6KCBWDAY3: Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers

Day Three (Wednesday 13th 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, and so this topic crops up each year, but every year it yields such different results!

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 de-saturated 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.


This is my least favorite day:( I am not a very good photographer. I don’t have an eye for it. I always end up with a cluttered background or poor lighting. So I wanted to try something different. I have taken the same photo and played with it a few different ways.

Yup, still not my favorite day of Knit and Crochet Blog Week.

If you’d like to read more Knit and Crochet Blog Week Day 3 posts click the Google link.

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12 Responses to 6KCBWDAY3: Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers

  1. Silvernfire says:

    But you tried! And the magazine “cover” is nifty. (Actually, the socks are pretty darn nifty too.)


  2. WOOLA OOPS says:

    Great tips ! thanks for that ! 🙂


  3. Hannah Smith says:

    The top one is really cool 🙂


  4. YarnyDragonfly says:

    They are all really cool – especially the middle one (Warhol-inspired??).


  5. I think you did an amazing job! I think the magazine cover is my favourite. I haven’t done mine yet (waiting for the sun to change positions), but I’m nervous as well. I want to open an Etsy store and it’s basically the photography that’s stopping me!


  6. Vivianne says:

    What an amazing sock pattern – and your photos really bring that out 🙂


  7. I struggle with this day too, but I think you did a great job.


  8. ymknits says:

    Cool socks! I love the Andy Warhol look photo!


  9. Kepanie says:

    These are some crazy socks. This is a great start to experimenting with photographs.


  10. Voie de Vie says:

    I do love the collage feature in Picasa, and your first photo treatment is great. And don’t get me started on magazine covers. Love, love, love making them!


  11. Love the one at the top, very different and interesting. Gorgeous socks as well.


  12. Beth says:

    I like the Warhol version a lot. BigHuge is brilliant for quick transformations – those magazine covers can be really useful for heading up blog posts


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