I have spent the past 2 days taking dreadful photos. You see I bought a new camera, the old one was 4 years old, and not even very expensive then. I'd developed a very specific set of techniques to coax it in to taking good photos of the shop stuff, but it was rather uncooperative taking shots outdoors, particularly in the grey welsh winter. I also never bothered taking it places because it was large and heavy.
New camera definitely takes better photos, and has more options to adjust things manually, but taking product photos is quite a specialised task, and not something that many people have to do.
Dark and gloomy, not true to colour, and too blurred at the back. I took around 250 like this yesterday, and that was in my light box, with 2 daylight lamps providing illuminations
By the end of today, after a bit more trial and error, and fiddling with umpteen settings I've been achieving this. Not all the photos are fantastic, but they're as good as what I was getting before, and over time they'll get even better.
The dyeing is probably the easy part of my job, one of the perks of bring a sole-person business is that if a job needs doing you'd better learn to do it yourself!
From product photography, to accounts, to graphic design, I've slowly gained the skills that let me do all of it.