One of my biggest challenges in this here fiber business is getting good photos of my felted pieces to post online. It’s soooooo frustrating!!! Why? I’m guessing you creatives out there have that problem too, right? Well, maybe not. But, here are a few little things I have learned about product photography in hopes it might help. If you guys have any tips and tricks up your sleeve to pass along, I will be most appreciative.
After hours of research I’ve learned that natural light seems to work best. I’ve had good luck taking photos of my hand dyed yarns outside. It’s tricky tho. Can’t be too bright, too dark, too windy, etc. But, when the light is right – a bit overcast with no direct sunlight – it works fairly well. However, that’s not always feasible now, is it? And, it’s a bit more difficult to do with larger, wearables like my felted shawls.
I can’t get a decent shot of my scarves and shawls inside no matter what. I’ve tried different lights, backdrops, simulated light boxes all to no avail. Granted, I don’t have the best camera however, everything I’ve read tells me it’s more about the lighting.
So here’s a comparison of one of my nuno felted scarves taken inside and out, This scarf is mostly teal which my camera just can’t comprehend. Turquoise is even worse. The photo on the left was taken inside with lots of bright lights, surrounded by white sheets. White balance on the camera was set to ‘tungsten’.
Looks dingy and washed out. The photo on the right was taken yesterday, late afternoon. No direct sun with a neutral backdrop. Not great by any stretch of the imagination, but better, right? The question is, what do I do in the middle of winter? My house is kind of weird. I have 36, yup 36 windows! Sounds great but my only tall windows are facing south with too much sunlight. The rest are smaller and up high.
Again, if you have any ideas, please share. In the meantime, I’ll keep trying and will let you know my results.
Have a great week!
Kentucky Blue Fiber Co.