Someone commented earlier in the week about my photos, asking how I get them to come out well. Ha! If you only knew the blood, sweat and tears that go into the photographing! I’m not a natural, by any stretch of the imagination, but I have developed a kind of routine that works for me most of the time.
First of all, I only shoot in natural light, so I hope for good weather, not too sunny as that bleaches out the colours, not too cloudy, as that makes the photos too dark. Today was dreadful, really dark and gloomy, which makes all the photos dark and dingy. That’s why I’m so late getting the blog up today, because I had to spend much longer than usual editing the photos in Photoshop. But more on that later.
I have a sheet of ivory coloured matte card that I use as a backdrop, and I lay each set of skeins on it, with indirect light from the window hitting them side on. I always use a tripod and the self timer on the camera, as I have really shaky hands. I also use the macro setting, so I can get the yarn in closeup detail. Before starting, I lay a sheet of white card down, and adjust the white balance on the camera. I’m very conscious that you all rely on me to get the colours in the photographs as close to reality as possible, so I keep adjusting the white balance throughout the shoot, as the light changes.
I take around 4 shots for each colourway, a couple on auto, and a couple on the daylight setting, as I’ve found that those two light settings on my camera are the most true to life. I use a Canon Powershot A80, by the way. After shooting all the yarn, I go through the photos on the computer, selecting the best ones, and adjusting them as necessary in Photoshop. I try to fiddle with them as little as possible, but just adjust the contrast, saturation, etc, as necessary to get a good true photo. Some days it all works like a charm, other days (today!) I’m pulling my hair out. The hardest ones are reds and bright blues, my camera just hates those colours, and I can never get them to look as good in the photographs as they do in real life.
I have to be honest, this week I am really disappointed with the photos. Pity, because we have some superb colours this week. Here are some of my favourites:
I’m not going to blot my blog with a photo of it, but go take a look at Sophia 4ply Chameleon. I’ll wait….. Ok, what do you think? We’re split here – Tony thinks its the best colourway he’s ever done, and I think it is appallingly ugly, and looks more like some kind of unpleasant fungus than anything else. I was all for sending it back to be overdyed, but he insisted we put it on the sale page anyway. We shall soon see whose taste is right…..I’m off to hunt down some interesting pattern suggestions now, and will add those to the blog sometime tomorrow. Enjoy!
PS. Don’t forget the clocks go back tomorrow night! I’m not sure how many of you international customers also have daylight saving changes this weekend, but if you don’t, Sunday’s sale will seem to be starting an hour LATER than usual. Oh dear, I hope that makes sense!!