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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Tips for Taking Good Pictures of Crafts on: March 12, 2012 08:54:10 AM
A lightbox is definetely the way to go. You also need the right kind of lightbulbs in them. They have to give off the right kind of light.

Use lightbulbs similar to these - http://www.greenelectricalsupply.com/day-light-cfl-bulbs.aspx . They have a unit of measurement to measure the kind of light they give off and you want the ones that are daylight bulbs or 5000K, they simulate the light given off by the sun which is best for bringing out the true colour of an object. They will stock them in your local hardware store.

If you really want to go the extra mile you can get someone with photoshop to make the background pure white for you, as in the same colour white that shows up on a computer. I did this for my online craft store and the results are amazing. The images really do look professional. If you cant find someone with photoshop you can check out www.elance.com or www.odesk.com where you can hire someone to do it for you. Shouldn't cost more than a couple of dollars an image.
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / New online craft store - please review on: March 12, 2012 08:41:58 AM

I have recently launched an online craft store http://www.alacraft.com.au.

Im wondering what you think about a number of things

1) The design/layout
2) The product range, what products do we not have that people want?
3) Anything else!

Please dont be afraid to be harsh, if you think something is horrible please let me know Smiley

3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Shopping online on: March 12, 2012 07:49:23 AM
Dear community,

We've just launched our online craft store at http://www.alacraft.com.au.

If any of you have done any craft shopping in Western Australia over the last decade or so you may know us from Stock road market, Malaga market, Midland military market or Gosnells markets. My mum (Helen) has had shops in all of those locations on and off, she is currently in Gosnells market.

After looking around and not seeing anyone doing a really god job with selling craft supplies online we teamed up, I handle all the website stuff and she handles all the products. We've only got about a quarter of all our products on the website to start with just to see how it goes, if people are interested etc. If it goes well we'll be adding a lot more down the road.

Come have a look and if you've got any questions feel free to ask.

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