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Use Your Smartphone for High-Quality Photos

Use Your Smartphone for High-Quality Photos

You don’t need to buy an expensive camera to capture really good pictures of your products.

It helps and it makes it easier, but there are plenty of techniques that can make the pictures you take with your smartphone just as effective.

There won’t be a noticeable difference. Use these tips to take pictures that will stand out and bring viewers to your page.

 

Take Pictures from Different Angles

Don’t overdo it, but take some pictures from different sides and distances. Not that you need to have 50 pictures of the product online, but you need to be able to offer different viewpoints.

Different people prefer different views.

 

Take a lot, then Edit Them and Choose the Best Ones

Take a bunch and compare them side by side in your phone’s gallery.

Doing this will help you decide wh
at angle and what just looks the best pretty easily.

Then you can go through the ones that you choose and edit them down.

iPhone and Andriod offer editing on their photos and there are apps to go more in depth with it as well.

Sharpening the image will help potential buyers be able to see some of the finer details of the product easier.

The Etsy app also offers photo editing that is useful.

One of the features of that is enhancing the colors and even an auto-enhance for them. Y

ou want them to have the perfect amount of color, not too bright or not too dark.

If you can hit that the picture will pop out perfectly to those browsing.

 

Make Sure It’s Steady

Just because it’s your phone you might think that you don’t need a tripod or a timer on it.

You may not but it is always a surefire way to make sure that the photo is 100 percent steady.

You must use a timer though. When you tap your phone to take a picture, it’s going to shake or move, even if it’s the slightest movement.

 

Never Zoom

You shouldn’t need a reason to zoom in at all in the first place.

But some people do without realizing that it decreases the quality of the pictures. It’s not different than cropping a part of the image and blowing that part up,

There are plenty of different type of lenses to experiment on your phone that can add a similar effect to what you would be looking for when zooming.

Never zoom, there are other to many other ways to accomplish the same thing without compromising any of the picture’s quality.

 

Don’t Let the Lighting be a Problem

iPhones and Androids will make up for and try and correct your pictures if you are shooting. It produces a grainy look and is not ideal.

Try and get as much light as possible, without it looking too unnatural.

Bringing in some natural light is one of the better solutions. Try shooting by a window. If that’s not an option, use a lamp.

Also, flash will work just fine and it will be even better if the item is against a white surface.

 

 

Have a Plain and Empty Background

If it’s a bigger item make sure the room you are using to take the pictures is pretty much empty.

It’s going to immediately ruin the listing and turn off the viewer completely.

The goal is to make your product pop out to the potential buyer tremendously.

Anything else that can be noticed is just going to take attention away from that and make it that much less appealing.

 

Make the Pic True to What You are Selling

Yes, one of these tips mentioned to alter the colors, but that was only to make it lighter or darker.

Make sure it truly represents what you are selling.

If you need to take a picture of it in your hand so there is a sense of how big it is.

If there’s a small flaw don’t edit it out, because this is only going to mislead your buyers.

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About Charles Curry

Charles founded his Etsy shop Wall Decal Source in 2012. He opened his decal shop and decided to create a nursery decal for his sisters new baby. Funnily enough he published the decal as an item for sale on his Etsy shop and people really liked it. Well a few years later and his shop has been almost completely taken over by nursery wall decals. He must still be a kid at heart. As Charles tested and tried all sorts of methods to expand his shop he stumbled upon a few simple formulas for consistently growing Etsy sales and views.

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5 comments

  1. Thank you for the great tips!!
    I’ll be implementing them as I go and try my phone instead of my camera for different styles

  2. What about backgrounds for small items such as jewelry? Do they need a white background as well? I’ve seen pictures of some taken on different surfaces such as tables, wood, and other stuff. Is that good then? Also, I’ve noticed that some people use items to hang them on such as tea cups and such. Is that recommended? And what if you do have items in your shop that vary in price? I’m really trying to figure out what I’m doing wrong or if my items are bad. HELP PLEASE!

    • Hey Nallery,

      You can use a non-white background for your jewelry photos. It would also be better if you would use the same background for all your photos so that they look consistent. Other people hang earrings, for example, on glasses or cups so that they can show how the earrings look like when used.

  3. Thanks. I have been photographing my work with my phone all winter and getting better results as I go along. Are their editing apps your recommend? I have only been using the editing tools on the phone so far, but lighting seems to be a problem. When I photograph outside with a photo tent early in the day I tend to get a strange blue light even though my background paper is a graduated white to gray. Any suggestions?

    • Hey Susan,

      Perhaps you should consider your angle when taking your photos to minimize glare. You can also check your camera’s ISO settings. ISO is the sensitivity of your sensor to light. The ISO setting you use depends on the amount of light in the scene you are photographing.

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