Well I knew there would be some bumps in the road when I started my Etsy store, but I didn't think in would be in the area of photos. While I am not the best photographer in the world, I had thought I at least had sufficient ability to come up with some acceptable photos for the site.
I suppose knowing that a sale, or even getting someone to click on an item to just look at it, hinged on the quality of the thumbnail photo they found at my site. Take that pressure and add my obsessive compulsive nature and you have the perfect formula for many hours of frustration with a digital camera.
First I tried to just set up shots in my work room, against a drape of fabric. This seemed to work okay for larger items but my necklaces just didn't show up right. The background didn't look white, they were too dark, the shadows were not behaving and even several hours playing with them in a photo editor could not get the colors to look like a proper representation of the design.
So then I got a photo cube and lighting to try to see if a more professional set up would help, but I continued to have the same problems with the background looking anything but white. *arghh*
I then thought that perhaps using my bunny Lily (made by the very talented Lollihop) to model the necklaces might be cool and a bit different, but tie into my studio name. But when I ran it by other people, everyone agreed Lily was adorable, but confusing as to what exactly was for sale. K.I.S.S. - Keep it simple stupid! Well no one was that blunt, but that was the bottom line.
Then, much like Goldilocks, I finally found one that was just right!
My stubborn OCD brain is happy and I was able to post a bunch of new necklaces! Yeah! Now I just need to go back to the previously posted necklaces and "upgrade" their photos.