By Liz Masoner
The very first step in photographing your crafts is picking the location to photograph them. There are a couple of places you should never take craft photographs.
Now, on to where you should photograph your crafts.
A light tent is a great way to control both lighting and background. A light tent (or light box) is simply a cube with translucent material sides, one open side, and a solid material on the floor and the back of the cube. This allows very bright light to be focused on the item inside without shadows as the translucent material diffuses (or breaks up) the light. Our Desktop Publishing Guide, Jacci Howard Bear, has a good tutorial on how to create a light tent from an ordinary cardboard box.
A light tent is an especially big help if you do not have any type of studio lighting. With a light box you can take the box outside in the bright midday sun and get a clean photograph without shadows.
If your camera needs a slow shutter speed (slower than 1/60) to to take the photo make sure you have a solid foundation for the camera. Use a tripod or other sturdy foundation for your camera in order to avoid camera shake and a blurry photo.
Before you upload that photo to Etsy, Ebay, or your blog please stop a moment to resize the photo. Photo quality and sizing for print is totally different than for online use. Online images can be much smaller and at a lower resolution online than they would for printed photos. A properly sized photo will help your viewers load your page more quickly, keep Google from marking your page as "slow to load", and cut down on upload times.