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    Uncle Wiggy is offline Junior Member Junior crafter
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    Even quite poor photos can be made to look better... (sometimes!) using Photoshop.
    The best advice is use what ever camera you have, but use a tripod, or even a bean bag, and then the self timer. This will help in a lot of cases eliminate camera shake, which makes the picture out of focus..
    Hope this helps someone. A quick example Littlesquares, taken from your webpage, and a quick correction before and after.
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    Yes, photography is my nemesis too - but like with everything else - it needs time. If you can't afford better equipment - use to the maximum what you have:

    Here is how to make your own light box http://www.cocoaandhearthandmade.co....light-box.html

    (at the time all my photos were taken with compact digital camera - Kodak)

    Since then I swapped cameras, but still find that light is the most important thing to get right. Try to use reflectors (just big lids from tin boxes or foil tin wrapped around large carboard) and bounce the light back from the window to your subject (what ever you are taking photo). Makes huge difference.

    Also - edit your photos - always! You can use Gimp which is free or most cameras come with their editing software.

    Good luck with your picture taking!

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    As others have said I don't think your photos are that bad, you can get small light tent set ups where you can place the camera at the top on a rest or a stand and then take photos that way, sure someone on here had a really good set up and it did not break the bank. I use a Lumix with Leica lens and could not be happier. Do have a DSLR but getting rid of it as too heavy.

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    Hi all...
    Most camera these days have what they call White Balance setting somewhere. Open up the instructions booklet... that thing you only read when things go wrong!!!! and it should explain to you how to take pictures in Day light, Tungstone light, florescent light etc... This changes the White balance, and will help eliminate the yellow or blue colour cast.
    Let me know if this helps... someone...
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    Try photograph in natural light

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    I was looking into buying a camera to take photos for my Etsy. And was given this money saving tip. Hope it helps.

    http://m.wikihow.com/Create-an-Inexp...raphy-Lightbox

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    The photos were not that bad! at least they were in focus. Keep the white or neutral background....the wooden table was a good background too. Not the gingham, too fussy.
    I have MS and shaky hands so got my son to do any for me.
    Try and keep the item in the centre and thus avoiding cutting of the tops/bottoms of items....if you do, yr too close or the camera moved!

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