Best DSLR Cameras Under $500 Comparison and Buyer’s Guide (Updated Quarterly)

Welcome to DIYCraftPhotography’s detailed guide to the best DSLR cameras under $500! Updated quarterly! Last update: 11/4/2014 Are you still using a point and shoot? If you’re ready to kick everything up a level, you might be ready for a DSLR camera! Crafters, food bloggers, and Etsy shop owners will…

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DSLR Advantages over Point and Shoot Cameras for Crafters

DSLR cameras (that’s short for “digital single-lens reflex”) are the powerhouse cameras favored by serious photographers, bloggers, and craft businesses. DSLR cameras are larger, heavier, and more expensive than point and shoots. What can a DSLR do that a point and shoot camera can’t?  Read on as we explain the biggest DSLR…

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10 Top Selling Etsy Shops in the “Handmade” Category (and what you can learn from them!)

In need of a little inspiration? Take a peek at the top selling Etsy in the “Handmade” category (this excludes vintage and supplies) – these shops are all doing something right. Last time when we looked at best-selling Etsy shops we looked at the best sellers overall and found mostly…

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Photoshop CS6 Settings Tips

Whenever I upgrade to a new version of Photoshop or install it fresh I find myself tweaking the settings for a while before I’ve got it working the way I like it.  If you’re new to CS6, you might be annoyed at some of the things it does by default….

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Top Selling Point and Shoot Cameras – Spring 2014

Point and shoot cameras might be the “entry level” camera, but they pack a punch with fantastic image quality, shooting modes, image stabilization, compact go-anywhere size, and smart auto-adjusting settings. It’s impossible to go wrong with a point and shoot: they take the guesswork out of getting a great photo. DIYCraftPhotography recommends…

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10 Questions Your Etsy Photos and Descriptions Must Answer

When a shopper views your products on Etsy, Pinterest, or your own craft blog, they don’t have the luxury of picking up your products, trying them on, feeling them, or asking you questions about them. Your photos and descriptions are doing the heavy lifting here! If your product photos and descriptions leave…

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30 Free Backgrounds for Photos (From Around Your Home!)

I’m always on the lookout for cheap or free things to use as photography backgrounds, and I’m always surprised at how much I can find just by looking at things laying around my house.  Chances are you’ve got plenty of inspiration tucked away in drawers or closets.  Go on –…

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12 Tips for Photographing Cookies

No more ugly cookies!  I love trying new recipes, and when I’m on the hunt for a new recipe (or a new food blog to follow), the right photograph makes all the difference. These 12 tips for photographing cookies will improve the way you photograph and present your baked treats….

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Fixing Photo Distortion with Zoom

Photo distortion, noun – “Aw, it looked so much better in real life.” Do your craft products look great in real life but turn out warped, stretched, or distorted in photos?  Good news: your photo distortion might be easily fixed by zooming your camera in and taking a step back….

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Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Solid White Background

10-minute tutorial on how to make a solid white background in Photoshop.  We mean solid white – 255 255 255 white!  This background’s gonna blind people at the beach. 😉 If you’ve ever attempted to create a solid white background behind your product, you’ve probably run into this problem:  making…

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The DIYer’s Essential Photography Equipment Checklist

Do you have a great handmade product you’re ready to share with the world?  Awesome! Putting photos of your handmade crafts online has never been simpler, more affordable, or easier to do it yourself.  This photography equipment checklist is for the ultimate beginner, someone who is just starting to consider…

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5 Things Best Selling Etsy Shops Have in Common

Have you seen Craftcount? Craftcount is a handy website for the top selling Etsy shops.  Looking at top sellers’ shops is a great way to see what others are doing right.  And, you’ll start to notice things the top shops have in common. 5 things best selling Etsy shops have in…

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How to Maximize Your 5 Etsy Listing Photos

Etsy lets sellers include up to 5 photos for each item listed.  This is awesome – you’re gonna need all 5! But don’t just take five photos and call it a day – you can maximize your 5 Etsy listing photos by following this easy guide. Your Photos = Your Sales Pitch!…

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All About the iPhone 5S Camera

The iPhone 5S is OFFICIAL!!  Apple is back in the smartphone camera game with numerous improvements to automatic image adjustments, stabilization, and an amazing hardware innovation called “dual LED flash”. Last week, we posted our reviews of 2013’s best smartphone cameras, which favored the Nokia Lumia 1020 and HTC One…

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JoAnn Mobile Coupons – How to Use ‘Em

Do you shop at JoAnn Fabrics?  Do you love a deal? If you have a smartphone, I’ve got good news for you: the new JoAnn mobile coupons are awesome! I found out about JoAnn’s mobile coupons just last week.  I was at my local JoAnn Fabrics in search of some…

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Ultimate Product Photography Tips List

This massive compilation of the web’s most useful articles and blog posts about photographing crafts has it all: backgrounds, cameras, lighting, tutorials, styling, composition – if it’s not here, it doesn’t exist! (Okay, we’re kidding on that one – if you know of a good resource we missed, tell us…

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