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 what 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.
You 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.
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 types 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.
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.