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Book Review: The Crafters Guide to Taking Great Photos

The Crafter's Guide to Taking Great Photos

This review first featured in the Winter issue of Hazed Magazine

Whether you manage a blog or sell items online, you’ll know that a good photo is everything. Fortunately, for those of us photographically challenged, it’s reassuring to know that talent or expensive equipment is not the only road to a good shot.

It seems that after years of blaming my camera for terrible photos, all I needed was a little guidance. “The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos” by Heidi Adnum is aimed at amateur photographers looking to improve their technique when capturing their handmade treasures.

Written in a way that beautifully explains technical jargon (without making you feel like a five year old), Adnum leads you through some essential basics before revealing tips and tricks you’ll wish you’d known years ago. No matter whether you use a point and shoot camera or the deluxe of all cameras, the fundamentals shared can all be applied.

It is so refreshing to discover a guide with specifics on photographing fabric, jewellery, knitting, art and ceramics. It can be difficult to capture the feel of a fabric or the shine and detail in a pendant, but that is what this budget-friendly book is all about. Would you believe that a milk container and LED torch can make all the difference when snapping that knitting or felting project?

Adnum, who is also a crafter herself, concludes the book with specifics on post-production and end uses for your photos, including marketing, branding and social media.

Of course, as you’d expect with a photography book, this is a beautifully presented guide in full colour and with plenty of illustrations to explain concepts clearly. “The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos” is a well written book that takes potentially dry topics and turns them into good reading.

“The crafter’s guide to taking great photos” by Heidi Adnum. Interweave/F+W Media; $24.95. Available from Amazon (

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Freelance writer, sewing enthusiast, and coffee appreciator living in NZ


  1. Zoe

    This book sounds so useful! I am the first to admit that quite a few of my photos aren’t the best, so maybe this book will help me…

    • It is a great book, especially for people like you and I wanting to capture fabrics and detail. Well done on your bustier top too! Fitted clothes can be tricky and you did it beautifully 🙂


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