As "they" will tell you, selling crap on Etsy requires you to make your crap look like the sparkliest, shiniest crap possible. Unlike looking at art prints in a store or in person, the customers are supposed to trust what they see in the .jpeg and use that to judge whether or not they want to throw their coins at me.
The camera on my phone is actually pretty good for outdoor photography in the daytime, in the dark however, suddenly every subject turns into some oversaturated grainy image of Bigfoot. And I do have a real camera (A Canon 60D), but embarrassingly enough, I have no idea how it works other than zoom and focus and "take". As far as software goes, I'm a subscriber to Adobe Creative Suite, giving me the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom for a small monthly fee. Photoshop is a requirement for anyone who wants to do digital art, so I've wasted plenty of time getting frustrated at the many layers and "powerful" aka confusing features of the software. Lightroom though? I dunno. It sounds dumb.
In trying to get high quality pics for my store, I figure it's about time I learn how these little thingies work.
Before: Dark, meh
One easy-ish I picked up pretty quickly is what ISO does. ISO goes through quite a range of pretty big numbers, going from 100 to a couple thousand, maybe more. Lower ISO produces a darker picture, while higher ISO gives you a brighter but grainier image. Apparently, the ISO setting on a DSLR is emulating the different types of film that O.G. photographer dudes like my Dad would use. Higher ISO makes the photosensitive part of the lens act as if it were a higher ISO film strip. Or some shit like that.
Also it's obvious that this is not going to be a photography blog since I know 1 thing about cameras. Comment if you want to teach me a second, maybe a third thing, if you're feeling really smart.