A new episode in my Monday Craftsy series: today I want to talk you about Craftsy Blog, one of the reference blogs for any tutorial addicted, in any field of interest.

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My favorite sections are, as you may guess, Sewing and Photography, but you can find all the following niche blogs:

Cake Decorating –  Knitting –  Quilting –  Sewing – Fine Art – Food & Cooking – Crocheting – Embroidery – Home & Garden –  Jewelry Making – Paper Crafts – Weaving – Spinning – Woodworking – Contests & Giveaways.

Today I’d like to collect here 15 of the best blog posts I’ve read lately about Photography on Craftsy, the ones that better satisfies my needing: I’m always in search of tips to take better photos of products and models, especially for my blog and for writing step-by-step tutorials, and maybe you could use them too!

Every week they create new and interesting blog posts, so this list could be revised later, to stay up-to-date but, certainly, their articles are sort of evergreen!

I’ve decided to collect them here for future reference for me and you: some are slightly more advanced than what I can do actually (because I still am a beginner but I’m trying to improve my skills), while others asks for tools I don’t own… yet!

Photography on a Budget 

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… do you really need a comment on this? You know that I am frugal, so this one is really good to me!

How to Get Sharper Images

We all need sharper images for our posts (or family albums), isn’t it? Here are 4 ways to solve all our problems of too-soft pics!

Why Use a Tripod?

And why not, I would add! Here are 8 of the situations you absolutely need to use a tripod.You can have a cheap one, if you’re like me, or invest some more money if you can… just have one!

Understanding Autofocus Points

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Great explanation of what autofocus points are, how they works and what to do when they don’t do their dirty job!

Crafting, Food & Photography: 10 Tips for Better iPhone Photos

Obviously applying to Android Phone world!

My favorite is number 10…

Get the Most Out of Your Camera With the Diopter Adjustment

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I knew there was a diopter adjuster on my camera, but never though about using it… and you?

Blurred Lines: Learning the Basics of the Bokeh Effect

One of those effects that can make the difference, all about depth of field (that I didn’t even know it existed, one year ago!)

Capture the Action: How to Use Continuous Burst Mode

This is great to know, if you’re going to take pics of kids, just to avoid to end up with a bunch of blurred pics and/or weird expressions!

The Rule of Thirds: The Secret to Compelling Compositions


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This is one of the fundamentals, in photography… you need to know this rule, but be aware: rules are meant to be broken, sometimes!

6 Photo Editing Tools You Can’t Do Without


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A little costly, but well worthy, if you’re going to be serious in photography.

You can always use open source alternatives (GIMP), if you’re a frugal one like me!

Light Modifiers for Your Studio

This one is interesting, but I still need to have anything fancy like these ones listed there… must wait for Santa!

Studio vs. Natural Light: Which Is Better?

That’s a great question… and Craftsy is listing for us all the Pro and Cons for each one… a must read, indeed!

Using Props and Accessories in Your Studio Portraits
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To take a great pic with children, props are a must! Give your daughter some balloons or a flower bouquet and you’ll instantly have a better pic’s series… ask me why I know that!

How to Set Up a Home Photography Studio

Six useful tips to create a photo corner in your house… no need it to be too fancy, just doable: you’ll see how much can improve your photo’s quality.

Protect Yourself! How to Copyright Images

Last, but absolutely not least, consider this like a cherry on top of today’s cake: some good advice to avoid other’s stealing your pics… I am by no mean a photographer and maybe no one will ever want to steal my pics but… I try to watermark everything I publish on my blog, you know, just in case!!!!

At this point, may I add just a couple of words on Craftsy Photography classes? I’ve enrolled two, by now, in this field of interest, and they’re both great!

  • The first one is Shoot it!, with Caro Sheridan, specifically created for product photography… really interesting class if you’re a blogger who needs/wants to make better shoots.
  • The other one is a FREE class called Professional Family Portraits: it gives you so many ideas for taking pics of your family, obviously, but also of garments you’ve sewn, worn by you or your models…

You know how much I love Craftsy Classes… and if you try one of their FREE ones, you’ll be hooked, promise!