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Photographing Craft Techniques

Photographer Anne Purkiss provides useful tips and techniques for photographing craft, enabling you to capture the essence of your work and improve your marketing.

The day has been spilt into two sessions. The first session is aimed at makers who produce work that has a textured surface, for example wood, ceramics, textiles and willow. The afternoon session is aimed at makers who produce work that has a reflective surface, for example jewellery and glass.


Why do we recommend that you attend?

To achieve success in applying to galleries, for commissions and residencies or to sell your work online, your craft needs to be represented by high quality images. Professional studio images are always worth the investment. However, makers need to be able to regularly document their work to the highest standard. Budgets and logistics may mean professional photography is not always possible. This workshop will help you support your own practice by providing you with the skills you need.


Which session should I sign up to?

Workshop One: 9.30am – 1pm, aimed at makers working with textured or non-reflective surfaces e.g. ceramics, wood, willow.

Workshop Two: 1.45 –5.15pm, aimed at makers working with reflective surfaces; e.g. jewellery and glass.


What to bring:

  • Examples of images of craft that inspire you, and if possible some photographs that you have already taken of your work.


Workshop content:

  • Demonstration of photographic techniques using some of the Crafts Council Handling Collection pieces
  • Tutorials of simple editing techniques using the photographs taken to show you how you can make the most of your photographs
  • Crafts Council Collections Manager and Talent Development Manager will highlight the different styles of photographs needed for Collections, Product and Marketing Photography.
  • Based on the images you have brought (your own or pictures, and examples of what you would like to achieve), Anne will discuss how better results can be achieved, what you can attempt to do on your own, when you may need professional help and how to get it.


Proposed Agenda:

Workshop One: 9.30am – 1pm, aimed at makers working with textured or non-reflective surfaces e.g. ceramics, wood, willow

9.30am Arrive & registration, tea/coffee

9.45am Welcome and introductions

10.10am Crafts Council Collections Manager and Talent Development Manager

10.35am Demonstration

11.40am Break

12 pm Photo editing

1pm Finish 
 

Workshop Two: 1:45 –5:15pm, aimed at makers working with reflective surfaces; e.g. jewellery and glass

1:45pm Arrive & registration, tea/coffee

2:00pm Welcome and introductions

2:30pm Crafts Council Collections Manager and Talent Development Manager

2:55pm Demonstration

3:55pm Break

4:15 pm Photo editing

5:15pm Finish 
 

What refreshments are provided on the day?

Tea and coffee will be provided at the start of the session and during the afternoon break.

 

Crafts Council courses, events, talks and workshops strike a balance between information-led and practical training, always in a friendly, open atmosphere that encourages discussion and informal networking.

**£5 Discount available to Crafts Council Directory makers and Goldsmith’s members, please email for more info**

 

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