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« on: January 24, 2012 01:21:30 PM »

I figured this was the place to post my question.  If not (or if it's been asked before), forgive me!

I was wondering what tips everyone has for taking good pictures of their finished crafts.  I've tried many different methods for taking pictures of the things I make (I predominantly crochet), but can never get them to look "professional" like other people do!  Cry

It probably doesn't help that I don't have a fancy camera (it's a point and shoot, but it's really good quality) or know a whole lot about photography, but I figure there are some tricks that I don't know really know that could make my pictures look much better without getting a better camera (tips for good backgrounds, adding lighting specific for the photos, or camera settings maybe?)

Thanks in advance to anybody willing to offer some tips!  Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2012 01:51:04 PM »

I used this tutorial:

After starting to use the light box I saw an instant difference in my photos with a few year old Nikon Coolpix point and shoot, often using the macro setting.

Heres a couple of my images for reference in the quality difference.



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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2012 01:56:48 PM »

Oooo!  That looks very helpful!  Thank you! Smiley

Only thing is I make a lot of hats and hat-sized objects so I'm either going to need a very large box for those items or will have to figure out another way.

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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2012 04:13:28 PM »

I understand that feat, since I too make hats. The box size I have is about 2'x2'which makes hat photos near impossible. I've been thinking of screwing together some 1x1s to make a box size suited to me since the sides need to be removed anyhow. I first attempted this project with a larger box nearly 3'x3' and after the cutting, the sides collapsed! x.x

I am in an apartment, so just the difference of the daylight mocking bulb made a big color difference! 

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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2012 12:50:42 PM »

There are a couple of light box tutorials floating around...

Here's something probably too small for your items:

this might be too big:

Here's one targeted toward smaller items but still helpful

This interview has links to all of the lightboxes that were on Craftster at the time, even those without tutorials:

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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012 10:23:48 AM »

I was reading an article before my computer crashed this morning, might have been the one already suggested and in the comments section someone mentioned using PVC pipe to create the frame of their light box. He didn't glue the joints so he could break it down for transfer. It would be a bit more pricey than using a cardboard box but it would have the added benefit of being storable if space is an issue.

« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2012 07:27:10 PM »

Thank you everyone for the great links/ideas!

I'll definitely have to figure out some sort of large (and probably small as well) lightbox it looks like.  The PVC pipe thing is a great idea so I'm going to try and come up with something along those lines

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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2012 08:54:10 AM »

A lightbox is definetely the way to go. You also need the right kind of lightbulbs in them. They have to give off the right kind of light.

Use lightbulbs similar to these - http://www.greenelectricalsupply.com/day-light-cfl-bulbs.aspx . They have a unit of measurement to measure the kind of light they give off and you want the ones that are daylight bulbs or 5000K, they simulate the light given off by the sun which is best for bringing out the true colour of an object. They will stock them in your local hardware store.

If you really want to go the extra mile you can get someone with photoshop to make the background pure white for you, as in the same colour white that shows up on a computer. I did this for my online craft store and the results are amazing. The images really do look professional. If you cant find someone with photoshop you can check out www.elance.com or www.odesk.com where you can hire someone to do it for you. Shouldn't cost more than a couple of dollars an image.
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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2012 08:44:47 PM »

A friend of mine recommends setting up a lightbox and then pointing the lights up onto the top of the lightbox instead of shining it directly on the object - especially if the object you are trying to photograph is shiny.

This reflects the light down onto the object you are photographing but it won't show those white flash marks on your photo. This works great for objects that are shiny.

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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2012 01:28:59 PM »

I recently saw a great blog post on creating some simple studio lighting that imitates natural light:

« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2012 09:54:42 AM »

I love taking photos and I can tell you that it's not always about the camera, it's the person behind it.

Natural light is best for taking photos, IMO. Get near a window, if you can, and turn your flash off. Hold your camera still or invest in a tabletop tripod to take the photo.

If you need to take the item outdoors to take the photo in natural light, then do it in a somewhat shaded area. You can use like a white posterboard to reflect light onto the item if it's too shady.

You can also use two sheets of posterboard (as the bottom and wall) and put the product on it to shoot. You don't need to buy expensive lighting, but instead use a daylight bulb to create that nice white light (instead of the yucky yellow).

Also, add a little creativity to your photos. I checked out your blog and you make the cutest things! Set them up in creative environments.

Good luck!
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