30 Thrifty Props for Food Photography Backgrounds

Note to visitors: DIYCraftPhotography is experiencing some hosting issues this week. While we migrate to new hosting, please enjoy this image-free post that should help reduce the burden on our overtaxed host. 🙂 What’s around your finished recipe is often just as important as your product itself. Flip through any food magazine next time you’re…

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Best Indoor Lighting Equipment for Craft Photographers

The most challenging aspect of product photography is getting the lighting right. Lighting affects everything: color, sharpness, shadows, and the overall quality of the image. The outdoors can be fickle and difficult to rely on – clouds, rain, and, oh yeah – that thing called winter. The best way to…

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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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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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The Magic of Bounce Lighting

Have you heard of bounce lighting?  Bounce lighting is a super easy, no-budget way of making your product photos look amaaaazing. Do your product photos have harsh shadows on one side? Are you taking photos next to a sunlit window? Is your lighting uneven? Does the shadow under your product…

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Beyond the Pale: 6 Alternatives to White Backgrounds

White backgrounds are definitely in – just visit Etsy on any random day and take a look at the featured items!  A white background is the current favorite, but experimenting with alternative backgrounds for your photos can be hugely rewarding. Play up your product’s personality, make it pop – experiment and…

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Product Photography Lighting Tips for Absolute Beginners

Let’s take better photos! It’s all in the lighting. Follow these four product photography lighting tips and get ready for amazing photos that encourage clicks and beg for Pinterest repins! Tip 1: Take photos without flash This is Rule #1 when it comes to taking nice-looking product photos. You’ve probably…

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How to Take Great Looking White Background Photos

White backgrounds are super popular, and for good reason!  White backgrounds look crisp and fresh, and Etsy especially seems to love ’em!  Just check out Etsy’s front page on any random day to see a bunch of white background photos: Capturing this look is easy, even for beginners – you…

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5 Free Ways to Take Better Craft Photos

Great photos are essential when selling your crafts online!  Your photos are your sales pitch and your only chance to show potential buyers how well-made and beautiful your crafts are.  But if you’re a DIY-er, you probably don’t have a huge budget or a lot of time to dedicate to…

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