Sunday, March 9, 2008

How I Photograph my Jewelry for Etsy

Here is my method for taking photos for Etsy. I have a Canon Powershot A540, 6 megapixels, it was not terribly expensive. I prop my pieces up on some books in a styrofoam chest that I've cut a side out of and use scrapbooking paper underneath to provide color. I use an Ott light that I swing around that I can work underneath. The styrofoam provides a place to rest my arms if necessary, and bright white sides. I set my camera on Macro, which amazingly I didn't realize I had until I started doing this. It is shown as a tulip on the camera. I then upload the photos into the computer, using Picasa2 (which i was able to download for free) use it to brighten things up if necessary, and, thanks to a recent post on the forums, discovered that if you hold the shift key down while cropping it stays square. I then save it, and upload onto Etsy..


Mary Richmond said...

this is great information and so simple! thanks for sharing!

Nora said...

Going to go get the styrofoam ice chest RIGHT NOW!!! Wish me luck! Thanks for the great idea, I will let you know how it goes :)

Nora said...

You are my HERO!!!