Final using natural light and white curved paper background

Clean product first
Check the product is clean and there are no loose threads etc
too dark
A room with a light on, but without windows can produce a dark image like this
too dark even with flash
Using a flash in the same room can still produce a less than acceptable result
shakey shot
Even the smallest movement when taking the photo can produce a blurry image result
busy background
Always check what is in the background of your shot before taking the picture
Final using natural light and white curved paper background
Make the project or proud creation the hero

 

 

Simple photographic tips
to make your crafty
creation shine!

 

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.

 

 

  1. Clean the item – checking for fingerprints and smudge marks, and trim unwanted threads etc

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. Consider the background. If it’s just one item you’re focusing on, it might get lost in a busy picture.

  5. 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.

 

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