The recent Professional Development Seminar during the SNAG Conference offered an informative program titled "Photography in Flux." One of the pressing issues in art and craft photo is the growing popularity of the stark white background, often with a stylized shadow near the work.
As part of the Professional Development Seminar, Photographer Christopher Conrad prepared a Step-by-Step HANDOUT and PowerPoint for "How to Build a Better Drop Shadow" in Photoshop. Now both of these are available on line for you to download and practice.
Both the PowerPoint and the Handout are step-by-step color images of this process in Photoshop. There is no complicated text, but beautiful didactic images so that you can do this yourself to improve the photographic images of your work with a soft and subtle shadow.
Find the Handout from the Professional Development Seminar How to Build a Better Drop Shadow - A Photoshop Tutorial by Christopher Conrad from the SNAG Professional Development Seminar on my website. It will also be posted on the SNAG web site soon.
Below is the Step-by-Step Photoshop Tutorial as a PowerPointHow to Build a Better Shadow - A Photoshop Tutorial by Christopher Conrad
The issues surrounding the white background for art and craft photography was discussed extensively on ASK Harriete several months ago. You can find the posts about shadows below. Your comments are welcome either on this post or the previous posts. Your experience and opinions can help other artists.
Previous posts in the series Side by Side Comparisons of Different Photos:
Side by Side Comparisons - the White Background, Can You Cut It?