I sell on Etsy and have done so for the last year and a half, and I love the site.
But it never ceases to amaze me how many times I see crafters making amazing items, and then selling themselves short when it comes to photographing their creations! Taking pictures of your items is key, and I believe it's at least as vital as making your crafts in the first place.
You've gone to all the trouble to create something which you believe people are going to want to buy -- so you need to put just as much effort into making sure your listing shines! Here are three common mistakes people make and how to fix them: Blurry Pictures! The best way to photograph your items is to set your camera on a tripod first.
I find yard-sales are perfect for getting cheap tripods.
If you're photographing jewelry or smaller items - you can easily pick up a mini-tripod for under $10 online.
If you don't own a tripod, use a couple of hardback books (the dictionary makes a great base for cameras!).
The main aim is to keep the camera as steady as possible and if you have a timer on your camera -- try using it to avoid shaky pictures! Background I see so many people who sell on Etsy, and take quick snapshots of their jewelry/art/accessories draped over carpets, tablecloths and even on lawns! It really doesn't flatter their hard work! To solve this - get a nice piece of card stock from a craft store --choose a color which is going to compliment your items (white works well for jewelry) and make sure you have good natural lighting or a couple of lamps focused on your items.
Better still, you can make a light box for a couple of dollars, a quick search online will give you plenty of good tutorials.
It's amazing the difference a light box can make! Colors and Sharpness Finally, make sure you adjust the colors and sharpness of your photographs.
If you own Photoshop, then this can be done by running the "sharpen" filter and then adjusting levels and colors.
But if you don't own Photoshop and want to do this for free, then a great site to use is picnik where you can upload your pictures and adjust them in a few simple steps to really make them look great.