Tips for Photographing your Etsy Items

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Hi guys! here are some tip for photograp your etsy item. If you sell your handmade goods on Etsy you have a lot to take into consideration.  Running an online business is different from having a retail shop.  With Etsy, the photographs that you post of your items for sale is what will draw people in to your shop.  Your photos have to do all of the work for you.  When people purchase items online all that people have to go off of are photos, so you want to make sure that you are using great ones. 

photo credit Mesadreams etsy

Your photos need to get people interested in what you have to offer.  This means that you need to take photos that really highlight what you sell.  Good photos can make all the difference in the success of your store.  Keep in mind that the people who are interested in what you are selling can’t touch or feel your products, so a photo really has to do all of the showcasing possible.

The good news is that you don’t have to have any expensive camera equipment or hours of photography training in order to take great photos.  With a little bit of work anyone can successfully highlight the products that they are selling on Etsy.  Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get started.

  • Take a Lot of Photos – You might think that all you need is one shot, but often different angles and perspectives can really help to create a sense of realness around your items.  Plus, the more photos you take, the more practice you get.  This will help you to discover what works and what doesn’t when highlighting your work.
  • Use a Decent Camera – No, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on camera equipment, but a solid digital camera and one bright light can make all of the difference.
  • photo credit LaPetiteSucre
  • Pay Attention to Detail – What else can you see in the photo?  Is the object you are selling obviously the center of the photo?  Are there any strange highlight, lowlights, reflections, or dark areas that make the picture look odd?  Can you see anything in the background that doesn’t belong there?  Even the smallest detail is important when photographing your items for sale.
  • Get a Clean Background – When selling small items you want to use a white background, this really helps your item to pop.  It also helps to have good clear lighting.  With just these two simple steps you can make your amateur photos look professional.  If you are selling larger items or clothing, it is a good idea to have a background and accentuates the object and helps it to stand out.
  • photo credit KeepsakeToys
  • Edit – Use a photo editor program to help clean up pictures that might be too dull, off-color, or otherwise not exactly what you want.  It is easy to enhance the color of a photo with these programs.  Plus, if your color wasn’t bright enough during the photo shoot you can use these programs to make any corrections.  You can also use these programs to crop your pictures, which will highlight exactly what your product is and keep it looking crisp and clean.
  • Use Angles – Again, take photos from as many different perspectives as possible.  Don’t just shoot head on; come from the side or with a slight tilt.  These angles will give your products more depth and help them to appear more interesting.  Remember people won’t get to pick up your item or hold it in their hands.  Your photos have to do all of that for them.
  • Have some more tips to Share with us? Let’s talk!
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  1. Those are some great tips! Thanks for sharing!
    Lily Razz would like you to read..Bits and BobsMy Profile

  2. Hi Lily, thank for stopping by.

  3. Hi Jane,

    Very informative photography tips. Really..really useful. I’ve been trying this out on my own without my expensive marketing agency.

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