1.31.2012

the crafter's guide to taking great photos

The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos
The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos
The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos

I just got my copy of The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos in the mail!  Got an extra one too, for one of you.  This is the book that I wish was out there when I first started blogging and selling my handmade goods.  It would have made life so much easier.  There are some wonderful tips in here that I'm going to be using in the future, especially the advice about lighting.  Heidi Adnum, the author, does an incredible job of making the book beautiful and interesting while conveying useful technical information.  I pretty much devoured the book in one sitting.  It's a must-have for makers, bloggers, and sellers.

I feel so honored to be included in the book, and you can see a little section pictured above with an interview with me and some of my photos.  The book is chock-full of photographs and advice from some of my favorite makers as well.

If you'd like a chance at a free copy of the book, please leave a comment on this post.  What do you photograph most?  Do you feel like there's an area you want to learn more about?  I'll draw and announce a winner next Tuesday, Feb. 7.  So check back here then!  If your blog doesn't have an e-mail address listed or you don't have a blog, please leave your e-mail address in the comments.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

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Jane said...

this would be perfect! thanks for the giveaway!!

WSAKE said...

congratulations!!!

mostly i take pictures of my jewellery - and flowers - i love that, but i´m not quite there yet. looks like this book would help me out a lot!

Hannah said...

I definitely photograph my own knitting and embroidery. Sometimes it's so difficult to get all those tiny stitches in focus and lit well enough to show texture!

elena gold said...

I photograph my handknitting the most, for my blog. I feel like there is so much to learn, everything! I am currently saving up for a DSLR, and I'm curious to experiment with it and see how learning how to use it well changes my photography. Sounds like a great book! :)

mrgalloway said...

Seems like a lovely book, and what great photos of your knitting! I'm a graphic design so I'm also trying new ways to photograph my work. I'd love to check this book out for inspiration!

Natasha Jane said...

Congratulations on being featured in the book! It sounds like a super helpful book. I have a blog that's mostly about my sewing, so I take many photos of myself in the finished projects using my tripod and camera timer. I could definitely use some extra information on how to make these photos better and more interesting.

cats dreaming in keylime said...

I like to only shoot in lovely grey Seattle natural light, b/c I'm not great w. flash.

ziazia said...

hi! i'.ve been seeing that book pop up in blogs and it looks gorgeous and so interesting. I've learn to take photos and have improved a lot since i started selling and blogging but i think i've yet to found a very solid style. I mostly try to do white background photos and i like it but i see so many have a really cool style and i just don't seem to find one i can take and love. Although my non product photography is more consistent because of my background as a visual artist. I want to put those two (craft and non craft photo) together.

Vanessa.

Julia said...

awesome! congrats on being included, but i'm not surprised, you do take beautiful photos of your products. this looks like a great book. while there's definitely a lot i could learn about photography, i feel like i could use the most help with styling photos of my products. thanks for the giveaway!

sk said...

ooh, looks awesome! I definitely need this book's help :)

k. wang said...

oh, me please! my greatest issue/area of improvement is how to deal with the lack of natural light; out of the eight or so apartments i've ever lived in my adult life only one has had ample natural lighting to take good photos in.

Tornangel012 said...

Amazing! This would be a really useful book for me. I take pictures of my crafts for Etsy to sell, and also for my blog www.tornangel012.blogspot.com

I'd love to learn better set ups to make the photos interesting and lighting hints so I'm not using photo shop so much.

Cassandra Marie said...

What a cool looking book! I photograph food and my shop products most! I would love to learn more lighting techniques and different ways to compose my shots!

Thanks fo the chance to win!

-Cassie

amelia said...

oh, help with lighting would be great. That's my achilles heel.

Florence (Flossie Teacakes) said...

Congratulations! It sounds wonderful.

I mainly take a mixture of clothing and quilt photographs and any tips on how to work around the gloomy English light at the moment would be read with enthusiasm.

CLP said...

Oh I am definitely going to check out this book. I take pictures of sewing/knitting for my blog and my etsy store. I feel like I am not that great at it.

Christine said...

What a perfect resource! I would love to learn more about lighting and also get some useful ideas for photo props. Congrats on being included in this great book!

Florence said...

So often I make tasty looking stuff and want to blog about it but none of the photos I take ever do it justice. Food is pretty much unnavigated waters on my blog as a result which seems so silly as its basically one of the biggest things in my life. Looks like a lovely lovely book. Fingers crossed!

www.flozandnonie.blogspot.com

inaina said...

what a wonderful idea. I think I owe my crafts pictures that show what I like about them (details, beauty...) and that I put love, time and effort in making them. When taking pictures I try to create a nice surrounding, put away other things and try to eliminate distraction in the background.... and still I'm struggeling with light, cuts, presentation in gerneral, lack creativity... sounds like it would be a great help and inspiration.
(btw. millions of eBay-sellers should have a look, too)

ina
oow@gmx.de

Maria said...

