A very important part of an online store is having great photos of your inventory. I love photos, always have. I have taken a couple of photography courses and have taken many, many photos. Taking photos of three dimensional art for an online store is a different thing, however.
When working on the first round of photos for the shop, I definitely had little experience or knowledge in taking good photos of 3D artwork. Then, the second round I had a little more information and a little more experience, so the photos were a little better. It was at this point that we decided to purchase a set of three soft box lights to use for our product photography. I have been playing with these lights over the last several months and have found them to be very helpful in getting better photos. About a week ago, I took a good look at the old photos in the shop and I was shocked at how bad they were. In classic Carrie style, everything had to be re-photographed using the lights to define the details of our work. And, as Martha says, "It's a good thing."
So, over the past week, I have taken new photos of every product in our store, around 100 products with anywhere from 6 to 15 photos each. This is the third round of re-photographing and every time I do this, I get better results. This time, I focused on taking a lot more close-up shots to show off the little details and nuances. It has really been fun and I will continue working on the last few pieces through this week. Now I think we're getting somewhere. We invite you to take a look and see our progress. We'd love to know what you think. Thank you!