Do you dream of quitting your day job to sell crafts, or turn a fun hobby into something that pays for itself? Are you a handmade artisan eager to increase your Etsy traffic?
This site is the guide I wish I had six years ago when I opened my first Etsy shop.
It all starts with your beautiful handmade products. Add a camera and a simple DIY photo studio that you can make yourself, and you’re ready to sell your crafts online. Check out our guide to opening a well-named Etsy shop, and then we’ll show you how to list your handmade items and the right way to add tags that reel in buyers.
Been selling a while?
Experienced sellers will appreciate our guide to the best DSLR cameras for crafters (all under $500), as well as our recommendations on tabletop photo studio kits. Are you stuck shooting indoors half the year? I am. Here’s the lighting equipment that gets me and my Etsy store through the winter.
You already know that your shop requires regular tweaking and updating – here’s what the top sellers are doing, and what you can learn from them.
I’m a lifelong crafter and technology enthusiast, and I hope you enjoy DIYCraftPhotography as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it.
- Lighting Tips for Absolute Beginners
- Fixing Distortion with Zoom (on a point and shoot camera)
- The Magic of Bounce Lighting (and how to make a DIY bounce card)
Composition & Styling Tips
- Using Velvet for a Solid Black Background
- 30 Free Photo Backgrounds – using things from around your house!
- Photographing Cookies
- Best DSLR Cameras Under $500
- Best Cameras for Food and Craft Photography (for *Every* Budget)
- Advantages of a DSLR over a Point and Shoot Camera
- Top-Selling Point and Shoot Cameras (2014)
- Best Smartphone Cameras (Fall 2013)
- The Best Indoor Lighting Equipment for Crafters
- Tabletop Photo Studio Comparison Guide
- How to Choose a Tabletop Photo Studio Kit
- Anatomy of a DIY Photo Studio
- What You Can Learn from the Top 10 “Handmade” Etsy Shops
- 10 Questions your Etsy Photos & Listings Must Answer
- Analyzing the Photos of 5 Great Etsy Shops
- 5 Things Top Etsy Shops Have in Common
- Maximize Your 5 Etsy Listing Photos