In this post, l am sharing my tips for better product photography for your online shop or blog. I can hardly call myself a photographer but the fact is that during the last years, taking photos has proven to be the number one element that made living from my work possible (well, besides my products themselves) but also one of the most enjoyable tasks in my workflow.
1.Invest in your equipment:
This is what l use and think is a good lot to get you started:A good mid range camera (l have a Canon EOSM10) or a very good phone. In spite of the convenience of using your phone for everything l prefer a camera, it makes the whole process feel more professional and “real”. Also, l think you have to pay way more for a smartphone with a good camera than for a decent mid range camera that will still have way more settings and options.
A reliable (ie not the cepaest you can find) tripod and a remote trigger. I invested in a mid range tripod 5-6 years ago and it had paid for itself many times over. I use my phone as a remote trigger. Check if your camera can be connected with your phone, otherwise a remote trigger can range from around $20 from Ebay to $100+ for a more polished version.Both gadgets are super useful if you take most pictures by yourself. Do your research on line and in stores before purchasing, l suggest going for a mid-range option on both.
Some very cheap and easy to find props such as cardstock, fabrics etc.
2. Educate yourself:
If you have the time/money/will to attend photography classes all the better. I did not have any of these when l started and used instead the wealth of information all over the internet to grasp the essentials, which, for me are:
Know your camera (sounds silly but, trust me, take time to read the manual and dig into all the info)
Get to know composition. So important. I can make all the difference in the world.
Get to know photo editing. Photoshop is great for professionals but there are tons of free online platforms that allow you to tweak your photos to perfection.
3. Be inspired:
I gather inspiration from whenever l can. Photography albums (l have some favorites l get back to over and over), magazine clippings, the internet. I use Pinterest secret boards to categorize my inspiration in batches such as Shoe Photography, Still Life etc. And the option to “save” a photo on Instagram is super useful too.
4: Just start and go on and on:
You have to practice A LOT. It might feel daunting at first but the more you look and the more you snap the better you will become.
Having said all these, the most important thing is that you have to really want to get good at it. If you feel overwhelmed, at a loss and like this is really not your thing then do yourself a favor and hire a pro. Being a small business owner means you have to assume many different roles and if the photographer is not one of them this is perfectly fine. But remember you absolutely need the photos so if you cannot take them yourself there is nothing wrong with outsourcing.
Here are some additional resources l have found useful over the years.
The Etsy sellers handbook on photography
A very useful article with photo ideas
The basics of composition
What to do if you don’t want to DIY
If you have any more resources to share please do so in the comments below! If you found this post useful share it on your social media!
Simple, strappy sandals are my go-to shoe for the summer.
As you have probably noticed, fringe is having a moment this season.
Since it is one of my favorite elements and very present in my collection anyway, l had lots of fun browsing Pinterest for fringe DIY ideas that have a cool bohemian feel.
These are four of my favorites:
A beautiful scarf from simplymaggie, a very cool t-shirt from Trash to Couture, an amazing fringe vest from Swell Blog and a fun fringe bikini from Pulled to Gather
Do you have any fun fringe DIY ideas to share?
Happy moth of April! Count down to Easter, my favorite holiday of the year (yes even more than Christmas!)
FYI Easter in Greece is a really BIG deal, when l was living in London l was surprised how little fuss was about it compared to Christmas. And how could it not be a big deal? Religion aside, it is the beginning of the most beautiful season, flowers bloom, you spend more time outdoors and at the beach, the day is getting longer, everything just SHINES!!
Last but not least it's time to put away these thick sweaters and start moving into lighter clothes.
When l was living in Athens and was packing for an Easter trip to one of the islands l remember always being over optimistic about the temperature and packing way to summery clothes.
Now that we moved to Amorgos l know better hehe. Anyway, the winter-to-spring closet transition is a different post altogether..
So, in my excitement to prepare for Easter, browsed Pinterest for DIY ideas. I came across too many that were a bit on the garish side with odd looking bunnies and duckies but there were also tons of super stylish projects. Here's a round up of my favorites, left to right, top to bottom:
Exquisite Easter Eggs from Country Living
Gold Leaf Eggs from Sugar and Charm
Yarn Egg Wreath from the Sweet Survival
Great Spring Door decoration from pinner Deborah Bailey
Origami Bunny from Eat Drink Chic
Easter Nest Table Setting from Martha Stewart
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This leather tassel necklace is super pretty and easy to make.I use leather and suede to make many of my jewelry at Maslinda Designs. It is a material so beautiful and versatile that makes me come up with new ideas every time l rummage through my boxes at me workshop. I try to use re claimed leather as much as possible which means that l end up with scrap pieces in a multitude of colors and textures that are simply ideal for jewelry making and/or small DIY projects like this one.
Your new spring-to-summer necklace is ready!
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