Tips for better photography/Scanning of your needlework.

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Tips for better photography/Scanning of your needlework.
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Fri, 09-21-2012 - 11:48am

I know that I have issues with photographing my needlework. Color, focus, clarity --- all can suffer. And if there is any shine or sparkle, that is a real disaster. Other have reported similar issues when scanning their needlework, which is made even more difficult with projects with some dimension. And then there are the larger pieces, like garments, clothing, household decor items, etc.,  that don't adapt to scanning at all...

This can be especially problematical if you are submitting a piece for a show and a digital photo (not photoshopped) is asked for with the entry form.

I'm starting this thread for accumulating tips on getting better scans or photos...  Please feel free to add any tips you have found that help you take pictures or scan your work.



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I ran across this small list of tips, primarily for papercrafters, I think, but it also holds for some needlework, which seems to come across as embroidery online for the most part: http://www.craftfoxes.com/blog/how-to-take-professional-photographs-of-crafts

and the internet is full of photography tips. Here are a few I found simply by googling, using as the search phrase "How to photograph your needlework":

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If you are interested in larger items like quilts, here are a few possible links - from pros, guilds, etc.!

and some not-so pros:

and videos: 

  1. http://amyscreativeside.com/2011/04/28/bloggers-quilt-festival-photo/
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn--HXzhUCk

and finally, for those who fear their quilt may go missing in transit or at a show and want to post a photo to the "Lost Quilt Come Home" website: http://lostquilt.com/index.php/protecting-quilts/photographing-your-quilts/

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For knitting or crocehting, here's a great pdf : http://www.conradhoffman.com/photographing_your_knitting.pdf

and some helpful blog posts...

On using models: http://www.yarn.com/product/photographing-your-fos-on-real-life-models-gale-zucker/

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And here's a generic set of tips which would work for everyone: http://www.enneacollective.com/?p=1349

Oh, and Craftsy is offering an online class, for $$$: http://www.craftsy.com/class/Shoot-It-A-Product-Photography-Primer/90

 



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Scanning --- different technique, similar issues. Further complicated, I think, by the fact that the light from the scanner makes fabrics transparent and therefore alters color and contrast...

Here are some YouTube video how-tos: 

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goFpvpwS1vo
  2. http://x-commerce.net/2012/09/scanning-your-needlework-why/

and some online tips...

for tatting specifically: http://www.tatsall.ca/tips.htm#scanres

Still more...

http://crossstitching.lifetips.com/faq/69204/0/can-i-scan-my-needlework/index.html

 



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