30 Thrifty Props for Food Photography Backgrounds

Note to visitors: DIYCraftPhotography is experiencing some hosting issues this week. While we migrate to new hosting, please enjoy this image-free post that should help reduce the burden on our overtaxed host. 🙂 What’s around your finished recipe is often just as important as your product itself. Flip through any food magazine next time you’re…

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5 of the Best Selling Wood Crafts on Etsy (Plus a Tour of Successful Woodworking Shops!)

Wooden crafts are so beautiful to me. I love the wood’s inherent character and uniqueness – no two can ever be exactly alike. And I’m not alone! Lots of people these days prefer natural, handmade wooden crafts over mass-produced, environment-harming versions. If you’re good with wood, you might find a big market for your wooden crafts…

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5 *More* Lessons from the Top 5 Etsy Shops

Every so often, I take a peek at CraftCount.com, visit the top selling shops, and try to divine their secrets. As of this writing, the top 5 selling Etsy shops (overall) are: BohemianFindings (390,693 sales) clbeads (339,638 sales) yummytreasures (300,318 sales) shareliving (284,037 sales) yadanabeads (276,560 sales) So what’s new with these shops? All…

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Best Camera and Photo Deals from Cyber Week and December 2014

My inbox runneth over with Cyber Monday and holiday deals on photography equipment, but there’s so much of it. Wading through it would be a full-time job! Fortunately, I did that work for you. 🙂 Here are the best “Cyber Week” and December 2014 deals on cameras, camera bundles, and photography equipment as…

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Samsung NX300 Camera Review and Sample Photos with Kit Lens

BIG NEWS! I got a new camera! Meet my new Samsung NX300. It’s my first mirrorless camera and it’s fantastic. At the time of this writing, I’ve had it all of three days but I’ve already shot hundreds of photos and I’m completely, 100% in love. Samsung isn’t the biggest name in cameras right now,…

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Holiday 2014 Camera & Equipment Buyer’s Guide for Craft Photographers, eBay Sellers, and Bloggers

My favorite time of year is here! I love cozying up inside when it’s cold outside, the sparkling decorations on everything, the emphasis on family and friends… and food – oh boy, food! This is ALSO my favorite time of year because it’s the best time to upgrade your photography and crafting supplies! Between…

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13 Product Photography Lessons from My Fake Etsy Photo Shoot

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but people totally judge crafts by their photos all the time! Sure, tagging, titles, SEO, and relentless shop promotion have their own roles to play in bringing traffic to your shop, but all that hard work can be undone in…

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Ultimate Craft Business Tips and Resource List

All you wanted was a little place to sell your crafts, but before you know it you’ve got a blog, a Facebook page, and a full-fledged small business to look after! Here’s the good news: you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. These 50+ resources and…

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Etsy Listings: The Magic Number for More Traffic – Etsy Case Study: Part 4

Welcome to part 4 of DIYCraftPhotography’s ongoing Etsy shop case study! We’re building an Etsy shop and sharing all the details right here. Etsy Case Study Part 1: Naming & Opening Your Etsy Shop Part 2: Writing Searchable Etsy Listing Titles Part 3: How to use Etsy Tags  Part 4: Increasing Etsy Search Traffic…

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How to Use Etsy Tags: 13 chances to woo a buyer – Etsy Case Study: Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of our Etsy case study, where we build an Etsy shop and share all the details right here! DIYCraftPhotography’s Etsy Case Study Part 1: Naming & Opening Your Etsy Shop Part 2: Writing Searchable Etsy Listing Titles Part 3: How to use Etsy Tags (You are here!) Part 4: Increasing Etsy Search…

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Get Discovered with Search Friendly Etsy Listing Titles – Etsy Case Study: Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of DIYCraftPhotography’s ongoing Etsy shop case study! We’re building an Etsy shop and sharing all the details right here! Today we’re going to look at writing search friendly Etsy listing titles so your products can grab traffic from Google and Etsy searchers. We’ll look at successful Etsy…

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Naming and Opening Your Etsy Shop – Etsy Case Study: Part 1

Welcome to part 1 of DIYCraftPhotography’s ongoing Etsy shop case study! We’re building an Etsy shop and sharing all the details right here! DIYCraftPhotography’s Etsy Case Study Part 1: Naming & Opening Your Etsy Shop (You are here!) Part 2: Writing Searchable Etsy Listing Titles  Part 3: Tagging your Etsy Listings Part 4: Increasing…

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Simple White Background Product Photography Setup

Need some lovely new photos for your shop but limited by a tight budget? This DIY white photo background setup costs less than $5!   Supply List 1 large sheet of white poster board tape (painter’s, Scotch, masking – any kind will do) 2 big pieces of white foam core…

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Best Indoor Lighting Equipment for Craft Photographers

The most challenging aspect of product photography is getting the lighting right. Lighting affects everything: color, sharpness, shadows, and the overall quality of the image. The outdoors can be fickle and difficult to rely on – clouds, rain, and, oh yeah – that thing called winter. The best way to…

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How to Get Great Photos with your Point and Shoot Camera

The humble “point and shoot” is where most of us get our start in photography these days. But as you dig into photography and notice your friends are shooting with fancy DSLRs, it’s easy to feel like your “inferior” equipment is holding back your photography. While that might be true to…

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Best Cameras for Craft and Food Photography (and every budget!)

I recently spent well over 20 hours researching my next DSLR purchase (I’ll reveal what it is in a future post!).  Along the way, I realized there’s good cameras at every single price point – so I put together this camera-buying guide for other crafters and food photographers thinking of…

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