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Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos: Fool-Proof Techniques to Make Your Handmade Creations Shine Online [Paperback]

Heidi Adnum
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21 Dec 2011 Crafters Guide to
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.

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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: 17.2 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,758 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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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great speciality photography book 18 Jan 2012
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully set out and a lovely read 11 Feb 2012
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational and informative book 7 Mar 2012
By TheLibrarian TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 9 Mar 2012
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 15 April 2012
By LT44
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars improve your photography skills 21 May 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend 7 May 2012
By Nora
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - excellent guide 15 Mar 2012
A really useful read for anyone who needs to take photographs of their products. Great to have a guide that runs through incredibly useful tips on taking good shots.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For all the diy photographers and pros looking for inspiration.
A great book that looks at how to take photographs for sales or just great images.
Great for art directors and designers too.
Published 4 months ago by GIMAGES
2.0 out of 5 stars Returned for refund
I bought this as the cover appealed to me and I thought there would be lots of great examples that I could use. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynne
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Craft Photography
Nice simple approach to the subject. Lots of great pictures however there is not really any commentary with these apart from camera settings. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MR G TAYLOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book speaks crafty not photography language!
I found this book incredibly inspiring, I wanted to create better pictures for my blog and magazine articles. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. S. F. Di Milo
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
While this book is aimed primarily at those with a full DSLR camera, you will still pick up plenty of useful hints and tips if you use a bridge camera (as I do), or a compact - you... Read more
Published 10 months ago by chickybiker
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and easy to use
This is a fabulous book giving anyone writing a craft or food blog the tips and tools needed to make a difference to your look and feel. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tanya Hoskins
5.0 out of 5 stars A Craft Persons Best Friend
A well written book that will surely help most photographers, even those who feel they are quite competent. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ArtisanCat
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase - very useful
This book is easy to understand and has some brilliant tips and ideas for innovative ways to photograph your craftwork. Well worth the money and I would recommend it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lazy Lizard Crafts
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Just received it had a flick through, seems to have all i will need and more, also has some great ideas for me to use in my own advertising campaigns
Published 13 months ago by Ms. N. Forde
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear & Informative.
Great tips for any craft practitioner. It's the bst guide that I have seen to photogaphing my work. It gives ideas for designing a good layout plus lighting & camera settings. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Y. K. Autie
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