DIY Photography for Crochet

DIY Photography for Crochet
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A Look at DIY Photography Tips and Tricks

DIY Photography for crocheted creations can be tricky, especially on a budget. I will share tips and tricks for taking better pictures for posting on social media and Etsy shops.

Starting a Blog…

Today I got up and instantly felt overwhelmed. I had way too much to do! Now that my blog is live, I am playing catch up and need to spend a lot of time taking pictures, making videos, and typing that blog post!

When I got up, I had two thoughts: 

How long until Paige wakes up? And I have way too much to do! The answer to the first thought was a few minutes. The second one

I needed to take pictures of my inventory for tutorials and blog posts. I needed to create video tutorials, make dinner, care for my dogs and my daughter, spend time with my daughter, do laundry, and so on.

Luckily, Paige likes to help, so she was with me as I took pictures. When I tried to record videos before my husband came home, she would talk over me, asking, “Mommy, are you talking?” “Yes, baby, I’m talking.” So doing the videos at that time was a no-go.  

My pictures are not the most professional out there.

Yet what I can do is good enough to get me started. Most big-name crocheters have a lot of equipment, especially those like Marly Bird and Mikey over at Crochet Crowd and Yarnspirations, where they have an entire studio with several cameras and a crew. Boy, I’d like to land some deal like that!

Corner of my craft room Helen from Sunflower Cottage Crochet
Corner of my craft room

I have some tips on DIY photography for your projects that are budget friendly (for us poor crocheters) and pretty creative if I say so myself!

You don’t need the most expensive camera. 

You don’t even need a different camera outside of your phone! My iPhone takes fantastic pictures, and I downloaded four apps that I like to edit photos on my phone! PicMonkey, PS Express, Photoshop Mix, and Photoshop Fix. They are all free! I mostly use PS Express because it’s super easy for non-technical users. You can even get a free version of PS Express for your desktop or laptop.  

Lighting–you don’t need expensive lamps for lighting.

    Open the blinds or curtains at a window with the most light. Natural lighting is the best lighting there is. It’s bright, even, and not yellow. Colors pop so beautifully with natural lighting. 

    Even an overcast day is excellent. I like to open a window, shove a table nearby, and work right into that light. The best part is–it’s free! However, don’t saturate your photos with sunlight. You don’t want direct sunlight, just enough to make an even cast over your subject.

    In the picture below, there is too much direct sunlight on the subject, creating harsh lights and shadows everywhere. This a great example of what not to do.

    Crochet Scarf on display at a window. Sunflower Cottage Crochet
    My lighting, props, and subject


    I use a few things for props at this time. I bought a fluffy yard of fabric from the clearance section at Hobby Lobby for all of $2.00! It’s so pretty and makes my handmade items look so chic! Always check Hobby Lobby’s clearance area by the yarn! I’ve found so many incredible things there–including super cheap yarn–HELLO! 

    I also like to use a good table to drape this cloth over. You could use green material to edit some cool things to your picture. I bought a jewelry display bust from Hobby Lobby for about $10.00 and a foam mannequin head for about $5.00. I use those to display scarves, cowls, hats, and headbands. Definitely within budget to get these things!

    What’s behind your subject? 

    Is that an utterly messy room?? People don’t want to see our cluttered messes in the pictures of our projects. Be mindful of what’s going on in your photo! You can use a blank wall space or a clean and neat door for a background. 

    If you are crafty, you can make a PVC frame that holds a sheet (your choice of color!) and place that right in front of the open window or off to the side of one. The sky is the limit for ideas on backgrounds. Think outside the box, and get crafty! Then use your photo editing software to fix the rest!

    For my table, I have an 8-foot-long craft table that folds in half for storage. I purchased mine from Walmart. They are also available at Target and Sam’s Club. These tables come in black or white and in various shapes and sizes. They are very affordable–Mine was just under $30.  

    Crochet Scarf on display at a window. Sunflower Cottage Crochet

    DIY photography for handmade items can take a lot of work to get the hang of. This short guide on taking better photos from what I learned from my mistakes, about 100 YouTube videos, and about as many articles should help you get started. Keep practicing and playing around with your photos; you will be a pro at it in no time!
    Have fun taking pictures and hook on my wayward daughters.