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.
Here’s how to get the most out of your 5 listing photos, and a great guide to writing listings that help buyers understand your product and make the decision to purchase.
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