Like these tactile spools of hand spun yarn by Blacker Yarns....
...These geometric hand printed Ola Oli fabrics from Maud's Fabric Finds....
There were lots to see, including workshops and talks, but I only managed to squeeze in One before I made my way home to spend the rest of the Sunday with my daughter:
In short, here's her top 10 tips for styling and photographing products:
1: Always use a camera tripod
2: First decide the angle of view of the product, then set the scene around the shot.
3: Use mobile backdrops to fake the background environment to suit the product.
4: Photograph near the window with the natural light coming in from behind or to the side of the product.
5: Level Up. Make sure any horizontal lines are straight and Don't get too close with your camera, but stand back and zoom in instead.
6: Only add Relevant props to set the scene: Start with the main item, then feed in props to fill in the frame as you see it through the lens, building the scene through the lens. Add props that show off the scale of your product and that has different levels....place them so they "point" to the main object.
7: Turn off all artificial lights in the room and set your camera to Auto white balance.
8: Use a sheet of white card to reflect light from the opposite side of the light source to make your shot "come alive".
9: Clean the lens.
10: Just shoot, experiment and have fun with it....your skills will get better with practice.
I'm sure you'll all agree, this is sound advice from someone who is renowned for creating beautiful commercial photography.
Lindsay James runs styling and photography e-courses for bloggers and people who make and sell lovely things....and I may treat myself to one very soon (as, I'm not afraid to say: this is one of the skills I know I really need to work on)...or put it on my Christmas wishlist!
(OMG...I said the C-word....)
Anyway...short and sweet today...I'll be back with a post about my essential Autumn life updates later this week...and finally next week, I 'll be reporting fro Design Junction!