Take Great Photographs of Your Work–With Any Digital Camera
One of the first things I learned when I came to Fine Woodworking is that anyone can be taught to take great photos. And today’s digital cameras make it even easier and cheaper to do so. I also learned the simple formula behind a clear and engaging how-to article. I’ll share both at my weekend workshop at Marc Adams School of Woodworking October 9-10, 2010. Even if you don’t plan to become a famous woodworking author, you’ll walk away with much-improved writing and photography skills.
If you can’t make it to Marc Adams’ school this fall, be sure to watch the next few issues of Fine Woodworking for a similar article by our art director, Mike Pekovich, where he will demonstrate how anyone with a digital camera, a cheap tripod, and a few inexpensive lights can take magazine-quality photos of their projects. Whether you plan to publish these photos on your own Web site or on FineWoodworking.com, or just keep a record of all the beautiful things you’ve built, Mike will shine a light on simple tips and techniques anyone can use.
I’ll be teaching Mike’s technique at my hands-on weekend workshop. Bring your digital camera to Marc Adams’, and a tripod if you have one, and we’ll work through the process together. But that’s not all we’ll cover there.
I’ll start with where and how to get published. There are at least 10 woodworking magazines out there, each with its own Web site, plus a handful of other independent Web sites, each constantly hungry for new content. So there are more ways than ever to share your favorite techniques and finished projects with the world. We’ll talk about everything from quick tips to full articles to images for online galleries, what magazines are looking for, and what they pay (or don’t pay). And I’ll tell you about the other benefits of being published, such as building up your brand name for a future teaching career.
We’ll share some good coversation and good food. You can ask me anything you want about Fine Woodworking, and I’ll try to come up with a good answer! Hope to see you there. If you’ve never visited Marc Adams’ school before you are in for a treat.
Using the digital camera you already own, you can create magazine-quality images of your woodwork.
At left is how most people shoot their work, straight on, using the on-camera flash. Note the nasty glare in the middle! At right is how your shots will look with just a few tips and tricks.
The only additional equipment you'll need are an inexpensive tripod, a couple of worklights from your local home center, and a surprisingly affordable roll of backdrop paper.