Wauw - the book sound amazing and as a needed boost. I photograph my craft, illustrations, architecture, moments, every day life ...very thing. Congrats on being included in your book - I truly enjoy your picture here on your inspiring blog.

Heather said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news, and the book looks beautiful, and so helpful too! I think I really need it :D
I'd love to enter to win! Thanks for the offer!~!

Anna Kristine said...

Oooh this looks like just what I need! I take photos for my shop a lot and could really use help improving my photos! I love taking pictures of anything and everything though...from scenery to what I'm eating. :) Thanks for the chance to win!
Anna Kristine
pemberleycouture@hotmail.com

inaina said...

what a wonderful idea. I think I owe my crafts pictures that show what I like about them (details, beauty...) and that I put love, time and effort in making them. When taking pictures I try to create a nice surrounding, put away other things and try to eliminate distraction in the background.... and still I'm struggeling with light, cuts, presentation in gerneral, lack creativity... sounds like it would be a great help and inspiration.
(btw. millions of eBay-sellers should have a look, too)

ina
oow@gmx.de

Kathryn said...

I have just started making screenprinted textiles for my Etsy shop. I am pretty clueless when it comes to photography so I would love to learn the basics and more!

Thumbly said...

I take many pictures of my cats :) I love taking pictures of Nature and textures. This book could be so helpful! I would like to find like a signature style for me...

Kirstin said...

I love taking photos of anything in nature; big open landscapes, or ice forming on a twig, I love it all. I'm trying to sell more of my own artwork (pottery and ceramics specifically) so I'd love to learn more about how to take great product photographs. Seems like a great book for that!

Karissa said...

I've been so curious about this book! I'm about to open my shop on Etsy, focusing on quilted goods and handmade softies, which are the bulk of what I photograph and need to work on. Thanks for the chance to win!

Katy said...

Love it. I photograph my cats most. I'd love some tips--I know with a little tweaking my pics could be much improved upon.

Jacqueline Bos said...

Your page looks wonderful! after years of selling on etsy I still struggle with the photography part. Most of my items are flat, but I need a way to show their detail in a not boring way. This would be a great help and great source of information. Fingers Crossed!
~J

woodrow_e said...

I was checking out this book on the Interweaves website, it looks delish! & I sure could use some help photographing my work.

Emily said...

What a great giveaway! I don't have a real blog (just a tumblr) since I'm always reluctant to shoot and post my photos – I just have an old point-and-shoot camera. But I'd love to learn some tips from you pros and maybe give it another whirl. :)

emily@emilytu.com

Antoinette said...

I do make clothing to photograph and blog about, but not to sell. And my photos could be a lot better! This book might help......... Thanks! phthooey [at] gmail dot com

Yolanda said...

This looks wonderful. I mostly photograph my confections and crafty projects. I don't have the best camera or lighting situation in our apartment, so I need tips to maximize what I do have.

Leigh said...

I really need this!!

Carissa said...

Thanks for the giveaway, and congrats on the feature!

I've finally started creating woven rugs and tapestries I feel are worth selling. I'd love to open my own etsy shop. Frankly, I find photographing my creations more difficult than the actual weaving!

I could really use this book. :)

Thanks!

carissadejong at gmail
carissasees.tumblr.com

Stay under the stars said...

Looks like an interesting book!
I mostly photograph nature, but I'd love to get some tips for other things too.

Neza said...

Wow! The book looks great, congrats!
I'm sure it would be very useful for me. I mostly photograph outside, because the light in my place is nonexistent:(. I made an improvised lightbox though it's too small and useless for bigger things, like something I've sewn... thank you for the giveaway!

fish+cake said...

Mostly I am trying to photograph paper goods for my shop. It is so hard to get the lighting and colors correct! I would love to read this book to learn more.
Thanks for the giveaway!

kelli ann said...

i blog because i love both photography and making things. i would be very interested to see what the book suggests. congratulations on your feature! you do take lovely photos.

Rebecca said...

I'm excited to see this! This book has been in my Amazon wishlist for a couple of weeks. I mostly take photos of every day things and my always photogenic cat :)

kate / tinywarbler said...

awesome! way to go!
yup, i could use some help with photographing my animals. thanks so much for the giveaway!

Rebekah said...

I photograph all of my craft and sewing project and, honestly, I'm not a good photographer at all. This would be so helpful, especially as I'm thinking about opening a shop.

tiffelie said...

