When I want to take photos of my work, I try to use the very light grey table at work. This fine for small items. At home I lay out a light coloured beige sheet (don't have any white ones) on the floor or the bed. I try to stand above the item to be photographed so that it is flat (not always successful) I would love to have a felt wall that some of my friends use for their quilt layouts. Then I could just stand back and snap away.
Lighting is never natural for me as I am always taking photos of my stuff at night or at work. I have good fluorescent light at work and the mercury fluorescent at home.
Any more tips?
I ruined some very important photos several years ago because I had the flash suppressed and did not know it and not one person bothered to let me know that they did not see a flash. I used to take some really nice shots with a Pentex 38mm camera. What a thing of the past! Do you realize that there is a whole generation that have never loaded film in a camera or carried a lead lined pouch through an airport. Kay
Agree with natural light suggestion and taking that one step further, an overcast, cloudy day is best. Gives enough light without the glare of bright sunlight... difficult to find in sunny central AZ desert. When there is a cloudy day I grab the camera and head for the botanical gardens or zoo!
I appreciate this post. I would also like to know how to take a picture that makes me look 20 something again......if you don't mind.
Photoshop! That's what the "celebrities" do.
I try to remember to use solid color fleece for my backdrop in photos. It removes the distracting things from the photo and gives the item center stage.
I try to take several pictures of one item so that I can pick from the best ones and discard the rest. These were taken with my cell phone camera -- so not the best -- but not bad either. The one shows the true blue color and the other shows a different blue.
Be sure to watch your shadow when taking a picture of an item on the floor/table. It can be very distracting to see the shadow on the item. Also, try to keep your device (camera/tablet) level to the floor/table as just a little angle can change the look of your item.
Watch how your picture looks on the floor/table, are there lines (example; grout lines on tile) showing in places that may confuse the viewer. If there are, place a solid color sheet under the item. Poster board in white and black will work for most items and will be flat for a better picture.
Great post Sue. I have found out that to take a picture on an Apple iPad the on/ off button has to be on the right hand side. That seems to prevent pictures being 'upside down' when posting or e mailing. Hope this helps.
I do find when taking a picture with my camera that my hands are not too steady and that I always get a blurred picture. Sarah
My DH does the same. He brought my coffee this morning and I said, "If you don't mind, I like my coffee stirred, not shaken." He nearly spilled it on me laughing.
Thank you, this is great information !
Thank you, thank you & thank you........hope to use some of these tips to improve the quality of my pics!!
iPhones and tablets from Mac require that you hold the camera the "right" way to take a picture. The software on YOUR computer installed for your phone will auto-rotate the picture for your computer. However, if you upload it to a website or send it in an email -- it will be whatever way it was when it was taken. I will add a picture of the right way to hold an iPhone. Make sure the home button is in the right place -- just as in the picture. The iPhone "knows" which way is up and it "thinks" you want an upside-down picture if you hold it wrong.
There are apps that can help -- but they might be a challenge for some. Also, it is recommended that you use the phones "grid" when you take a picture and do not use the zoom feature as they say it distorts the picture.
Thanks for this very useful information.
Thank you! Most pics I take with my iPhone vertical, and when I do turn it horizontal, I have it the opposite way of your photo above.
Thanks I think it is a great idea to help out those of us with poor photography skills.
Your input is wise as always.. I find if uploading from the computer make sure it has been rotated and saved in the position you wish it to be viewed I do find photo's my daughter takes on her phone sometimes end up on their sides when emailed to me..
If she has an iPhone, then it looked right when she sent it because her computer would auto-rotate it due to the software that comes with iPhones.
Thanks very much
Hi spendlove, thankyou so much for the above information, I have sent my first picture to Chris & it worked. Now I can join in & show the Cute site what I am up to. Thankyou once again. Regards Lorraine McNeill of Woodcroft in South Australia.