Speaking of taking pictures (it was awhile back, but still...), what do you all use for backgrounds? I'm so impressed with people's bright white backgrounds in their pictures-- it looks so professional and really shows off the products well. But the walls of my apartment are kind of stucco-ed, so they give off these weird shadows. Any photo-taking tips would be greatly appreciated!
well, for small items, i put it on the table with a piece of white paper underneath (i imagin this will work great with other colours too but I haven't tried)
then i use the close proximity setting on my camera under natural light (probably best done near a window during day light hours)
and then I crop out any parts of the photo that's not of the product or has lousy background. this method is great because you only have to clear out a little bit of room (enough to fit a piece of paper) in a messy room or something.
for Larger items, i use larger pieces of white paper, we get A2/A1 sized papers here in NZ which are poster sized, and put it behind the item to be photographed, if you don't have a large piece of white paper, use the back of a single sided poster
hope that helps.