I opened up my Etsy shop just less than a year ago and have learned so much - especially about the importance of pictures! If you're new to the Team, check out our Shop Critique thread. You'll get some great advice from a new pair of fresh eyes!
Some of the comments I received were in regards to my pictures. If you're not an avid photographer - this seems to be one of the most popular challenges. In my particular case, my pictures were always kind of dark, so I tried going outside in direct sunlight. I quickly learned that it's also bad to get too much light. I couldn't win!
I started doing some research and found that many suggested a light box to create even bright tones in your pictures - but of course - I did not want to go spending $200 for one!! Luckily, I found a great article on how to create your on light box in our Team Fest Seller Solution section. So, with a little help from my husband, I made my very own light box!!
Front of the Light Box:
Inside of the light box:
Here are is one of my hairclips before:
Now after - using the light box and adding some simple rocks and clay pot:
Some tips for constructing the light box:
- You don't have to use Bristol board. It's pretty expensive. I just bought regular card board paper, but make sure its a bright white.
- I do suggest buying that exact bulb the author recommends. It can be easily found in hardware stores. I originally bought another kind and the pictures did not come out bright.
- If you don't want to spend the money on the light bulb - sunshine is always free!! The light box is also great is direct sunlight. You may have to adjust the brightness a bit on an editing software, but it works great!!