Photography is important to all aspects of DECASO, from listing your piece to using your photos for marketing efforts. It’s important to do as much as you can to make sure your piece looks as beautiful as it possibly can. Coupled with strong product descriptions, this is the winning formula.
Product photography is not an easy feat. Unless you are a professional photographer, work with a local photographer (you can find one on Yelp or a service like Thumbtack or TaskRabbit), or a photography student at a local school, who can take and edit your product images for you.
Here are high level tips to getting the best shots possible:
- Try to use a DSLR or professional grade camera.
- Make sure your images are as crisp and sharp as possible! Tripods are necessary to make sure your images are not blurry, even on small table decor where you might think shooting handheld is best.
- Use even lighting. If you can use natural lighting, great, but it shouldn’t create any shadows on your product. Turn off overhead lights if they are casting shadows or creating harsh lighting. You can always supplement with an additional photography light or flood lamp.
- Even lighting is also important to show the accurate color of the item.
- Make sure to photograph the entire item - we need the entire piece in the shot in order for it to be listed on DECASO.
- We recommend using a white wall or purchasing a seamless at your local art store to photography your item on.
- If it’s a glass piece, a mirror or has shine, be cognizant of where you are standing and what is being reflected in the piece. If there is something dark or obtrusive showing up in the reflection, it might make the item look like a different color. Any reflective objects will likely need to be photoshopped; we are not able to do this for you as it is beyond our basic services, so take extra care to see what else is in the space that could show up.
- Get as many angles and close-ups of the piece as possible to show accurate texture, color, scale and details (these detail shots are also great for marketing useage!)
- Document damage and any wear and tear that you mention in the product listing.
- Document artists signatures or tags.
- If possible, set up your product in a vignette to show how it can be styled in a space. This can also be useful for you in your marketing assets, including on social media.