My next How to Photograph Jewelry webinar will be at 2 pm EST this Sunday, April 17.  There is still room if you wish to join me. Just email me at Or signup for the webinar notification email if a future date is more convenient. Please note I do re-book you for another webinar if life happens and you couldn't make it after paying for attendance.

Etsy and Sell on Etsy Apps

From now on, I am also offering a re-take of the webinar for $8.  The webinar is not static - it is constantly updated to reflect technological changes and emerging trends. So if you took it last year, there have been notable changes since then.  While I still cover how to use any kind of cameras, I have noticed many attendees now possess smartphones. This reflects what I said in this post about the rise of smartphones (for e.g. in the US it is 77% of the population, in Canada, 70%). And those percentages are still growing.

One attendee actually said the reason why she was taking in the webinar was to learn the ways in which the smartphone could be used for selling online. Hence my continual addition of tips and tricks for mobile phone (or tablet) photography.

Don't get me wrong. dSLRs do take fantastic photos - if you know how to use these cameras.  But why buy one if you already carry a good camera around with you?  The quality of smartphone cameras have improved so much so that it now makes sense to use them. Some dSLRs now come WIFI connectivity these days to transfer images to smartphones and tablets.

Uploading my latest design to Etsy

Smartphones lets you access the internet in all the ways that matter, making your work flow easier and quicker.  There are increasing numbers of photography apps - some of which I will cover in the webinar. All this so you can free up more time to do what you love most - making jewelry.

While other craft selling sites can be accessed via the general smartphone browsers, Etsy does have its own apps which offer some advantages.  The first, Etsy (for iOS and Android) is the regular shopping app and the second, Sell on Etsy (iOS and Android) is specifically for sellers to manage their stores.

My Etsy Shop Updates so far

Recently they introduced Shop Updates to their Sell on Etsy app. So I've tried it out. It seems like it is a way to update the people who favorite your store with news about your work.  They don't call it a blog but it functions similar to one - a dynamic view of your store rather than a static site. The bonus feature is every photo you share  is linked to the shop item with minimal effort.

How convenient is this?  Extremely. My latest design in the shop, a stainless steel wire wrapped resin cabochon pendant necklace was not only taken on my smartphone,  it was quickly edited and watermarked. The first 4 pictures took me approximately 5 minutes.  The mannequin picture took another 5 minutes because I couldn't get the "pose" and light right.

Uploading to my Etsy via smartphone was a breeze. It really takes away the hassle of having to download to a computer and then uploading to Etsy - it is all too easy to procrastinate.  All my photos are still on my smartphone - I will download them later to my computer simply for archiving. Backups are automatically done via iCloud and Dropbox.

Sharing on my Facebook Page

I used the Sell on Etsy app to share on social media. A neat tag is automatically added to the picture. Clicking on it takes the viewer directly to my Etsy listing. Smartphones make it so much easier to promote that I am sharing more on my poor forlorn Instagram (where you will also be treated to sneak peeks!).

My webinar shows you how to improve your jewelry photography and much more!

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