Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Back to School and I Feel Like Sharing!

I know that some of the new artists to Etsy may feel as if they aren't getting the exposure they want - and believe ME - I felt exactly as you did when I first started (and don't feel discouraged). I thought I gave it a good shot... but, really it took me a full year to figure out how this Etsy thing worked. After that I decided that I needed to invest money in order to make some. So, I listed. I listed often, everyday, every few hours and re-listed.

Shortly after that I decided to focus on my images. This is the real trick to making it work on Etsy. This is how you will end up on the Front Page frequently. I feel as if I have progressed in three stages with my photo skills: Novice - pic.1 (bad, with no idea what I was doing) , Apprentice - pic.2 (better, seemed to have figured out the lighting trick), and Experienced pic.3 (I love photography and all it nuances).

I often look back at some of my very early photos. My first camera was a Fuji FinePix from 2006 with only 4 mega pixels. All I can say right now is: what a difference a few mega pixels make:) I'm not complaining about my great little "point-and-shoot"... not at all. I love it and I actually would like to get another point-and-shoot by Fuji (the shutter on mine broke and I decided it would be a good idea to upgrade).

So, now I use a Samsung GX-10 and I absolutely love, love, love it. I only shoot in manual mode - so much more control over your environment that way. You can do this with your own camera - even if it is a point and shoot. Take some time to read through your manual (or get it on-line if you had a fung-shui attack and threw it out - just go to the makers website). Also check out the specs on you camera easily on the dpreview site - really helps if you want to know something fast about your camera. You really will see a difference in the quality of your shots if you control the exposure and speed of the photos.

I have to say that I am extremely lucky with all that has come my way. I now take photos for another Esty store: Trillium Artisans (check out the great work they have). I have also taught some photo workshops to new Etsy artists on how to better see and photograph their work and I also do one-on-one lessons with some of the Artists through Trillium. It has been so much fun and I hope that my enthusiasm for photography is infectious.

So, get out there (before the Winter sun hits) and take some fantastic pictures... it really is worth it. Persistance always prevails!

- Pink


Carol Dean said...

I am still very much at apprentice stage but aspire to take photographs like yours one of these days. (I look back at my first photos and am, however, rather impressed at the progress I HAVE made.) And the listing, relisting advice is the best I have ever received and in turn given to frustrated Etsians :)

Leslie said...

I just listed my first items on Etsy yesterday. I focused SO hard on good pictures and was happy with what I got out of what I have to work with. And then I look at your BEAUTIFUL work and think how, well, boring my pics turned out. You gave great advice right when I need it! Thank you so much! Wish me luck next time around.....I know I will get there eventually!

Leslie G.

TQB Designs said...

...hey Carol - YOU have GREAT shots!

Thanks so much Leslie - I am a big supporter of taking shots in natural, indirect light - either right next to a big window or under a tree, patio outside... it just makes the jewelry have a soft look you want to touch:) GOOD LUCK!

Bénédicte Tarrade said...

What a patience all this weaving and love of the colors in your work! I am in admiration! Excuse my bad English! …