How to stop worrying and love craft photography

photos for craft bloggersLast week at #crafterminds chat (Mondays at 4pm Easter on Twitter, by the way!), we were talking about Craft Blogging 101, and one topic that kept coming up was photography!

I can’t wait to see what we learn in our chat next Monday (we’re spending a whole hour talking about photography!). I can’t wait, so let’s just talk about some quick tips for craft blog photography.

One question that kept coming up last week (and we weren’t even talking about photography) was: “Do I need a fancy camera? Which one should I buy?”

One thing I would like to emphasize strongly is that you DO NOT need a fancy schmancy camera to take good photos!

You do need to understand some basics about your camera.

You do need to find a source of light. This light source can be the sun, or a bedroom lamp or two.

You do need to take the extra half a second it takes to focus your camera on the right thing in your photo.

You do need to snap several photos of one item from different angles.

You do need to fill your camera’s viewfinder up with your craft.

You do need to be mindful of what is in the background of your photo.

We’ll talk about all these things and more in the #crafterminds chat on Monday, and in upcoming blog posts.

Here are some links to get you started with more info about how to take great pictures for your blog:

Additional resources:

  • Photography tips and more photography tips by great craft blogger and photographer Sonja at Craft-Werk
  • A few photo tips by Disney at Ruffles and Stuff, who takes excellent craft and fashion photos for her amazing craft tutorials
  • How to Photograph Your Baby, a book by Nick Kelsh. Don’t let the “baby” part of the title scare you. This book has a lot of great basic info for beginning photographers, and will drastically increase the quality of your photos. Also, it’s a nice spiral-bound book with lots of big pictures and easy to read text. Definitely more friendly than scarily technical. (Sidenote: there’s also a book called How to Photograph Your Life which might have more info on object photography, but I haven’t read it, so I’m not sure. I do like Kelsh’s books, though, and it has five stars on Amazon.)
  • Inspirational photo craft blog: Leethal
  • Inspirational photo crafter: Jek-a-go-go
  • Inspirational crafty photo mom: Katherine Marie Photography (she also has a great article on 10 tips for photographing newborns)
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