my shop. I've been working on it for a while, but can't seem to get it right! These tips should help!

  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography said 7 years ago

    wonderful inspiration-thanks

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for the photography ideas!!! Now I need a cupcake! YUM!!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 7 years ago

    great tips. thank you!

  • byhelenga

    byhelenga said 7 years ago

    Great tips! Thank you very much for article!

  • GroundCherry

    GroundCherry said 7 years ago

    Great background information. I definitely made the creased fabric mistake, and need to retake a few photos! Glad to hear that you like props-- I've been ambivalent and not quite sure whether they are distracting or helpful. Any additional advice there would be much appreciated.

  • EponaJewels

    EponaJewels said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the tips! I constantly redo my photos trying something different every time.

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 7 years ago

    Forever and a day trying to fine-tune photos. Thanks so much for these great tips and reminders!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 7 years ago

    Beautiful photos! Wonderful advice! Thank you!

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 7 years ago

    Fantastic tips - thank you! I need to try photographing some of my greeting cards instead of using digital images of the designs in my listings -- your suggestions are just the motivation I need!

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 7 years ago

    Great article and tips! Also, some wonderful featured items...I clicked on so many of them and found some new favorites. And I'm off to find more!!

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia said 7 years ago

    Great tips, thanks for some great ideas.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    fantastic tips...thank you so much!

  • BrightWallVintage

    BrightWallVintage said 7 years ago

    Some cool items! I'd love to see a bigger variety of sellers' product shots instead of the usual suspects. There are a ton of super creative and talented Etsy sellers when it comes to their photography.

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!

  • backyardbirdsong

    backyardbirdsong said 7 years ago

    LOVE that map chair at the end.. some really inspiring photos there

  • OrangeistheSun

    OrangeistheSun said 7 years ago

    My goodness, this was soooo informative. Thank-you so much for all of the amazing tips and ideas!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Great tips! I'm slowly trying to improve my photography and I think its working little by little.

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry said 7 years ago

    Great tips once again, Heidi!

  • inbloomdesigns

    inbloomdesigns said 7 years ago

    Great tips... I am always trying to improve my photos!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 7 years ago

    Fantastic and oh so helpful article! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 7 years ago

    thanks for the input! these are excellent points and ones that i will put to use ! cheers

  • AutumnJo

    AutumnJo said 7 years ago

    You have such wonderful advice that I can actually understand and try to do. Thank you!


    PAWLING said 7 years ago

    Wow! Heidi, thanks so much for including our artichoke tote! What an honor to be featured along with such awesome sellers!!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 7 years ago

    Great practical tips. Thanks

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for your tips, you just keep me rolling in the right direction!

  • Serrelynda

    Serrelynda said 7 years ago

    Thank you for all the great info! This makes me want to try some props in my listing photos.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    seriously this is the most helpful article! thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • PrettyThingsFromWing

    PrettyThingsFromWing said 7 years ago

    brilliant article, clearly illustrated .. just what we needed - loads of useful tips. Thank you so much for sharing

  • PixesBeads

    PixesBeads said 7 years ago

    Thanks for offering these easy tips! I find photography to be an ever evolving process, and have learned to embrace the experience instead of dreading it like I used to!

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 7 years ago

    Great the notes on perspective....smiles.

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 7 years ago

    So so helpful- thank you!!!

  • SSSJ

    SSSJ said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the article. Great tips!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 7 years ago

    These tips seem so obvious, and yet, we've made just about all the mistakes possible with photographing items. You're entirely right about the white background, we're in the process of re-shooting a number of items right now! <3 Andrea

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 7 years ago

    Great tips! I am always trying to improve the photos of my products, and always get a professional photographer for the most important shots. What a nice surprise to see one of my photos in here!! Regards from London

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 7 years ago

    thanks for the picture ideas. you have lots of good advice.

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 7 years ago

    Thanks Heidi (fellow aussie)...awesome going back to read it all again!!


    ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES said 7 years ago

    Thank You for all your advice!!!

