Taking Quilt Photos Outdoors…
March 11, 2021
I was scrolling through a bunch of photos today, and came across these from last July, when we were getting ready for our August Online Quilt Magazine to be published.
Sometimes it’s fun (or maybe slightly embarrassing) to peek behind the scenes and see what REALLY happens….
Our “Charmed Star” quilt was a bit of a last minute rush – I made it, and then a friend with a longarm machine quilted it for me, and then (running out of time), I had to draft a couple of helpers to help me photograph it in time to make the cover. What do they say – never work with animals or children??? I thought young adults might be easier….
You probably know these tips for photographing quilts out of doors anyway, but a refresher never hurts, and you can have a chuckle at us along the way.
Firstly, find somewhere not too dark. From memory, it was getting to later in the afternoon, and although this little old train station is really cute, it was too much in the shadow and this just didn’t work.
Likewise on the train tracks (don’t worry – no chance of a train coming along here – it’s for weekend steam train rides only).
Still too much in the shadow, and where you do see patches of sun, the quilt becomes a bit see-through and you see the seams. Good for stained glass, but not great for quilt photos.
And then there’s the issue with the helpers… This one just wanted to wear the quilt! Hmmmm…
Then we turned the opposite direction, and found a much better look.
Quilt in the sun – tick
Quilt held up straight – tick
Background scenery – tick
Hanging nicely – nope. