Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Size Matters

 AMAZING REVELATION: I've actually begun to enjoy the chore of photographing my jewelry-- after 5 years! Having a signature look that I rather like has helped a lot-- a close-up picture of a jewelry item placed on a blank, black background that's slightly reflective. I hope this gives my online Etsy & Zibbet shops a clean, uncluttered appearance. However, (1) I have not yet achieved this look, as Monique the Mannequin makes frequent appearances, & (2) I have not yet learned to take close-ups that also offer a sense of the item's size. For example, the top-most pic of both items shown here is a "featured picture" in both shops, but a visitor might wonder if the "3 Rays on Green" pendant is bigger than her head!

Unfortunately online shoppers don't always read descriptions & measurements. My current strategy is to use a prop in the secondary (thumbnail) pictures for each item in my shops. These prop pictures may be useful, but they're not especially attractive. (NOTE the Sharpie & the cup props.) I worry that a shopper in a hurry might leave my website of huge-looking items without even checking the thumbnails for size perspective. How do you handle this issue with your close-up product pictures? What attractive prop would offer perspective on size without detracting from my look? I'd really value your suggestions & feedback. Just post Comments below. Thank you!!!








4 comments:

TexasEagle said...

I think you've hit the perfect balance. I'd use a ruler or tape measure as a prop to show size, but otherwise, I think you're spot on!

Connie Mitan said...

For the main photo, leave out any props and size references - you want to capture the beauty and intricacies of the piece itself, to draw the buyers in. Then, in the other photos, you can use rules or other props to show size.
~Sunfire

Cheryl Z said...
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Cheryl Z said...

Warning to Myself- Proofread before hitting Publish:)

Appreciate the feedback from you both!! My problem is that my best friend, who checks my online stores every day & knows my work almost as well as I do, is ALWAYS surprised that the reality is so much smaller than her perception, based on the featured picture. So I wish I could think of some non-distracting, attractive prop for the featured picture...