So great to see something out there for the DIYers, would love a chance to hone my photography skills.

Dani said...

I "try" to take bright and simple photos of my jewelery but just can't make it pop!would love this book!

Ariel Gordon said...

What a useful book!! I take the most pictures of my jewelry for my website (www.arielgordonjewelry.com). Because the pieces are so small and shiny it gets pretty tricky. I am always happy to learn new tricks and skills and this book looks like it's full of them!

harmony and rosie said...

This book is just what I need. I do a lot of photography for my own shop and blog and sometimes despair over the lack of light and not knowing how to rectify it.
Congratulations on being featured.
Kate.
PS - loving the tova dress I recently made!

Amy S said...

I am always taking photos of things I make and I am never quite satisfied with the photos - this book would be so helpful, I bet! Thank you for the great giveaway!

Meghan said...

How exciting for you! I've taken some photography classes over the years, but mostly feel that I need to learn some patience when it comes to photography. I'm not at the point where lighting and setting up shots comes naturally, and I tend not to have the patience to work at it. Perhaps some tips would help :) megp47 at yahoo com

Laurie said...

It's a tie for what gets photographed most around here: it's either food or sunlight. Food because, well, do I really need to explain? :) And sunlight because I love catching moments of light around the house. Especially in the wintertime.

Angela Barnes said...

I love taking photos period. Although it can be very difficult when the PNW is mostly grey. What an exciting giveaway!

laura said...

as soon as i saw this post i was like "i'm totally getting this book"! i usually take photographs of the items i knit for my etsy store, my personal knitting (yay ravelry!)/sewing and my adventures in general. my grandma taught me that it's important to keep a portfolio of your work no matter what it is or where the things you make end up. i hope i win!

thanks :)
laura

Melissa said...

Congrats on being in the book! :)

I mostly take photos of yarn and knitted items, and would like more knowledge of photography in general. For now though, I definitely need some help in the lighting area...especially since the days aren't so great!

Thank you for doing this giveaway!

Blonde Catalogue said...

Looks like an awesome book! I mostly photograph my crafty adventures and definitely need some advice on doing so!

Stitch Parade said...

I’ve been eyeing this book for a couple of weeks so I’m excited to hear about this giveaway. I mostly take portraits, but lately have been taking picture of my finished sewing and knitting projects for my blog and must confess they are not great (especially when taken indoors in the winter time with little natural light). This would be a great book to learn from. Thanks for the great giveaway!

. said...

I mainly take pictures of my baby. I'd love to have all those little detail shots of projects and crafts around the house turn out nicely composed, and not under or over exposed. Thanks for sharing!

Audrey said...

I was so, so incredibly excited to see this here on your blog today. I'd love to own a copy. I primarily use my camera to photograph my home while I'm in the process of furnishing it, as well as the occasional cup of tea and odd thing around the house. I'm sure the information in here is fantastic. Thank you for the chance to get a free copy.

beautifulshell said...

oh, that would be so perfect for me! i'm all about photography out in the open, but once i try to take a decent shot of me wearing something or making appetizing food, it all falls apart. something about people and/or indoor lighting is no good. i definitely just requested this from the library!

Paulina said...

Congratulations for being included in the book! The main theme of my photography is my daily life - I'm trying to capture the atmosphere of the moment. I like to take photos of my daughter and my grandmothers because seeing theme I can see how time goes by, it helps to enjoy every moment of life. I would like to know more about the composition.

Yoshi said...

Lately I've spent a lot of time photographing scarves... and I expect to photograph lots more scarves very soon! I just really love scarves. I think I could do with some help with lighting.

yy.amadeus @ gmail.com

Fran said...

i am only at the beginning of this journey, borrowing a camera and trying my best to take photos, finding it difficult esp on the light front. it will be the first of feb tomorrow, st brigets day in ireland,the first day of spring, let the light return i say...this time next year i yearn to have a blog and be taking good pictures of my lovely things..this book would 'throw light' my way...
seagirlwestclare@gmail.com

Coki Milktoothrain said...

It seems to be an interesting and useful book...If I don't win the giveaway I'll buy it on myown.

Anyway the answer to your question is: I do photograph my feet a lot, mostly to remember what I have done and what I was wearing...I got a page dedicated to that pics on my blog (http://milktoothrain.blogspot.com/p/my-feet.html)

Johanna Tagada said...

Really nice Giveaway, it looks like a great book.


I photograph analog and digital. Digital is mostly to photograph my work or something I need directly, a little bit my daily life also. I photograph analog to catch moment of my daily life and keep most of those pictures private (not visible on internet).
I have a important use of analog photo booths for my artwork.


