photography tips for sewing bloggers – part two
My last round up of photography tips sparked some great questions and brought up some great points. I realize the majority of you are going to be on your own for photos, shooting solo with what you have on hand, and that’s perfectly okay! I actually don’t own a remote for my camera, and we just bought a tripod recently but have yet to use it for photos. So what do you do when you only have a camera? Or even just a camera phone? You learn to make the best with what you have!
Right now Wil and I shoot with a Canon EOS Rebel T3 (the lens on it is stock). The Rebel is an awesome camera for those looking to upgrade from a point and shoot, but aren’t ready for full manual settings. After we sat down and watched David Butler’s QuiltCon lecture though we decided we need to upgrade to a 7D at some point. Hey, if it’s good enough for Amy Butler it’s just good! If you’re looking for great classes to get better with photography, I highly recommend the ones on Craftsy. No I’m not just saying that because I’m affiliated with them, and no I’m not just saying that because I want brownie points in the Craftsy Blogger Awards. I bought Caro’s “Shoot It” class on my own dime and thought it was worth every penny, even though it’s more geared towards knitwear photography. Wil and I learned a lot from that one class.
I’ve also been adding photography links to my For Bloggers Pinterest board to give you more help, but here are some more tips of my own…
The most important thing to remember, besides just have fun, is you are still learning! I don’t know any bloggers who have a professional, personal photographer (though I’m sure there are some out there) so every time you pick up your camera you’re going to be learning something through trial and error. It’s important to learn from those trials and errors and strive to get a little better with each photo you take. No one is perfect! With every ten photos I share on my blog, you can bet your bottom dollar there were over a hundred rubbish photos that got deleted. Strive for personal progress in your abilities and stop obsessing over “perfect” shots. I’m pretty sure it’s been proven by science that “perfect” doesn’t actually exist in anything.
I shot this sewing project 100% on my own and yes it was a pain in the butt compared to shooting with help, but I’m still proud of the outcome. Especially considering I literally had my camera strapped to a stack of paint cans in lieu of a tripod. I used the timer setting to take 10 rapid fire shots after a ten second countdown. I focused in on the floor lamp and trunk before setting the timer and running into the shot. Then I tried around 3 different poses for each burst of ten shots, hoping that at least one would turn out well. I shot almost 400 photos (which sounds ridiculous but adds up quickly when shooting in bursts of ten!) in one afternoon. Trust me, it’s doable!
This tip goes hand in hand with sharing your creative process as I mentioned in the last post. Documenting the steps it takes to actually construct your garment is important for telling your story, but it also makes great “filler” content. Filler content (in this case) refers to the bits and pieces that helps paint the picture of your blog post. When you take photos of the little things, it really gives your posts an extra point of interest. Not to mention, filler photos are a great way to make up for the fact that you just spent 3 hours on your hair, hoping to get those perfect photos of you in your new dress, and you only have ONE good shot to show for it. Just one amazing outfit photo is all you really need when you have some great little detail shots to sprinkle in. It’s hard to try and photograph yourself. It’s not hard to photograph things in your sewing room.
As far as location, all you need is one little corner in one little room to have a great set of photos. Scoot some furniture around, dress a corner of your sewing space, and learn to crop your photos. I shoot outside my home in 95% of my posts because my living space truly isn’t that cool (I have 5 cats, I can’t have nice things). You don’t need to have a trendy living room, or a sprawling landscaped yard. You just need one camera frame.
If you read this post, I bet you never would have guessed that the photos were taken in a cemetery! Like I said: you don’t need a giant room in the house, or acres and acres of land in order to take good photos. You just need to frame yourself up and crop the rest out!
Because, yes, your stupid cat and adorably pathetic dog are still blog worthy
It’s easy to avoid sharing content because you think it’s not good enough, but again, nothing out there is perfect! Concentrate on your own progress, your own growth, and your own story. Yes you should be focusing on quality posts over quantity. But! When everything else goes wrong, a super cute, slightly blurry photo of your cat sitting on a sewing project that’s destined to remain unfinished is still your story and it’s still worth sharing!
So what are you waiting for?
*UPDATE – I won! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who voted!! xoxo*
(Alright, this is my last official cry for help. We’re closing the gap but I’m still in second!)
As you probably know, William and I have been nominated in the Craftsy Blogger Awards for Best Photography in Sewing and I think we deserve to win! If you found this post at all inspiring or helpful, please consider voting for us! The polls close at 1PM (MT) on October 28th. Click this link and scroll down to the second ballot box titled: Sewing – Best Photography. Click the vote button under the Lucky Lucille logo (all other options will dim), then enter your email address, and click the button to submit your choice (make sure the box is checked to vote in this poll!). If you have voted correctly, you will see a light blue image with a boys face that says “thanks for voting!”. You will also see the voting percentages. The winner is determined by number of votes, but only one vote allowed per person.
Thank you to everyone who’s voted so far. You’re amazing and I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know!