Taking product photos for my shop is one of the most challenging parts of selling products online. Here's a look at how I take and edit my photos.
I like to have a white background so that my items stand out, but that makes the process more difficult. It's hard to get a "true" white background - it often has a blue cast that's tricky to work around.
I bought boards at a craft store and painted them using white craft paint. I use one board on the bottom and one for the background. I take some photos with the items laying on one of the boards - I stand on a chair and shoot straight down. I also take photos of some items, mostly cards, standing up on the bottom board.
I typically take several photos of each item in each of the positions. I upload the photos to my computer using Dropbox and then sort through them, looking for the best shots. This photo shows a card standing on the bottom board with the other board as the background. As you can see here I stand the card at an angle to get the most light on the front of the card. You can also see that part of the windowsill is showing before I edit the photo.
Here's a look at the final photo after it has been cropped. This is the same photo as the one shown above. Cropping the photo also zooms in on the card so that the pattern on the paper is more visible.
I've learned a lot about taking photos and using Photoshop to edit the photos, but I still have a lot to learn. Making the product is the fun part; editing the photos is not my favorite part of the process but incredibly important in order to give my customers an accurate sense of the products for sale.