by Shari Lynn Gardner.
(Sterling Heights, Michigan)
Selling your jewelry online with any of the different store options, from Etsy to Amazon Hand Made, or Artfire to eBay all require photography of your item to be clear, close to show the item entirely and bright to show all the details, and most require a white background.
This can be achieved much easier than you may realize.
The first thing any jewelry artist should invest in are a minimum of two lights with daylight bulbs. A daylight bulb is much brighter and bluer (colder), than your incandescent bulbs you use every day for household lighting.
A simple search on Amazon or whatever store you have of choice will show different types of these lights, which may be Ott Lights or even LED lights, which I currently use. They do get extremely hot, so don’t leave them on; only use for photographing your item and then shut them off.
Second, you can purchase a light box, but it’s just as easy to buy a large clear plastic bin, turn it on its side, and slide a piece of white poster board on the bottom and up the back and put your new lights on either side of the box.
A lightbox can also be made of cardboard and cut out each side leaving a 1 inch boarder all the way around on each side and then use tracing paper to cover the box and still use poster board for the bottom and back.
Lastly, the only thing you’ll need is a good photo editing program, such as PicMonkey, Photoshop, Lightbox, or PicsArt. As long as you can crop, adjust exposure if you need to, and add a watermark or border/frame, your pictures will look amazing, professional, and will definitely create more sales.
Oh, and you don’t need a fancy camera, all 3 of my jewelry pieces were photographed using my phone.