New tricks

Although I’ve been happily taking photos for many years and am pretty au fait with the technical side, it’s never too late to learn something new. I’ve been wanting to do more to promote my pottery for a while now, and today I learnt a lot!

I was lucky enough to take part on one of the workshops offered by the Arts Development Company, ‘Photographing and Styling your work for Contemporary Craft’. This aimed to help 3D makers present and photograph their wares effectively.

Laura and Jane from the Arts Development Company did a great job of organising the venue and catering (thank you, Hungry Mule for the best homemade crisps and quiche ever!), and the two tutors, Yeshen Venema and Hilary Lowe, were inspiring. I found Hilary’s tips on how to present work to sell really helpful, especially her practical help in choosing props and locations: now I just need to scour the local charity shops! (and get out there and sell, of course.)

I’m sure Yeshen could have helped me brush up my technique too, with his extensive experience of product shoots, but some of the participants needed his technical assistance with F stops, shutter speed, ISO and white balance etc. a bit more than I did, so I missed out there, though watching him work with others was still very useful.

Here are a few of my images from the day … some better than others. I need to iron backdrops first…