by Lisa McGrimmon
What's your biggest challenge when it comes to craft product photography?
For me, the toughest problem to solve has always been effectively setting the scene and styling the photos.
I've taken a photography class, experimented, and read books and plenty of blogs on photography. I haven't learned enough to be a pro photographer, but I do know my way around my DSLR camera.
What I feel has been missing in my craft product photography knowledge is how to style a shot:
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It's all so important if you're selling your crafts online, writing a craft blog, or taking photos to promote your business on social media. The potential of a great product can be completely lost because of bad photography.
That's why I was excited to find the book, The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos, by Heidi Adnum
Wow! I wish I'd had this book several years ago. It would have saved me an enormous amount of time and prevented some pretty terrible photos.
The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos has a short introductory "Camera Basics" section that covers light, aperture, shutter, exposure, color, focus, and buying a camera.
I had already learned those basics in my previous craft product photography research, but I still picked up a few solid tidbits of information here. This section would be quite helpful for anyone who is unfamiliar with using a DRSL camera or for someone who only uses their DSLR camera on manual mode and hasn't explored other settings.
What I really love is the main part of the book that covers how to tell your story and how to handle photographing specific types of crafts.
I have never come across so much specific craft photography information set up in such a helpful manner. It is fabulous!
There are chapters on photographing:
Each chapter outlines how to plan and set up the shoot, design composition, and address common problems and questions. Plus there are informative studies of craft artists' product photos.
There are beautiful example photos used to illustrate points.
If you want to know:
It's all in The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos.
I've spent a lot of time researching craft product photography tips. I have always felt the information I found in classes and online, although helpful, came up short and didn't fully address specific questions I had about photographing crafts.
Then I'd end up overwhelmed with the sheer volume of photography tutorials out there.
The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos has exactly what has been missing in my craft photography knowledge:
If you're not a pro photographer, and you photograph your products, you need to have The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos in your library.
I truly wish I'd had this book years ago. It would have saved me hours of time wasted on research, and it would have saved me from some embarrassingly bad product photos that probably caused me to lose some business opportunities.
While you can find free photography tutorials online, this book presents a huge amount of immensely helpful information, specifically for craft artists, all in one place.
Your time is valuable, and this book will save you a lot of time searching for answers.
It will help you take photos that really present your work at its very best, which is essential for better online sales and for getting into better craft shows. All of that, in my opinion, is well worth the cost of the book.