Photography Basics for Crochet (part 1 of 5)

After I have finished with each of my crochet projects, I move on to the photography. I never rush this section. I have put a lot of time, effort, and love into my crochet work, and I want that same time and effort to be reflected in the photography. Great photos are also essential for selling finished items and/or patterns.20160404-dsc_0030

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Gear:  What are you shooting with? 

These are  great choices for cell phone cameras.

But if you want a DSLR (which I highly recommend), choose one of these entry level Nikon or Canon cameras:  Nikon D3300

Nikon D5500  

Do you have a cell phone camera?

This best camera is always the one that you have with you and most cell phone cameras take great quality photos these days. I use my iPhone 6S Plus for day to day photos and I hear that the iPhone 7 Plus takes photography to a whole new level. I have a couple more months in my current contract and then I can’t wait to try it! But, a cell phone camera does have some downsides, listed below:

  1. The ability to zoom:  Although your phone will let you zoom, the photo quality quickly deteriorates so you need to be close enough to have the whole photo in focus.
  2. The front camera (the “selfie” camera): Try to avoid using this as much as possible. While front camera resolution improves with each new model, it lacks a fast enough shutter speed to always give clear photos. This means that if your hand moves slightly when you are holding the phone, the photo will be blurry. This is fine if you just need a selfie to show you’ve been somewhere or done something, but not fine if you want to show off your crochet art.

What about a DSLR?

If you own an Etsy shop or want to sell crochet patterns, I want to take you from shooting in Auto mode to understanding your camera and being able to shoot in Manual, where you have full control of your finished photo. When I learned these skills, my photography vastly improved and people started asking me to take photos! These skills will be taught over a few blog posts so check back later in the week for continued learning.

Photography is about painting with light. You need good light for any photo and learning to shoot in Manual mode will allow you to control the amount of light that is needed to achieve your desired effect. Let’s get to work.


So how will this help my crochet?

Crochet is an art! If you crochet, there is a good chance that you will at least occasionally want to sell your items or your patterns. You have to have good photos to be successful. And you want to take photos that show off your work in the best way possible. Professional photos can be pricey, especially if you need new photos often. That’s why I learned to take my own! When you are photographing your crochet, remember these rules:

  1. Whenever possible, have your clothing items modeled. This allows viewers to see the fit, drape, and style of the item.
  2. Get a close-up that shows the stitch pattern.20160302-dsc_0341-2
  3. Make sure that your photos are in focus! If it’s not in focus, well…
  4. I can’t say enough about good lighting. I always take my finished projects outside with a few simple backdrops for photography. This means I never take photos indoors. Indoor lighting often casts a tint to your photos, and it  can be hard to capture the true colors with that tint. You can’t paint with light if your light is bad or you don’t have any. You may have a large window with great lighting, and if so, take advantage of it, but for the most part, outside lighting is the way to go. One note, however, watch out for harsh, direct sun which causes a lot of shadows. I take most of my photos on my covered back or front porch. They are both well-lit but the cover blocks the really harsh light.

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Photography for Crochet Lessons.jpgOver the following posts we will cover Exposure, Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, and White Balance.

❤ Cactus



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