I am going to start this post by saying that I know a lot less about photography than a lot of other people. However, I have done just a bit of reading and a lot of experimenting and found some things that help me take pretty good pictures with my very average camera, and very unimpressive set-up. Since many of you have the same sorts of equipment to work with that I do, I figure this might be helpful to those of you that blog and/or run an online shop.
First - you do not need special equipment or an expensive camera to get a decent picture (note that I did not say fabulous, but decent). Below is a picture of where I take most of the pictures for my Etsy shop:
The next trick you should use is to find the "close-up" setting on your camera. Mine has this little dial on top with symbols to represent the different settings. Instead of using the automatic setting, use the one that is for close-ups. Mine has a little tulip symbol for this setting. Just remember to turn off the automatic flash.
Next, you'll want some basic photo-editing software. I don't have anything other than the HP Photosmart Essentials software that came with my scanner. When I open edit mode for an individual picture there is a button at the very top that says "Photo Fix" and has a little magic wand symbol. This is a very magical button indeed, and I use it on nearly every picture I take whether business or personal. Here is an example of a picture just as it came off my camera:
By the way, the pair of mittens in these pictures is a size 0 to 6 months, and will be listed in my shop tonight.