Friends and fellow Mavens, I hope you won't think me presumptuous, but I have some suggestions for how best to photograph our little quilts. One of our number recently emailed me and asked me to post on this subject. So, here it is!
1. Try to take the photo of the quilt "straight on." In other words, pin the quilt to a vertical surface and aim the camera right at the quilt, zooming in if possible to include only the quilt in the picture.
2. Natural light is best! Flash photography almost always distorts colors. If weather permits, pin the quilt to something like foam board and take the picture outdoors.
3. If it is too cold and windy to take a photo outside, if possible set up your "board" or whatever the quilt is pinned to and position it beside a window that lets in good natural light. Disengage your flash and take a photo. Take another with the flash. Later you can compare which one is best, but almost always, the one taken without flash is more true, as far as colors are concerned.
4. If you have photo editing software on your computer, once you have downloaded the picture, try cropping to eliminate extraneous background distractions from your quilt.
5. When you are selecting the photos to put on the blog, be sure that you choose the "medium" size. That way, the pictures look good on the blog, but they are "clickable," so that viewers can click on the photos to see an enlarged view.
I have two big pieces of insulation board, purchased at a Home Depot or similar store, which I use when I paint fabrics. I can pin my quilts to that, take them outside, and take them in natural light. Of course, I live in Texas, and we have more bright sunny days here than we do cold, wet, dark days!
So if you just have to use flash, then so be it. But, please, do try the tactic of taking the photograph "straight on" and zooming in as close as possible.
Thanks and forgive me if I have offended anyone!
Here are some photos to show you how I set things up to take pictures of my little quilts:
|This one was on the bottom, so I sat in a chair and took this photo|
"straight on". Of course, no cropping has been done here yet.
|For the quilt on top, short Alice could stand up and shoot it from a standing position.|
No cropping yet on this one, either, of course.
Now here are the two quilts, quickly cropped with some very simple editing software on my iMac:
|I wasn't careful enough in pinning this quilt, as you can see when I cropped, since|
the right side is higher than the left. But at least the ugly background
is, for the most part, removed.
|This one, too, not carefully pinned, so I can say the same thing about it!|