Folksy Ltd

Just spend hours listing my first few items and I'm just not happy

…With the photos, especially!

I used a really good camera that was my father in laws I think its called SLR, and I feel the photos do not show the items off well enough.

My problem with these first few items is that they are in frames with glass fronts, so I could not get them into a position where you couldn’t see either my reflection or something else on the glass. So to solve this for a couple of them I tried photographing them without the glass, which just makes it look like there’s actually no glass ! argh.

Anyone got any tips!?

I feel your pain as I also have to photograph shiny things and lighting them is a nightmare at this time of year unless you have a proper rig. A couple of things that might help - a diffuser on your light sources (this makes light more even, getting rid of glare and reducing shadows) and a large (and I mean potentially really large) piece of white card with a hole just big enough to poke your camera lens through (this reduces those annoying reflections of the camera on the glass).

(minor aside you might want to check out royal mail’s (or your prefered courier’s) insurance policy on sending items with glass in them and make sure you are happy with it in case something gets broken in transit, they are not always the most careful)

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Thanks Sasha, that’s all really helpful. I did consider that glass fronts might not be the best for posting. It will cost more for more sturdy packaging I think, too.

Maybe acrylic fronts are the way forward. Not sure if this will help with the camera issue at all but will be more likely to arrive at their destination in one piece!

I think the solution to part of your problem is to take more photos. You want the main picture to be about the art, not to show the glass in front of it, so zero reflection is best for the main shot. Take another photograph showing the artwork at a distance, hung on the wall, so customers can see what it looks like in situ and several more shots from different angles in which the glass will be visible, so they know it is framed behind glass. You also need an extreme close up to show off the nature and quality of the materials you have used and then that should be your five shots.

Ditto Sashas advice about diffusers and a large white reflector and also postage. I’m not a big fan of acrylic because it scratches and cannot be polished in the same way as glass. It may be there is specialized packaging available for framed artworks, so I would look into that.

Sam x

Thanks Samantha, that’s also really helpful!

It would be a shame to have to replace the frames. I realise after what you’ve said that I have not taken enough photos, so will definitely take more. I know what the items look like close up but I realise its not clear from the photos for potential buyers to see, so I’ll do that next, thanks again!

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