Whether you need images for juried shows or selling online (etsy, ebay, pinterest) it is possible to get acceptable, even good, results with a cell phone. Start with a minimum of equipment and use these techniques:


  1. Choose a phone with a good camera

  2. Choose a few good Apps (see below)

  3. Turn off picture frames and any other effects (black & white, sepia, etc)

  4. Use a tripod

  5. Use a neutral background

  6. Use soft even lighting (work near a sunny window or use lights and a shooting tent)

  7. Highest quality and resolution settings

  8. Turn off flash, set focus and exposure

  9. Copy photos to your computer for processing and uploading to ZAPP (optional)

Doing your own craft Photography Using A SmartPhone camera

List of what you will need


Basic:


Smartphone  iPhone (or pick your favorite)


Small Tripod (I like Gorillapod)


Phone Mount  Grip Tight


Clamp Lights  with “Daylight” CFL bulbs


Background Paper


Table

Smartphone Camera Apps


Smartphone cameras are all automatic, focus and exposure are set without your input. While this is great for quick snapshots, it usually produces low quality photos. To  get the best image possible, you need to have some control over the picture taking process. The camera app that comes preloaded on your phone probably doesn’t do this. For just a few dollars you can upgrade your camera app. Below is a list of a few that I like.


For iPhone and iPad


Camera Apps:


PureShot


ProCamera


645 Pro


Smartphone Photo Editing Apps:


Photoshop Express


PhotoGene Crop, correct color, brightness, etc. Resize and export to social media, email, other programs


Pixlr Express Mobile 

Better:


Add-on lenses for smartphone  Photojojo


Shooting Tents  Alzo Digital


Studio Lights  Alzo Digital


Smartphone Camera Apps  (see list below)


Photo Editing Software Picasa (free)

Basic studio setup using the ProPhoto app with iPhone

Click to compare finished photos from a few different cameras.

For Android


Camera Apps:


Camera FV-5

Editing photos with a computer


Picasa (free)


Adobe Photoshop Elements $99


iPhoto ($14.99 or free with new Macs)