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The handmade nation is growing rapidly. Whether you are a blogger or a hobbyist, or thinking about taking the leap and becoming a professional crafter, you should know not only the basics of digital photography and product staging, but also the tips, tools, and tricks that professionals use to get the most compelling shots. In this workshop, Megan Andersen, aka Radmegan, shares advanced techniques for craft photography, diving deep into camera settings, composition, and staging. Learn how to use different lens options and effects, shoot outside or in low light, and work around common frustrations like greenish-yellow hues from fluorescent lighting and distracting reflections on shiny surfaces. The course doesn't just cover photography though—Megan also looks at image editing with Adobe Photoshop, discusses online portfolios and books, and shares lots of cool projects to help you have fun while you're learning.
(music playing) Hi, I'm Megan Andersen-Reed. I'm a professional craft blogger, instructor, writer and photographer. I've always loved taking photographs, but when I decided to make a living off my first love, crafting, I knew I needed to step up my photography in a big way. Making things by hand takes an awful lot of skill, care, time and practice, but without a good photograph of your handiwork to convey all that, prospective buyers will quickly move on to the next big thing. One of the special things about handmade crafts is the feeling they give you. Not necessarily the tactile experience of the fibers against your skin, but the feeling you get when you look at a handcrafted hat, a bowl, a candle, etcetera.
And you immediately understand where it was made, why, and how. There's a story behind every project. And with several photographic techniques and best practices, like how to read and understand light, finding the ideal backdrop, or adding the element of motion. You can provide that all-important, in-person feeling through a still image. In these lessons, I'll take you step by step through the advanced techniques of craft photography. We'll dive deep into camera settings, composition and staging. We'll talk about color and light, and how to work around some very common frustrations like greenish yellow hues from fluorescent lighting and distracting reflections on shiny surfaces.
In fact, I'll share some great tips for staging crafts of all different textures. We'll talk about different lens options and effects, animate some still images, working low light, movie light, and I'll even show you some of my favorite image editing tips and techniques. We'll even discuss shooting photos for clients and creating portfolios. Most the images I use in these lessons are included in the project files folder so you can follow along and practice the techniques we'll learn. Whether you are trying to improve the quality of your craft photos to sell or blog about, or looking for ways to really take your craft photography to the next level.
I hope that after watching these lessons, you'll be excited to try out and practice the techniques I've covered here. I've really enjoyed creating these video tutorials and I hope you find them informative and interesting. Thanks.
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