I would like to share with you some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned over the past year setting up Caty Ann’s Creations on Artfire, Zibbet, Ecrater and most recently, Etsy. Actually, in the beginning, I thought I was uploading pretty decent product photos. They weren’t bad, but I think you’ll agree I’ve come a long way!
So....how did I get from this....
Well, it really wasn't all that difficult.
Let's start with the camera. All of my photos are taken with a Nikon, Coolpix L12, 7.1 Mega-Pixel, digital camera. This is a reasonably priced "point and shoot" type camera. Mine was purchased at WalMart about 4 years ago for under $100.00 and takes good pictures.
The more mega-pixels, the better the pictures. Many of the digital cameras on the market today are 12-15 mega-pixels or more. If you are buying a new camera I do recommend you purchase one that has a "Macro" setting for taking "close-up" pictures of your products. I'm not one to read manuals, but it's a good idea to at least flip through your camera manual and get an idea what functions/features are available. Then experiment with the camera settings until you are familiar with your camera's capabilities.
Now let's talk about "props". Props are limitless and everywhere!
wire mesh inbox on my desk
You get the general idea. Use your imagination! For example - in the picture of the black and white bracelet above on the red background....what do you suppose was used for the background?? I frequently take at least a couple of shots on either a white or black background. Due to the colors in the bracelet, neither of these colors worked well and I decided red would be perfect. So, with neccessity being the mother of invention, I found a jersey knit dress top that was the perfect shade of red. A large shoe box was placed inside the shirt and the back of the shirt pulled taut across the box for a smooth surface. Worked pretty well, huh??
Location, location, location! My favorite place to do photo shoots is outdoors on a slighty overcast day early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the light is softer and not so harsh. This works well in the warmer months.
Locations I've used:
In a future post I'll discuss ways to enhance your photos to bring out color and clarity without spending $$$$ on expensive photo editing software.