Imagine the people who’ll see your creation when you finally upload it to Instagram and Facebook.
Tips to Photograph Your Craft Outcome after Creating Something
If you’ve produced something exquisite and high quality, and you’re naturally proud of it, the next step is to share it with the world. Fortunately, various social media platforms on the internet make exhibiting your creations easy and fun.
Imagine the people who’ll see your creation when you finally upload it to Instagram and Facebook. Your audience will go beyond people, you know. If your work is really good, you’ll find strangers liking it and commenting. If you’re really lucky, some people may even offer to buy what you’ve produced. Exposing your crafts to the world wide web will be an entirely savvy thing to do.
However, creating something good is half the battle. You have to photograph your crafts well to make it more attractive.
If you have no idea about photography or capturing what you’ve created, there are already numerous tips online, such as those from Photo Shoot Goals. Also, this article will present some tips to photograph your craft outcome after creating something:
- Use A Good Camera
You don’t need an expensive camera to turn out good photos of your crafts. You don’t even need to be an expert photographer. All you need is good judgment and some basic camera tools.
You should know, however, that the camera you’ll be using should have the ability to take sharp photos. The camera must be able to show the fine details of your work. Usually, any camera with an 8-megapixel capacity will suffice, which means you can use most modern smartphones to do the job.
Don’t use a bad camera because you’ll get grainy, unclear, and improperly focused photos. These kinds of photos will diminish the beauty of your work and will fail to do it justice.
- Have Good Lighting
When capturing a photo, you should ensure that you’ll be getting high-quality pictures. If you use good direct lighting on your subjects, you can attain this. Fortunately, you can get direct lighting without having to use expensive gadgets or fancy equipment. One trick is to shoot outdoors.
Choose a day that’s overcast. A gray day that’s slightly cloudy will not give you photos that have good lighting. The resulting photo will be soft enough while capturing the fine details of your work.
If it’s raining, you can still take advantage of the light by placing your product on the window sill. Choose a white window sill with no décor and accessories, such as curtains or blinds. The whiteness of the sill will offset and flatter your craft.
In extreme cases, when the weather really isn’t good or when you’re shooting at night, you can shoot with a lightbox, which you can buy cheaply online. If that isn’t an option, you can build a lightbox yourself. There are many tutorials online that can help you build a lightbox.
- Have A Simple Background
Your product should be the main focus of your photograph, so only choose backgrounds that’ll be plain, simple, and neutral. Make sure that there’s no extra distraction near your product or even underneath them that’ll shift the attention away from your product.
A good background that always works will be plain white walls. If you want something beyond white, you can choose flat stones, brick walls, or grassy fields. Don’t use bright and colorful backgrounds, such as flower gardens and printed fabric, since it can be distracting and keep people from appreciating your work.
- Don’t Use Too Many Props
Sometimes you may need a prop to enhance your product and make it shine. However, like using a background, you have to keep props simple and limited. Sometimes, a prop or two will suffice, and anything more than this number may just be a distraction.
For example, if you’re exhibiting a piece of jewelry you’ve made, such as a bracelet, you may just photograph the hand of the mannequin to show off the bracelet. Using a full mannequin or using other types of jewelry will only distract your audience, causing them not to see your product.
- Edit Your Photos
Photo editing can further enhance the beauty of your photos. Take a selection of photos you deem to be better than the rest. To increase their quality and attractiveness, use a good editing program. Simple changes in the photo can help make them even better.
For example, cropping the photo can help enhance the focus on the craft products, and remove parts of a background that’s necessary. You can even adjust the brightness of the photo to make it more real and life-like.
Photos sometimes are not able to capture how something looks like in real life. Photos are more important than product descriptions, and you should invest in taking quality photos to show not just your craft product but also your skills to your audience.
Crafting is a great way to spend your extra time, and it's a passion for most. Over time your skills will increase, and you’ll be making better crafts.
When you think it’s time to show your crafts to the world, you should make time to exhibit them online so you can get feedback and appreciation for your work.