Being a woodworker without a brick and mortar studio to sell my junk I have to rely on portraying my goods on-line and that requires acceptable photos. I do sell my furnishings in local art galleries, but they take a big commission and don’t have a high turnover. I have sold through www.custommade.com for years and done very well, now I have gotten the all important word of mouth and don’t need to go looking for work anymore which is great, but I still need good pictures of my work. Years ago my shop was a spare bedroom and I did the finish sanding in the living room. I bought three strips of fabric about 15 feet long and bobby pinned them together to use as a backdrop. I then put eyelets in the top and hooked them on the wall. After I moved into a big boy shop;) I hooked up a pulley system that had a board with hooks that could be raised up to the ceiling.
A good outdoor shot can work well too.
If you have photoshop you can work wonders, putting your product on the moon if you like. I have used professional photographers for a few shoots and I am sure I will use them again, I have one I use on a regular basis right now.
If you have a quick project you put together for someone, it is worth the time to get some good pictures of it. Even if woodworking is your hobby it is nice to have good pictures to show off your work.
-- Brian Noel