Craft Photography Fundamentals


Craft Photography Fundamentals


Lesson Info

DSLR Basics

So in our previous lessons we got to talk a lot about branding, and words, and styling. And we're still gonna be talking about those things today, but we're gonna add in a lot of technical aspects. So we're gonna shoot a whole bunch in all of our next few lessons and really let you see how I create the images that you see on the websites, like My Mind's Eye, and just how I create really beautiful images using natural light. So the really important thing when you're doing that is to know how to use your camera. And I do, while as in previous lessons, I showed you you can use your iPhone to create really beautiful images, I do highly recommend if you are a small creative business owner to have a DSLR. Doesn't matter if it's the most basic DSLR, just having a DSLR is gonna make a big difference. So today I am using a Canon DSLR, it's the Mark III, but if you have a Rebel, if you have a Nikon, it's okay, I'll still like you. And we can all work together on this. So let's just start out and...

talk about some DSLR basics. I think it's really important that you learn at least a few of the settings on your camera, as opposed to just always using it in automatic. There are just certain scenes and settings that your camera will see differently than you, so I'm gonna teach you about that today. And there are two in particular, two settings that I really want you to learn how to shoot in. The first is your shutter speed priority. And we're gonna learn all about shutter speeds. And then the second is aperture priority. We're gonna talk a lot about why tripods are really important when you're doing a still life or product photography. I actually hate being on a tripod, but it is key sometimes in getting really good images, so we're gonna talk about when that is and why that is and why it's a worthwhile investment. Then we're gonna talk about aperture priority, what they are, what they do, how they make your images better or worse, and teach you all about that. We're gonna talk about focal points. And I'm gonna talk about how to use live view on your camera, which is extremely helpful when you're doing top downs with a DSLR.

Class Description

You need great photos of your craft products if you want them to sell online, but just because you are awesome at making things doesn’t mean you are great at taking photos – until now. 

In Craft Photography Fundamentals with Candice Stringham, you’ll learn everything a craft merchant needs to know to take photos that really showcase the story behind your work. You’ll learn about: 

  • Creating affordable, photogenic backdrops and sets 
  • Capturing all kinds of textures 
  • Shooting with an iphone and DSLR camera 
  • Edits that add polish to your final images 
  • Creating a consistent look that makes your brand stand-out 
You’ll learn the basics of photo staging and you’ll see how a few simple lighting tricks can transform the look and feel of your final image. You’ll also get tips on working with props so you end up with a catalog-quality shot. And Candice will help you take advantage of your camera’s settings, the easy way. 

If you want to produce photographs that are as beautiful as the product you are showcasing, join Candice Stringham for the beginner-friendly class, Craft Photography Fundamentals