Covers advanced techniques for staging, lighting, and photographing your handmade crafts, as well as for sharing the images you create.
- 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 hand-crafted hat, a bowl, a candle, et cetera, 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 shinier 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, work in low light, moody 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 of 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're 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.
- 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