  • KanAnek

    KanAnek said 7 years ago

    so cool

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Heidi - thank you for the wonderful background tips... I use a 4 x 4 inch textured neutral tile I found at the local home center that works wonders! I also have to say that the best thing I ever did was upgrade my camera - yes, it was a little pricey but the photos that I'm getting more than make up for the extra expense. It has paid itself off two-fold.

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for all of your comments!

  • LynspiredJewelry

    LynspiredJewelry said 7 years ago

    Besides great tips, very well written, to the point, with clarity. Now how about an article on how to photograph food? Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge, creativity, and experience.

  • oddlysentimental

    oddlysentimental said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! I'm new at this and I've been wanting to get more creative with my backgrounds, so this was really helpful!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 7 years ago

    I've been waiting so patiently for this 2nd installment - thank you, THANK YOU for sharing. These tips are incredibly helpful! Much appreciated!

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign said 7 years ago

    love that you give the tips and then show an image, makes it so easy to read, thank you ;o)

  • moosomething

    moosomething said 7 years ago

    Wonderful tips and advice! Thank you:)

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey said 7 years ago

    such great tips thank you

  • joajewellery

    joajewellery said 7 years ago

    This has been so inspiring heidi, that I have bought a camera today ~ a direct result of your genius! I am not a photographer so all advice is gratefully lapped up!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!! Always trying to improve my photos!!

  • NoniBam

    NoniBam said 7 years ago

    Great tips - especially on the background, which I'm currently trying to work on ;-)

  • NoniBam

    NoniBam said 7 years ago

    And thank you of course!!!!

  • TeaAtHomeWithOlivia

    TeaAtHomeWithOlivia said 7 years ago

    Thank so much for lesson in photography backgrounds. This has me thinking of what to use next. Have a super day!

  • Nishale

    Nishale said 7 years ago

    Thank you!

  • earthexpressions

    earthexpressions said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • nevita

    nevita said 7 years ago

    thanks, very useful information

  • PaulaArt

    PaulaArt said 7 years ago

    love seeing this, thank you!

  • WeddingFlowersAndHom

    WeddingFlowersAndHom said 7 years ago

    Inspired me to try a few things different. I love trying different things but sometime there is no inspiration around to spark my imagination. THANKS!!!!

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead said 7 years ago

    Great advice and tips and I love the giraffe sticker!

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 7 years ago

    Awesome, these tips are always helpful and really do make a difference!

  • CreationsdeFlorence

    CreationsdeFlorence said 7 years ago

    Very helpful article. Great tips on how to show scale: I will try to include my biz card with some of my items in my future shoots.

  • thefinaltouchvintage

    thefinaltouchvintage said 7 years ago

    Amazing advice!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • twirlaway

    twirlaway said 7 years ago

    These are really great tips. The Reclaimed Oak Tub Caddy looks wonderful, I think because it makes we want a bubble bath now, great use of a model to show exactly how to use it!

  • ForestWalkArt

    ForestWalkArt said 7 years ago

    thanks!! good advice...but no matter how hard i try i still can't get a good shot of my clear glass/sandblasted window hangers! (in my samura shop)

  • TheRoyalDetails

    TheRoyalDetails said 7 years ago

    Great tips, thanks!

  • crishayantis

    crishayantis said 7 years ago

    This is helpful and lovely examples! After reshooting all of my photos once already, whew! I now see more helpful tips from your article I can use.

  • fromyou2me

    fromyou2me said 7 years ago

    thanks for the tips, Im learning so much on what is a good shot, and what is eye catching for customers :D

  • artbybrooke

    artbybrooke said 7 years ago

    Great ideas! I'm feeling good about my next photo shoot...(^.^)

  • adessojewelry

    adessojewelry said 7 years ago

    Excellent article! One of the best I've read in "how to" on Etsy. You are helping so many people get better at photographing their items (including me!). Thanks so much.

  • RomeoTheRabbit

    RomeoTheRabbit said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! It is very helpful!

  • ferrytalesgifts

    ferrytalesgifts said 7 years ago

    Awesome advice and tips. Thanks much!

  • jewelsforhope

    jewelsforhope said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips.

