I think a lot of people will agree with me that the biggest challenge for online sellers is that your potential customers cannot feel and touch your items. Besides having a good description of your items, a perfect picture is equally important. Good quality pictures will keep potential customers browsing through your shop. I have noticed that when people asking for a critique for their shop in the forum, the most common problem other people pointed out is the quality of the pictures, they are either too dark or out of focus, or sometimes both.
Personally, I have problem with the lighting. In order to have good quality pictures, I need to take picture during certain time of the day and I would be lucky if it was a sunny day. I have tried to take pictures in my backyard under indirect sunlight but the result is very inconsistent and not possible during the winter months! Recently, I have heard people talking about photo tent and I think that may worth a try. While I was searching where to buy an inexpensive photo tent, I came across a site that shows how to make a photo tent (or light box, whatever you call it) by yourself. I have read the tutorial and it is very easy to make. I have made my own, why not try it yourself. It really helps to improve the lighting of your picture. It only costs me a few bucks to buy the light bulb!
Materials you need:
- Masking tape
- Ruler/Measuring Tape
- Fabric - It is recommended white nylon or white fleece and even some white under shirts.
- White Bristol board - For background, if you prefer different color background, you can use other colors. (I use foil instead!)
- Desk Light with a full spectrum or daylight bulb, avoid using regular light bulb as those will create yellow light.
1. Cut off the flaps on top of the box. Leave the bottom intact.
2. Use a marker and ruler, draw a square/rectangle in the middle with 2 cm from the side of the box (The orignal tutorial is asked about 2 inches but I think it is depending on the size of the box you picked.) Repeat this step for the other 3 sides.
3. Cut off those marked squares/rectangles.
5. Then cut out another white Bristol board as your background. The width shoud be the inside width of the box and the length should be much longer than the box. Put the long piece of Bristol board into the box to where the piece curves to the bottom and cut off the excess paper. It is strongly recommented to avoid creasing as it will show up in your pictures.
6. Cut out the fabric that are big enough to cover the each opening EXCEPT the one that facing the background, that is the opening where you put your camera and take pictures….and….YOU ARE DONE with the box!
Additional information: If you do not have the +/- button on your camera, try FUNC./Set. There should be a few choices on the left hand side after you press it. In my old camera (also Canon), it shows a red ±0 on the top left, just above AWB. If the red ±0 not there, try to select AWB and choose the option says white balance (usually the last option), hopefully it will guide you there. If you are still not sure, I strongly recommend you to refer to your user manuel.