Any online site that wants to draw people in knows it happens first with pictures. And like any other site - I want my etsy shop to draw people in. So, I put a lot of thought into my photos.
Some people have photobooth-like set -ups with lamps and white balancing and the like. Other people go outside and prop their wares on whatever nature has to offer - fence posts, tree limbs, etc.
I have an extra couple of yards of linen I haven't gotten around to making into anything more useful. Some people iron their background cloths to smooth perfection, but I think the cream colored linen lends itself to a softer more relaxed look; that and I tend to avoid any and all ironing that isn't completely necessary - I've been known to run the dryer a second time just to shake the wrinkles out of clothes that may have been sitting in the basket a little too long.
Since the best light is usually during the little guys nap time, and product photography is just one bullet point on a long list of things I attempt to get done during nap time, I can't spend a lot of time on set up and break down. I toss the cloth on the table (right over the fruit bowl and whatever else happens to be cluttering the table), grab a few props - ranging from a couple of kitchen mugs to Mr. Man's fedora, and go to work,
This photo shoot features a couple pair of earrings with some wool roving-hand felted by yours truly, and a brass bead. I also did a pretty col wrapped bone ring right afterwards. The above photos are the 'behind the scene's look"
These will be the actual product photos from that session.
this one hasn't made it to the shop just yet. After looking at the photos, I decided a few tweaks were necessary
The macro setting is my friend :)