<< INTRODUCTION TO THE CRAFTER'S GUIDE TO TAKING GREAT PHOTOS >>
I bought The Crafter's Guide to taking Great Photos, by Heidi Adnum when I was looking for some advice on improving my product photography for my Etsy shop. Craft business books are often full of very pretty photographs but not a lot of practical advice but the reviews on Amazon sold me on this one.
- Price: RRP £12.99 (I purchased mine from Amazon for £9.09)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Search Press Ltd, Dec 2011
- Dimensions:</strong> 17.2 x 22.1cm
<< THE BOOK CONTENT >>
CHAPTER 1: CAMERA BASICS
A useful introduction to how light affects your product photography and technical advice on aperture, shutter, exposure and white balance and colour. It also includes information on what to look for when buying your digital camera and the common digital camera modes.
This chapter is really useful for novice photographers, or if like me, you can just never remember the relationship between aperture and shutter. This chapter explains it all in basic, easy to understand language.
CHAPTER 2: HOW TO TELL YOUR STORY
This chapter explains the thinking behind making your products look good before the photograph is taken. This is the chapter missing from most creative photography books. You know you have to make your product photographs look beautiful but how you do that and understanding why certain things look good and others don't is the hard bit!
The chapter talks about style and composition and how you use props, explaining how to show detail and texture and how you choose a background to complement your product.