|Glass European Bead Teal Blue with White Polka Dots|
I have been selling online for 11-12 years and have learned quite a lot about taking pictures of products so that customers can see the detail and not be disappointed when they receive the item. I decided to write this blog post as a "Photography for Dummies" and share my process so that others can learn to take excellent pictures without having to be a professional photographer. When I began I would take a picture on a textured surface but I have since learned how to give it that photo studio look and I have been re-shooting everything.
|Orange and White Lampwork Glass European Bead|
A good picture is really important for getting found on Etsy, Ebay or Websites and helping to close the sale. I have read tons of blog posts on photography, have NEVER read my camera manual and do not know any of the technical stuff about light, shutter speed, blah, blah, blah.... but I DO know that natural lighting is THE best way to photograph beads, jewelry or just about anything.
|Portable Photo Studio|
|Tackle Box with Tile and White Paper|
I have an Olympus C-4000 Zoom, 4.0 Megapixel, Optical 3x Zoom/Seamless Zoom 10x Optical x Digital. Not sure what all that means, but the Optical Zoom gets super resolution and when I download the pictures onto my computer I can then zoom further with Photoshop. Both my camera and Photoshop are not the newest versions but they work fine for now. The camera is set to take pictures on a really large format (like a poster), it came that way and I have never changed the settings. This way I can have a picture with high resolution at any size I choose. I spent about $500.00 on this camera and have had it for about 10 years. So today you can probably get an even better one for less money.
Photo editing is a very important part and I have Photoshop which is quite expensive, but all editing programs have some sort of brightness feature I am sure, if the pics are a little gray you can lighten them. If they are too blue you can set the white point in your levels and adjust the picture.
|Setting White Levels|
|Sterling Silver Snowflake Charm or Pendant|
So have fun and Happy Photographing!!