I would like to improve my product shooting! I don't think I'm bad but there is for sure REALLY a lot to learn and to improve. I need to learn how to use the light. This book would be great to help me out with that.

I keep my finger crossed to get a copy.
And congratulation on your feature.

J.
(hi@bonjourjohanna.com)

suzanne bateman said...

I love taking pictures of my sewing during and after. This book could help me with everything from lighting to presentation. What a great idea!

* said...

Oh! I've just started blogging and this book would be so useful for me... I have a lot of problems with lighting when I want to take a picture of small items so any advice would be very welcome!! Congratulations and thanks for doing this giveaway!

*

LeeAnn said...

My point and shoot camera has a great lense and a lot of life left in it, so I am always looking for ways to improve lighting especially in the winter months. I can't wait to view this book!

P R I M O E Z A said...

your product images have always been of great inspiration to me - i've learnt a lot through them. congrats on the book.

Stephanie said...

I could really use some help with food photography and pictures of my knitting. Looks like a great book!

joyce said...

This book looks awesome! I'm trying to take some better photos for my fledgling blog and I could use some tips!

megan said...

Congrats! That's awesome! There is ALWAYS more to learn, ALWAYS.

JWK said...

Help with lighting would be great! What a fantastic looking book!!

jules said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy of this book- I'm sure any of us will get a huge amount from it!

I'd like to learn more about photographing garments on the body... Small things I can manage but people and bodies are more tricky...

Have a lovely day!

casey said...

what a great book to have! thanks for the give away! i photo my son most... but second would be the items i make, for my shop, or just to post on my blog. i feel i have improved since i started, but could definitely use more pointers!

denise said...

so nice of you to give one away! i am always looking to expand my collection of books in the studio - this one would be oh so helpful when photographing my artwork!

Meg said...

Congrats on being featured in the book! I always look to your blog for crafting inspiration and your minimalistic design and photography has always been an inspiration to me as a fellow crafter with a knitting etsy shop! I hope I win!

Meghan

mnavoy@gmail.com

melanie said...

This book looks seriously awesome. I mostly take pictures of my daughter. She's only 4months though and before her I took pictures of baked goods and knitted things. I'd love to get help with lighting!

melanie said...

Love the idea behind this book! I could definitely use help with lighting and backgrounds for the photos I take. Mostly they are of baked goods or knitted items.

Katie:: Grow.Cook.Sew. said...

I am just about to start my own business selling all the kids clothes that I make.. This book would be perfect for me!

nicole said...

I'm not surprised. You always take fab photos. It doesn't hurt that what you are photographing is also very beautiful to look at.

briannelee said...

I would love to win this! I take pictures of jewelry and definitely need help with photography.

Congrats on being featured in the book!

brianneoneil@gmail.com

Vanessa said...

Great giveaway! I've been trying to improve my skills of photographing in low light and in doors. I often photograph my knitted goods.

www.looselips-sinkships.com

Plan and Play said...

Awesome giveaway! I want to take my little blog to the next level so this book could help a lot. I love your blog... So inspiring!

Elena

Isadora said...

What an awesome idea for a book! I'd love a copy! I try to take well lit pictures of things I make and the things I make just end up looking glued or falling apart even if they are really well-made!

Nina said...

I mostly photograph quilts, and other things I sew. The pictures always turn out so so. Either it's lighting, setting up... something. This book would be very helpful!
Thanks for the giveaway!

rebecca said...

oh wow! it looks like an amazing book. Currently, I mostly photograph felines and fiber. In the warmer months, I like to take pictures of plants in the garden.

rebecca said...

Looks like an awesome book! I mostly photograph felines and fiber and in the warmer months - I like to wander around our garden and take pictures there as well.

Miss Jackson said...

This would be fantastic. My photography is definitely not what it could be!

rachael said...

i need this!! i am just starting a shop and my abstract photo skills are not cutting it!

MMRHalada said...

Congratulations on the feature, and thanks for the give-away! The book looks amazing!

One of the most challenging aspects of opening an online store has been making my work look as good in photographs as good as it does in person. I could use all the advice and help I can get :)

Best,

Mary
m.frances.morris@gmail.com

smunch said...

I didn't even know this book was out there! I have so much trouble photographing for my blog, and I was just complaining about it in yesterday's post. So, I want to learn about EVERYTHING! ljuhrich@yahoo.com

Leigh Augustine said...

I am loving this idea! After one expends love and tears creating objects to contribute to the world, it makes sense to document them (and their process of creation), whether or not they end up on the world wide web.

One thing I personally struggle with when photographing my work is low light. The obvious solution is to, of course, shoot in daylight, but I'm a busy gal and evenings are often the only time I have to indulge in these simple pleasures.

Thanks, Jenny, for sharing this book!

