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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781596686267
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596686267
  • ASIN: 159668626X
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.7 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Aimed at craftspeople with minimal photography experience or equipment, this guide offers simple advice on arranging, composing, lighting, snapping, selecting, and organizing outstanding digital images of all kinds of handmade objects. Adnum briefly covers photography basics and then goes on to address photographic issues specific to various craft disciplines, such as jewelry and fabrics. Many step-by-step photo sequences and examples of successful shots walk the reader through the process. With the ongoing popularity of sites like Etsy (on which Adnum authored a series on photography), this book is sure to be sought after by anyone who wants to sell his or her goods online." - Library Journal

"A wonderfully written book from start to finish...Words like aperture, shutter speed, ISO...they feel scary to hear at first but Heidi does a masterful job demystifying these terms with engaging examples that inspire many AHA moments in terms of creative photography." - Jenny Doh, Crescendoh.com

"This book is TERRIFIC. Paging through this book was like reading a Who's Who of craft photography. Of course, the photographs are fantastic, and the book is as gorgeous as it is informative." - Austen Gilliland, CanadianLiving.com's Craft Blog

"This book is the ultimate reference for crafters and bloggers looking to improve their photography on a budget!" - Mark Lipinski, host, Creative Mojo

"I really appreciate the thoroughness of this book. The first section alone is worth getting the book if you want to stop using the automatic mode on your camera and switch over to manual mode." – CraftBuds.com

"This is the book that I wish was out there when I first started blogging and selling my handmade goods...I pretty much devoured the book in one sitting. It's a must-have for makers, bloggers, and sellers." - Jenny Gordy, Wiksten

"The DIY projects are clearly explained and well-illustrated. That is what makes this book so great, it is written in a way that is accessible for even a novice camera owner and photographer." - Erin Freuchtel-Dearing, Imagination Kids Toys

"This book covers literally everything you need to know about product photography in a language that's really easy to understand!" - Jenny Nguyen, Jenny N Design

"I get plenty of requests for book promos, but I don't usually accept one unless I am super pumped about the book. And this book, The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos, I am super pumped up about. It is so good." - Brittni Mehlhoff, papernstitch.com

"This book is going to be a godsend for many makers who take their own photos for their promotional materials and websites." - Rena Tom, creative business consultant

"The bottom line here: I LOVE Heidi's book! It's my new blogging bible." - Jennifer Rounds, See How We Sew

"First of all, this book is like candy. As it should be! You wouldn't believe it if a book about taking great photos wasn’t filled with great photos. From the table of contents to the glossary, each page of Crafter's Guide is full of some of the most beautiful pictures of handmade products, everything from jewelry to bags to knits to stationary. I flipped through it the first time like I'd flip through Vogue." - Allyson Dykhuizen, The Sweat Shop of Love

"If you are going to buy any book on the subject, then this should definitely be the one." - Crafty Ambitions.com

"Many step-by-step photo sequences and examples of successful shots walk the reader through the process. With the ongoing popularity of sites like Etsy (on which Adnum authored a series on photography), this book is sure to be sought after by anyone who wants to sell his or her goods online." - Library Journal

"A no-nonsense, nifty book that will teach you how to make the photos on your webpage look extra special." - Frankie Magazine, Australia

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About the Author

Heidi Adnum is a photographer, picture researcher, and crafter of Good Will Bunting. She is also the author of a popular photography tips series on Etsy. Heidi lives with her husband in sunny Newcastle, Australia. Connect with Heidi at heidiadnum.com and on Twitter @HeidiAdnum.


