I’m the Stacey behind Stacey Winters Photography. Along with photography I enjoy creating handmade items and am a huge fan of Barb…in every single way! As a guest blogger over here at Knack I’m going to share some photography tips that I have gathered along the way.

Usually the first question I get is what camera are you using and what lens do you go to most often so we’ll start there. I work with a Canon 5D and am in love with my 100mm macro lens. I use it for most everything aside from people portraits. For portrait sessions I bring my 35mm, 24-105mm and 200mm. 

an iPhone photo, boca sparkles added in picture show then filtered in instagram and printed on 5×5 metallic paper

For my everyday carry along the iPhone is quickly becoming an addiction especially when mixed with instagram or picture show. I’ve recently started printing them and plan to add them to the shop soon.
Capturing an image in natural light is essential for me. The early morning sunlight is quite beautiful. I work in a room with a large window that gathers the light and pours it in for inside objects. Just by stepping out my front door I see nature up close and am awed by the tiny details. Experiment by moving around the subject rather than moving the subject to see how the light is enhancing the item.

A few more things I do and use:

  • It’s always good to frame your shot and then take one step closer.
  • When shooting a product you can make it personal by just holding it in your hand and having a little bit of yourself in the frame. 
  • Printing for me ranges from home printer (an Epson Stylus Photo printer) to Costco to WHCC. If the colors on your computer are not matching your prints you’ll want to calibrate your monitor.  
  • Working in Photoshop or beginning in Photoshop Elements is a fun way to play in the “digital darkroom.”
  • Once you feel comfortable in Photoshop applying actions to your images can enhance your already beautiful images.
  • Don’t delete anything in the camera until you’ve gotten home and taken a look at all the images, sometimes a little gem is in there when you see it on the big screen.


Oh Goodie…A Giveaway!
In celebration of Knack’s love of photography and creative ventures I’m offering the 5×5 heart balloon print in a giveaway. Leave a comment here along with your contact info by 11.9.11 and a winner will be drawn. 
Thank you so much Barb! It was a treat to be your guest today!!

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  1. Courtney

    Thanks for the tips Stacey! I'm new at photographing my work, so any info I can get is a great help!!
    Love the colors in the heart photo…so cool!

  2. Rebekah

    Great tips. I use a 35mm prime for just about everything. But am renting a 100mm macro in a couple of weeks to try out while helping a friend with a project. Would love to win the heart print as well. info@honeysucklelife.com

  3. ruth ann

    love the heart print, and great tips.

    ruth ann


  4. Stacey

    So happy to be a guest here at Knack. Thank you for all the sweet comments. πŸ™‚

  5. Lindsey @ arkadian belle woods

    I'm always excited to get tips on photography! I love you can create a unique piece of art by using editing and adding some interesting effects! I love all of these shots!


  6. Mariah

    The heart balloon photo is gorgeous!

    I love being able to hear a little about what works for you and makes you tick as a photographer πŸ™‚


  7. Vicki K.

    I Love these tips! If I use just one tip every time I learn one, it will certainly improve my photo. Thank you so much!!

  8. Anne

    Beautiful heart photo! πŸ˜‰

  9. Patty G

    Love your work Stacey! Thanks for the tips. I was out trying to take pictures of sparkly leaves and I couldn't for the life of me get the sparkles to show up in my pics.. Do you have any tips for that?


  10. Sunnyside Dru

    just use the iPhone on our blog for now, no photoshop or anything..wintertime studies for this farmers wife.

    Love this photo..

  11. cranny + b

    free photography tips are always a treat!
    thanks for the give-away–love the photos, especially the Knack one. Barb is my sis and I am so proud of her!

  12. Lostlemonade

    WOW! More great photos and bonus photo tips! Thanks, Stacey!

  13. Candace

    Thanks for the tips Stacey. Your work is beautiful!

  14. April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears

    I LOVE it!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. AElizabeth

    Love the heart and all the great info you provide!!

  16. dmw212

    I would "heart" to win the heart print!

  17. chunky girl

    So fabulous! πŸ™‚

  18. Tracy

    I love the fresh, crispness of the pictures. The lightness makes my heart smile. Thanks for sharing!

  19. The Stapelia Company

    I love Stacey's photos and her glittery vintage-inspired ornaments and holiday stuff. Her blog is great too. Great feature! πŸ™‚

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