I am always striving to improve my photography skills. Good images are essential to running a blog and Etsy shop. But it is always an area I feel I can improve on. I am fortunate to have a DSLR and am comfortable using the aperture settings, but that’s about it… The camera is capable of so much more.
I have treated myself to the Product Photography at Home Craftsy Class by Jessica Marquez.
The course is broken down into seven sections:
How did I find the class? Would it be useful to you?
Personally I feel the course is perfect for people who are new to product photography, or new to a DSLR camera. It is particularly helpful about taking great photographs with the equipment you already have – such as maximizing window light. There are lots of helpful affordable tips for creating your own reflectors and back drops. The course is great for those wishing to take sharp clear styled images for selling products, but this is just as transferable for taking good images for blogging, social media etc..
These are the tips which resonated with me.
ISO- this is the old fashioned speed of a film, explains the difference between a 100 and 500. Jessica helpfully give suggestions for appropriate ISO numbers for different light situations
Lesson 3 –
There are lots of useful tips to help you understand the impact of different light. Jessica demonstrates the same image taken every hour through the day. Its interesting to see the impact of the sun direction change.
Lesson 5 –
Using models, this something I avoid! But Jessica is great at explaining ways of working with models, how to encourage them to relax. She demonstrates the real advantages of using a person to give a sense of style and product size.
Lesson 6 –
Product styling, this is an area I am keen to improve. I felt I gained some valuable tips but feel as though personally I need to continue to experiment and play with ideas.
Overall: As a result of the course I feel comfortable playing with different settings on my phone. The biggest lesson learnt is changing the ISO on my camera to it is suitable for the light I am shooting in.
Would I recommend the course? Definitely. Even if you have a fair grasp of your camera there will be something in this course for you. The course covers far more than I can mention!
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Cyanotype photography is the use of light sensitive emulsion to create an image.
We have had great fun experimenting with this technique whilst staying at Kelling Heath – there are distinct advantages when staying at a large campsite including free craft activities!! Adam Shawyer led a workshop, encouraging all ages to join in and have fun exploring the shapes made with a wide selection of materials.
Objects are placed over the top of the paper coated in light sensitive emulsion, and then exposed to daylight. The objects block the sunlight leaving the paper white, where there is no object the paper changes colour thus creating a print.
The tot decided to place as many objects as he could on his piece. I particularly like the pattern the netting has created.
My daughter used paper shapes, natural plants and a couple of metal shapes to create a picture of flowers.
Once they had created their designs the materials were placed on the paper and a sheet of acetate clipped over the top to hold the items in place.
Next step to expose the paper to daylight (we were fortunate with a break in the rain!) for eight minutes. Finally the paper was washed in water.
Our mission – to buy some light sensitive emulsion.
I highly recommend attending workshops led by Adam Shawyer – a great tutor for all ages. Plus a big thanks to Kelling Heath for supporting local artists as part of their ethos. This is the first time we have taken advantage of day time activities, despite staying many times before. Lets just say it was a rather rainy holiday:)
The final week of the course – I have learnt so much on this course:)
This week I have been busy learning how to export images, create contact sheets, books for publishing, post direct to facebook, create slideshows – everything to do with publishing the images either in print or on the internet.
The lessons may only be 35-40 minutes but there is so much information packed in. I particularly love the fact I can continue to access the video course for ever more, I am sure there is more I can absorb and learn:)
To summarise the course I have learnt the following 5 fab facts/tips:
Images I would have struggled to improve using my standard free software have been transformed by lightroom. In particular my floating shelves tutorial I found tricky to photograph, but with lightroom editing reloved magazine have expressed an interest in publishing it. The quality of an image really does count.
I would not hesitate to recommend My Photo School as a means of remote learning photography skills.
I am being provided the course for free in return for a blog post review of each lesson. Opinions are my own.