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Tips for Photographing Your Quilt

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tips for photographing a quilt
 
These tips are adapted from Quilting Arts, but they’re good advice for getting a good photo of your quilt.
 
·        Place the quilt on a neutral background. A piece of pressed muslin, a smooth white bed sheet or black velvet are examples. A design wall will work, but be sure to remove any threads or other distractions from the background.
 
·        Check the lighting. Is there good, even light over the entire surface of the quilt? Avoid shadows or lights that shine at the camera, as they can make it difficult to get a good shot of your quilt. Daylight is generally good, if you’re not facing the sun and there are no shadows, but weather may prevent you from shooting outdoors at this time of year.
 
·        For an entire quilt shot, be sure you can see all four edges and the binding, all around the quilt. (This advice is mainly if you’re entering a competition, but it makes for a better picture.)
 
·        For a detail shot, choose your favorite part of the quilt and zoom in—it may be a particularly lovely element, a well-executed technique you're proud of, or something else you want to highlight. (Not needed for the quilt show photo but good advice if you’re entering a competition.)
 
·        Shoot both straight on, not at an angle. Square quilts should look square. Rectangular quilts should look rectangular.
 
·        Take a look at the photo after you print it. Are the colors true? If not, you may need to check your printer cartridges or  reshoot the photo in better light.