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Etsy Photography and Cropping

SamanthaLynn922
Apprentice

 Hi Everyone, 

 

I'm really new to photography, I purchased my Rebel almost a year ago, but I'm still struggling to learn the ropes. 

 

I sell vintage clothing online, mainly on Etsy, and I purchased my camera in order to make my listings more professional. Unfortunately, I haven't been utilizing it to its full potential because I really don't know what I'm doing. 

 

First off, is there a way that I can take a photo that is slightly more narrow in width, without losing height? This sounds really elementary, but I'm really struggling with it. I'm attaching an example of a photo I took today for reference, I need to only show my backdrop (not any of the room behind it or its stand), along with the dressform and the full length of the dress I'm shooting. I know that I can crop, however with Etsy there's an added layer of complication... (continued below photo)

 

IMG_1484_resized.jpg

 

Etsy prefers photos that are 800 pixels high X 1,000 pixels wide, so I need to resize all images to this size. Additionally, the number of photos that I can upload is limited, so most sellers will combine two images (side by side) showing different views (i.e. front and back, or full-length and detail) of their product into one image which will show up in searches as the product's main photo. So I suppose my second question is, is there a way that I can crop, combine, and then resize my photos into this format somewhat painlessly? I'm dropping a link below to the store of a fellow seller, Amanda, who does a wonderful job with her photography and whose listings illustrate the technique of fusing together two views of the same item that I'm trying for: 

 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/butchwaxvintage?ref=pr_shop_more

 

 I hope that these questions aren't too embarrassing. I'm actually taking a photography class currently and I think I'm getting the hang of exposure, ISO, etc. etc., but I'm anxious to start upgrading my listings and this particular aspect is mainly what's holding me back. 

 

I would really appreciate any insight that anyone can provide!

 

Thanks, 

-Samantha

 

 

3 REPLIES 3

jrhoffman75
Legend

See here:

 

https://www.etsy.com/help/article/208

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic

ebiggs1
Legend

Buy, learn to use Lightroom. It will do what you want.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

Buy, learn to use Lightroom. It will do what you want.


So will any other editor, including several that are free.

Bob
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
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