Weekly giveaway: The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos

Today I’m excited to be participating in the blog tour for a fabulous new release from Interweave Press: The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos by Heidi Adnum. Giveaway details are below, but I’d love to tell you a bit about this book first…

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This book is TERRIFIC. I took it home with me this weekend and almost as soon as I started to read it, I was wishing that I qualified for my own giveaways. I’ve struggled to take interesting photos of my just-cast-off socks, but with this book, I think the struggles will be over!

Whether you take photos of your handmade items to sell on Etsy, to show off on your blog or to feature in your portfolio, you’re sure to find this book comes in handy. It starts with the basics – how to use light, what those mysterious terms like “aperture” and “exposure” mean, and how to choose a camera. I’ve read about this stuff again and again, but with this book it finally clicked!

From there, you’ll learn about how to tell a story with a photograph, and then read tips and techniques broken down by product or craft (accessories, knitting, etc.) The chapters cover planning and set-up, composition and common problems – everything you need to know to help you set up a successful craft photo shoot. At the end, you’ll read all about post-production, photo editing, and business advice.

There’s also a practitioner spotlight for each craft– an interview with a photographer who is a superstar at taking great shots of his or her crafts. I loved these and noticed many of my favourite crafters and crafts were featured. Paging through this book was like reading a Who’s Who of craft photography.

Of course, the photographs are fantastic, and the book is as gorgeous as it is informative. (Click through to take a peek inside the book.)

For your chance to win, leave ONE comment telling us your greatest challenge when it comes to taking great photos of your Finished Objects.  The contest is open to Canadian residents only. Contest will run until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2012; I’ll post a winner here on Monday, February 13. Good luck!

(Want to read more about the book? Visit some of the other stops on the blog tour, below. You’ll find other giveaways, as well as posts by featured crafters and photographers.)

24 January papernstitch
26 January - Rena Tom
27 January - CraftBuds
28 January - SweatShopofLove
30 January - Artist Success with Lesley Riley
31 January – Wiksten **giveaway**
1 February - Jenny N Design **giveaway**
2 February - Rifle Paper Co.
3 February - See How We Sew **giveaway**
4 February - Imagination Kids Toys
6 February - Canadian Living Craft Blog **giveaway**
And in the UK:
7 February - Feeling Stitchy
8 February - UK Handmade
9 February – The Academy
And in Australia:
9 February - WhipUp.net