When I went to the Sewing Summit last October, one of the classes, Photographing Your Creations – Simple Changes for Maximum Impact was taught by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co.
The class was great, Vanessa was (probably still is) super nice and a cute, petite little thing. I mean, she's one of those bubbly sweet ladies in a tiny, thin body that you want to hate out of jealousy but can't help but love! :-)
Anyway, she had some great tips and out of respect for her and her time, I won't go over everything here. I suspect she's posting them on her own blog here and there. I do want to give you a brief glimpse, though, of her process for taking photographs and which I found to be helpful.
1) Take a lot of pictures just to get a few good ones. Now this I already did but it was nice to not feel I was insane for taking 30 photos of one quilt just to post 3.
2) Use good lighting. Natural light, filtered is best. An open west facing window in the afternoon or outdoors in the morning or evening. Flashes wash out color and only highlight a center spot while indoor lighting is often too yellow-ish in the photo.
3) Staging. Display your quilt in various scenes to set the mood you want for the quilt. Yep, you want your quilt to evoke a mood. For example, if you are photographing a baby quilt, why not put it on the floor with baby toys around/on it.
The following is a photo I posted immediately after the Summit. I loved the way it came out but I took about 12 photos to this one that I didn't like.
I did that and was pleased to find a couple I really liked (see the grouping over the fence with the tree draping over it). I chose one I liked best and decided whether to edit for brightness, cropping, etc. but this one I left as is. I didn't like the the way it looked once cropped, it became blurry.
I hope you've enjoyed my peek into my brain and maybe, you've become inspired to play around with setting scenes in photographing your own creations, whether quilts, handbags or whatever.