When I started blogging, I never thought about all of the skills I would need to learn. I guess I thought it would all be about jewelry making - which is something I'm doing anyway. But, eventually I realized it's also about hosting decisions, domains, layout, SEO, keywords, social networking and - having worked my way through that list of items, now I need to learn how to take better photographs!
As much as I hate to admit it, I don't think my I-phone is doing as well as it needs to. And then there's my kitchen counter background. And ambient window lighting. I guess I'm lucky that my kitchen counter is neutral.
So, that's where I've been. Watching some helpful product photography videos on Etsy, reading my Nikon manual, setting up my light tent and taking pictures in the morning, afternoon and before dusk to see which has the best lighting. Which leads me to the question - are my I-Phone photos really that bad?
Here are some links that I have found especially useful:
On Etsy, I enjoyed this video that analyzed different shops and recommended improvements in the pictures. It really made me think about how I would like my items to look.
The Advanced Photography Chat, also a video on Etsy, gave practical tips to taking good product photos.
There are a couple of other videos there too - but after those primers, I made some notes and moved on to my camera manual and light tent.
And yes, a lot of this work is not just for my blog, but to support the upcoming Holiday online sales. I'm hoping I'll be posting pictures again soon!