Leigh
bread-heroine.blogspot.com

Mon Petit Lapin said...

Count me in this looks great! Would love to know how to photograph my knitted projects better :)

Monica said...

So excited to learn of this book! Was hoping to open an on-line shop this spring and taking good photos of my creations is on my to-do list for my new venture.

Thank you!

jenna said...

so awesome that you are in this book - you do have lovely photos. many congrats! crafty stuff that i photo the most is knitting - always looking for tips to be a better photographer in general. thanks!

Stefanie Storm said...

Thanks for this opportunity! I used to photograph beds and mattresses regularly. Now that I've started making jewelry, I'm working towards taking better pictures of the things I make.

Alessia said...

Congratulations on being featured! I've been reading your blog for years now, in fact it was one of the first blogs I ever read, and I've always admired your photos. You really do capture the beauty in what you make. This book looks so interesting would love to win it!

Holly said...

I need to learn how to photograph my knitting and sewing projects. Would love a copy!

ABOUT said...

congratulations on the feature! such a big deal!! i definitely photograph my son's eyes most! i am always just drawn to them. no matter what the subject of my shoot is, my lens is magnetically drawn to his bright blue eyes glowing aside his pale baby-like skin. i am new to blogging and quite frankly am still trying to figure out what i even want to be blogging about, i'd love to use the book as a resource to figuring that out!

thistle handmade said...

This book sounds delightful and very useful! I'd love to learn more about lighting techniques as well as creative ideas for backdrops.

Katherine

anotherrainysunday said...

Congratulations! I love your blog and have been following for three years because I think the pictures are so beautiful. I'd love to learn how to take pretty pictures so I could make a blog to share my sewing/crafting projects as well.

KirstieBirstie said...

I try to photograph my sewing projects!

SewNasty said...

Congratulations on being featured in this amazing book! It looks like such a great resource...I seem to photograph food the most, but I would like to take more photos of my crafting projects.

Anne said...

that book looks great. I would love to learn to take better photos for my soon to be blog.

acguevre at yahoo.ca

akolb14 said...

I tend to photography people the most, after that miscellaneous goods I make. What a lovely giveaway!

-amy k

pambythesea said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I would love some ideas of how to photograph jewellery so that you can see the details, but so that the background doesn't have to be boring white.
pambytheseacrafts@gmail.com

Koey said...

This looks like a very good book and hope I can learn something from it. Cross my fingers for a copy!

christina said...

I'm always taking pictures of things I've knit or crocheted. Umm..and also many many pictures of my nephew!

Christina M

c_mcmullan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Ashley said...

This would be so useful! I photograph my stained glass almost everyday and would definitely have use for photo tips!

mon ami said...

I photograph knitting and sewing projects mostly and in the dim light of Vancouver winters I'd love to learn how to create more light. Thanks for sharing.

christa said...

What a great book! Congratulations on being included.
christadalien(at)hotmail.com

hayden said...

Too late: I already ordered it as a reward for getting some tough jobs done! :)
Great giveaway, though: it was partly your photos that made me think this was a must-have.

Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

This book looks great! I tend to photograph my travels more than anything else.

Tara said...

What a useful book! And congrats on being featured in it. I've been thinking of ways I can improve my photos without spending too much money. If anything, I'd be most interested in tips for taking photos in the evening since that's the only time I have for crafting and documenting them in photos.

Thanks for the opportunity!
soybean589@gmail.com

Marlo said...

I definitely want a copy of this book. I want to be able to take better photos of my quilts. Also, my fiance and I are renovating a trailer and I want to be able to take more bloggable photos of that.

Kate said...

it would be sooo nice to have this book-it seems really interesting!
I photograph everything that makes my day and the more you learn the better..

http://tastearea.blogspot.com/

{OLIVIA} said...

what a great book! I would love to learn how to photography my projects better!

rdesigns said...

Oh thanks for the chance! I mostly photograph products for sale and my home (and of course my pets) but I am a beginner and need tips, I struggle to be consistent and convey the feeling I wish.

Janelle said...

Not surprised you were included in this book, your photos always look great. I would love to have this guide as I'm always trying to improve my blog and product photos. I could definitely learn more about lighting.

Nicole said...

I would love to win this! I photograph mostly earrings right now. My shop will be focusing primarily on knitted goods soon, though.
My email address is nicole at knitnicoleknit dot com

Jessica LaRubbio said...

Ooooh, I could really benefit from the tips in this book...I have so much trouble with lighting. I photograph my jewelry and am hoping to launch a fresh collection with some great photography! Thanks for the opportunity> jlarubbio(at)gmail(dot)com

leah said...

