Monday, May 25, 2015

3 Photography Tricks every Quilter will love

Photographing your work is as much important as making it, especially if you are blogging or sharing your work online. But before you start reading further, I must tell you that I really don't have a tutorial or something to tell you about good photography...but don't feel disappointed! I am going to tell you what I do and if it has worked for me so far, it will work for you as well !!!

When I started out my photos were really poor quality. And to know what I call 'Poor' have a look at some of my old posts here and here. Then it got better as I learned a few tricks. You can see the better photos  here and here. I had a point and shoot camera then. After May 22, 2013 I moved to an iPhone 4, and later to iPhone 5 which has served me well through my blogging career.

I love the ease with which I can click pictures and share them instantly. Sadly, though it has meant better photos, it also has meant more insta-sharing and less blogging!I'm working on rectifying that though.

Trick#1 and never compromise with that, is to click your snaps in daylight. Now, people will tell you that you can have a light room,light box and a whole lot of other gadgets...they are welcome! and it works well but if you don't want to add too much bulk on this account in your house and dedicate that extra inch of space to your fabric then well, just use natural sunlight.

Trick#2 be aware of the source of light. Morning light is different from afternoon and at both times, the photos clicked under the sun and away from the sun make a difference. I personally prefer clicking snaps after noon as that's my working and writing time in my quilting studio. Also, my studio has more openings to the west and so I have a lot of light entering from the west. Afternoon snaps have more saturated colours. Snaps get a hell lot of yellow added to them , although to the naked eye it may seem as the same colour as the human eye looks at things in totality and not like the camera that looks at each object in isolation.
Play with your camera - hand held or phone - and find a setting that works the best for you. 
Also, you can use the light to your advantage. Here are 2 photos of the same quilt, you can see how I have used the light to my advantage in the second photo.

Trick#3 When in need of some editing, use a software editing tool. I used to use Picnik before Picasa bought them. Now I use PicMonkey(please note that I have no affiliation to them), I just find the name cool and the functionalities, easy. Suggest you take a copy of one of the pictures that need editing and just play around with it in your free time to get  hang of it. You can also check some of the tutorials they have on the site on how to brighten up dull images and convert  them to  keep-sake memories :)

Here's what a little bit of playing around can do to your photos!

If you have purchased a copy of my  ebook then you would have seen that I have used it in the book for people who do not have Photoshop and it works fine as a substitute to the traditional expensive photo editing software.

Hope these tricks help you!
If you have any of your own, do add in the comments so all can learn and grow!!  


  1. Thanks for some good info! Now to remember it...guess I'll have to bookmark this post! Thanks!!!!


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