Taking photos for the shop has turned out to be a much bigger hassle than I had ever imagined. I mean, I like taking pictures + I like arranging stuff, so I figured that the photos would be the least of my problems. Not true! Between finding the “perfect” spot, coming up with lots of little vignettes, and creating the right lighting conditions, it has turned out to be an ongoing source of frustration.
The lighting is the main problem, of course–our apartment really only gets good light within four feet of the front windows between, say, 10 am and 2 pm. On a good day. Since I’m usually not home at this time, it means that sunny Saturdays are my only option.
I’ve tried to work around this in the past by using various artificial setups in my craft room and even hauling all my stuff to a very generous friend’s house, but I still wasn’t completely happy with the results. So this weekend I tried again.
This time I didn’t even try to shoot with any light that wasn’t natural, so I set everything up in our little entryway. I used our coffee table and the framed Ikea fabric from our bedroom and just made everyone a lot simpler. And you know what? I am so much happier with the results!
It’ll be kind of a pain to switch all the old photos out (making any change to an Etsy listing requires going through about 5 webpages for each item…and I have a lot of items now), but I think it will be worth it.
This little guy has flown (or is it waddled?) away already, but Mr. Cardinal is still there. :)
(Oh, and in case you’re interested…it’s STILL cold outside. The heat’s back on, but now the electricity’s all wonky–a third of our outlets work fine, a third don’t work at all, and a third are at about 25%. I’ve never seen the last one before, but it exists: the little lanterns in our front window have only a very faint glow right now. Weird, huh?)