There are many photography tips out there to help you take better photos of your quilts. When you are submitting your quilts for quilt shows, juried shows, and for appraisals I think your photos should be better quality and detail. I also think that when you will be using your photos for quilts or pieces that you will sell, you will also want better quality photos.
I thought it would be good to try some of these tips, and share the photos with you – so you can make the decision if the tip is important or not.
Tip #1: Use Natural Lighting
I took this quilt outdoors and indoors, to compare the differences in the photo quality. I chose a day with very few clouds in the sky, and I hung the quilt over my deck rail. I would probably have someone hold it if I was trying to get the full shot. But in this experiment – I really wanted to see the effects of the lighting sources.
Let’s look at these photos:
Photo #1: Indoor with No Flash.
I don’t think this looks too bad, however I do notice that some of the quilting is lost in the lighter colored blocks. The color of the fabrics seem to be darker, more muddier.
Photo #2: Indoor with a flash.
This seems to wash out, and lighten up, the colors of the fabric just a bit, and again the texture of the quilting really gets lost in the light blocks.
Photo #3: Outdoor, no flash, distance.
Here is something I did not think about. When the sun is behind you, giving full light to the quilt, there is a shadow… of ME!! So I had to step back quite a bit to make sure that I wasn’t in the picture. However, I think this gave the quilt the best color depiction, and you can still see the texture of the quilting.
Photo #4: Outdoors, no flash, zooming in:
I stayed in the same spot of photo #3, just used my lens to zoom in. Taking the photo this way seemed to shed more light on the fabric. I don’t think it distorted the color too much, and you can still see the quilting.
So – which photo is your favorite? Do you have any photography tips for me to try?