I really want to be better at photographing the things I make…

It’s nothing to do with selling actually, I simply love trying to capture how beautiful and well crafted something is through a photo (hmmmm…. not everything I make is beautiful and well crafted, I should tell you that now!!  Lots of practice tends to go in to one finished article and even then it has its imperfections… or quirks.  But hey, that is the charm of handmade).

I love the creative process of making something.  But I also love the creative process of photographing something I have made.  It brings a whole new dimension to my making.  Thanks to the plethora of social networking platforms out there, once I have photographed something I make, I can share my craft all over the world.  People don’t actually have to buy the item, they can share in the joy of making and use it to spark their own ideas.  I suppose in a way, that is why ‘handmade’ will not ever make me lots of money (I can almost hear all crafters out there nodding in agreement!)  Whilst I do have a Folksy shop, it’s really not all about the sale.  It’s about the sharing of creative ideas and the community created by that.

So I intend to read up and do better.  I have found some useful blog posts about the topic and have posted them below.  I have also had a little play around with my camera today using props and natural light.  The photos aren’t fabulous, but at least that gives me room for improvement.

If anyone would like to share any tips on product photography please leave a comment on this blog post and I may well work the topic into the podcast.  Thanks!

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2 Responses to “Photography”

  1. 1 Kiera 02/11/2010 at 10:24 pm

    I love the backgrounds you use for your photos, it seems you already put a lot of thought into your subject, and into how to direct the viewers eye.

    • 2 imakehandmade 03/11/2010 at 7:00 am

      Thank you Kiera. At this stage I am just experimenting so it is fluke really! But thank you. I really liked the stone background best – seemed to catch the light well for the silver. I would really like to do a photography course but it is quite expensive so I’ll settle for internet advice and books from the library I think!!

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