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The Do’s and Don’ts of Embroidery Product Photography

Would you like to sell more embroidery online? A good product listing needs a few things: a decent price, a compelling product description, and of course several excellent images which make it impossible for customers to say no. If you can’t afford a professional product photographer, these DIY tips will help you get the best embroidery product photos from your digital camera, or even your smartphone!

The Do’s and Don’ts of Embroidery Product Photography

Do: Take as many photos as you need to get the images you want.

Don’t: Settle for a single “good” image.

Unless you’re a trained photographer with years of practice and expertise, chances are you won’t get a perfect photo the first time. That’s okay! Whether you’re using a digital camera or your smartphone, you can easily take as many pictures as you need to in order to get the best shots.

Do: Use a neutral background to let your embroidery take the spotlight.

Don’t: Use a busy background that will drown out your embroidery design.

Hang or lay your embroidery against a neutral background, such as a solid color or a wooden board. This will allow your product to be the center of attention in every image, and won’t distract potential customers from their buying decision.

Do: Use natural light to show customers a realistic view of your product.

Don’t: Use the flash!

The key to any product photography is capturing images which show a realistic view of the product, in this case your embroidery, from multiple angles. If you’re selling embroidery online, your customers can’t inspect your product for themselves in person, so you need to be sure your images reflect the product and give them a clear idea of what they’re buying. This will prevent dissatisfied customers who might feel your product was misrepresented in your listing.

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embroidery product photography

Do: Use the sharpest focus possible to bring out the details of your design.

Don’t: Use sharpening tools in Photoshop.

One of the benefits of embroidery is the intricate detail that goes into every piece. Showcase that detail by getting a clear, sharp image focused on the quality of your stitching. Avoid sharpening tools in Photoshop, unfortunately the editing can make an image look fake.

Do: Experiment with different angles, backgrounds, and lighting to get the best effect.

Don’t: Give up if your product photos don’t turn out well the first time.

Any skill takes practice, and photography is no exception! Don’t be afraid to try new things when taking photos of your embroidery products. Even if you don’t get the image you need for your product listing, you might get something interesting for your Instagram account!

Embroidery product photography is just one part of starting your own home-based embroidery or monogramming business. Click here to download our free guide to starting your own business! Inside you’ll find tips for getting started, things to consider, and where to sell your embroidery.

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