How do I take product pictures for my Etsy shop and blog?
Such a good question, don't you think?
Hi there, I'm here again, all the people that know me well know that I'm using Instagram as my favorite platform to share my world of Amigurumi food. My blog is a compilation of free patterns and tutorials, but it's nice to take the time to answer some questions.
How do I take pictures of my work to post it on my online shop?
You don't need to be an expert to do it, you don't have to have an expensive camera either, but if you have a reflex camera at your disposal that would be wonderful! Mine it's old but it works like a charm (EOS Canon T3). It works perfectly for my step by step photo tutorials and the final pictures. The manual setting is the best way to regulate the right amount of light in your photos. Say NO to the flash, say no to artificial light, it will kill all your colors!
The only light that you will need is a close window with no direct sun. Sometimes a cloudy day is the perfect day for pictures, no hard shadows and soft light coming through.
I use my smartphone for Instagram, I consider it my casual side. Sometimes you find yourself oversharing, but at the same time you have the opportunity to share the process of your work and meet an amazing and creative community at the same time. @amigurumifood
Going back to the question...
I like backgrounds, I like textures, but a white background is fine too (and sometimes the way to go), there's a lot of people that uses it. It gives the product a really professional/formal look. You don't need much, just a white paper/cardboard and that's it!
Why do I choose a background? Because I want to tell a story with my pictures, provide a context, give that extra something. Oreo cookies with white background don't look yummy to me, if you give them context the will look more appealing. Again, this is in my opinion! :)
What do I use? Anything! Sometimes a big book, newspaper, a tablecloth, scrap booking paper.
You can see in this post that all the pictures were taken with my reflex camera, except the last picture, I took that one with my smartphone (Nexus 5x), you can probably tell the difference yourself.
Have a wonderful weekend, I hope this is helpful.
Don't be afraid of trying, it's the best way to learn and of course keep crocheting! :)