The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos – The Best Techniques for Showcasing Your Handmade Creations; Heidi Adnum. Interweave Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-59668-626-7
Happy Sunday, loyal followers!
It’s time for a surprise: I am giving away this great reference book on how to effectively photograph your art work, whether it is two- or three-dimensional.
Heidi Adnum, the author, approached nine artists working in media from textiles, to ceramics, jewelery, glass, home decor and more to contribute their professional insights on how best to feature their work in photos.
With online marketing a sign of the times the information in this book cannot be ignored. Not everyone has access to photography courses or seminars that are specific to their needs. I have taken a couple of “how to photograph your artwork” seminars. The information was sound, and the photographer was freely sharing his information. Then I got home… and couldn’t remember most of the things discussed. It was a slow road and countless practice shots before I felt confident enough to use my own photography for submissions to art exhibitions.
Had this book been available to me ten years ago I could have avoided much stress, agony and self-doubt. I believe this book is excellent for those committed to photographing their own work. The author has an informative section at the beginning of the book dealing with light (natural and flash assisted), settings on the camera, and how to prepare for a photo shoot in your space. If you are in the business for a new camera she even touches on what to look for! The last chapter introduces several basic steps on processing the images on the computer and how to upload them to a designated website. All around, this books is an excellent investment for anyone taking their own images.
Here is your chance to own this copy: Leave a comment in the section below telling me why you would benefit from owning this resource. I will accept comments until midnight April 30th. In the morning of May 1st I will choose a lucky winner.
So, put your thinking caps on, leave a comment and keep your fingers crossed. One comment per person only, please! Who will it be? Who will be the winner of “Taking Great Photos?” Best of luck to you!