If you're looking to take your blog or online shop to the next level, I highly recommend Craftsy's newest photography class, Shoot It! A Product Photography Primer. You can also use a few of my tips and tricks to get started:
- Ditch the cell phone camera. Trust me, we can all tell that's what you've been using! You don't need to break the bank on a professional-grade digital camera, either - just make sure you purchase a digital camera with a decent amount of megapixels and shoot in the high-resolution setting.
- Use natural light whenever possible. Outdoors is best, out of direct sunlight - and avoid being backlit. Indoors can work if you use your window lighting effectively (or have studio lights). Avoid at all costs using the flash.
- Pay attention to the background. I've seen far too many photos of gorgeous projects totally overshadowed by a pile of unsightly clutter in the background. For FO photos, try to explore new locations for photo shoots - but in a pinch, brick walls and parks are good stand-bys. For WIP photos, I have a variety of fabrics which I use as a backdrop - it's so much better than the carpet or my lap! Really, any surface that is a good contrast to your project and won't reflect the light is a good choice.
- Get photo editing software. There are plenty of cheaper options that are probably just as good, but I have always used Photoshop. When I edit photos, I crop them if necessary, then begin adjusting the colors using trial and error until everything looks the way I want it to. I find that the Auto Tone/Contrast/Color settings often do the trick, and sometimes I increase the contrast a bit manually before I call it a day.
- Take a Class. Ah, yes, we're back where we started! Find a local photography studio that offers classes, or check out Caro Sheridan's new Craftsy class to learn in the comfort of your own home. This is a great way to discover features on your camera, making the most of what you have - no matter what that is!