Simple photographic tips
to make your crafty
THERE ARE A NUMBER OF REASONS YOU MIGHT BE PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR LATEST CRAFT PROJECT. PERHAPS YOU’RE ENTERING IT INTO A COMPETITION OR CHALLENGE, SHARING IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, SENDING IT TO YOUR GUILD, OR POSTING TO YOUR BLOG.
by Mindy Cook
Regardless of the reason,
you want it to shine, right?
Well it’s easier than many of us think and you don’t need expensive camera equipment. Even if you’re just using the camera on your smart phone, try incorporating these tips.
Clean the item – checking for fingerprints and smudge marks, and trim unwanted threads etc
Lighting the product is important. Natural daylight is the best however if this is not possible, place it in the most brightly lit area of the room. Even using the flash in a windowless room sometimes isn’t enough.
Keep the camera still. The slightest movement when you depress the shutter can cause the image to look blurry. If this is happening, place the camera on a still surface to take the picture. Sometimes just taking a deep breath and holding it while you ‘click’ can help!
Consider the background. If it’s just one item you’re focusing on, it might get lost in a busy picture.
Most of the time, a plain coloured background might be the best solution. Place a large piece of paper on a flat surface and curve it up and away from the camera (resting the back of it against a heavier object). Then place your item on the flat section of the paper in front of the curve. This mimics a professional studio shoot setup.
We will feature more photo tips soon.
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