Join Megan Andersen for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting crafts in black and white, part of Advanced Craft Photography.
When people are looking to buy crafts online, color is a major factor. accessories, clothes, jewelry, it's usually about what is this item going to match? But I love shooting in black and white when it comes to craft photography and I'll tell you why. (audio playing) I've got this knitted bag. I made it out of jute fibers, and it's a natural plant based fiber. So it's got this really great texture on it and it's perfect for black and white.
So, here we are. We're by this abandoned house. There's a lot of rock that's falling apart, there's some old brick, exposed wood that's full of termites. It's not a great place to live in, but it's a fantastic place to shoot because the textural quality is so interesting. And that's something that black and white far surpasses when you're comparing color and black and white with craft photography. Another thing that black and white photography can do for crafts is that it really.
In addition to the detail of the fibers, it also expresses the graphical nature of the image. And it also gives you like an especially good pattern that maybe would fade away in color. So, I walked around this abandoned house a few times. Trying to figure out what the best angle was. And I ended up here. A couple of things I really liked about this spot. One there was already a nail in the beam. So we threw the hook over the, over the nail. And we were able to hang it up. But what was perfect about it, is that there's a nice shadow. That's being cast from the wood beam.
So, this bag is kind of a light fiber, and having a dark background behind it really offsets it. So that's, that's step one. Step two is because this bag is pretty light, we walked around and filled it with rocks. That's just another little staging tip. This is kind of how a bag would look if somebody was wearing it. So presenting it in its natural form is a pretty good deal. So here we are, and we're going to get ready to take some pictures. Now I'm using a Canon today, but a lot of cameras, even point and shoot cameras have a black and white function. If you don't see today how to turn your own camera in black and white. Just check your user's manual, I promise you, it's probably in there. So, to take our cannon from color to black and white, we're simply going to come down to this little icon.
It kind of looks like a ceiling fan to me, but when you press it, it takes you to the Picture Style panel. It's currently set to standard, so we're just going to scroll on over to Monochrome, hit Set. And we're ready to go with black and white. So I'm going to take a step back, get a feel for the composition, and start shooting. And I'm pressing down halfway on my shutter button just to get a good exposure setting. I'm taking into consideration the shape of the roof. There's a line being drawn by these beams over here and it's creating a nice line right to the back, and so that's really great.
It's pointing at exactly what we're shooting. (audio playing) And like always, we're going to take a bunch of photos and see which one we like the best. (audio playing) So, we're going to get in really tight, take some of those good fiber shots. And kind of step away from it, just to see what we can get. All different angles. Looking interesting in black and white. (audio playing) So before you discount black and white craft photography, try it out for yourself.
Find a great textural background, find a nice color contrast, and just start shooting. You'll be amazed at the texture that pops out, the detail that pops out. I think you're going to be really pleased. it could be exactly what prospective buyers are looking for, or just fascinate your interested freinds. So, get to shooting. You're going to find something great in black and white craft photography.
- Beyond the basic camera settings
- Advanced composition and staging techniques
- Image editing in Photoshop and Lightroom
- Shooting for a client
- Caring for your gear
- Keeping it simple