  • jpstyle

    jpstyle said 7 years ago

    Awesome tips and awesome shots you found! Thanks!

  • CasualSweet

    CasualSweet said 7 years ago

    i like what u are saying,i love the camera myself, it all about the presentation, thanks

  • MaggieDayStudio

    MaggieDayStudio said 7 years ago

    Loved this -- great info! I've been using a gray photo sweep as the background for my jewelry, but lately I've started including props instead. It's definitely helped my sales!

  • TangBaby

    TangBaby said 7 years ago

    woot, awesome, thanks!

  • petalbelles

    petalbelles said 7 years ago

    Thank you for making photography advice straightforward!

  • milkandcookies

    milkandcookies said 7 years ago

    great tips, thanks!

  • CounterFitCakes

    CounterFitCakes said 7 years ago

    Great suggestions and beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharring. I checked out some of the ad's below. They were great to!

  • chantalmarieliving

    chantalmarieliving said 7 years ago

    Great tips, thank you so much for your expertise.

  • natalya1905

    natalya1905 said 7 years ago

    Great tips, thank you very much! I'm now in the process of retaking many of my photos, so any good advice is appreciated. :)

  • lilymagaziner

    lilymagaziner said 7 years ago

    Great tips thank you! I found using a tripod (to eliminate the fash) and early morning light works best.

  • ZambakDesigns

    ZambakDesigns said 7 years ago

    Very helpful information. Thank you.

  • Canemah

    Canemah said 7 years ago

    Wonderfully helpful and clear! Thank you : )

  • pixiecampbell

    pixiecampbell said 7 years ago

    I really needed this today and it arrived at the perfect time! Thank you so much!

  • juliedcrisp

    juliedcrisp said 7 years ago

    Thanks for easy to understand and practical tips! Very generous, thanks again Heidi!

  • Holdilocks

    Holdilocks said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for the excellent series on photography. I'm off to change my background!

  • LizzieLuna

    LizzieLuna said 7 years ago

    Great ideas and tips.

  • oreldesign

    oreldesign said 7 years ago

    Excellent article!!! Photos are my biggest problem....

  • RevolvingStore

    RevolvingStore said 7 years ago

    Wonderful advice, Thanks for always a learning experience.

  • silkenvoice

    silkenvoice said 7 years ago

    Thanks a heap for the advice. Really gets you thinking.

  • RozPetalzStudio

    RozPetalzStudio said 7 years ago

    Fantastic tips! I can't wait to try the shiny background idea!

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy said 7 years ago

    great tips! photos can be so challenging to get just right. love the finds... : )

  • RevolvingStore

    RevolvingStore said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your expertise. I am an old dog, but because of you, I'm still learning new tricks!!!

  • OefyCouture

    OefyCouture said 7 years ago

    Great descriptive tips! Love the photos pointing out the details.

  • awildatheart

    awildatheart said 7 years ago

    thank you for the inspiration. xo

  • lisawoolfe

    lisawoolfe said 7 years ago

    Thank you. These are all great tips and great example photos. I've been struggling with backgrounds for my images, I will definately be putting some of these into action. Kind Regards Lisa

  • GetLathered

    GetLathered said 7 years ago

    I picked up several useful tips and will be putting the to use. Thanks so much!

  • SweetDreamsForAll

    SweetDreamsForAll said 7 years ago

    I love your tips! Such wonderful food for thought. Thanks!

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels said 7 years ago

    Thank you again for the great tips! They are realy inspiring.

  • wovengoods

    wovengoods said 7 years ago

    Thank you, Heidi, for your tips. Photographing my work is the hardest part of my etsy shop--you help me a lot!

  • thecardboxdesigns

    thecardboxdesigns said 7 years ago

    I can't wait to try some of these on my new products! Thank you!

  • lesperancetile

    lesperancetile said 7 years ago

    I'm always looking for another idea to use in product shots - thanks for all the suggestions. I think I'll put the props suggestion to use for some of my gift tiles....great ideas!

  • DecemberLeaHandbags

    DecemberLeaHandbags said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the GRAND ideas.........this world is packed with just has to explore and look.. and........this one was inspiring and informative!!! Enjoy this lovely day.

