You want an in focus picture that shows off your item to its best. This means using the macro setting on your camera, getting lighting that is soft or diffused.An easy way to do this is using 2 or 3 desk lamps surrounding your items. Then you need to use some photo editing - no matter how good a shot you are, you always going to have to do some editing. For other tutorials on taking pictures, check here.
Recently I have been trying to add some more interesting, non-white or gray backgrounds.
Now use the macro setting with the flash off and take lots of pictures - if you are new at this take more and use a tripod. Do different angles, closer, further, move the lights, but take a lot of pictures. After many, many shots I decided on this one. I came in too close for some, not allowing enough cropping or the paper showed. I uploaded pictures, then went back to take more.
All that work paid off. I was actually able to edit this picture in just 4 steps. The tools I used can be found in most free editors, GIMP, Picassa, even the editor on Photobucket but I invested in PaintShop Pro X4. Right now it is $49 dollars; originally it was $79. I found it very easy to use and got much better editing.
I'd say the same about light. It is better to wind up a little dark before editing than too bright. You can always brighten it up.
Before I do anything else, I correct the white balance by clicking on the white paper. Already the colors are looking better. The dragon is more green, the wood looks deeper.
Now it's time to crop and bring this dragon front and center. Of course I cropped out the white paper and where the wood ends but even more importantly I cropped him to a square. On Artfire your thumbnail shots are all squares. The first shot is used in the thumbnail so while other shots don't have to be square, that first does so browsers will see this and want to look at more. Even if your item doesn't fit in a square, like a something tall and narrow. Try adding more background on the sides and if you need to crop even crop a little from the edges. Try to pull back a little to add that space in the original image.
- Item isn't cropped at all, so the item itself is too small
- Picture is too dark
- Out of focus
- Color is not right
Now you give it a try.Even if you don't take new pictures and just fix the color in older pictures.