Easy Etsy Product Photography at Home with an iPhone!

hey guys Holly from charm and gumption and today I'm going to talk about product photography if you're just recently opening a shop chances are you're trying to keep costs low and you may not want to invest in an HD camera like a DSLR or something like that so today I'm going to show you the basics when it comes to product photography and how you can get great photos for your online shop using just your iPhone ok so the first and most important thing that you have to consider is lighting you want to have indirect light which means that there is light outside next to where you're shooting but not shining directly onto your surface which causes light spots and shadows let's start by shooting a flat item I'm going to shooting a little card from my shop what I like to do is just lay down a large white sheet of paper if you're shooting something white you might want to use a darker color so that it's more noticeable but it depends on the color of your item when you're shooting something flat like this you just want to simply take a picture from directly overhead with no angle and that'll just give you a very basic shot and then you want to also take an angled picture so that you can show off the detail okay so that was pretty easy let's move on to shooting a 3-dimensional item what I do is I take the same sheet of paper and I just curve it up against the wall and tape it so that it doesn't slip and this bend of paper keeps all of the focus on the item you're shooting because it's blank and there aren't any sharp lines in the background like there would be if you were shooting on the edge of a table or something and then I just place the item in the center and again you want to make sure that you have that indirect light coming from the side especially with three-dimensional items you want to make sure that you shoot the item from all angles and also include little detail shots make sure that the product is in focus by clicking on your screen until you see a yellow square once I'm done shooting I like to upload the pictures to my computer and then I use Photoshop but you can use any photo editor and you just want to increase the brightness slightly and it makes a big difference it makes your image really pop I hope this video was helpful for you guys this is just a very basic way to get professional simple photos for your online shop be sure to subscribe for more videos and check out my online shop and blog at charm and gumption com

45 Replies to “Easy Etsy Product Photography at Home with an iPhone!”

  1. Love your videos.
    Any tips on how to take photos of Gemstones to show the true color and luster of the stones. Mostly they're small tiny stones. Thank you

  2. While everybody else online is talking about details of photography and using special equipment, your method is so easy, simple, and inexpensive. I was able to get fantastic results with it. I used Android my phone allowed me to adjust the brightness without photoshop. Thank you for this video.

  3. Nice Video Holly…Background changing is very easy. You cam make it white as well even if the picture is not captured in white background. If any one wants to know the trick then follow me. I do my shoots and change the background easily

  4. Holly, I just downloaded photoshop to lighten the photo I took using this method. How do I set the photo to be lighter in color so it pops? Thanks

  5. u dont need to edit on photoshop, just tap the screen on your iphone and when it focuses, theres a yellow box with a sun on the right of it. slide the sun up for more brightness, sldie down for darker, then when u take the shot, u can edit it on your iphone, simply find ur photo, tap it to see the info below and the trash can and other settings, tap the filter icon, it has 3 horizontal lines and circles on it, after, tap the knob/sun looking icon, you should have 3 or more choices, Light-color-B&W, next to the filter, there a circle with an arrow point down, tap the the one with the Light filters, u should then see one of the filter (i think 4th) its called Shadows 0, tap it and slide it left or right it u need your Blacks darker or lighter πŸ™‚ i hope u guys succeedddddddd!

  6. Nice video, I also found this video to have some additional information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aLLUaKeDms

  7. I struggled for so long with my backgrounds till I realised that I actually had two perfectly white chairs πŸ˜‚, and since then I’m using them for all my pictures. Sometimes we look too far and the answer is just sitting there in front of us .

  8. Thanks Holly! We've just opened our Etsy Shop and I'd like to say that the practical information you share here helped us a lot. Have a great day!

  9. this was so easy and helpful…I've just started out and this is just what I needed..thank you! 😊

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  11. Hey Holly. Hope you are having a good day!!! What a great and much needed video for me. I am working on photographing writing pens. Any extra suggestions? Thanks so much. Robyn 😍😍😍

  12. It was very informational. But when that booty came in frame I couldn't pay attention. 😁 sorry I'm a man.

  13. My white backgrounds looked gray and dingy no matter what I did or which photo editor I tried, so I switched to a wood patterned sheet of scrapbook paper.

  14. Thanks so much Holly! I'm ready to roll on my Etsy shop, and fear of photo taking was the only thing holding me up! Thanks so much for the easy tips.

  15. Thanks for sharing! One of my boss friends & I recently launch an online cell phone accessories shop called @ShopGlamPhones! This video was amazingly helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Honestly, this has been the most helpful video about simple photography that I have ever come across. I'm serious. I love how simple and easy you made everything look, Holly. I'll definitely try the paper-draping thing. Thank you πŸ™‚

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