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Thread: Need suggestions on how to take good photos of my finished quilts

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    Lightbulb Need suggestions on how to take good photos of my finished quilts

    I would like to take some pictures of my finished quilts and post them. Do most people use a point and shoot camera? I wish that I had a clothes line to hang them from. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    There was a thread specifically about this some time ago. We need one of our search experts to find it for us!

    I have a fairly simple digital camera that takes great pics. The best thing is that it focuses automatically. If I have a small quilt to depict, I put it on my design board. If I have something larger, I use one or two pressure grip pants hangars to grasp it, and hang those on a tall bookcase we have in the living room. In the summer, I remember that the advice was to go outside to take a pic. I use the gripper hangars and hang them on the deck wall.
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    If you take your photo outside, then like all outdoor photography don't take a photo in the middle of the day. The bright sunshine will bleach out your colors. Don't take a photo in the shade; it will change your colors. The best time of day for the light is early morning up to a couple of hours after the sun is fully up and the last hour before sunset. It is all based on the angle of the sunlight. No matter what you are shooting, the last hour of the day will give you magic lighting due to the angle that the light hits the earth.
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    I've draped my quilts over fences, have asked family members to hold them up, and hung them from the gutter with skirt or pant hangers. You will have the best lighting if you pick a bright cloudy day - not dark cloudy, and not full sun. Cloudy but bright will give you the best lighting without a bluish tint, and you won't have burnout or shadows caused by full sun.

    Here is a link to a GREAT site that will help you create the best setup and take the best pictures, especially if you want to shoot indoors. She uses layman's terms and her recommendations for lighting, etc. are affordable.

    http://www.hollyknott.com/stq/index.htm

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    I have two pieces of metal screwed to a blank wall and then use magnetic clips to hold the quilts in place. Then I use a digital camera. Usually takes good pics. I avoid outside shots for all the reasons listed above......bright sunlight, shadows, etc.
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    I hang mine using pant hangers on my shower curtain rod!
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    All great suggestions. I have hung from the trailer outback and from thw bannister upstairs.
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    I set mine on the hardwood floor then stand on a chair and take the picture.

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    all good suggestions, I agree overcast light is best (no shadows). I have used thumbtacks to hang a top from the molding around a double closet door (put them in from the top of the molding to avoid visible holes. Or tack to an outside wall if possible. It depends on where you can hang your quilt and where you have enough room to stand back far enough.

    I am amazed at how many quilt sellers on Etsy have their main picture one where the quilt is all scrunched up on a chair, or even folded!! When a buyer is sorting through thumbnails, the quilt picture should really stand out.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions . I am going to experiment with some of the techniques today.

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    I call my one of LQS's. I arrange to use their hanging method, whatever it is, to hold my quilt. They don't mind as long as there isn't a class going on at the time.

    I don't have to bother about sun and shadow ... and the LQS is very well lit. The display area is meant to show off the entire quilt to best advantage. After all, they want people to sign up for classes so they display many finished quilts and projects.

    I just use my digital camera.

    Otherwise, if I didn't have this available I would use a wall in one of my church's room, like the fellowship hall.

    I do have a design wall that is 8' x 8' but prefer to hang my quilts to get pics.

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    I use pants hangers too, anywhere the quilt will fit...front door, garage rails, etc. "Leggz48": I love your idea, may have to try that!

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    I struggle to find somewhere to take pictures of quilts in my small house, and as I live on top of a hill, it's usually a bit breezy and they move around too much if I hang them outside. But skirt/trousers hangers over a door - that might work. Thankyou.

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    I can go out to the clothesline on the calmest day, no wind, and as soon as I hang up a quilt to take a picture, the wind picks up!Without fail!! very frustrating...

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    If you would like to take a picture where the stitching pattern shows up (many longarmers photograph their work specifically for this) then sidelighting is the way to go. You want a distinct source of light, such as near a window or sliding glass door on a bright-cloudy day or one that faces north (in northern hemisphere) on a sunny day.

    To show the piecework or applique you want a broad, diffuse light source such as outdoors on a bright-cloudy day.

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