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Pics of art w crappy camera by IIDenator Pics of art w crappy camera by IIDenator
This tutorial is mainly for artisans, craftspeople, and sculptors who find that it's difficult to display their work well in photos, but can't afford a professional photographer. This is basic instruction on how to get the most out of a cheap digital camera. I go through lighting and photographing techniques, as well as some simple Photoshop techniques. Don't worry! If you don't have Photoshop, you will still benefit from reading the first 6 steps. Please let me know if you find this useful in any way, and enjoy!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2008-02-22
Ever need a quick fix for photographing your crafts? This tutorial on taking Pics of art w crappy camera will show you how in a few easy steps, with ~IIDenator leading the way! ( Suggested by brennennn and Featured by bleedsopretty )
imaginarysam Featured By Owner May 2, 2015  Professional
So good. Step by step pictures, plain english, not too many steps. :thumbsup:
Aelorn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely using these techniques next time I take a photo of my knitting.
PraeclarusWands Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just found this, and it's very helpful! Thank you!
artofdawn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Can't seem to see the tutorial.
Cut-Me-Up-Love Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Try Downloading it.
acww-freak08 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I was laughing at how many times you used the word "crappy" in here. :giggle:
Nice tutorial, though -- shows that you don't need fancy equipment to get a decent photograph. :thumbsup:
SilverInuYoukai Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutly love you!
Now I can finaly make a good looking photo for my food blog ^_^
Thank you soooooo much!
MyntKat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am linking to this from my tutorial: [link]
1389AD Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008   Digital Artist
Those who don't have Photoshop can use GIMP for cleaning up photos and for adding up frames and signatures.
DivinityNemesis Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
*lol* great *ggg*
Itti Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew most of the early hints already but the Photoshop stuff was helpful, I can never figure out which buttons to press!
weuler Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Miss-Minerva-Sage Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
znow-white Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Your wonderful Resources have been featured here.[link]

Thank you for providing the gallery with such awesome Resources.:heart:
pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use his technique too so I can only confirm everything that was said here. :D And who doesn't have Photoshop, they can try the GIMP which is for free and can do the same as PS. ;) [link]
pralinkova-princezna Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
S02 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
thanks to share photograpic sense around the internet.
Jee-Won-What-a-mess Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
It's a great and simple tutorial, easy to understand and do, thanks a lot ^^
IIDenator Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
So I haven't been on deviantart in a long time and I was surprised to find that this was featured on a DD while I was away. There's no way I can reply to all the comments individually, so thank you all for your posts. I'm glad people find it so useful! Keep on learning and sharing.

ubermorgen Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
the amount of messages you must have had must have been a shock xD
pandacub143 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh my gosh, you're my new hero. My biggest problem is getting the camera to focus correctly - my items are so small that my macro feature can't even do it justice! But I'm so much more motivated to try now. haaha. thanks!
nottebella Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
im so glad i stumbled onto this...
kitttiecatt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Fabulous! Thanks for the tips!

And congrats on your DD!
GreenDayRocker2323 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
wow! this is great! i'll be sure to use it! :heart:
Elzera Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008   Photographer
saint-of-suicides Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
thanks for posting this.

Congrats on the DD!
tamakari-chan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
this is so fantastic!! you area mazing for doing this.
tzm Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Absolutely perfect timing; I just made something that will require a crappy camera shot to upload. This makes me very happy...
Gyrojet Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
I'll use this with my crappy camera.
jo-the-phoenix Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for this tutorial! Easy to understand terms, great clear graphics and something that is useful to so many different artists. This is truly worthy of a Daily Deviation, and an instant fave! :+fav:
lady-lark Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
you can download a trial version of photoshop from the adobe site. [link]
it lasts only a month but if you're getting ready to show off your portfolio, its useful.

good job on the tutorial, its really useful and easy to understand. :) and quite applicable to many uses.
Lady-Chika Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Wow this will help me to take pics of my jewelry. I am forever grateful. lol
ZombieHunterZed Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
How wonderfully convenient! Just earlier today I was thinking about how I really needed a good tutorial on taking good photos with crappy cameras, and what do you know, here it is!
AKrynicki Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
That's something really usefull ;D Thanks for making that!
kamikazejen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Very nice tutorial!
I have a crappy camera, but usually I can take good pictures of things.
But then there are those times when your camera just sucks, right?
So this tutorial is very helpful in those times!
Again, good job on this! :+fav:

smev Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
i do just that! good stuff :D
tasogare51 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Very handy tutorial. I imagine this would also be useful for taking stock photos of small objects. And it's so simple, too, just requiring natural light (which is free), pieces of paper, some tape, and a box to prop the paper up.

I love the facial expression you have in the first picture. It gives off the feeling of "my camera is crappy and I'm embarrassed to own it."
SuperGrouper Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
This is something I have desperately needed. Thank you so much for making this tutorial! :hug:
PurlyZig Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
well, wish i'd read this sooner! i'm going to have to pull out the camera and the artwork and get going! thanks for sharing.
ladyfabulous Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008   Writer
this was really great! Thanks!
I just have a crappy camera (a Kodak something something) but I often take my own photos for my articles and for my magazine. This is a real help for my next shoot (makeup for a product review).
westernphilosopher Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Ooh, very nice! And helpful! Well done.
sphinxfalcon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008 think 5 MP is a crappy camera? wow... i guess my Kodak 3.2 really needs to kick the bucket, eh?
GreiaPrince Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Not only is this a helpful tutorial, but the face you're making in the first shot is hilarious ^^;

Thanks for posting this :D
MoFarrelly Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
this is uber cool and awesome!:love: luv how you went about it. my cure for the crappy camera was to upscale 400%....:cry:
ocelot99992003 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
And hopefully after enough publicity and selling of your 3-D works, you can get a kick arse camera too!
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Great tutorial--simple to follow and effective. Hats off to you!
miccheru Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Great tutorial. It will help me so much! I love this. Thank you for taking the time to come up with it.
CalypsoTea Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so incredibly useful (especially with the Photoshop tricks). Thanks so much! ^_^
mci021 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh. My. God. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for this tutorial! You've restored my faith in the idea that there are truly things of value on dA. This is totally awesome. Words escape me when trying to explain my thoughts on this. I think I'm going to cry.
kurtywompus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
Well done :nod: Always nice to see the steps others take in Photoshop to get to the end result.

Even on a crappy camera you do have a aperture priority setting to control your Depth of Field captured on your subject... If your photo results are soft unfocused edges (if you don’t want that result), you can use a higher f-# to slow down the shutter speed to capture cleaner edges.
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