A large part of my learning curve deals with improving my product photos. Pictures are extremely important when trying to sell something via Internet. Lighting, backgrounds, and angles are everything. I have been experimenting and learning a great deal. You can see, or at least I can see, a marked difference between my early product photos versus those that I take now. I am continually trying to improve.
One key aspect is how the product is modeled. I make a lot of infant's and children's hats for my Etsy shop. They are fast knits and I am trying to build up some inventory before branching out into longer term projects like sweaters and blankets. Right from the start, I have had a dilemma in how to model my knitted hats for photos such that they look nice. A picture of a knit hat laying flat on a table just doesn't quite do it. For the best results, you really need to find a way to pose the hat such that it looks as though it is on a head.
Initially, I approached the problem creatively. I tried using balls of yarn, dolls, teddy bears, glass vases, and anything else I could think of to try to achieve a head-like shape. The vase and the yarn balls worked the best but they were still just off enough that I was unsatisfied with my results. I am able to get my kids to model some of my hats. However, as most parents can attest, it is tough to get preschool age children to stop moving and smile long enough for a good clear picture. Also, this does not solve my dilemma for baby hats and little girl's hats. (I am blessed with little boys.)
|Homemade Head Forms|
|Modeling Child- and Infant-Sized Hats|
At some point a better method for modeling my smaller hats will present itself. Until then, my homemade, muslin covered head forms will do just fine. Now, perhaps if I am a really, really, good girl and pinch my pennies till they scream, Santa will bring me a really nice 35mm digital SLR camera. Well that is not really in the budget for this year, maybe next.