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Craft Photography Fundamentals

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About The Class

take better photos of your crafts.

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. 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction to Craft Photography Fundamentals

  2. 02

    What Your Visuals Say About Your Brand

  3. 03

    How to Become a Photographic Author

  4. 04

    How to Use Natural Light for Your Product Photography

  5. 05

    Setting Up Your Photo: The Basic Rules

  6. 06

    Becoming the Viewer to Take Better Photos

  7. 07

    Shooting 3 Setups: Creating the Backstory with Images

  8. 08

    Shooting from Top Down with an iPhone

  9. 09

    Shooting Paper Products with an iPhone

  10. 10

    Shooting Jewelry with an iPhone

  11. 11

    Editing on your iPhone

  12. 12

    Finding Your Brand's Aesthetic

  13. 13

    Find Your Product and Customer Target: Exercises

  14. 14

    Figuring Out Your Audience

  15. 15

    Interview with Gilit Cooper of The Bannerie

  16. 16

    Branding Beyond Instagram

  17. 17

    Looking for Natural Light in Your Home

  18. 18

    Building a Styling Prop Collection

  19. 19

    Creative Backdrops

  20. 20

    The Essential Product Photography Props

  21. 21

    DSLR Basics

  22. 22

    Understanding Shutter Priority And When To Use It

  23. 23

    Understanding Aperture Priority And When to Use It

  24. 24

    The Basics of White Balance

  25. 25

    Photographing Jewelry

  26. 26

    Setting Up a Bedroom Set and Photographing Pillows

  27. 27

    Photographing Greeting Cards

  28. 28

    Shooting Products on a White Background

  29. 29

    Top Down Photography on a White Background

  30. 30

    Shooting Products on a Black Background

  31. 31

    Shooting Reflective Items

  32. 32

    Shooting with Backlight

  33. 33

    Top Down Photography: Shine & Reflection

  34. 34

    Basic Editing in Lightroom

  35. 35

    Batch Editing in Lightroom

  36. 36

    Editing Jewelry in Lightroom

  37. 37

    Editing White on White in Lightroom

  38. 38

    Editing Shine and Reflection in Lightroom


Meet Your Expert

Candice Stringham

Candice is the Marketing Director for My Minds Eye, an editorial photographer, and one of the founders of the lifestyle and DIY blog Handmade Mood. She has her BFA in photography. She is a former editor at Creating Keepsakes Magazine. She has worked and taught with many brands such as Canon, Tamron, A Beautiful Mess, Atly and the Creative Photography Retreat. Her work can be seen on blogs and in magazines all over the country. She lives in San Antonio, TX with her husband, three sons, and a tiny but grumpy Scottish Terrier, Dickens. ... read more

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  • pdf Slide Presentation for Lessons Part 2
  • pdf Prop List

95% of students recommend this class.
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  • Creativelive Student

    Creativelive Student

    March 2018

    This class taught by Candice was amazing. She teaches in such a step-by-step, easy to understand pace. She shares so much of her own tips and tricks she uses to create beautiful images without spending a fortune or having all kinds of expensive equipment. Having the DSLR lessons included was really great for anyone who wants to do more than the camera phones are capable of. Learning the basics of how to use a DSLR is confusing for most people, but Candice broke it down in the simplest way possible. Social media is all about imagery, so if you want to put out the most beautiful eye-catching photos, then you want to learn how to use more than the camera phone. I don't have a business where I need to take photos of things I sell and I still enjoyed her class so much. As a photographer, I am going to use her ideas and insight when I photograph things for fun. There is so much to gain from this class. I would highly recommend taking her class. She is a wealth of great ideas and information and has that friendly personality of someone you'd want to sit and have coffee with.

  • yomichaela


    June 2016

    A wonderful class to get you going with craft/product photography. Candice provides (and shows) fantastic examples and it's really fun to watch her work through a shoot, moving items, etc. to create the final image. She also covers some basic photography tips which is very helpful. Great class! I definitely recommend to others!

  • Melinda Malamoco

    June 2018

    I loved this class! Candice is so personable, clear and relatable. I would want to hang out with her and be creative! I have been taking pictures for YEARS, and for my Etsy store for over two years, and I still learned a lot in her class. The lessons are set up in a way that you can follow, take what you want and don't worry about what you don't need. I will say that I got a TON of ideas for how to better display my brand, what my personal style is and how to be consistent with it. I so recommend this class for anyone who has small business or just wants to be able to take better pictures of their products. Okay, off to build a prop kit!

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