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craft photography tips

There’s a lot of reasons why you’d want to take photographs of your craft.

Perhaps you blog?  Perhaps you want to sell your objects?  Perhaps you want to share them with others on Flickr, or just have a record of what you did.

Setting up a home studio is easier than you might expect.  All you need is a digital camera and a large sheet of white paper or card.  If you choose a different colour than white this will still work, but the light won’t bounce as neatly off your object.

My ‘studio’

Professional photographers use giant rolls of paper that are clipped to a wall and sweep gently under the subject to remove corners that can be a visual distraction.  You can do that at home by finding a well lit corner, with a wall behind a flat surface.  At home, I found the best place was on top of my stove.  Make sure the top and bottom are secured with tape or weighted down (out of the camera view) so that your arrangement will stay still – nothing worse than a sliding subject.

Notice that behind my sheet of paper I have put some white board?  That’s because my ‘wall’ was an object and you could see the light shining through the paper.

This photo was taken without the ‘wall’ behind.  You can see the light and shadows in the background are too distracting.

I would recommend not using a flash.  Flashes tend to give too much contrast – natural light is always better, and if you are taking a shot with overhead light and the shadows are too obvious, try bringing another table lamp (or two) just out of shot to reduce the shadows.

So that’s it!  Get snapping. 🙂

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heart felt

Apologies for the absence – I have had holidays and been frantically preparing for new books that are coming out.  One is particular is very exciting to me – all craft, all modern and all very easy to achieve.

One of the projects in the book is the card above – which will be perfect for valentines day (I hope my beloved is not reading) or a cute wedding or engagement card.

Lincraft sells cards with window cutouts that are fantastically easy to customise for a professional and unique result with very little effort.

To make the card above you will need one of these window cutout cards, a sheet of decorative paper, a sheet of sticky felt (or a felt scrap) and some glue.

Open the card out, and stick a sheet of decorative paper to one edge of the fold outs.  Stick a piece of felt underneath one heart, and then run glue around the edges to hold that sheet in place underneath your windowed edge.

That’s it.  You are done.

 

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sticky christmas

I saw this and went oooooh.

I have yarn.  And sticks…

One end of a scrap of yarn attached to the base with a glue gun and then hidden by overwrapping.

Wind, and wind and wind.

That’s wiiind – not wind – we’re all good on that front.  Ahem.

(please excuse the messy charmingly cluttered office….)

And you have a small  Christmas arrangement for your desk, mantle or entrance hall.

Loving that.

The decorations are jingle bells knotted into a loop and tied onto 25cm lengths of ribbon like this.

Get sticky!

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Booked

I have a bit of a fascination with handmade books.  They are a beautiful thing – to use, to handle  – to give.

But they can also be a lifesaver when it comes to keeping little hands busy and an amazing feat of dexterity and magic to children’s eyes as I learnt when my kids had to come into work with me the other day.  They each had a book to draw in in under 3 minutes and were seriously impressed.

Did you know we stock beautiful paper at Lincraft?  Of course you could use anything as an outer – old maps, magazine sheets, laminated paper or even cloth, but I found some in store the other day that was too good to leave behind – and it has something beautiful on the other side which makes for a really lovely effect when opening the cover.

How to:

Get some sheets of A4 paper and one special outer sheet.  Fold in half.  Stitch down middle.

Easy Peasy.

If you would like a smaller book, cut those sheets down the half way fold –  fold again and stitch down the middle – any size will work as long as it’s not too thick to go through your sewing machine.

Yep that’s it – you’re done.  Off you go….

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