Congratulations and that book sounds amazing. I would love to pick up some tips from the trade and improve my project documentation!

pve design said...

How wonderful. I want to take better photos of my work for my blog and my etsy shop and this would certainly help.
Thanks so much for such a lovely give-away.
pve at pve design dot com
pve design (is my blog)

Ann said...

I love doing close up shots and would love to capture some clear images while not holding my breath!

Suzy said...

I am happy with the photos I take of clothes on hangers, but I really need to learn how to take pictures of clothes being worn... that's what I find most difficult, especially when I'm trying to take them of myself with a timer.

Standard Authority- Printers + Makers said...

this would be perfect! I always have a tough time with my photos for listings.
-Chelsea

kristen said...

yes!! i photograph my dorky knitted and crocheted things and they always look so...whats the word-not good in pics. That would help so much!!

Jo said...

Great looking book - it would the perfect accompaniment to my new camera!

I photograph anything that gets me inspired and attracts me really, apart from my craft projects and sewing. It might include a beautiful leaf, color combination, an expression on the face of one of my children, an outfit that inspires me etc.

Teresa said...

As an online vintage blogger and seller I photograph my vintage the most. I'm also currently traveling overseas and I'd love to be able to learn some tips on how to keep my photographs consistent across different locations.

Bodil said...

That book looks like the perfect guide for a blogger like me. I mostly take pictures of my knitting but sometimes I get inspired by nature or buildings. I would really love to have a guide like yours, that would make my blogging a little bit easier and more fun.
/riotyarn.wordpress.com

Sally said...

I used to photograph my travels a lot. Whether local outings or far away lands. These days, I mostly photograph the clothes I sell. No, not clothes made by me, unfortunately. I definitely learned a lot through trial and error and still do as I know nothing about my camera other than the power button.

dreamernvixen at yahoo dot com

Thank!

MrsDagnell said...

Hello! I really need to learn how to take nice pics of my sewing projects. That is what holding me back to start my sewing blog.

I also have to let you know, since I have been following your blog for over a year. You make absolute wonderful things. And it is definitly an air of Scandinavian touch (and I know since I am Swedish)!

Melissa said...

I just started blogging and selling some of my crafty goods last year and one of my resolutions for this year was to start taking better pictures (which doesn't seem very easy with this constant rain cloud over the west coast..) This book looks amazing and I'd love to check it out!

bekbecker said...

Lighting tips would be so very helpful!

Niina said...

In photography there´s always something to learn and discover. I think this book is excellent idea and great combination of tips and interesting subjects. I´d love to have a copy. And by the way, thank you Jenny for such an inspiring blog.

Elena said...

What an amazing book!!! Food is what I photograph most and I'd love to know more about lighting! Thank you very much :)

bipolaroica[at]hotmail[dot]com

feva said...

The book looks great. I take photos of fruit and vegetables and travelling.

Vedrana said...

This is wonderful! I'm experimenting with film photography, and although I'm not very good, I love doing it :)

vedrana.jankovic@gmail.com

sian said...

wowzers! looks like a great book. i mostly photograph my framed art prints and vintage items for my little online shops. any tips that'd help increase the income from my cottage industry would be very much appreciated. fingers crossed. x x x x

Muhku said...

Sounds like a book I just have to read! I photograph mostly stuff for my blog and my lovely little twin girls. :)

aipulii @ suomi24.fi

Carolanne said...

I take the odd decent photo but, this would be amazing! Fingers Crossed!

Anna McClurg said...

what a handy book! i definitely could use this. i'm always struggling on how to get better lighting in the apartment when taking photos, especially this time of year. i would love to take better pictures of my clothing for sale, when my brother can't take them for me! ;) i finally ordered a tripod (no i really haven't had one fr over a year...). i'm going to have to get this book if i don't win it!! :) thanks for the giveaway, jenny!

Liz said...

I try to photograph my finished objects for posterity's sake (especially if the object is destined for someone else). My bf and I are starting a jewelry line this year, so this would be extra helpful! ejatack at yahoo dot com

Neus said...

Congratulations!! It seems so nice! I would love to have this book!
I need to take better photos for my blog! Have a nice day!

susanna makinson said...

That book sounds awesome! I'd love to do a better job of showcasing my goods. Right now my best bet is taking photos in the afternoon light on my covered porch. Obviously there's so much to learn! I sometimes tell people that when I grow up I want to be like Wiksten.

orinda7 said...

What a great resource! Thanks for the giveaway! jvandis7@hotmail.com

Quinn said...

I photograph most candids of people, but I am wanting to clean out my wardrobe and photograph items for the cleanout, so this book would be perfect. Perhaps it would inspire me to create beautiful things like you do, as well. Thanks for the giveaway.

