Join Megan Andersen for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting your crafts in the great outdoors, part of The Art of Craft Photography.
Overcast days are not the best for going to the beach, but they're fantastic for shooting photos of your crafts outside. All the clouds in the sky diffuse the light that comes down, and it makes it perfect for shooting crafts because there's no hard shadows. Everything is nice and soft. It's like having your own personal diffuser right over your crafts. So the only thing that we need to consider, though, is that because there is a little bit less light, we probably want to use a tripod and maybe consider bumping up the ISO a little bit. Not so much that we get some noise and grain, but just enough so that we can get a really good shot.
(audio playing) It looks so nice. What I really like about this, first of all we're out in nature here we got these little wooden necklaces and its a perfect compliment to this lovely tree that we're hanging it on, but it's also giving it a really nice background. I'm using kind ofSOUND a shallow depth of field, so that the background just sort of fades away a little bit, and that is definitely giving it a nice soft offset here to that, so that you can pick up the texture here within the wood. We've got these fine little grains and nice high polish. I mean, they're handmade necklaces, so you really want to make them look nice. So in this light.
I'm shooting at 1 60th, and my ISO is at 200 right now, which is actually perfect. It's not it's not bright at all out here. It is pretty late in the day actually but the shot that I'm getting is, is very complimentary and what's great about this is that it kind of represents a point of purchase sale like you might see in the store. So if somebody, a perspective shopper perhaps saw a photo like this then that they would imagine this necklace. In their home, maybe, hanging on their necklace tree. And will probably think a lot more about it, like where it came from, why it was made, and those are the things you want your buyers to be thinking about, like the care and the craft that goes into it.
So, shooting it outside, and taking consideration of the light and the surroundings will give you that extra special touch when you're shooting your crafts.
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