  • LittleRedHenPress

    LittleRedHenPress said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for the great tips & taking the time to write this for us! I will definitely try all of these suggestions at one point or another, and this is inspiring me to re-take a lot of my item pictures. :)

  • midge12

    midge12 said 7 years ago

    oh thank you - i needed that

  • edemich

    edemich said 7 years ago

    Thank you, very helpful advice, especially the section on how to use a black or white background. I definitely agree with using a macro setting or even investing in a macro lens for close shots.

  • RipandStitchDiva

    RipandStitchDiva said 7 years ago

    This was really helpful, and very inspiring!

  • jennyandpearl

    jennyandpearl said 7 years ago

    I love these articles! Keep them coming. I definitely need to keep working on upgrading my photos. Thanks for the tips!

  • dracascales

    dracascales said 7 years ago

    the pics look good enough to eat. i recommend sony cyber shot cameras - $80 on ebay for a 12 megapixel! and easy to use. i borrowed one from my friend and got great pics w/o the manual.

  • reyaveltman

    reyaveltman said 7 years ago

    Awesome post! And so helpful too!

  • thechicpea

    thechicpea said 7 years ago

    great article- thanks heidi!

  • GourmetPlayFood

    GourmetPlayFood said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the tips. I appreciate your help. I am going to apply what I have learned.

  • BlueMoonCustoms

    BlueMoonCustoms said 7 years ago

    This is really helpful. I am having alot of problems with photos. Great help.

  • StressBeGON

    StressBeGON said 7 years ago

    Great tips. Thank you!

  • Gabsie

    Gabsie said 7 years ago

    helpfull tips!

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 7 years ago

    great tips...I cant wait to try them out :)

  • everleedesigns

    everleedesigns said 7 years ago

    thanks this was so great! I'll be re-thinking my pure white backgrounds now.

  • Karramandi

    Karramandi said 7 years ago

    Fabulous advice, thank you so much. It's the background and props I struggle with most so this is going to really help alot. Thanks again

  • berniquedesign

    berniquedesign said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the advice, Heidi! It's always helpful. Now I just need to get out there and re-shoot some of my products and give them pizazz!

  • woodwings

    woodwings said 7 years ago

    Off I go into the wild blue yonder to re-shoot all of my items :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  • whasabi

    whasabi said 7 years ago

    Great tip with the black background, I'll be looking for some interestng textures.

  • elidupont

    elidupont said 7 years ago

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  • Jordannajoy

    Jordannajoy said 7 years ago

    Thank you. I'll work on these tips. Need to re-shoot!

  • Lovelaced

    Lovelaced said 7 years ago

    Very cool, great examples. Thank you, I'm adding this to my favorites!

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom said 7 years ago

    Thanks everso for the info... part one was eye-opening and part two is just as good... thanks a lot....

  • usetobe

    usetobe said 7 years ago

    Great tips! I'll try most of them soon!

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 7 years ago

    thanks for the advice some great tips given in that blog

  • RocknSouljewelry

    RocknSouljewelry said 7 years ago

    oh i can never get enough tips on achilles heal (one of anyway!)thank any tips for photgraphing long necklaces would be great too

  • WoolyBearBeads

    WoolyBearBeads said 7 years ago

    Fabulous advice, clear and well-written. Appreciate it

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 7 years ago

    Fantastic tips!

  • AlikiBags

    AlikiBags said 7 years ago

    Great tips, love the visual quality of your article, very inspiring, thanks! Must find Part1.

  • bluskys06

    bluskys06 said 7 years ago

    Great Article!

  • DaftDiva

    DaftDiva said 7 years ago

    Just getting started, so I love good advice! Thanks for the good tips!

  • RusticLogDecor

    RusticLogDecor said 7 years ago

    Great ideas! Thank you for the help. Linda

  • DorothyArt

    DorothyArt said 7 years ago

    Exciting stuff! I'm going outside to shoot my paintings now!

