Amazing Craft Product Photos on a Budget With Your Smartphone

Want to take better photos of your craft projects for your Etsy shop? Or do you want your photos to stand out from the crowd? Watch the video above for some awesome tips and tricks! Links to products used below!

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21 thoughts on “Amazing Craft Product Photos on a Budget With Your Smartphone

    • Leo Kowal says:

      Susan, I’d need to know more about what you want to do with your camera. Use the contact form to get a hold of me and tell me a little bit about what you want out of a camera.

  1. kate says:

    Great informative video. I’ve taken pictures before of the things I make, just for a personal record, but they never turn out as well as I would hope. You carefully show each step and give the reasons for everything you recommend. Your techniques don’t take a huge budget, but produce great results. Love the music and especially the humor. Nearly choked on my coffee when you mentioned using “a well trained cat” and the ADD moment and wingardium leviosa were priceless.

    Any recommendations how to start researching for a decent SLR camera? Mine just died (just in time for Christmas 🙁 ) and the choices are overwhelming. Most of us don’t need the kind of cameras you have (not that we wouldn’t love them), but I’ve never been happy with the quality of the pictures I got on my phone.

  2. wildwoodla says:

    You are the absolute best Leo! This video is so FUN, helpful and over the top creative. Love this and can’t wait to try it out. I’m amazed at how you are always thinking of ways to teach techniques to make our crafting so much better – it’s like you have this crafting mind meld thing going on or something – LOL! Loved the shadow dog and HP spell – laughed so hard at those. Thank you for upping the wowness factor as always. Hoping that a “well trained cat” video is in the works – mine needs all the help she can get. 🙂

  3. Dodie says:

    Good morning, Leo. Thanks for this very informative video. I’ve been looking for an easy way to make my product shots look more professional. I am looking on the App Store, and there are several ProCam apps. Could you please tell me which app it is (i.e. the creator’s name)? Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

  4. Penny Zolecki says:

    Loved your video….enjoyed the humor as well….greetings from Bartlett…have a very Merry Christmas! AND a prosperous New Year.

  5. Linda says:

    Great job as usual. I have been struggling trying to take good pictures of my projects and have been using as much natural daylight as possible. Now I’ll be able to get great shots without waiting for the right light at the right time of day. As always, you are the best when it comes to customer service.

  6. Katie Muck says:

    Thank you for doing this! I learned a lot and I’m having a blast with that diffuser. Never imagined $10 could do so much. I’m using a DSLR on a tripod instead of my Smartphone but otherwise my setup is just like yours. I also have a Panasonic HD camcorder (HC-V550) that fits on that tripod. How about a quick tutorial on recording tutorials. Do we shoot from the side,front, over the shoulder and what’s a decent but inexpensive setup?

  7. Kai Marxen says:

    Wow! GREAT tutorial – now I can’t wait to get to my craft room and try your tricks (as photographing my products generally frustrates me to no end!) Quick question…does the wattage on the lamp NEED to be that high, or just higher than the ambient light source in the room?
    Thanks again!!

    • Leo Kowal says:

      Doesn’t have to be that high. If you have your camera on a tripod you can get away with very little light. It all depends on the camera and how much light is required to get a proper exposure.

  8. cathy says:

    I love your humor. Makes for a very entertaining video to watch, and quality. Thank you for that.
    One question, what type of light bulb do you use. I’ve seen people use two 100w bulbs, you use one 200w, which I prefer as you can get to your product with less ‘stuff’ in the way, but is it a special ‘daylight’ lightbulb?

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