how to take photos of objects at home

by kath_red on January 17, 2009

in Resources

taking photos of your goodies – either to sell them online or to feature on your site – takes a bit of getting used to.

tips:
1. good lighting is essential – I prefer natural light – but if this is not possible – make a light box – it diffuses the light when using artificial lighting and doesn’t give you harsh shadows – (drawings in motion shows you how to make a really simple and cheap collapsible light box at home via craft) (here is another diy lightbox and another version)

2. Neutral background and a mini studio – if you have a clean white wall and white bench – perfect – ditch the clutter and mess – but if not why not keep a piece of white cardboard of fabric to use just for this purpose. For some tips on setting up a mini studio in your house – making use of natural light by using a white backdrop and relectors – check out quaint handmade’s post here. [here is another homemade studio - no lighting needed]

3. Take crisp – non blurry photos – use a tripod if you have one – if you don’t try these methods and these to keep your camera steady (try this)

4. Get in close – become familiar with macro photography – you can do macro with your point and shoot camera – get detail shots, interesting angles, learn about depth of field – blur out backgrounds and keep the main subject in sharp focus.

5. Use photo-editing software to make final adjustments – tweak the color and exposure, crop photos in as close as you can without cropping out interesting details and format your photos for the Web. Don’t add any sort of border to your photos – grunge borders or blurry borders can be annoying.

Check out the storque for more tips on good photos.

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1 knitmonkey January 17, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Thank you SO much for these links!

2 Stephanie January 18, 2009 at 12:35 am

Thanks for all the good tips!

3 iHanna January 22, 2009 at 3:20 pm

All good advice! And don’t forget: play and experiment – that’s how you learn the most! :-) And yes, bring your camera with you – everywhere!

4 Samir January 26, 2009 at 3:07 am

Excellent selection of links, and plenty for me to explore.

Thank you for linking to my article on avoiding camera shake. It might confuse a few at first, since it’s not the usual dry and straight-forward set of instructions, but I’ve already had one of readers say they enjoyed it, so I’m glad it has been of help.

Keep up the good work you’re doing on this site. It’s a treasure.

Samir

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