I'm new to Etsy-hi, and I have a few questions!
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First of all, I guess I should introduce myself. Hi, my name is Kelly, and I'm mad passionate about nature photography, which would be the reason I started here.
I've got a massive collection of macro tidepool shots, some of which I think are pretty good. However, I have somewhat of a low self-art-esteem and limited funds, so I'm nervous about paying for good-quality prints and listing fees right off the bat. So my questions: what kind of pictures do people generally like, how should I go about choosing photos to print and list, and do you have any recommendations for the types of prints I should make or companies to make them?
I love this community, and I'll be appreciative of anything you throw at me, even if it's "go away, take your stupid questions to this other forum over here at this link"!
Posted at 5:34 am Jul 25, 2012 EDT
Hi Kelly, welcome!
Here is what has worked for me so far:
I do not print my photos until someone has purchased one on Etsy. I personally use BAY Photo:
It's quick shipping of photos, and cheap shipping costs. I usually only keep extra photos printed if I know that the particular image is popular, otherwise, I don't like keep extras piles of prints around the house... I have learned my cat likes to jump on them, and creases are not good. ;)
When I first started my shop, I only had 1 page of items, to put my feelers out there. I didn't make my first sale until 3 months after my shop was open. I decided to research why that was. I joined some treasury teams to gain exposure, and making treasuries also helped me to get inspired, by seeing so many lovely pieces from other artists. I also researched what was popular on Etsy by exploring the site quite a bit, and it helped me get a better idea of what people like. While that's all fine and dandy, I think it's most important to stay true to your design aesthetic, and have faith in your talents.
Use Etsy as a way to get inspired and push yourself to make the best you can deliver. When you have a beautiful product, others will see it too. You don't need gimmicks, or even advertising in my option. Just chose pieces you like and have faith in. Maybe get some options from friends or family. Is this image something they would like on their wall?
While many of it is just trial and error, (I went through 3 print houses, to find one that worked for me, with costs and quality of product a concern), I am still far from knowing everything. Everyday I learn something new, and evolve. The best thing you can do in the beginning is to decide your style, and gear that to your customer base. Stay true to yourself, and your shop will shine.
If you have any other questions, feel free to message me, I won't mind. ;)
Posted at 1:31 pm Jul 25, 2012 EDT
Lots of trail and error and it's 0.20 cents per listing here which I think is good.
I don't have anything printed until I have someone purchase, however every now and then I'll have something in stock.
I notice a theme going on... and I get the feeling you are a Phantom of the Opera fan? Correct me if I'm wrong. LOL
I think the important thing is to have a lot more of your works in your shop, and keep plugging away.
I go to Ritz Camera shop (ritzpic.com) for my prints I like how my photos come out and it's reasonable in my personal opinion.
Check online for other online printing labs. Someone in another thread mention iprintfromhome.com
Posted at 9:06 am Aug 8, 2012 EDT
I'm new to Esty too, I just opened my shop a month ago. I think what Julie says is really important, you have to do what you love. Through my research I have found that the most popular photography on Etsy tends to be very soft, with a lot of pastel colors; and while I think that is pretty, I prefer to take bold, bright photos. If I am going to photograph something, I want it to reflect what I saw...the bright eye-popping colors of nature.
Also, keep adding more items and work on your tags, I didn't spend too much effort on tags or adding items regularly until recently and now I'm starting to see a spike in views.
Before I opened my shop, I had my family sit down and choose their favorite photos, I made prints of their 15 favorites from Shutterfly.com, the rest of my pictures I intend to have printed once an order comes in. So I think thats a great idea as well!
Posted at 1:06 pm Aug 8, 2012 EDT
Ah, thanks guys! My shop was blank when I posted that, and since then I've just been slowly plugging away at adding stuff. I've been doing more sculpture work lately. Everyone on Etsy has been super nice and super helpful!
I tend to prefer ultra high-contrast photos with harsh colors, but that's just me! I'm trying to introduce different styles into my shop.
I do like Phantom of the Opera! But I didn't intentionally style anything from it... where did you get that idea? I'm very curious...
Posted at 1:29 pm Aug 8, 2012 EDT
Im new with my photography shop here, I just discover my pasion for the photography and I want to share images of my country with the rest of the world. I already have another shop with a different product so is hard for me start all over with the promotion.
I invite you to visit my shop and tell me what do you think.
Posted at 6:07 pm Aug 17, 2012 EDT