Link of the week

Photographing your work

Since the invention of photography, woodworkers have wanted to take pictures of their projects and show them to prospective clients, friends and family or for other purposes. And, with the advent of camera phones and social media, it’s easier than ever to share a few snaps.

A light box set up for a woodworking project

But, what’s the best way to get your projects looking great when you snap the shutter?  Three Seasons Woodturning offers this great tutorial on composition, lighting and photo editing software to give you the basics on how to to make those photos real show-stoppers.

After all – you have spent a lot of time building and finishing your project. Why not take just a few moments to learn how to make the pictures of it look their best?


4 thoughts on “Link of the week”

  1. I wonder if it’s harder for woodworkers to get good photos because their items are typically larger? I often have issues with shiney materials and always have problems with not enough light. I will have to rectify that.

    I can recommend looking at Drew Pritchard architectural antiques website for ways to make stuff look interesting.

  2. Good lighting and a clean sheet hung behind the project before photographing will provide even the humblest piece a better showing.
    It drives me nuts to see woodworkers spend weeks on a beautiful object, only to throw it up on a workbench in front of the old lawnmower, bicycles, and assorted garage crap before taking pictures of it. And lit so poorly that it looks like it was built in a dungeon.
    The viewers attention is naturally diverted from the aspects of the subject to the clutter.
    As I gained a little more experience and began to display my pieces nicer before shooting pictures, people commented more favorably.
    And with today’s digital cameras, you can take as many photos as you like until you get the results you are looking for.
    It takes a little practice, but that is part of the fun.
    Good post Tom.

  3. Thanks Tom, your post is right on for me as well. I’ve been wanting to improve on the photo aspects for awhile. My challenge is capturing the details on the handmade Windsor chairs I make for family and occasional clients. I don’t think I’ve done the chairs justice picture wise. I’ll check out your recommendations. Good post.

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