Yesterday I had a great time running a session for some of the BrisStyle members on taking and editing photos for Etsy. It's funny though, I felt like I needed to start with a disclaimer - I did my photography degree pre-digital days and product photography was not one of my best subjects.
While I don't think I came up with anything that isn't already out there in the internet world, I hope that putting lots of information together at one time might have helped.
Along the way of putting the session together I came across some very useful links on Etsy on the subject that I thought I'd share;
Photographing 2D artwork. Some really simple ideas for people that sell prints of their work. During the session I also got talking about photographing fabric. A seller who I think does an excellent job of giving life to this flat medium is Karaku.
Brightening your photos using Picnik. Personally, I'm a photoshop gal, but for this session I realised that the software is quite an investment and not really worth it for those who want to use a few simple photo editing functions. I had a play with Picnik and was really impressed by how simple it is to use and how effective it is.
A basic how-to video on Photoshop. This video (from youtube) is a 50 minute investment but from the parts I've watched, it seems to do a good job of covering the basics.
Photo tips including lighting. In this tutorial she also talks about knowing your camera, colour and reflection and translucence.
Taking (and editing for) sharp photos. This lesson goes over a number of things that will affect how crisp your resulting image will be.
Styling your photos and including props. Photo styling is really not my forte' (hence why I didn't do so well in my product photography classes) so I found this article really quite interesting. It goes into the thought behind what props help create the story of your product. Make sure to scroll down to see some of the example images at the end, I just love the choker in the frame image.
Before and After photos. Oh how I love a makeover. I have (not so secret anymore) secret addiction to before and after shows. Looking at the examples in this article does make you think about what it is about your own images that you could change. In a similar vein is the Etsy Shop Makeovers group on Flickr which I believe that anyone can join.
Photographing for Etsy - a video by Etsy. This is both a fun and interesting video to watch and shows some examples from a few different Etsy shops. One thing from this that I found really interesting was what they said about having a person model clothing as opposed to it being on a mannequin - that items that were modelled sold so much more quickly than those not. This statement was backed up by a few people in yesterday's session as well.
Photographing Jewellery. A good little tutorial focused on the specific challenges of photographing jewellery. I really like how some of the examples they have used in this also show the additional four shots used for the listing, it's good to see how the different angles work together. There is also a link in here for making your own light box.
Collaborating with Photographers. This one is a little different - focussed on clothing designers who don't feel like the photos they take themselves gives justice to their work. It looks at collaborating with photographers as well as an interesting take on getting your pieces on musicians and celebrities.