Well, I’m a month into opening my store on Etsy. It has been a great learning experience, and I have learned a great day about posting and selling online. So, since this is a place to share and learn, I thought I would take a moment and give some points that I’ve learned along the way.
Take Good Pictures
If “A picture is worth a thousand words,” then then a GOOD picture must be worth 10,000 words. Lumberjock John Greco very graciously pointed this out right off the bat. But how do you take good pictures?
- Use natural light. I stumbled onto this by mistake. I had taken some pictures inside the house using lamps for my lighting. The pictures were not bad, but not that great either. Then I took some pictures in a different corner of the house—but in front of a large picture window. The change to natural light made such a difference I’ve never gone back. There is something about the natural light that brings out the deep, rich color of wood—especially figured wood.
- Use a creative background. Setup your project that has natural texture, color, lines, shapes, etc. I’ve used stones from our creek, an old church hymnal, freshly cut lawn, rhododendron leaves, hostas, a dictionary (opened to the word “pen”), and cut barn stones. I also used the sky for a set of pictures. I took my new mirror (shhhhh) and laid it on the ground with a bright blue sky in the background. The reflection of the pen with the sky in the background was really cool.
- Use a tripod. There is no way you’ll get consistently sharp pictures holding them in your hands. A cheap tripod goes a long way to having nice pictures that look semi-professional.
- Use the camera timer. This is a little trick that takes the “still shot” to a new level. Since I know that I will probably shake the camera when I push the button, I decided to remove this problem by letting the camera count down and take the picture with me a couple of steps away. The results: better pictures. Try it out. You’ll see what I mean.
- Take close-up pictures. Most cameras have a zoom that will let you take nice close-ups showing the details of your work. Again, a nice, crisp close-up will show important facts about your work that a customer will want to know.
- Take multiple pictures from multiple angles. It’s nice to have a many pictures to choose from rather than having to use the four you took—regardless of how good or bad they are.
Remember, the person looking at your work on line is not able to hold it in their hands. Use your pictures to show potential customers what you’ve done and what they are buying.
-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."