Masterclass - photographing your knits

4th May 2013

When we’re sharing photos of our knits, we all want to show them off in the best light. Mimi Hill explains how to do it...

The desire to photograph finished pieces of knitting is one that interests many knitters, whether to accurately record the details of a finished project for future use, to journal their progress, or to share with friends on blogs and websites.

Knitters are often first drawn to patterns and projects due to the beautifully styled photography which magazines such as The Knitter use to best show the details of their knitting patterns. But you do not need expensive cameras or any special equipment to achieve a highly attractive, professional result when capturing images of your finished knits, in progress projects, or new yarn acquisitions.

An inexpensive point-and-shoot digital camera is all that is required to take clean, detailed and interesting shots of knitted items, as well as patience and the desire to practise a little while you step out of the comfort zone of your camera’s auto mode.

One of the best ways to capture the details of a knitted piece is to photograph at least some shots of a project against a white background, because it results in a great, unencumbered way to view the items without the distraction of a busy backdrop.

It can sometimes take a little playing around to get white-background photography to best work for the camera being used, but once you’ve worked out how to set up a camera to best make use of the lighting conditions, it becomes a quick and easy way to take good-quality pictures. 

 

Where to share your photos

Ravelry.com

Ravelry allows you to create your own profile and upload project photos, along with any details about your work you like. You can also share projects from The Knitter with fellow readers by joining our own group at www.ravelry.com/groups/the-knitter

 

TheMakingSpot.com

The Making Spot is The Knitter’s sister website, and is home to our archive of thousands of purchasable patterns. You can create your own profile on the site, and add project photos too! Get the lowdown via these links: 
How to update your profile

How to share comments & photos

 

 

Setting up

To shoot items against a white background, you don’t need any specialist equipment. All that is needed is an inexpensive, little pocket digital camera and not much space, plus one very basic, very inexpensive extra item - a large (size A1) sheet of pure white card and maybe a bit of Blu-Tack.

It is important that the card should be free from creases, and it should be placed against a wall, reaching down to the floor/table-top in a smooth curve – so producing a seamless background.

 

Lighting

For best results and to capture fine details, you want to have as much natural diffused light on the subject as possible. This should not be bright sunlight, which will cast dark, sharp shadows, but rather nice, cool daylight. Often it is best to have a large window/open door to the side of where the photographs are being taken, as this gives a good amount of light on the object, and the picture will not be hampered by the photographer’s own shadow.

Check back again next week, when we'll look at editing your images.

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