Leading the way!!

Leading the way!!

Murad Osmann takes of his girlfriend on their adventures across the world. Seeing their relationship through his point of view pulls on my heart strings.

6 steps to improving your photography

Whether you run a blog or an online Etsy store, good photography can really help you and your crafty creations get noticed online.What’s more, you can achieve great results with a regular camera. Claire Gillo explains how

Capture your makes with a compact camera

You’ll need:

Compact Camera

Wooden surface

Large window (natural light)

Craft items to photograph

Step 1

Step 1 Set up your shoot next to a window. We want to use natural light, so around midday is good time as the light is at its best. Find a nice background to frame your subject. A wooden surface works well – we used the side of a toy chest and its lid.

Step 2

Step 2 Next arrange your subject and/or props. Try not to over-prop the shot and choose items and/or colours that complement each other.

 

Step 3

Step 3 Some compact cameras only shoot in a fully automatic mode (if so, skip to Step 5). If your camera can shoot in a part-manual mode put it into the Aperture priority mode (this is often marked as A or Av) as this controls the depth of field in the lens.

Step 4

Step 4 Set the Aperture (depth of field) to the widest setting. This is the smallest number it can go to, and on our camera it’s f/3.5. Using a wide aperture helps blur the background while keeping the foreground object sharp. This creates a softer and ‘dreamier’ image.

Step 5

Step 5 You could also enhance the shot with a photo filter effect. We used the Film Simulation Astia/Soft effect; check your camera manual to see what yours can do. Next, shoot from a low angle, isolating the object/s. Avoid distracting background elements.

Step 6

Step 6 Ensure the focus point stays sharp on the main subject matter. Think about the direction of the main light source. Use faint shadows to give the object/s definition but watch out for heavy casting ones. Once you’re happy, upload it to your blog!

Photography Samples (criticise me!)

 

 

 

 

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Hey!! 🙂 Right well i want to get back into my photography again, I love photography and have kind of drifted away from it.. concentrating on other crafty things(sewing).. But i was wanting to get back into it(maybe). It all depends on if i’m actually okay at it. I mean i don’t want to start something if i’m just crap at it.. there’s just no point.

So.. i was wondering if you lovely readers could give me a bit of advice/support? I need some direction! I have lots more photographs on my website..

http://www.gembobs.co.uk

Please criticise me all you want! I just want to know whether to start it up again. 

thanks dudes! 🙂 Gem x