Book Review: The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos


In my opinion are one of the number one keys to success in selling handmade goods online.   I won’t pretend to even to be great at taking photos, not even good.  I don’t have a fancy camera by any means, just a cute little black Cannon Powershot.  On my list of “things to accomplish, or at least attempt this year” is learn more about photography.

And now I have just the book to teach me.

Meet The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos, your new best friend in learning about photography.  Heidi Adnum, the author of this wonderful book was kind enough to include me in a practitioners spotlight.

So you want to learn about taking great photos?  This is the book for you.  Thankfully Heidi starts with the very basics- camera basics.

Need to learn about using your flash? Check.  How to pick out the right camera? Check. What all those fancy camera words like aperture, shutter speed, and exposure mean? Check. It’s all there and explain in very easy to understand terms.

The book goes on to also explain what makes for great composition,  background, props, and so much more.  Heidi even covers all the ins and outs of working with your photos in post production.

So I decided to step out of my comfort zone of shooting in only natural light by trying out one of the great DIY projects in the book: how to make a light box.

Chances are you probably have everything you need on hand: a decently sized plastic container with a lid, a light source such as a flashlight of white holiday lights, and a towel.  With just these three common household items and less than 10 minutes you too can build your own light box. Now I’m starting to sound a bit like an infomercial, sorry.

But in all seriousness like the rest of the book the DIY projects are clearly explained and well illustrated.  That’s is what makes this book so great, it is written in a way that is accessible for even a novice camera owner and photographer.

Here is one of the resulting photos shot in my not so awesomely lit kitchen.

Not bad, not bad at all.  So want to learn all about taking great photos to help your handmade goodies stand out? Go and order The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos, by Heidi Adnum.

Also check out these other great reviews at the online book tour for The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos.

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