The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos The Best Techniques for Showcasing Your Handmade Creations

The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos The Best Techniques for Showcasing Your Handmade Creations
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Get your craft and art pieces noticed with great photography.

The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos is your must-have guide to learning to shoot better photos, with tips and advice written specifically with artists and crafters in mind. Amidst the sea of handmade jewelry, apparel, housewares, art, and other crafts that populate blogs, websites, and online marketplaces, you need to make your items stand out. The key is great photography. Beautiful hand-crafted garments, jewelry, artwork, textiles, and home accessories can all be undermined by poor or uninspired photos that fail to represent the detail, color, and artistry of your creations.

With The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos you'll learn that you don't need expensive equipment and a professional photo studio to get quality results. Heidi Adnum teaches you how to achieve high quality results with instruction on how to make your own lightbox, use natural lighting, and properly capture the detail. Broken down into specific craft areas, you'll find tips on how to best generate eye-catching images that will help showcase and sell your items.

With the economical photo expert tricks-of-the-trade inside The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos you'll be on the fast-track to boosting your online presence and jump-starting your crafting business.

SKU: 11RF01

Author/Speaker/Editor: Heidi Adnum

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596686267

Table of Contents
Introduction
Getting started

    Camera basics
    How to tell your story
    DIY accessories
Photo fundamentals
Equipment advice, Camera settings, Composition & styling, Common problems & FAQs, Practitioner spotlight
    Fashion & fabrics
    Bags, purses & accessories
    Knitting & needlecraft
    Jewelry
    Dolls & toys
    Ceramics & pottery
    Art
    Books, magazines & stationery
    Home accessories
Finishing up & getting it out there
    Postproduction
    Image storage & backup
    Business advice
Contributor index
Glossary
Index
Acknowledgments

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About the Author
Heidi Adnum is a crafter and professional photographer who lives in Australia. She also runs a photography and inspiration blog and authored a popular how-to photography tips series on Etsy.
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"Aimed at craftspeople with minimal photography experience or equipment, this guide offers simple advice on arranging, composing, lighting, snapping, selecting, and organizing outstanding digital images of all kinds of handmade objects. Adnum briefly covers photography basics and then goes on to address photographic issues specific to various craft disciplines, such as jewelry and fabrics.  Many step-by-step photo sequences and examples of successful shots walk the reader through the process. With the ongoing popularity of sites like Etsy (on which Adnum authored a series on photography), this book is sure to be sought after by anyone who wants to sell his or her goods online." - Library Journal
 
"A wonderfully written book from start to finish.  Words like aperture, shutter speed, ISO...they feel scary to hear at first but Heidi does a masterful job demystifying these terms with engaging examples that inspire many AHA moments in terms of creative photography." – Jenny Doh, Crescendoh.com
 
"This book is TERRIFIC.  Paging through this book was like reading a Who's Who of craft photography.  Of course, the photographs are fantastic, and the book is as gorgeous as it is informative." - Austen Gilliland, CanadianLiving.com’s Craft Blog
 
"This book is the ultimate reference for crafters and bloggers looking to improve their photography on a budget!" – Mark Lipinski, host, Creative Mojo
 
"I really appreciate the thoroughness of this book.  The first section alone is worth getting the book if you want to stop using the automatic mode on your camera and switch over to manual mode." – CraftBuds.com
 
"This is the book that I wish was out there when I first started blogging and selling my handmade goods.  I pretty much devoured the book in one sitting.  It's a must-have for makers, bloggers, and sellers." - Jenny Gordy, Wiksten
 
"The DIY projects are clearly explained and well-illustrated. That is what makes this book so great, it is written in a way that is accessible for even a novice camera owner and photographer." – Erin Freuchtel-Dearing, Imagination Kids Toys
 
"This book covers literally everything you need to know about product photography in a language that's really easy to understand!" – Jenny Nguyen, Jenny N Design
 
"I get plenty of requests for book promos, but I don't usually accept one unless I am super pumped about the book.  And this book, The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos, I am super pumped up about.  It is so good." – Brittni Mehlhoff, papernstitch.com
 
"This book is going to be a godsend for many makers who take their own photos for their promotional materials and websites." – Rena Tom, creative business consultant
 
"The bottom line here: I LOVE Heidi’s book!  It’s my new blogging bible." – Jennifer Rounds, See How We Sew
 
"First of all, this book is like candy.  As it should be!  You wouldn’t believe it if a book about taking great photos wasn’t filled with great photos.  From the table of contents to the glossary, each page of Crafter’s Guide is full of some of the most beautiful pictures of handmade products, everything from jewelry to bags to knits to stationary.  I flipped through it the first time like I’d flip through Vogue." – Allyson Dykhuizen, The Sweat Shop of Love
 
“If you are going to buy any book on the subject, then this should definitely be the one.” – Crafty Ambitions.com
 
“Many step-by-step photo sequences and examples of successful shots walk the reader through the process. With the ongoing popularity of sites like Etsy (on which Adnum authored a series on photography), this book is sure to be sought after by anyone who wants to sell his or her goods online.” – Library Journal
 
"A no-nonsense, nifty book that will teach you how to make the photos on your webpage look extra special." - Frankie Magazine, Australia
 
“I’m so glad to see that the book covers tips for ALL cameras not just DSLRs, but also point and shoot compact cameras. It shows that you can get great results with what you have, so really there is no excuse for bad photos anymore!” - Isa Maria Seminega, founder, Noisette Marketing and The Academy, Blog
 
“Even if you know your way around a camera this book is gorgeous to look at and inspirational on many levels. It says on the back cover ‘The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos is the ultimate reference for all crafters and bloggers.' I couldn't agree more.” – UKHandmade.com

SKU: 11RF01

Author/Speaker/Editor: Heidi Adnum

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596686267

Customer Reviews

This is a very informative book about all aspects of the camera. Review by James
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My wife and i bought this book before we bought our camera, and it helped very much just to help purchase the camera that we now own. Now it's time to pick it back up to help in the picture taking part of it and beyond Thanks..

(Posted on 12/23/2013)

(Posted on 12/23/2013)

Simply GREAT! Review by Susanne Dingendorf

My favorite book about photographing jewelry!!! One of the most comprehensive books I've ever read, and I still could learn a few "new" things, for example: available ((day)light), backgrounds and depth of field...Thumbs UP!

(Posted on 6/7/2012)

(Posted on 6/7/2012)