Monday, October 3, 2011

Real or Fake?

How was your weekend? Yeah, mine too.

Quick Plug: you can enter to win one of my Frames here.

So yesterday I finished the Floor that I will post about tomorrow. Wow that is a lot of Day references. But that is beside the point. Why I am telling you today that the floor is done is because of what happened after.

I sat to watch football, and obviously channel surfed on the commercials. I found a very interesting program on the greatest Viral Videos, and whether they were real or fake.

It was very interesting to see the elaborate work some put into the hoax ones, but every time that there was a massive and expensive hoax revealed, they all seemed to have a similar motive…MARKETING.

Get millions to see it and talk about it, then release the fact that is wasn’t real. Bad press is still press, and to a massive clothing chain, or a celebrity on tour, it can be beneficial.

This got me thinking a lot about the photo editing, and product descriptions that we sometimes use, on Etsy or other marketplaces where the consumer doesn’t see anything more than a picture before deciding to purchase.

We all want to display the most realistic portrayal of the item, but at the same time often editing is necessary to make the photo itself look better.

Here is a gauge you can use. If in looking at the final photo you can ask “is this a real photo or not” you probably edited it well. If you look at it and it is clearly edited with effects, it should be noted in the listing that actual color may vary from the image.

I created this and posted it to facebook yesterday. Multiple friends said they didn’t realize that I could draw so well.

I cant.

See you tomorrow.


  1. That's amazing. The first photo really does look drawn. I think it's a cool look but I do see the potential for abuse. TFS!

  2. Holy moly. That would've faked me out. Good to know!

  3. i agree i definitely see some photos on etsy that are heavily edited, and yes they look pretty, but it is not a realistic photo of the item!

    and i that edited photo does look like a drawing, impressive editing!



  4. Hi. I'm your newest follower from By the Book Paper. I love your jewelry frames. I attempted to create one a couple months ago. I made a small one for my desk that I love, but it only holds studs. I used lace fabric for the back, but I did notice it's starting to stretch a little and sag. I notice it of course because I made it. LOL I did try to make a bigger one for my hanging jewelry, but it failed miserably.

    Maybe I missed it, but can you hang necklaces off these as well??

    Well, I have to say I love the look of your blog. The simplicity is amazing, and it's SO EASY TO READ! I look forward to reading more.


  5. Thanks Sarah, keeping the blog simple is something I have worked hard on, shorter articles, interesting content, and pictures galore.

    I have in the past added pegs or buttons for necklaces, but my wife just hangs hers off the top corner, and it works great.

    Thanks for signing up!