5KCBWDAY3: Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers

Day Three (Wednesday 14th May): Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers.
Every Year Knitting & Crochet Blog Week tries to feature at least one day where photography takes a key role, because it has been proven many times that what captures reader’s attention for the first few seconds to hopefully hold them long enough to invest the time to read your words is your pictures.

It is easy enough to fall into a routine of photographing your finished projects as is – clearly displayed, maybe from a few varying angles, and for a large part of the time these are what blog readers will expect to see, but every now and again it is good to throw in a picture that causes people to linger.

Refresh your skills at creating attention-grabbing pictures. Take your own creativity and run to your camera with your own ideas, or use these few easy ideas as a starting point.

Use a few background props – you will be amazed at what you can find around the house if you just pick a few items up without thinking too hard about it. These can be props that either add to the ‘story’ of the photograph or just chime well with the colours and style of the finished object. 

You can take this one step further by creating a ‘picture’ with your project, materials, WIP, etc.

Alternatively, you may wish to experiment with past photographs. One way of doing this is to use various filters and photo-editing software. With the prevalence of smart-phones many people now have access to many free and inexpensive apps that can change the look of their photography. There are also a number of websites such as Pixlr and BigHugeLabs that let you edit and manipulate your photos for free.

If used intelligently, filters can sometimes be used to highlight specific elements of a project. Using the filter below, for example, highlights the pop of colour that the bright buttons have against the neutral background and what this adds to the design in comparison to the desaturated areas of the photograph.

Another way to add a new element to your photographs is to overlay them with text or doodles. This can be purely decorative, or to serve as a graphic ‘post title image’, or it can contain helpful information, particularly useful when making things such as tutorials.

Last night I had the craziest dream…



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9 Responses to 5KCBWDAY3: Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers

  1. lottieknits says:

    Love it! I want a yarn tree too 😉


  2. Love this! It reminds me of a couple of “yarn bouquets” I was a seeing around the internet for Mother’s Day. But who wants a yarn bouquet when you can grow it on trees?! 😉


  3. Michelle says:

    Love!!! I need a tree like that, and one that grows money too 😉


  4. caityrosey says:

    They look like enormous caterpillars.


  5. Plumbum says:

    If only yarn did grow upon trees. *sigh*


  6. Marilyn says:

    A yarn tree!! I want one! 🙂


  7. YarnyDragonfly says:

    I can only imagine what your neighbors must have thought! Ha! 🙂 Could I have a little cutting off your tree so I can try to grow my own yarn tree??


  8. Faith says:

    Cute! I need this tree.


  9. Cyprienne says:

    Ahem, what I mean to say is, I really like this photo. 🙂


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