Friday, June 8, 2012

Light Box

One of my biggest obstacles in my Etsy Shop, Ellie Marie Designs, has been taking pictures.  I'm not a photographer but I've learned a few things in the 7 months I've been on Etsy.  One thing is to use natural day light.  Well that means I need a sun shiny day and generally between 11 am and 3 pm.  Being unoccupied and at home during those hours doesn't always work out.  I soon realized that I needed a light box.  Well, those are expensive. So I decided to make my own.  I did a bit of checking on the web and got some advice from my Etsy friend Angel, bought some cheap fabric and some $4.00 light bulbs and voila!

I still need to perfect my picture taking skills but they have improved!  Here's an example:





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  1. Wow, looks great. It's amazing what a better pic can do for presentation.

  2. Great job Karen! The results are outstanding.

  3. That really makes a huge difference. I never knew that! Looks great. I hope it helps your shop.

  4. They look better.
    Did you use a special sort of lightbulb for the lamps?
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Very impressive. It sure makes a difference. I'll have to show Amber this since she wants to sell some things at Etsy someday. May I ask where you learnt this from or maybe you could do a step-by-step tutorial on how to make one.

  6. That is a huge difference. I've noticed that your items look bright lately. Very nice!!