Allison Dobson said...

I mostly take pictures of my paintings, knitting and sewing - but I also want to know how to take photos of trickier things I've made like jewelry or ceramics. Here's hoping I'll win!

helen ethel studio said...

Oh my, THANK YOU for posting about this book! Even if I don't win, I will surely purchase a copy for myself. Most of my photos consist of food shots and photos of my handmade jewelry. I struggle with good lighting and getting clean, bright shots. I appreciate any tips I can find. Great job on being including in this publication! Your photography is so inspiring.

EB said...

I would love to learn to take nice photos for my blog and to sart my etsy shop.

dahlhaus said...

I photograph ceramics the most, and along with all the shiny, tiny stuff that jewelers have to photograph, it's also a bit tricky as far as shiny glazes are concerned!
Congrats on being in the book! Heather

Maile (My-lee) Ann said...

Ooops. email address is: maile.headrick@gmail.com

Eleni said...
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Eleni said...

Dear Jenny,
Congrats for your feature on the book! Must be quite amazing!! I love photography but have trouble photographing my jewelry... Seems like that book could offer some real help! Thanks and keep up the great work!!! -Eleni

Monica said...

oh my please count me in!

at swim-two-birds said...

congratulations!!
the book looks super.
help with lighting would be great!
thanks for the giveaway :)

thenutmegtree said...

i think my photos are holding me back! i need help with lighting most.


jenny g

Ellen said...

looks amazing!

Stephy said...

Awesome! Thanks and congrats on being included in the book--it looks great!

knitopolis - at - yahoo dot com

Sarah Jensen said...

Hmm...I'd like to learn how to make my pictures (mostly of stuff I sew)look as great as possible with the relatively cheap camera I have.

Thanks for having a giveaway! Exciting!

Grace said...

Congratulations! I will definitely have to check this book out (if I don't win it!) I would love to see more posts about sewing. Your are so professionally sewin that I would love to learn some tips from you.

peonie said...

I don't sell on Etsy anymore, but I think this would make a really nice gift.

Jessie said...

OMG! Would love this! I make jewelry and it's really difficult to take both VERY close-up shots and also shots that show the whole product to scale. And I could definitely learn a lot about lighting. Thanks! jessiesgirldesigns@gmail.com

KJ said...

What a thoughtful giveaway! I mostly photograph friends and family, but I wish I was better at food photography. I plan on working on my photography more when I buy a new camera this summer!

Katie said...

I photograph projects for my blog and also use my digital as a documentation tool for inspiration.

Jane Baker said...

I only started blogging a few months ago and am loving taking and sharing the photos, however I NEED a lot of help. It's a whole new learning curve. This book would be perfect!

Saskia said...

I love to take photographs of my own illustrations. At times I find it very difficult to get the light right, so the colors and lines of my illustrations look the same as the original.
I want to start an Etsy shop, so it would be so great to win the book and learn how to do the lightning right!

Thank you! saskiarasink[a]gmail[dot]com

lamina@do a bit said...

What a gorgeous and helpful book! I photograph all sorts of crafts that I make and would really love to learn more about how to do it right :)

Great giveaway... thank you :)
laminag[at]hotmail[dot]com

Laura said...

The book looks great! I mainly take photos of the outdoors and family, but I want to start an Etsy shop and could use some tips on simple, clean photography!

Rachel said...

Manual focus is still a mystery to me. While there is so much good photo software out there, I'd love to learn about how to take the right shot at the moment.

Vanessa + Jenny said...

I photograph a lot of my handknitted items. However when it comes to trying to photograph jewellery I find it so difficult and frustrating. So hard! This book looks great and sounds so helpful!

What a lovely giveaway!

lucypearlsea[at]hotmail[dot]com

chelsea b james said...

I photograph so many handmade goods. My husband and I are moving to India next week and I would love to get some pretty things there photographed. Thanks for the tips!

Jenn Gallucci said...

I want to learn how to photograph all the things I make by hand-knitting, sewing, cooking, gardening-my life really. I need to learn more about composition and lighting. I have wanted to start a blog for years but the lack of good photography always holds me back. It would be great to be a part of the larger blogging community. But, more importantly, I would love to gain some confidence with a new skill. What a great giveaway. Thank you.
jenngallucci@comcast.net

One Little Star said...

This book looks super helpful. I photograph my jewelry and would like to learn how to get more detail in the shot.

kaitlin k said...

I'm a visual artist and always feel like I'm "shooting in the dark", so to speak, every time I need to take images of my work. I know natural light is always best but I'd like to know more about artificial light situations. Other than that, my cat gets photographed the most!

Kristen said...

I feel like my pictures sometimes turn out good and sometimes bad but I don't have enough control over how they turn out.

