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Kristina’s light set up and course is amazing. I went through the process of buying a little lightbox online and I could never get the lighting right. The “white” of my photos were always either blue or yellow still. When I finally found Kristina, I figured I would give her artificial lighting set up to see if it would work and it has changed my WORLD. I went from editing photos ten to twenty minutes each (and still not actually getting a white background) to snapping photos, editing in the one minute it took me to walk to my computer and uploading it. This process has saved me over and over again. When customers have a question and need to see a different angle or if a reporter needs a photo super fast for publication, I can take a perfect photo at any time of day in any weather and send it over immediately."
"Before taking Kristina Nicole’s course on photography, I was completely ruining the image of my products in the editing process trying to get the white background, So I stopped trying all together! I switched to a background that was easy and didn’t create a lot of shadows and the lighting really didn’t have that much of an effect on, after all I was the only one who knew what color it was supposed to be anyway. All of this changed when I took Kristina Nicole’s course! She taught me how to use artificial light to get clean crisp white backgrounds every time! No more waiting for the perfect conditions for photographing outside, I can take pictures anytime of day or night using artificial light and get that perfect white background with very little editing I might add! Her course has streamlined the photography process for my business so much so that I love photography now! With the knowledge and skills her course gave me I now have the confidence to take my own product photography and slay it! Thank you Kristina!"
Carol Hoey & Charlotte Gerwin
"My Etsy shop is thanking me for joining "The Makers Method". I didn't realize how much I did not know about product photography! Kristina Nicole makes the whole process so easy to learn. The step-by-step instructions were so simple to follow along. The craziest part of this whole journey is Kristina's feedback when I have questions. She responds quickly on the Facebook group and LIVE videos to explain what she's talking about!! When does she sleep?? I was hesitant to make this purchase and want to yell from the rooftops to anyone that will listen. It's worth EVERY penny. My Etsy shop has exploded, I spend half the time editing my photos and spend more time in my studio throwing pots. Kristina shows her screen while explaining things, so I can actually follow what she's doing. I also learn from everyone else's questions. The Facebook group is just an added bonus. The people are SO sweet and helpful. Well, I have to go... just heard another cha-ching on Etsy!"
"Kristina has helped me so much with her detailed and professional tips. She does it in a nice way, so you want to learn more and improve. I struggled with photography for years, and since watching her videos, things start to click and fall into place."
"I have been having trouble taking photos of my products for years until... I met Kristina. Taking photos of glass has been a task I dreaded until now! I was introduced to Kristina and boom, I now understand light and how it can make or break your photos. I’ve used natural light in the past but the inconsistency was troubling. Learning how to make, set up, and use a lightbox has taken my photos from drab and ordinary to something I am proud of. The knowledge I have learned from Kristina has made taking photos fun! I can’t thank her enough for teaching me and supporting me! She is truly a caring and knowledgeable teacher!"
"I took Kristina's 5 Day Photo Challenge in May, and immediately learned a number of things about product photography that were immensely helpful in shooting my jewelry with a smartphone. At the end of the week, I splurged on my business and bought The Makers Method course, and I'm SO thankful I took that leap. The modules are so very easy to understand, partnered with video demonstration, and easy to go at my own pace. I've just set up my own lightbox with her recommendations, and am about to start reshooting my entire product line bit by bit.... The thing that has impressed me the most about Kristina is the amount of time and 1:1 support that she gives in her Makers Method private Facebook group. It's clear that helping her students is her passion, and she is so responsive, answering questions with video responses that are helpful for everyone if they want to watch and learn, as well. She hosts monthly challenges and learning outcomes (July was Canva) within the group, and chooses these topics based on what the group's needs are. The value you get for your investment in yourself is amazing, and I'm so very glad I took that leap. Thank you, Kristina, for all you do for your students. Your dedication is unparalleled. "
"Kristina offers the best advice for pictures! She is amazing in how much value she offers. I won’t go to anyone else for feedback on pictures. And she doesn’t make you go out and spend a fortune on equipment, she works with what you have available or maybe buying a few things. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone. Can’t speak highly enough of her!"
"OMG OMG OMG. After six years and hundreds of hours of edits I have NEVER been able to capture the Red in Swarovski Crystals without having to paste other crystal pictures over them or use masks. Much of my work is custom and they ask for pictures of "What if that crystal was this color" constantly. I used to groan knowing that although taking the picture only took a minute, it would take an hour to edit it to accurately portray the colors. NO EDIT of any kind now. I can die and go to heaven. Life is better with my new best friend, the Beastly LightBox."
Amy Nicole Williams
"I am so glad I found Kristina Nicole! She is SO knowledgeable and has a gift for teaching. Taking quality product photos has been so overwhelming to me in the past but Kristina breaks it down in ways I actually understand & can duplicate. Her light box instructions are a total game changer!"
"I have been in other groups (paid and free) for photography and let me tell you they are not worth your time. Kristina gives you so much more than any other coach I have ever been with. When you ask a question she is there to give you personal help. If you ask her something she isn't sure about you can bet that she is going to research it and give you her best advise. Kristina goes above and beyond in giving her knowledge and help."
"I signed up for the full Makers Method course and I’m completely blown away! The detail of this course is beyond compare to any course I’ve taken so far… and I’ve signed up over the years for quite a few courses. More than just photos! The Makers Method is so complete! All about my phone settings, editing, loading to my shop- there’s even a video course in this package that I’ve just started- but know it’s a game changer for me. Kristina is fantastic! Patient, thorough, and answers all inquiries. If there’s a question she doesn’t know the answer to, she’ll research and get the answer asap. I only wish I had found her and this class earlier in my business venture… totally recommended!"
"Kristina's experience with product photography is a godsend! I'm so glad I found her. Any question I have about my photos, setup, lighting, props, etc, is always answered with such actionable feedback from Kristina. My photos have greatly improved since being in her group. You won't find another coach who is so open and willing to help you succeed in your handmade business with killer product photos than Kristina. I highly recommend her if you're serious about your business succeeding. Product photos make or break a business and I'm lucky to be working with such an experienced photographer."
"I found this program to be far more than just lessons on how to correctly photograph your products. Learning about how to do this correctly is a game changer for selling and Kristina notices so many details in the shot that I wasn't even aware of (where the light is coming from, distracting props, how to arrange the lifestyle photo to focus on the product, etc.) But above and beyond that she gives so much guidance on running a business. From figuring out your ideal customer to how to use Canva, to the best method for organizing, editing and storing your photos. Tutor time is a great time to cover questions and to see what other product makers are struggling with, since I often get ideas of what I could do better. I've taken a lot of courses and this one is well worth it. I'm still learning, and part of learning is going through the struggles to the other side - there is definitely a skill to photographing products that I've learned to appreciate more vs. just taking a photo and slapping it on your site. "