After discovering that the majority of my Etsy favorites are photographed on white or neutral backgrounds, I tried this with my recent listings. Here's an example:
Lastly, in between all of these different iterations of backgrounds, I tried using a few props. Some examples are below.
I thought the best way to find out which pictures were most effective and caught the buyer's eye was to ask around in the Etsy forums for some feedback and critique. The following picture, with a plain background and some colorful gumdrop props, got the strongest positive feedback.
And this is a great picture - fun, well-lit, colorful, and shows off the size of the item. But it won't work for the items I'm creating now. So my challenge is to create this type of picture using different, more sophisticated elements. I'm truly, honestly flummoxed.
So, I ask my dear blog friends and readers (I think there are three of you!), which background works best? And, most importantly, why?
I'm going to play around with the backgrounds and try to reinvent my photographic style. My sales are fine, it's not a matter of selling more per se, but having a consistent theme that best showcases my work as my skills and aesthetic develop.