  • VeloNoir

    VeloNoir said 7 years ago

    Hello Heidi! Thanks so much for this second instalment of photography tips. After having read your first one, I have invested more time in getting even more acquainted with my camera and also got a tripod--though a cheap one, has helped me maximize the use of my macro and automatic settings. Keep those useful photography tip coming!

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 7 years ago

    Thank you :) I'm so pleased to have helped.


    JTAYZINE said 7 years ago

    awesome, great tips

  • AmesHandmade

    AmesHandmade said 7 years ago

    Thanks you SO MUCH for this! I've always wondered how people get such amazing pictures for their shops :)

  • VintageStyleJewelry

    VintageStyleJewelry said 7 years ago

    I use my window and a light tent but still not happy with pics!

  • zuzushopuk

    zuzushopuk said 7 years ago

    I don't think it even matters if you have an etsy shop every wannabe photographer should read these guides

  • igorz

    igorz said 7 years ago

    I love photography.


    PRIDASH said 7 years ago

    thanku for tips. saved me alot of time i the long , trying to figure everything out.

  • heatherscholl

    heatherscholl said 7 years ago

    Great tips!!

  • rockabybabybydebby

    rockabybabybydebby said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for the helpful tips! I will be using them for my business!

  • vintageprecious

    vintageprecious said 7 years ago

    Thank you! The sheer fabric tip is the 1st I'm going to use, no more fear of afternoon photography! ~vintageprecious

  • hedgehogandrabbit

    hedgehogandrabbit said 7 years ago

    Setting too high of standards for the average crafter yet again. Hire a professional model? Buy a better camera? You'll make it up in sales? I'm super confused about these points, because I've seen amazing shops, with amazing products and amazing pictures, with hardly any sales in their years on Etsy. Is there an article on how to get the best results with the camera you have? That would be ideal, since this is Etsy and not your own hosted website.

  • ShiraMazor

    ShiraMazor said 6 years ago

    thank you for great tips!

  • LeMariageDePapier

    LeMariageDePapier said 6 years ago

    Great tips! I'm off to get some large sheets of paper right now!

  • littlebridget

    littlebridget said 6 years ago

    This is so helpful! I need to change my black to charcoal and blurr my backgrounds. I can't wait to see if my views change!

  • joyceseymour

    joyceseymour said 5 years ago

    I am so happy to be here with your group. I thank you so very much for all the education and eye opening tips. I am anxious to get started.

  • OldLadyWhite

    OldLadyWhite said 5 years ago

    What setting do you recommend I use on the pixels? I am using a Pentax digital camera. Some of my photos take a long time to load on Etsy and I rarely get a good pic the first time. I am photographing jewelry indoors with plenty of light on a white felt background. Thanks!

  • chancekatz

    chancekatz said 5 years ago

    this was easy to understand. I really appreciate the examples with each suggestion. I am ready to get out my camera and start shooting!

  • ginalolalola

    Carol from VintageWearTreasures said 4 years ago

    I am a new store and appreciated all the tips.I am experimenting with different ideas you suggested. Great tips. Thank you!

  • Innytoes

    Lizzy from StudioFroezel said 4 years ago

    I love seeing clothing and accessories on a model. They don't have to be super skinny high fashion models, because let's face it, it's not like I have a high fashion model figure, so I still wouldn't know if the item would fit me. Scale and size is super important, especially when sellers don't have cms in their listing (and I'm only going to get out the online calculator if I'm really, really interested in buying, because I am lazy.) Good pictures help with that!

  • jadeehandmade

    jadeehandmade from jadeehandmade said 4 years ago


  • jilyoung

    Jil Young from camerabagstraps said 4 years ago

    thx a lot

  • mariagraziameneghett

    Mariagrazia Meneghetti from Stendbyme said 4 years ago

    Grandioso :)

  • MoreEthicalDesign

    Antonella Abbrancati from MoreEthicalDesign said 3 years ago

    You never stop learning, and those who had thought about the proportions ... thanks!

  • hectorpereda

    Hector Pereda from PEREDAPHOTOGRAPHY said 3 years ago

    thank you

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    Thanks, very useful and practical information

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