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Artisan Crafts Photography by VioletRosePetals Artisan Crafts Photography by VioletRosePetals
...Tutorial

It wouldn't fit in the title.

I know it's in artisan crafts when it's a photography tutorial, but it's specifically about photographing your artisan crafts, so I believe it fits.

Anyway, I've been hearing from jewelry makers and many other artisan crafters, especially those trying to sell their wares, that they have a lot of trouble taking decent photos of their work. They're crafters after all, not photographers! The colors are always wrong, or it's out of focus, or the photo just looks...off somehow.

I used to have the same problem. But I read a few things here and there, fiddled around with settings and backgrounds and lighting and such, and eventually came up with a formula that I think works rather well.

Well, here it is in tutorial form! I know it's far from perfect, and I only have my own camera and software to go by, but I hope it helps anyone who needs it. I tried to make it as detailed as possible, if you still have questions let me know and I'll address them.

'Spinny Scroll Wheel' is a true technical term. I swear! ;P

EDIT: Yes I just found that typo 'You're camera's all set' Yes. You are camera's all set. :XD: I'll fix it...eventually. If there are any more I'll fix them eventually too.

Before and after image:


If you like the earrings in the tutorial, the actual deviation for them is here:


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helloheath Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for featuring my tutorial! :-)
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :D
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bittykitty Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If I wanted to take the photo's on pretty paper instead of white paper, would this still work for me?
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course, although keep in mind that if you use a colored paper, whatever it is you're photographing may end up with a color cast from the paper (depending on lighting and the colors/textures of the object itself), which is the reason I like to use white, it works with anything. But experiment with it and have fun! The way I like to do things won't be everyone else's favorite way. This tutorial is simply what I've found works for me, and I decided to share it because I know I'm not the only one who had a ton of issues when I first started trying to take decent pictures of what I made. There are so many artisan craft deviations on DeviantART that aren't properly represented because of bad lighting or focus or an insufficient knowledge of camera settings, I'm just trying to help out by sharing what little knowledge I have. But I mean this as a building block. Once one figures it out, they should go nuts with it and find what works best for them. :)
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bittykitty Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will. I'm just waiting for a nice day... It's been rain for the last few.
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I see.
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Sir-Herp Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Me being the type to not read manuals, I never did quite figure out what the flower symbol meant, haha. Thanks for the tut! Very helpful, and great results.
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome, I'm glad it helped! :D
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digikijo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sure this is going to help me, especially the tip with the ISO. thanks a lot.
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VioletRosePetals Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :)
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