I'm really not good at product photography, so I hope I'm the perfect person to dispense a bunch of anecdotal advice that everyone should take very seriously.
I had (have) an Etsy site, and I was once rejected from Etsy wholesale. They're notorious with their rejections because they never give a reason, but in my case it was pretty obvious - I had awful product photography. Look at this:
What a mess - my cards were photographed against different backgrounds, only one of the two prints are in a frame.. bleh. The products don't look like they belong together.
I borrowed a light box from a friend. This exact one:
I don't think a light box is necessary, I just really enjoyed it because I like working through the night. This was my setup:
It came with the two tiny lights, and that little cellphone rig in the middle didn't work, so I just set my phone* on a pencil sharpener. the little drape I'm using is actually just a piece of paper I cut to size, because the drape they provided needed ironing and... I was lazy. The paper worked fine. I would wiggle the lights back and forth to see what was the best placement, and I'd take four or five photos of each product.
*side note - I am using an iPhone SE. It's got a decent enough camera. I also have my dad's Canon Rebel, but tbh I never really learned how to use it properly and I didn't feel that I needed the super high quality/size files. This is the "good-enough" workaround.
This is my unedited photo:
And this is edited:
I just made it brighter in Photoshop by fiddling with the little knobs in levels. I tried to do the proper cut-outs by lasso-tooling it, but I figured this is "good enough" for now.
And that is GOOD ENOUGH for me!! For now.
Okay thanks everyone. This has been blogging practice, first attempt.