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Thread: Photographing your Quilts

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    Everyone wants to show off their newly finished quilt or wall hanging. We all want to see it. Some of you take pictures of a quilt on a bed or on a chair. Taking a picture of a quilt on a bed doesn't allow the reader to SEE it. Oh sure we SEE the end of the bed as this is where your camera is focusing but we cannot see the quilt in it's entirety like we want to.

    If someone is available to hold up your quilt for you while you take a picture ( in natural light ) think of how amazing that quilt would look compared to laying on a bed with some of the photo focused and some not ;(>

    Recognizing that sometimes there is no one around to help hold up a quilt or wall hanging, you can also fasten it over a second story staircase railing. Pin it to the wall, whatever it takes to make a good photo of your quilt. Taking an extra few minutes makes a huge difference.

    I prefer to photograph outside in the natural light, be aware of shadows on your quilt and wind blowing up an edge. It takes a little time and patience.

    The point is to see the whole quilt face on - if you get that visual in your mind while taking the picture you will be happier and so will those who look at the photo.

    Bad photo..... can't see most of the mats
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    Better.. can see the true colors, no shadows
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    Thank you for this. I love to look at quilts. I also get frustrated at those teeny, tiny pics. My old eyes aren't what they used to be! :lol:

    BTW, beautiful quilt!

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    Thank you. I love to see the pictures of quilts hanging up.

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    This is great information for those who have the ability to make use of it. However, I am delighted to see a quilt on a bed. It is just as pleasing to me as one displayed outside or hanging from a staircase.

    I wouldn't want anyone to be discouraged about posting their pictures. I love them all.

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    thanks for the great photo tips

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    This is great information for those who have the ability to make use of it. However, I am delighted to see a quilt on a bed. It is just as pleasing to me as one displayed outside or hanging from a staircase.

    I wouldn't want anyone to be discouraged about posting their pictures. I love them all.
    certainly not trying to discourage anyone....I like to see both BUT for purposes of SEEING the quilt.. this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    thanks for the great photo tips
    welcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Thank you for this. I love to look at quilts. I also get frustrated at those teeny, tiny pics. My old eyes aren't what they used to be! :lol:

    BTW, beautiful quilt!
    tiny pictures and fuzzy ones ;(>

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    Quote Originally Posted by janice4
    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    This is great information for those who have the ability to make use of it. However, I am delighted to see a quilt on a bed. It is just as pleasing to me as one displayed outside or hanging from a staircase.

    I wouldn't want anyone to be discouraged about posting their pictures. I love them all.
    certainly not trying to discourage anyone....I like to see both BUT for purposes of SEEING the quilt.. this works.
    I love the close up pictures too. But sometimes our quilters don't have the equipment or the expertise to do more than they do. I am just happy when they succeed in getting a picture posted.

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    I agree, but we don't always have someone who can hold it up or have enough room to lay it out somewhere to take the pic. Great advice though.....

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