Thursday, February 18, 2010

Your Photography Tips!

I'd like to do a post with a compilation of item photography tips from other online sellers.

If you have any helpful, interesting, useful, random tips for photographing or editing your item photos, leave it in the comments with a link to your shop and I'll include it in my post!

This is a great way to get some exposure for your shop, show off your photos, and help other sellers :)


  1. Make yourself a light box. There are tons of tutorials on the web and they're pretty easy to make. Great for photographing jewelry!

  2. For taking pictures of clothing, picking a distinctive background that you love is key. It takes some trial and error, but staging photo shoots in various locations lets you test things out. Also, lighting is key! Every location is different, so knowing at what time (i.e. 2-3 pm) gives your setting the best lighting will help you structure your day and get the best photo results.

    ps: I love your site! I just found it. :)

  3. Get to know your camera settings. Take some sample shots using them. Test out what changes you can make using the white balance controls, macro settings, etc.

    Invest in a tripod-it will help you take much sharper shots with even the most basic camera!

  4. Natural light on a semi-cloudy day seems best.
    If the sunlight is too harsh that day, you can try hanging a very sheer, white curtain to filter the light! It's surprisingly very effective!

  5. I've been struggling with photographing my jewelry for some time. I'm still not close to where I want to be however there is definite improvement with my new lights. I used the small lights that came with the lightbox and according to my photographer friend there are way too dim. She brought me a utility light and then I bought another at Home Depot. One on either side of the lightbox. The one I bought was $15 and it's 500 watts.

    Outdoor lighting did not work for me at all.

  6. Honestly? My best shots have come when I put a pretty background down and take the shots in front of a nice sunny window. Someday I will perfect the light box, but for now those are the absolute best experiences I've had.

  7. I'm not very good when ti comes to staging, but what has helped me a lot is NATURAL lighting. You wouldn't believe how many compliments I have gotten since I changed my lighting (and lots more sales too).

  8. I live in a dark and gloomy country so I have a very limited window when I can take pictures. One of my big ones is natural light. Take plenty of shots since the tiny window on your digicam may look like a good shot but may be blurry. Good cropping is another thing. If your item is tiny it would be better to crop it close so your focus is right on it instead of playing where's Waldo?


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