Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Photos- oh dear!

I started to take some photographs of the things Ive been making today. Maybe around 100 photos of which about 5% are just about acceptable. I need them to be really sharp and very obvious (ie not cluttering them with background mess). Ive never been all that fussy about taking lots of pics so I better get my skills up to date pronto, if I want half a chance of having a decent looking shop. I'm sure I'll get better over time but for opening the shop they really need to be of a high standard.

The other thing I have been thinking about is for the shots that appear in the shop front should I go for arty and eye catching close up or plain and clear product in action??? Ive been looking at other shops for inspiration but not really any further forward. I think in my heart I would prefer more of a close up at first glance, something to attract attention and then in the next picture spaces I have available show the item in action (so to speak- this means if its a collage it might be hanging on a wall rather than some abstract angle). I just don't know, if you have any ideas on this one please share with me.

This photo below shows a cotton zebra print hanging lavender heart with leather wings I've just made. I took this one pretty close up but I'm not sure if the background is too overpowering or creates an element of interest?.

This photo below shows the lavender heart in action (well, sort of Ive hung it from my curtain pole and it probably would be more beneficial near the bed!). I think there is a lot of space created in the picture when shown hanging that I don't think I'm that keen on. I think I'm going to have to sleep on this one- and take lots more photos tomorrow.

PS a certain amount of cropping will be done before going on Folksy.


  1. Hey, thanks for your comment :)
    I thought taking pictures of my products would be easy peasy, but it's so difficult so I feel your pain. At first I took pictures of my items on funky backgrounds but after listing them on Misi and Folksy I was told that it detracts from the product and that clean light backgrounds work best to draw people in then additional pictures of the product "in action" are good.
    Anyway good luck with it and have a lovely weekend xx

  2. Thanks so much for your advice, I had just been going over and over this but a nice light background does make sense for the main picture. I think I will find a background I like and stick with the one to keep it like a collection. Hope to see more of your moomins x