Thursday, August 25, 2011

Your craft photography tips...

Help me out! I am no photography expert. Capturing homemade treasures in photos is not easy. If I zoom too much my cross stitching blurs. If I photograph on a flat surface flooring appears in the photos. How do I best photograph a quilt? Should I use props to enhance my photos? Should I buy a better quality camera? So many questions but so far I can find little advice on the internet to aid me.

Some of you have the most beautiful blog photos. How do you do it? Do you have any special tips you can pass on to a blogger like me?

Thank you for visiting,
Jan x


Jo in TAS said...

I have pot luck when it comes to taking photos. I use the macro function on my camera alot and for quilts I try to take them outside, hanging on a line if it's a good day. Hope you get some tips, I'll come back and have a read.
PS I've also been nagging my hubbie to buy a good Digital SLR then I'll go have some lessons!

Theresa said...

I usually take my photos in bright indirect sun lights and never uses flash. I like to set my camera to the “macro” setting for the close up shots and just play with the angles~~
Hope this will help!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I use the close-up or macro setting too. I also have a setting called "shoot without flash in low-light reducing blur" or ISO high-sensitivity which I use alot as I found the colours are more true to life with it.
I put my framed pieces on a large piece of cream card as my carpet is madly patterned.
My smaller pieces I will "stage" a photo with props but the larger pieces I prefer to let speak for themselves.
I have a Sony Cyber-shot 7.2 mega pixel if that means anything to anyone!

Giovanna said...

I try to take my pictures in natural light without a flash, but that's not alway possible, particularly in the winter. And I always do some editing, using a free package called Gimp. When necessary I correct exposure, colour balance, perspective, distortion, and crop away unnecessary edges. A little editing can radically improve a picture. It takes a little time and practice to learn how to use the various functions to the best advantage, but it's worth it.

haptree said...

I'm working on a site just for helping with craft photography, it's linked to from the gallery of my Craft Blog UK site :) (you can google!) Good luck with the blogging!