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?
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.