Well I currently have 3 items in 4 collections but in admin’s defence, they didn’t put them there … I did, including the one in adorn:)
Oh they put something in each of those collections a way long time ago but the Father’s Day, Bloom and Gifts for Gardeners collections are well over a year old and just get cycled onto the front page every once in a while, adorn has been doing the rounds since before xmas. I’m sure admin do sometimes add new items to the collections but I’m also sure that a lot of them are items that can be restocked or listing urls that sellers, like me, use again for similar items to get the benefit of the collection tie in, I do try to pick items that I think fit with what’s already in there but I’ll be swapping items that aren’t pulling views out for something else to make the best of it too. I think not restocking or reusing a url that has at one time been included in a collection is a bit daft and wasting a perfectly good opportunity. They don’t generate a lot of views, but you only need the one and touches wood each item I’ve had included in a collection has sold, although as I say it never does generate a flood of views so if you don’t check them all regularly you may never have any other way of knowing if one of your items has been included.
As far as photos go, mine certainly aren’t the best but they do get picked for collections/folksy favs etc from time to time and I try to use my best photos when reusing old urls for new items. My photography budget is paltry …
one sheet of ply scrounged (with permission) from a skip and painted white with leftovers from home deco - free, one cardboard box with tinfoil taped to the backside - pence for the foil, one tripod - a fiver on fleabay, one nikon S3200 - about £50 atm, a window - came with the house … and tons and tons and tons of time taking tons and tons and tons of photos and a whole heap of luck that there are 4 or 5 decent ones in amongst them … and the patience not to make do with the crap ones and try again tomorrow. Admin did say a while back that cut outs aren’t their thing, shadows and shading and props and stuff in the background (so long as it isn’t dishes or grundies on the line) are their thing. Quirky photos, something a bit different, a bit off centre often get picked by some members of admin.
Photography is like everything else in the world, part with your cash or part with your time for a decent result, the money I don’t have, the time I can make.