I am amazed at how fast the week has gone by! It’s already Thursday and I’m ready to add to my weekly feature helping out other Etsy sellers make their shop a bit more professional. In this last week I have also added a new feature to my website and my business which is my weekly newsletter. I plan to send off weekly newsletters to help fans receive first dibs on new items in my shop, special promotions just for subscribers, and also seller tips that I only include in my newsletter! If you’d like to subscribe you can enter your e-mail address on the right hand side column of my website.
Last week, I let you know my secret to great photo light quality. I decided to stay with the theme of photography this week, addressing the basics of composition.
Composition makes a good photo of a product into a great photo in itself. In this post, I’m going to be talking about my favorite trick to use. There are definitely more tricks and rules that I won’t speak about here, but I encourage you to do some research on them. It’s always good to have your own signature when it comes to your Etsy shop, and photographs can be the best way to personalize your business. Using certain compositions, colors or tricks can make your etsy shop recognizable and keep customers coming back.
My favorite composition technique is to arrange items in a way that enhances the perspective of the photograph, drawing the viewer into the image. In order to achieve this, I try to create a 3-d feeling in a 2-d picture. Using the accessories I choose to photograph my jewelry with, or sometimes even using the jewelry, I make sure to create lines that draw the viewer into my photograph. I will explain what I mean by using an example from my shop:
In this first image, you can see a few of my favorite accessories for photos, my small white porcelain vase and my mother-in-law’s red leather case. The porcelain vase has is textured and has great crevices in it, creating the perfect opportunity to utilize lines in the photograph. In this case the lines seem to appear from the top left hand corner of the photo and lead the eye down towards my Franken Heart III. I use the rules of perspective to enhance the 3-dimensional quality of teh photo. The texture of the leather helps create even more depth. As I mentioned before, I will be including in this week’s newsletter one or two more photography tips just for e-mail subscribers, so be sure to sign up!