3 tips for better photography on your craft blog

by kath_red on 09/04/2009

in Blogging Tips


Starting a craft blog can be a fun but also daunting prospect. If you are a blog lurker and eager to start your own blog but not quite sure what to write or if you already have a craft blog and would like to build your audience and participate more fully in the craft blog community – then tune in over the coming weeks for tips and ideas on how to build a better craft blog.

Craft blogs are very visual – for most craft blogs are all about the pictures – images of fabric and yarn, images half finished projects and completed masterpieces, images of children wearing and enjoying the fruits of your labour, closeups of textures and colours, images for teaching and explaining – its really is all about the images. So how do you get those gorgeous crisp images that some bloggers seem to do so effortlessly and others struggle with. Jane from Yarnstorm is known for her colourful images and Anna Maria Horner also shows off her work through photography very well.

Here three quick tips to get your photos looking better – more advanced tips next week…

1. Lighting is key (check out this previous post for more on lighting your objects at home)
Natural light, natural poses, natural setting. I personally love to see objects in their natural environment lit by natural light. Kids playing effortlessly outside, or working busily inside on projects. Fabrics and knitting lit by the filtered light of a window shade.

And if you don’t have the natural light working for you then the next best thing is a mini photography studio in your space. Use a neutral backdrop to get the most out of your colours and textures – here are some at home studios here, here and here.

  • Don’t use the harsh unforgiving light of a flash unless you have experience with reflectors.
  • Do place your objects near the window – not in bright sunlight as this creates harsh shadows.
  • 2. Get in close – experiment with angle – use your macro lens.
    Interesting angles make for interesting photos – experiment with getting in close, photographing from above or down low.

  • Don’t always centre the image, creating tension with the image off centre or cropped can add drama and interest to your image.
  • Use your macro lens or macro setting, focus on one interesting detail.
  • 3. crop, edit, adjust in photoshop
    Use some digital photo software to crop your image, even play with minor adjustments in contrast and colour. If you don’t have photoshop there are plenty of online photo editors you can use. Here, here and here.

  • Do crop your photos – crop them to create tension – or crop out unnecessary backgrounds.
  • Do lighten your photos if they are too dark.
  • Do take heaps of photos so you have a lot to choose from.
  • Don’t go crazy with effects and add filters or borders.
  • More advanced photography tips next week.

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    { 4 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 se7en April 9, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    This is brilliant, where have you been all my life… well all my couple of months of blog life!


    2 Maria April 14, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Great tips! I’m just starting to think about blogging and I’ll be referring back to your articles!
    Thanks. ;)


    3 Coco April 16, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for the tips…Taking really goo photos is always a challenge.


    4 tammie November 5, 2009 at 1:04 am

    aha! i just wrote about how i needed to work on my photography and i found this post. thank you!


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