Photography dos and don’ts interview with LEFT-HANDED CROCHETER

photography dos and don'ts

Have you met Jennifer Adams from Left-Handed Crocheter, the queen of amigurumi!?

You’ve probably mastered the hook or needles or both! And even if you are not selling your creations I’m sure you would like to show your items to the world or at least to your friends on Facebook. You want to show all that hard work that you put into it.

I invited Jennifer to my blog to share some Dos and Don’ts in photographing your handmade items. You can find full info on her blog LEFT-HANDED CROCHETER

Tell about yourself in few sentences.

I’m a 44-year-old mother of 6, grandmother of 3. I’ve been crocheting since I was 12 years old, but have only been designing patterns for about 5 years now. Besides crocheting, I also draw and paint, and I took photography classes in college.

How was Left-Handed Crocheter born?

I used to crochet things and sell them. After about a year of that, I realized that I really hate making the same things over and over again, and I don’t really like following patterns. Most of the time I was designing the items myself anyway, so I decided I should start writing my patterns out so that other people could make them and sell them.

So what are dos and don’ts in photographing crochet or knitted items?

If you’re not selling your items online, there aren’t a lot of other places to sell them other than craft fairs. Having great photos will sell your items for you. When taking your photographs, here are a few things to remember:

1. Background. Pay attention to what’s behind your item. It’s best to use a solid colored background to make your item stand out.

Photos taken on solid background

Photos taken on solid background

You can get rolls of solid colored wrapping paper at the Dollar Store, and they work great for most items.

2. Lighting. Natural lighting is the best for photographs, but not bright sunlight. Cloudy days are great, or find some shade or a window with a lot of natural light coming in. You can also pick up photography lights relatively cheap on Amazon, which is what I use.

Photo taken in natural lighting

Photo taken in natural lighting

Photo taken in bright sun light

Photo taken in bright sun light

3. Composition. Make sure you’re at eye level with your item, and get as close as you can without cutting any of it out of the frame. You want your item to stand out, and be as cute as it can be, so also take a moment to position and pose your items before you start snapping.

Original photo
Photo at eye level with an item.

Photo at eye level with an item.

Now you can put knowledge in practice with free crochet basket pattern, get hooks ready and share with us your creations on Facebook or Instagram +tag @knitznpurlz and @lefthandedcrocheter.