Tips on Taking Better Pictures

Now that you have crocheted those beautiful items, the  first things you wanted to to do most likely is taking its picture either to share on Facebook or to publish it to your Flickr album etc. You want to see the colors of your item showing in the picture as close as possible to its true color. Of course you can edit  the photo and manipulate it later, but nothing is better than having a great photo on the first place. Most professional photographers edit their photos only very slightly just to correct the shadows and the highlights. The diagram above shows how you can light up the shadow area of your subject by using a reflector which you can make yourself.

To get better pictures of your crochet items:

Natural Light

– take photo during daylight under the shade either morning (9-10 am) of late afternoon. I mostly take my pictures at around 4 – 5 pm utilizing the light coming from my window.

– use reflector to bounce light to the shadow area in the subject. To make one, cut a cardboard paper about 60 x 40 inches, cover it with aluminum foil (crush the foil and gently flatten it before wrapping it into the cardboard to avoid harsh light).

– use a clean white art paper to place your item, avoid the glossy type of paper.

– remove anything else which are not part of the subject of your photo.

Whether you are using a sophisticate camera or a mobile phone camera, the above tips will help making your photos look more appealing.

This kuffah was  taken solely with the light source coming from the window. Look at the soft shadow on the left and the clearer view of the stitches which would have been too dark without the use of reflector.

I do not have a sophisticated studio like a pro has. My “studio” is a corner of my son’s room which I temporarily occupy while he is in the college. Here is how the set up of my photo shoot looks like. No matter what kind of camera I am using I always try to use a tripod or  a pile of books, a beanie bag, anything to keep your camera steady. Camera shake will caused your photos blurry.

Using a light tent to contain light.

Photographing yarns using Lastolite Photo Maker


A cellphone camera is is flexible and handy, but for a crisp sharp details an SLR is a great investment especially if you are planning to print your photo in a brochure or books.

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A skein of Mulberry Silk taken with a Canon lens, size reduced to 10 % and the image is still sharp. You can still see a tremendous amount of details.

Grey Card
Isn’t it annoying and time consuming having to edit so many photographs because of the color cast problem? Color cast  make your photograph look so much different that the actual object. It mostly occur when you have mix light sources when photographing the object indoor or even outdoor.  Alhamdulillah there is a solution for that which is called a grey card.  A gray card is a reference for the camera to produce consistent image exposure. Once you set your custom white balance using the grey card, you can sit and relax and enjoy the rest of your time uploading the images instead of doing too much editing. To use it; set all of your lighting the same way you will be taking all of your photos, take a photo of the color card in M mode, no need to make object in focus, blurred image of the grey card is preferrable. Set the White Balance in your camera to Custom and select the Grey Card photo, press OK from the camera menu.  Make sure you have selected the Custom White Balance symbol prior taking photographs…
Here is a good tutorial on how to make your own grey card and a blog on how to use one on an iPhone. That’s right!

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