Amidst the sea of handmade jewellry, apparel, housewares, art, and other crafts that populate blogs, websites, and online marketplaces, how do you make your items stand out? The key is great photography. Beautiful handmade items can be undermined by poor or uninspired images that fail to represent their detail and craftsmanship. With this book you'll learn that you don't need expensive professional equipment to get quality results. Get simple, practical advice presented with the crafter in mind. Learn to make a lightbox, avoid camera shake without a tripod, how to use natural lighting, and how to capture the detail in your work. Broken down into specific craft areas, you'll find tips on how to best generate eye-catching images that will help sell your items.
Heidi Adnum is a crafter and professional photographer who lives and works in London. She has two shops on Etsy: heidiadnum and hellodarlingvintage. She also runs the photography and inspiration blog La Isla Blogita and authored the popular how-to photography tips series on Etsy Photography Tips with Heidi Adnum.
Introduction I GETTING STARTED 1. Camera basics 2. How to tell your story 3. DIY accessories II PHOTO FUNDAMENTALS Equipment advice, Camera settings, Composition & styling, Common problems & FAQs, Practitioner spotlight 4. Fashion & fabrics 5. Bags, purses & accessories 6. Knitting & needlecraft 7. Jewellery 8. Dolls & toys 9. Ceramics & pottery 10. Art 11. Books, magazines & stationery 12. Home accessories III FINISHING UP & GETTING OUT THERE 13. Postproduction 14. Image storage & backup 15. Business advice Contributor index Glossary Index Acknowledgements