Take Better Photos of Your Knits for Your Blog

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A short tutorial about how to take better photos - written for knitters who blog.

Written by Charisa Martin Cairn. 2010.

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  • It’s digital? Try every setting with one object.Do not use flash! Wait until morning to take pictures, you will be handsomely rewarded!Do not take in direct sunlight - if you can’t avoid it, hold up a piece of paper to create a shady spot for your yarn. Better yet, get a translucent IKEA storage tub, set it on it’s side, put your yarn in and take a pic! Those storage tubs are excellent “light boxes”.The BEST light for outdoor photography is an overcast day.Plain backgrounds are best - solid colors like white, blue, gray, etc. You can buy a large sheet of paper from a craft store and voila with your IKEA storage box you have an instant yarn photo studio!
  • It’s digital? Try every setting with one object.Do not use flash! Wait until morning to take pictures, almost all cameras let you turn off the flash.Do not take in direct sunlight - if you can’t avoid it, hold up a piece of paper to create a shady spot for your yarn. Better yet, get a translucent IKEA storage tub, set it on it’s side, put your yarn in and take a pic! Those storage tubs are excellent “light boxes”.The BEST light for outdoor photography is an overcast day.Plain backgrounds are best - solid colors like white, blue, gray, etc. You can buy a large sheet of paper from a craft store and voila with your IKEA storage box you have an instant yarn photo studio!Invest in a tripod if you really get going.
  • Check your white balance
  • Humans are usually better than forms
  • Spare may not tell the whole story
  • Just enough stuff, no more
  • Play with depth of field
  • Don’t be conventional
  • Don’t lay it flat, get if off the bed. Shadow adds interest.
  • Tell a story
  • Jess and Casey of Ravelry
  • All the “pro” photographers with $8,000 lens were looking at my butt, but I got the shot.
  • Color play
  • colorplay
  • Opportunity!
  • Shadow makes for interest
  • Sometimes, photoshop makes for interest
  • Don’t be afraid to get in their face
  • Sometimes, rented equipment is good
  • Seeing things where there are none, photo challenges
  • Point and shoot can take evocative images too
  • Perfection isn’t needed if you just need to capture an idea.
  • http://www.bighugelabs.com/
  • Take Better Photos of Your Knits for Your Blog

    1. 1. Quick Photography TipsFor Knitters with Blogs<br />You Can Do It!<br />Charisa Martin Cairn<br />
    2. 2. Photos make you smarter<br />You can:<br />capture an idea<br />show someone what you mean<br />remember accurately<br />illustrate a thought<br />learn how to use your point and shoot<br />There’s no grading involved!<br />
    3. 3. Point and Shoots take great shots<br />It’s digital? Try every setting with one object<br />Do not use flash! (tripod useful)<br />Not in direct sunlight – overcast works best<br />Check your white balance<br />Unclutter your photoshoot<br />Figure out the macro setting<br />Carry it with you EVERYWHERE!<br />
    4. 4. DSLRs take great shots<br />Try all the settings! Don’t stick to “Auto”<br />Low Aperture = blurred background<br />Don’t use your DSLR flash, get one that you can point up or to the side (tripod = good)<br />Unclutter your photoshoot<br />Play with lens types: lensbaby, wide angle, telephoto<br />
    5. 5. Easy Light Box<br />Get the lighting right<br />
    6. 6. DIY Lightbox<br />http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-make-a-inexpensive-light-tent<br />My personal fave:PVC fixes everything<br />http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2006/03/pvc_light_box_light_tent.html<br />
    7. 7. Video or Still<br />Flash or Not<br />White balance<br />Additional options<br />Close up (macro)or distance<br />
    8. 8. White balance & Space balance<br />Get the lighting and layout right – shoot what you like<br />
    9. 9. Check your white balance<br />
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    11. 11. Sometimes “spare” may not tell the whole story<br />
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    13. 13. Wide open/low aperture<br />Creates a mood<br />Blurs the background<br />
    14. 14. Don’t be conventional<br />
    15. 15. Don’t lay it flat, get if off the bed<br /> Shadow adds interest.<br />
    16. 16. Tell a story<br />
    17. 17. Carry your camera everywhere<br />Get the shot!<br />
    18. 18. Ravelry Papa and Mama<br />
    19. 19. Betty Roberts, The Spinning Wheel Lady<br />
    20. 20. Cookie A, <br />Analytical and deep in thought<br />
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    23. 23. Your point and shoot takes video. Hmmm.<br />
    24. 24. Inspiration is everywhere<br />
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    27. 27. Even in a friend’s kitchen<br />
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    29. 29. And , sometimes, the digital<br />darkroom makes the shot.<br />Photoshop can be your friend.<br />
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    32. 32. Don’t be afraid to get in their face<br />
    33. 33. Sometimes, <br />rented equipment is good<br />(Don’t buy what you don’t need)<br />A rented long telephoto lens<br />was employed for this shot.<br />
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    35. 35. Lowlight can be evocative<br />
    36. 36. Perfection isn’t needed<br />if you just need to capture an idea.<br />
    37. 37. Do Cool Things<br />Zazzle ‘em, Shutterfly ‘em, Blurb ‘em!<br />
    38. 38. Make a calendar free, advertise your blog<br />(bighugelabs.com)<br />
    39. 39. Shutterfly.com<br />Rather than use calendar option ($20 per calendar), try adding a border on a print and giving 12 prints.<br />
    40. 40. Make things! Zazzle.com<br />Publish! Lulu.com or Blurb.com<br />
    41. 41. Photography is like knitting<br />You have to do a lot of it to be good at it<br />You start with one camera & before you know it…<br />The more you do, the more you learn<br />Look at other blogs and see what they are doing – can you do it too?<br />Stitch by stitch, and photo by photo, you’ll master it!<br />
    42. 42. Questions?<br />Charisa Martin Cairn tookall the photos in this presentation.(except the cameras & light boxes & the one with the Ravelry folks )<br />See her knit pattern designs atwww.k1p1design1.com<br />Resources<br />Bing or Google Images, ideas!<br />Flickr.com, Smugmug.com (search it, learn!)<br />PioneerWoman (how to)http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography<br />

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