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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (21 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844487512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844487516
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.4 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heidi Adnum's book is suitable for amateur and professional crafters who want to show off their latest projects to best effect. Offering simple practical photography advice, the author takes novice snappers through the steps to ensure great images, from how to make a lightbox and avoid camera shake without the aid of a tripod, to using natural light and how to capture detail in the work. It's a must-have for those keen to show off their craftsmanship.-Craft Business Many step-by-step photo sequences and examples of successful shots walk the reader through the process. With the ongoing popularity of sites like Etsy (on which Adnum authored a series on photography), this book is sure to be sought after by anyone who wants to sell his or her goods online.-Library Journal USA "This book is TERRIFIC. Paging through this book was like reading a Who's Who of craft photography. Of course, the photographs are fantastic, and the book is as gorgeous as it is informative." --Austen Gilliland, CanadianLiving.com's Craft Blog "This book is the ultimate reference for crafters and bloggers looking to improve their photography on a budget!" - Mark Lipinski, host, Creative Mojo "I really appreciate the thoroughness of this book. The first section alone is worth getting the book if you want to stop using the automatic mode on your camera and switch over to manual mode." - CraftBuds.com "This is the book that I wish was out there when I first started blogging and selling my handmade goods... I pretty much devoured the book in one sitting. It's a must-have for makers, bloggers, and sellers." --Craft Business

How do you make your work stand out amidst the sea of handmade crafts populating websites and magazines? The answer, says Heidi Adnum, is great photography. Luckily she reveals how to take fantastic pictures without expensive professional equipment, offering simple, practical advice presented with the maker in mind. This is one of the best and most friendly books we've found on the subject and will have you capturing the sumptuous detail in your work in no time. --Embroidery Magazine

I am warning you ... Crafter s Guide to Taking Great Photos: Fool-Proof Techniques to Make Your Handmade Creations Shine Online is full of eye candy! It s a heavy book (192 pages), easy to flick through, beautiful images, wonderful styling, high quality, cool craft and design products, printed on light shiny paper. This book is full of inspirational images that will give you lots of ideas on how to present your own work. From composition to lighting and styling it takes you step-by-step through each, based on what story you want to tell about your creative business and product collection. It will give you the confidence to create your own images, and show your work in the best possible light. It explains clearly and in a very friendly, jargon-free way how certain effects have been achieved. Each image (and there are loads!) shows the exact camera used with full technical details. This book is very up-to-date in showing you how to use and edit your images for online use, such as your website, online marketplace or Pinterest. It really shows you what you need to do with your presentation and images to stand out in very competitive online market places such as Etsy, Folksy and ASOS Marketplace. The main part of the book shows in separate chapters how to photograph specific products, such as fashion and fabrics, fashion accessories, jewellery, knitting & needlecraft, ceramics, art, books & stationery, and home accessories. For each of these areas Heidi explains what the challenges are with specific and practical tips on how to solve them. There is a common problems & FAQs section for each that are really the main real life questions you will have on how to make your images and work look better. But it is the last part that I think is one of the most useful parts of the book: finishing up and getting it out there. It shows clear screenshots on how to use basic editing software, and how to adjust exposure or how to correct colours. In my career I have worked with hundred s of design images as a fair coordinator, and from that experience I know how important it is to get images send by makers in the right format, correctly labelled and saved. These pages show really clearly what you need to do as a maker. I bet many craft fair organisers and press contacts will thank you for following these simple rules too! It might actually make the difference in you getting into a show or publication, or not ... --www.thedesigntrust.co.uk

About the Author

Heidi Adnum is a photographer, picture researcher, and crafter of Good Will Bunting®. She is also the author of a popular photography tips series on Etsy. Heidi lives with her husband in sunny Newcastle, Australia. Connect with Heidi at heidiadnum.com, in her Etsy shop at heidiadnum.etsy.com, or on Twitter @HeidiAdnum.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Daisy-May on 18 Jan. 2012
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I am starting a crafting business and the thing I was most concerned about was product photography. I have so many products taking them all to a professional studio wouldn't be feasible and having a dslr camera (but used to taking photos on Auto mode) I needed a book like this. I struggled to find this book and am so glad I persevered. It explains all different photography terms, from ISO to aperture and gives real world examples to explain what all the terms mean. It also gives ways of creating different 'diy accessories' - light boxes etc. It seems really down to earth, in that it is a photography book with a purpose, not a general one that tries to sell you their branded products.

I already have my camera but there is a section on camera purchase and doesn't discriminate compact cameras which I thought was great.

Really looking forward to the photography now whereas before this book that was the area that was concerning me most!

Love it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TheLibrarian on 7 Mar. 2012
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The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos is a great book for anyone who wants to sell their crafts online or start up a craft blog. The book begins with a section on choosing and using a digital camera. The pros and cons of digital types of cameras are clearly set out so this is very useful for the complete beginner. The rest of the book is divided up into chapters on photographing different types of crafts. There is lots of information on composition and the use of props and backgrounds. There are question and answer sections on common problems throughout the book and I found these particularly useful. One thing I really liked about this book is that it is very inspirational with lots of lovely photos and interviews with professional crafters. The only problem I had with this book is that there is not enough advice for people with compact cameras. Compact cameras are mentioned in the first chapter, but I think the author assumes most people are using a SLR. I would have found a section which explains how to overcome the limitations of a compact camera very useful.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lexi Claire on 11 Feb. 2012
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After reading all the other reviews,I was very much looking forward to getting this book. I have to say it does not disappoint, lovely pictures to inspire (each with details of how they were taken) and informative text that does not overwhelm as so many books about photography do. I even had to prize it out of my husbands hands. I'm looking forward already to starting lots of projects.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G Horton on 9 Mar. 2012
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I am in the process of setting up a soapmaking business and couldn't believe how timely this book was. I couldn't put it down and have read it cover to cover. It is full of useful information and tips and very much aimed at the craft market. I love the guide on making your own little light box, great for my small items. The best part is the workflow listing towards the back of the book, I have always struggled with which part of the editing to tackle first so it was worth the price for that help alone.

The information given will be valuable to anybody who wants to photograph their work regardless of what their speciality craft is, I am eternally grateful to find this gem of a book at just the right time for me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LT44 on 15 April 2012
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I would highly recommend this book to any crafters who are hoping to sell their products online. The text is highly informative without being dry as I have found with other photography books. The images are really inspiring, they are in fact so successful I wanted to find out more about the products/crafters featured. There are different sections advising on techniques to use when photographing different craft objects. These are all interesting regardless of your chosen field. I found the section on lighting and backdrops particularly useful. Great book, beautifully designed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 May 2012
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Whatever your craft, you'll find this book useful. Taking great photos is one of the biggest aids to selling your wares. The difference between a product that looks good and a product that looks so-so is often good photography. This book covers different products and features practitioners. Heidi gives foolproof techniques that anyone can use. I think she's thought of everything. I believe this book would improve most people's skills. It gives basic instructions on cameras, backgrounds, composition and more. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nora on 7 May 2012
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This Book is a fantastic resource for improving your photography and like the title says making your handmade creations shine. Easy to understand with photography jargon explained and its great how it not all targeted at photography with top of the range cameras, there is info on a basic camera ranges. Lots f tips, really useful, Highly Recommend
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Craft on 13 May 2012
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Simple to follow, for the novice photographer to the more advanced person. this book has vastly improved my knowledge and hopefully my online products photos appear more
exciting- more crisp even
with all,you ever need to know. thus increasing your selling on Amazon to Ebay to Folksy
if only this book was in my wish list 2 years ago
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