Lillie said...

Oh, your photos are always so lovely, mine definitely need some help!

claire said...

I am new to your blog and have been enjoying your posts so much. I am also in the process of learning to take pictures for my shop, this book looks like just the thing!

Elizabeth said...

Wow what a great giveaway! I mostly take photographs of my various knits (finished and in progress) and my dog. I would love to learn more about the differences between shooting in artificial light and natural light.
Fingers crossed...

little part (jen) said...

this book looks great! mostly i photograph my children and all that goes with them...but i struggle with getting the right lighting, background for my vintage shop...

Mara Dawn said...

I photograph food the most, but I'd really love to learn more about product and still life photography.

maradockery at gmail dot com

Patty said...

I mainly photograph my felted wool designs - bowls, vases, necklaces. I'm always needing tips and tricks about lighting! Natural and artificial....and any info about tips in photoshop too. This books looks so helpful! Thanks - patty

cdeemurphy said...

hmmm, well i basically could use help in all areas of photography! but i want to work on improving my food pictures. looks like a great book!

Autumn said...

what a great book. i photograph the gifts i craft for others, but am never happy with how they turn out. i could use some "styling" tips.

Modern Crush said...

This book sounds amazing! I always want to get better at my photos - thank you for the chance Jenny!

Christie said...

Congrats, it sounds like a great book.

I take photos of handmade items mainly. Hand knitted items, clothing, quilts etc... always looking for tips on getting better looking shots.

Joanna said...

Quilts. Not. Bloody. Easy.
I hadn't heard of this book until now so thanks for posting about it. Joanna

caroline said...

I love taking pictures of the sky especially clouds. I have so many pictures of clouds in my external that sometimes I feel like they're such a waste, but then I flip through them and notice how different each day's clouds are. Love it.

Julia said...

I try to take photos of the food and clothes that I make but I never seem to do them justice. There is a particularly ugly photo of vegetarian seitan on my blog which always makes me laugh because it is so bad. Learning to take better photos is always on my list of things to do.

Stephanie said...

oh my goodness. i could really use that book. if i'm being honest, then i mostly take pictures of my cat. but i also document my crafty endeavors and outdoor adventures!

thanks for the giveaway! and congrats on being in the book.

Allysha said...

oh, this would be perfect for me! my resolution for 2012 is to finally start selling my handmade home wares and accessories. how helpful it would be to have all that information to help me on my way!

i bet it would also help come spring when all my fall planted bulbs start poking up (snowbells, already!). such success (fingers crossed) must be documented!

best of luck to everyone!

battenburg@yahoo.com

stacey said...

I need help using natural light, as well.
Congrats on the book :)
shinnach@yahoo.com

Mia said...

Great! Taht would be perfect for me right know!
Thanks for this giveaway!

josie said...

Oh this book looks delicious-- congrats! I photograph knitted objects mostly, but also snap photos of lots of other crafts too. Fingers crossed!

josiekressner.tumblr.com

schorlem├Ądchen said...

this books looks wonderful Jenny. I always admired the way and style you present your beautiful products

Wylie said...

I would love to win this book. I feel like I have only touched the tip of the iceberg with my camera, and my photos could be much improved. I don't have a blog, but I do participate in the 365 pictures a year on Flickr. Your photos are always wonderfully inspiring!

Leia said...

I'm a hands on crafter who enjoys everything from knitting to sewing to illustrating to embroidery. I have been too scared to take my crafts to a professional level despite my friends insistent advice to start an etsy store. I'm hoping that this book could give me inspiration and confidence in my photographs for when I do get the courage to sell my goods online. Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations!

My Hideaway said...

I would love this! I usually photograph, well...everything, but I think this book would most come in handy with photographing items for my shop. :)

BiancaSnow said...

What a great book, congratulations!!!
I just got a brand new camera and could definitely use the help of this book. I mainly photograph my handmade flowers, tiny pieces of nature and my pretty dog :)

amy h said...

Count me in! I am planning on reopening my etsy shop soon, and I have a pile of ceramics to take photos of. I've been putting it off. I am so bad with lighting, and I need help!

Angelica Aufrais said...

this book looks great. for me the most important thing and the area where i would do with some help is to style my photos and to create a setting in order to present my crafts in the most appealing and sophisticated though simple way. and unfortunately photoshop or any other photo editing tool cant really help with this. i will buy this book anyway cause i feel i have a lot to learn from it. btw your shop and blog are gorgeous, jenny. love from greece. angelica @ aufrais.com

Karen said...

I only own a film camera, and lighting has always been a bit of an issue even with a light meter. I think this book would be excellent! Thanks and congratulations!!

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