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You've probably spoken to our Operations Manager, Julie, on the phone or via email or chat if you've ever had a question for us. However, this month, Julie is here to share some photo wisdom. Check out the article for more info.
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Tips for Taking Great Photos
by Julie Cochrane
Upon landing in your online shop, your photos are the first thing that speaks to your customers about your work. If the photos are out of focus, pixelated, confusing, or poorly lit, you've lost a potential customer. If you don't take the time to share excellent photos of your items, don't wonder why you aren't making any sales. It is the most important thing about online selling; good photos of your work pay off.
Fortunately, you don't need to be a professional photographer to take decent photos of your items. Here are some tips:
- Get a tripod for your camera. An inexpensive small table top tripod will ensure a steady shot.
- Natural lighting won't let you down, but using the flash on your camera always will. Flash photography will change the colors of your items, create glare, or otherwise misrepresent your craft, period. So, set up your display near a window, or if you go outside, take your photos in the morning or afternoon when the sun is not directly overhead.
- Open your camera's manual and learn about the white balance setting. It's easier than you think, will only take a second, and you will be glad you did when your pictures are brighter and cleaner. If you use plain white for your background, make sure it is truly WHITE by white balancing your camera. I often see grey-white, underlit backgrounds and it looks terrible. (Another great solution to giving your stuff great lighting: try googling "creating your own at-home lightbox" for photographing small items. It's easy and cheap to make your own mini photography studio!)
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