This week’s marketing topic is something of great interest to everyone on Etsy because we’ve all had problems with it at some point: photography. I for one know that when I’m browsing through Etsy shops either to buy something or to put together a treasury or choose a featured seller, I tend to skip over shops with terrible photos. It’s nothing personal, and I know I’m not the only one. With so many shops to compete with, there simply isn’t room for poor quality photos, or you’ll just get lost in the shuffle. I want to go over a few tips and tricks to improve your photos. Keep in mind that I’m by no means an expert, so I’m going to share some great links and software with you.
In the following picture, however, you might actually consider clicking on my old wires because the angle is intriguing, the photo quality is good, and these suddenly look like they might be a fun product for your vintage home! By learning to use your camera to its full advantage, including the macro setting (to focus only on the closest portion of the subject, like in the picture below), and with the aforementioned photo editing software, you can work wonders for your shop, end up in treasuries, and ultimately have more sales. Heck, you might even make it to the front page! (If you do, I want to know exactly how!!! :) )
I also think that consistency is important. If you take them with a white background, then stick with that white background. If you have something quirky you like to use to for your signature look, then by all means, go for it, but stick with it. A great example is how Lucky Me Beads, the shop in the following photo, has all its first item photos with a piece of their jewelry hanging over an old writing slate with the piece’s name scrawled next to it. When you see such a photo, you immediately think of that shop because they’re consistent. It’s both a great photo and a great method of branding:
Now I don’t have a super nice camera or expensive software, so if you have something like Photoshop, then you’re probably way ahead of me anyway. I downloaded the free program Photoscape, which does many of the same things as Photoshop but is very user-friendly and FREE. After some tweaking and playing around with your photos, you’ll get the hang of how to fix them up best to work with your camera and computer. As a bonus, since you’re probably a blogger, you can also make great photo collages like this and capture screen shots of your treasuries and whatnot like this. You can also try the free software downloads Gimp, Piknik, and Picasa, though I personally can only vouch for Photoscape.
Handmade Marketing – This is a very detailed article with market-specific advice from a professional photographer.
Etsy Forum Thread – Learn from the trial-and-error experience of a fellow Etsyian.
Associated Content – This one sort of just rehashes what I’ve already mentioned, but it’s a concise, easy read if you’re in a hurry.