Monday, July 13, 2009

Is It Just Me Or....

Has anybody else out there noticed the trend that Etsy is leaning towards when they choose their pictures for the front page? About 90% of all pictures have either plain white backgrounds or another solid colour. Well I certainly have and this led me towards a shopping trip to find the supplies to build my own light box.

This is a first time try of one of my Santa Clauses in the light box. I still have some adjusting to do with the lightening with my camera settings... don't get me started on that soapbox, but this is what he looks like with a plain white background.

Now here is the same Santa taken with a background of wood tones and old books. I don't know about you, but I like the textured background better. Call me old fashioned I guess!

This is the full view of Santa and his Snowman. Again, in the light box with a plain background... boring... but what do you do? Etsy clearly leans toward the minimal look and if you can't make it to the front page your chances of selling is decreased, and who are we kidding, we all want to sell, sell, sell! I'm still not decided if I should sell my soul for a sale, or stay true to what I personally like... anybody else struggling with this?


Lorrie said...

ooh, that's a tough question. But I think anyone who sells has to market in a way that gets results. I much prefer the "contextual" settings myself, but...


bea3855 said...

Hei Bella,
I don't like the lightbox pix; the one with the brown books or whatever is much better - more lively and vivid!
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Nathalie Thompson said...

I'm with you on the warm atmosphere. But if "white" gets you exposure, I think I would discount my soul a little. ;)