Sometimes I just need to get out a quilt and practice taking photos. Quilt photography isn't as easy as the "big girls" in quilting make it look. Staging, lighting and the angle of the shot can all be very tricky. So today I took a break from the computer and studio to have a little quilt photo fun with the new fence in the back yard. The picture below isn't the first picture taken. It was about #20-ish. Pastel quilts are the hardest to photograph. They tend to wash out and look very light. My Turnabout Tulip quilt is such a pretty quilt and I think this photo is the best one out of about 50 taken.
The next favorite is basically the same shot taken from the other side.
I often toy with the idea of hiring a photographer for my pattern covers and marketing images. That idea is quickly tossed out when I start looking for an affordable photographer in my area. I keep hoping someone new will have good rates as a way to build business but so far I've not found anyone. Then comes the search for a real camera instead of using my cell phone camera. It's wasted time because I don't want to take a class to learn how to use an expensive camera. The best thing to do is just learn to use what I have until I win the lottery. Of course you need to play to win so the odds of me winning isn't good. I buy a ticket about once a year.
I think this photo shoot is turning out pretty good, don't you? This wasn't supposed to be a good day for quilt photos. The rule of thumb for outside quilt photos is....Take pictures on a sunny day between midday and late afternoon. You want the quilt to face the sun or have the sun directly overhead. Sometimes taking a photo in the shade will help with the washing out of color. These pictures were taken right after the rain stopped, still cloudy with no sunshine, between 3pm -3:30 pm. Maybe pastel fabrics photograph better on cloudy days? I should have photographed one of the brighter quilts too. I can't believe I'm going to say this but...I hope tomorrow is overcast so I can do a little more experimenting with color and lighting.
It's all about play and learning what works and what doesn't. In the image below I was trying to get a close up of the fabrics. The Honeysuckle hanging over the top of the quilt added a little interest to the photo.
This one does nothing for me. Boring is the first word that comes to mind.
And then there was this experiment. Nothing good going on here other than the color is still really good.
Of course what's photo shoot without a little photo bombing. If I wanted her in the photo she would been hiding. She knows mommy gives out treats when she sits pretty for the camera. This time she was lured out of the photo with a treat. HA! Smart girl! By this point I was ready to call it wrap and go upload the quilt photos to the computer so I could see how they turned out. I learned a lot and will do another test tomorrow.
It was back to the studio to search for some old quilt pattern notes for a quilt I made years ago. In my search I stumble upon this binder divider I made a few years ago. Oh my goodness! How cute is this! I forgot all about it. Well, now I want to make another but it will need to wait, there's things on the to-do list still yet to be done.
Before heading back to the computer I need to trim up my daily batch of HST's. I've been pretty good about doing a few everyday. Somedays I trim 2 days worth so I can skip the next day. If you missed the blog post about the daily HST trimming you can read more about it here.
Word of the Year. Moving things or me!
Turnabout Tulips quilt pattern is available in my shop in both PDF and Traditional Mailed.