Top Tips for Photographing Crochet Items

As some of you already know, I’m knee-deep in crochet photography research.  As a way to keep the best tips I’ve found for taking pictures of crochet items all in one place, I’m creating this post.  It’s mostly for me but I do hope it helps others as well.

Anyway, here’s the links to two blog post articles I found that were really helpful to me.

The First Site


This amazing post has convinced me that I need to, invest in some sort of cute background material, ditch my iPhone camera, dig out my digital camera,  (I have a nice one that I stopped using when I got the iPhone.) and that the natural light on overcast days and in shady spots make for a crochet photographer’s best friend.  Who knew?

The blogger shares photo examples of both her good and bad shots so that you can see exactly what she’s talking about.

Here’s a couple of my own recent photos.  Same shawl, different backgrounds.  Shown indoors and out.  Which do you prefer?


Photo taken indoors.



Photo taken outdoors.

The Second Site


When I found this post, among other things, I learned that my all-white background idea wasn’t such a good one.  The writer suggests that instead of using black or white you should choose colors that are soft, subtle, and complimentary to your item.

Not to completely disagree, because I mostly do agree,  but I have found some great photos online that were taken using a piece of white poster board as the backdrop. I suppose that means that every rule was made to be broken… every once in a while.

She also suggested using a filler, like cotton or wool, or a mannequin, to give your item form if it needs it.

That’s the two sites I’ve found, so far, that I found the most helpful.

If you’re looking to take better photos of your own crochet projects, I recommend you pay them both a visit today.




About Robin @ Imperial Crochet

I'm a former community manager of a now defunct lifestyle site who's been writing online, and off, for over fifteen years. My passions include my family, my cat, reading, writing, crochet, and yarn art. I've decided to stitch all of those things together by way of my new blog, Imperial Crochet. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!
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14 Responses to Top Tips for Photographing Crochet Items

  1. WOW! I love the outdoor photo! And great idea to ditch the iPhone. I might have to think of a way to do this too 🙂

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  2. Karen says:

    I like the photo in front of the brick wall better, too. But, I don’t think it’s just the background. You’ve cropped the photo different in that one, bringing the item closer to the viewer. Also, the colors show better.

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  3. I’m number three for the outdoor one 😁 I love how the colors pop in front of the beautiful brick wall

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  4. 😊 Most importantly….are you happy with it? 🙂
    Beautiful shawl by the way 💕

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  5. Great resources, Robin. Thank you for sharing these. I was also surprised to read that overcast days are a fibre-craft photographer’s best friend (it’s true – I’ve noticed that the colours under direct sunlight are kind of ‘blued’ out. There is something so striking about the shawl you photographed against the brick background. Both images are great, but I really like the interest of that one. 🙂

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  6. MrsCraft says:

    Great links, thank you. I’m trying to up my game with photography. My biggest challenge is light as it’s the evening when I get to take photos usually and artifical light is not as good. Not everything fits in my photography light cube either. It’s a tricky one!


  7. Tami says:

    Hi Robin! The brick wall shot really seems to make the shawl move vibrant. I think it probably is going to be on a project by project basis what looks best. There will be times when a picture with a wall or other props will be best and times when you want a white background to put the focus on the stitches or pattern. 🙂


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