The second craft fair we were in, we did better; about $100 profit for the day.  But when you take into account the amount of time it takes to get to the location, set up, sell all day, break down, and get back home times 2 people, we ended up making about $6 an hour.  We could make more than that working at McDonalds (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

So we decided it was time to focus our efforts on selling on-line.  Our long term plan was to set up our own e-store, but in the mean time, while we were working on that very large project, we would sell on Etsy.  If you haven’t heard of Etsy, you have to check it out:  It’s a site dedicated to helping independent artists and craftmakers sell their wares and it has some of the coolest handmade and vintage goods and supplies.  They make it all so easy. Or so it seemed.

In order to publish a listing, you need to take photographs of your product. Many of them.  And here I was with nothing but a Canon point and shoot. But Etsy had videos and tutorials and blogs to help us amateur types figure out how to take a pic that would pass. Best thing, they say, is natural light.  So I took our little lego peeps crayons outside, lay down a sheet of white paper, and tried to snap off a few. But every time I went to push that button, the wind would blow the littly guys over!  Done with outside.

Next project was to build a photo booth.  Not too tough.  Find a big cardboard box, cut big holes in 3 sides, line them with white tissue paper, put strong lights on either side of the box, set up a tripod with the camera and click away.  But they all came out green.  Thats when I learned there is something called white balance on my camera – that saved the day (although I have to admit, each photo session still produces a slightly different shade of white!).  I figured out how to use the manual settings for the shutter speed and I do a bracket every time so I can pick out the best lit pic once I see them on the computer screen.  Always need to have options!

What I haven’t figured out is the aperture setting to get a little depth of field in my photos.  Perfect focus would help too! I need to get my father down from Maine to give me some photography lessons because I’ve hit my plateau which is certainly not professional looking.