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Customer Reviews

This is a great book for crafters.
creative girl
I think this book is very good for people just starting out with taking good craft shots.
DuhBe
Very specific details, with great examples.
Carolee1945

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carolee1945 on January 26, 2012
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Very specific details, with great examples. Not only did this book give me ideas of how to photograph my beadwork, but also I learned things about my digital camera in a simplified way. Very readable, really good for novices like myself. I really liked the interviews with other craftspeople.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By DuhBe on January 28, 2012
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I saw this book mentioned on blogs and was looking forward to it's release so I could improve photos of my handmade soaps. I think this book is very good for people just starting out with taking good craft shots. But for those who already know about natural light and tripods and such, I'm not sure this book will help you take your shots to the next level. There wasn't much in there that isn't already available on the web for craft photography. I actually ended up getting a food photography book which helped me immensely more than this one. I'm giving this 4 stars because the descriptions says it will be useful for people at all levels and I don't agree with that. If the description called it a book for those just beginning to learn about photographing their crafts then I would give it 5 stars. I just didn't feel this book offered much for the novice trying to get more advanced.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Susan Dever on January 3, 2012
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Great techniques and info on taking better product photos. Impressive! Lots of good ideas.
We already take photos of product but wanted to make photos more viewable/selling to the viewer.
This will help get the job done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Underground Crafter on August 15, 2013
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Like many crafters, I've read enough photography tutorials to have a general idea about how to take great photos (natural lighting, know your camera, etc.). My knowledge is rarely a match for expediency when deadlines are looming, though. I thought this book would be full of lots of tips I already knew but would be a good read nonetheless.

Instead, I must admit that the Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos far exceeded my expectations. Although it is clearly targeted at crafters who sell their wares (primarily online), it would also be a great book for a crafter who just wants fabulous photos to share on Ravelry, Craftsy, Facebook, Instagram, a blog, etc.

The book begins by defining terms and talking about important elements in photography. The opening section, Camera Basics, is definitely a bit dry and technical (but necessary). How to Tell Your Story addresses things like background and composition. Heidi frequently mentions have there are no right or wrong answers in photography, but encourages consistency in technique, background, and/or composition to help establish your visual brand. DIY Accessories Tutorials includes 6 tutorials for simple, inexpensive solutions for photography supplies (such as a light box).

The next section, Photo Fundamentals, is divided into 8 chapters highlighting different types of crafts. Each chapter explores planning, composition, and common problems/FAQs, and then ends with a practitioner spotlight. Although some crafters may choose just to read the sections applying to their favorite crafts, there are goodies sprinkled throughout that may be helpful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sewer on June 15, 2012
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While the content is good, either the photos or the printing of the book is just mediocre. I was also disappointed in the styling of the sample photos, they looked amateurish rather than like examples that others would aspire to for their own work. I think this is a much needed book but one that rates a "C" at best. It could have been so much better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Tinsley on March 7, 2013
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I agree with other reviewers that this book is definitely aimed more toward novices, but that's not a bad thing. I think it has some useful (if beginner-level) information and I thought most of the photos were lovely (with one or two exceptions that had me scratching my head.

Some parts of the book felt a bit...scattered, though. Particularly at the beginning, it felt like someone was rattling off everything they knew about the topic to me off the top of their head. It also got a bit repetitive, as she goes through every sort of craft (even though many of the rules apply to multiple areas.) Of course, you can simply skip the chapters that aren't relevant to your craft. There were one or two tidbits of advice that I really disagree with (full body photographs should NOT be taken above eye-level from your model, it will make them look short and distorted with most lenses!) It would have also been really useful if the captions for the photos told you which point in the text they were demonstrating- it wasn't always obvious! Especially if you don't know the jargon and what, say, "small depth of field" looks like.

Overall, though, I think it was a very attractive and accessible book for folks starting out selling their handcrafts who may not have much photography experience. It had a lot of "hacks" and tips for using cheaper point-and-shoot cameras which, while not useful for a lot of pros, would probably be really handy for people starting out on a budget and working with what they've got.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Novak on August 5, 2013
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This has some good tips for taking photos of craft items. I make jewelry, and was looking for help with photographing the finished pieces. This is more for those whose previous experience of photography was mostly snapshots for personal pleasure. If you've already advanced to art photography, this won't be as helpful, although there are some tips you might not have come across in your own work...
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