We started our Etsy shop in July and immediately realized we needed to step up our photography game. In our quest for better Etsy photos, we ordered an XPRO light tent last week. The 36″ x 36″ model cost $69.99, with free shipping through Amazon Prime.
With the light tent’s arrival, we began converting one of our rooms into a photography studio/office. The game plan is to free up one wall for styling furniture photos and use the window wall to take photos of smaller items in our new XPRO light tent.
Today, we tested out the light tent by setting it on a table underneath the window. David and our son, Michael, placed clip-on lights on either side. By placing the box against the window, we took advantage of natural backlighting.
They plan to attach a light above the tent on another day. Today’s efforts with a PVC pipe didn’t work out. It needs to be higher.
Michael works at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery. One of his assignments is photographing smaller items for ebay. That’s about to expand because Michael and Georgie had their office enlarged over the summer. It now contains a DIY photo studio for Avonlea’s online store. I say this to identify him as the professional photographer of the family.
Our 36″ x 36″ tent is large. We can easily fit items like this pair of mortar and pestle lamps:
Small items look dwarfed by the space.
The XPRO light tent comes with 5 backdrops: white, black, blue, red, and green — which need to be ironed before use. That was my contribution.
Here are examples of Michael’s work for our Etsy shop:
The Pyrex Bowl Butterfly Gold, 1.5 pints, with blue background . . .
. . . and black background:
The XPRO light tent really does kick our photography up a notch.
I want to mention that Melanie Alexander of Lost and Found Decor recently posted How to Take Better Blog Photos Without Breaking the Bank. She offers excellent recommendations. Our next investments will be Adobe Creative Cloud for photo editing, and photographer Aniko Levai’s Master Package. It includes her ebook, The Ultimate Photography Book for Bloggers, videos, and lightroom presets.
I’m good at editing but I’d like to hone my photographic skills.
One last thing, while we immersed ourselves in today’s session of Etsy photos, we sold an item on Etsy.
Ann Marie and David
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