Today I wanted to talk a little bit about photography. When I began blogging again back in February, I knew that in order for my blog to reach more people than just my immediate family, I would have to improve my photography.
Through browsing successful blogs in my blogroll, I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how technically amazing your sewing is, or how innovative your design is, if the quality of your work is not reflected in it’s visual representation. The readers can’t see your work, they can only see it through your photograph.
I wanted to share a bit of my learning journey with you today, and give some resources that I have found useful. I do want to preface this by saying I am NOT an expert, and have a LONG way to go, but if I can improve, so can you!
So here is what my photographs used to look like…
This may be a beautiful dress, but hard to tell:
With a blanky and a thumb in the mouth:
Or even worse, laying on a floor:
|a big 3 pattern that I no longer own…|
My sewing wasn’t bad, but the pictures sure were!
Here are some more recent shots…
|Embellished Greenstyle Lacy N Lane Hoodie|
|Gracious Threads Simply Summer Racerback Tank|
|Gracious Threads Seashore Dress, Top & Tunic|
I wanted to share with you some tips/resources that have really helped me.
First, invest in the hardware. I upgraded from an old point and shoot to a dslr. I bought a Nikon D5200, but there are many options out there. I also purchased a 50mm f1.8 lens. This allows me to get the nice burred backgrounds that you see in the ‘after’ shots.
Take a course. A fancy camera is useless if you don’t know how to use it. I live in the middle of nowhere, so an online course was ideal for me. I took the Basics of Digital Photography from Craftsy (affiliate link). I purchased this course before I became an affiliate for Craftsy, and it was worth every penny! Their courses often go on sale, so sign up for their email updates.
Read photography blogs. Two that I found particularly useful are Delia Creates and It’s Always Autumn. Often blogs that are written by people in your industry (in my case, sewists of children’s clothing) will be the most applicable.
Style it up. No matter how nice your shot, if it
looks boring, people won’t stop to read about it. I recently purchased a copy of Style That Kid! by Alida Makes. I have no affiliation; she doesn’t know I exist! but I LOVE her e-book and recommend it to everyone. She talks about lighting, props, and posing your model. All her tips and tricks are applicable for any skill level and any camera type; you don’t need a fancy camera to improve your photography!
I hope this information helps! In a few months we will be back to snow and cold, so I hope to set up a bit of an indoor natural light studio; I’ll share it with you then!
Now get shooting!