Freebies & Tips: How to Take Great Product Photography of Your Creations

Yesterday I spent time editing product photos and it went by pretty smooth. I have fine tuned my photo shoots by getting organized with everything I will need on a table beside me. I also limit myself to 5 pictures total. Any more than that seems to be a waste of time. Also if you are organized and know the shots you need then you shouldn’t need to take 100 pictures of something. Planning out your product shoots means less time spent taking pictures and even less time spent editing.

Details pendant with ruler

1 full view picture

1 close up detail

1 different angle/view

1 showing options or item being worn

1 bonus just in case picture.

I am not a photographer in the sense of ‘I went to photography school and now I am a photographer’. But I am a photographer in the sense that I take pictures, great pictures, with a cheap point and shoot camera. I like to tease my husband (who has a fancy camera) that it’s not the equipment but the operator that makes a great picture AWESOME! We joke, it’s fun.

Bright color mix 100% cotton Cowl

Pictures can sell your item without saying or in this case typing a word. For me I find the details very important. I use white backgrounds and take pictures of most my items from the side. Rather then from the front which can make your items, especially clothing, look flat if they aren’t on a living human or pet.

Show different Options in you product photos

Always use indirect natural lighting when ever possible, NEVER USE YOUR FLASH, unless you have a professional set up. For us in the Pacific Northwest, using natural light, can mean a day that was supposed to be spent writing blog posts, quickly turns into “Holy Crap the SUN is out” on the fly photo shoot.

Show the buyer the DETAILS

I also make sure to get CLOSE. Really close and focus on a detail. If in your description you explain that something has a finished edge, then you should have a picture of it or what ever detail you are trying to point out. Etsy and most handmade selling sites give you 4 or more spots for photos. Use them ALL. And Finally, edit you pictures. I don’t use a fancy editing program. I adjust the contrast and light, I always crop to a 1000x1000pix Square. I have found that etsy photos at this size and cropped square, fit the screen of any browser best. When I view shops with large or longer photos, I have to scroll down to see the entire item, slightly annoying, to myself and others if they are in a viewing/browsing hurry. Think of your customer and how fast we lose attention, if they have to scroll they might click away from your item. Give your customers all the info in one picture so they won’t have to move a finger.

In a Snap Shot:

Plan you photo shoot * Take ONLY 5 different pictures of each item * Edit your photos * Get the details * Use NATURAL light.


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