Since I joined Etsy, I have been trying to improve my product photos. I believe that a great photo is necessary and important to on-line shoppers: colours, textures, and angles make it easier for an on-line shopper to take the purchasing plunge.
And good photos also help you get "discovered" for Treasuries and maybe even Gift Guides!
I have searched for suitable backgrounds and props for my jewelry. Ultimately, I decided that my art is best displayed on a plain white background. What sets my jewelry apart from that of others is my use of colour, pattern, and texture.
Periodically, I still struggle to get a great photo...even with the light tent (light box) that I constructed this summer. But undoubtedly, my best photos have been taken using my plain white box.
cardboard box, glue, utility knife, ruler, white muslin, white bristol board, and time!
If you are planning on making your own light box/tent, here are three important tips:
1. bigger is likely better I thought that since I was photographing jewelry, I wouldn't need a very large cardboard box. This box measures 10" x 10" x 10" with a 6 1/2" x 7" front opening. The whole front is not open, because there is white bristol board surrounding the inside of the opening. I assume this is necessary for light reflection.
I have since discovered that when photographing "fiddly" things like earrings and necklaces, you sometimes need to get both hands in to move things around. This box isn't quite big enough for both of my arms, especially while I am wearing gloves, and winter jacket!
2. cut multiple backdrop pieces to have on-hand Bristol board has a matte side and a shiny side - both finishes will mark when you are dragging around jewelry.
I have changed the backdrop a few times. I use both sides, and then install a new piece.
3. don't let your cat sit in it Cat hair is hard to remove from all of the various planes, especially in a compact space that doesn't fit both of your hands at the same time.