Monday, June 1, 2009

My simple lighting setup and picture strategy.


One of the areas that seems to cause huge issues for new etsy and online sellers in general is pictures. I wanted to show you my very simple lighting setup. In the top picture there are 4 pieces of white cardboard - 3 of them taped together to form the backing and one forming the floor. It's sitting on a chair in my bedroom and I move the chair around depending on how strong the outside light is - sorry the picture is so bad - it was pretty sunny that day!

I then use the macro setting on my camera (Digital Canon Rebel XT) - it looks like a little flower, and the general use lens that came with my camera. I also take every picture in a portrait orientation (up and down) and use the smallest picture setting. That way I don't have to crop any of the pictures - it's the proper size for etsy. I use vista to auto fix the colors and then upload to etsy.

Hope this helps someone!


5 comments:

Chainmaille By MBOI said...

Great idea yes pictures are very important if you want to sell anything.

Armored Hearts said...

I have a similar set up of a cut out cardboard box with tissue inserts, I use lights. Lately natural light seems to work best. I'm going to try your way. I bet it works better. Thanks for showing this

MyGrandpasPen said...

Thanks for your comments! Sorry the first picture is so bad - if you have questions let me know.

Kymali said...

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Cindy @ Chalk it Up! said...

Great tips! I have a light box too but I find that I still prefer my outdoor pictures.