It wasn't until I received an Etsy Success communication recently with some fantastic advice by photographer Jessica Marquez http://www.etsy.com/storque/seller-handbook/make-it-work-an-etsy-success-photography-workshop-12754/ , that I feel I've got a better understanding of simple camera settings and achieving a good white background (which is my eternal struggle!!).
I can't recommend Jessica's worksheets more for easy-to-understand advice on taking great product photos.
And seriously, who knew there was so much you could do to improve your product shots with a simple point and shoot camera?!! Adjusting your white balance and exposure are the key :)
Here are a few examples of the difference these two settings make with all pics taken outside in later afternoon daylight using my light tent to filter direct sunlight....
|0 step Exposure, Daylight White Balance Setting|
|0 step Exposure, Cloudy Day White Balance setting|
|0 step Exposure, Tungsten White Balance Setting|
|0 step Exposure, Flourescent White Balance Setting|
|0 step Exposure, Flourescent Daylight White Balance Setting|
|0 step Exposure, Auto White Balance Setting|
|1 step Exposure, Cloudy Day White Balance Setting|
|My Favourite! 1.3 step Exposure, Cloudy Day White Balance|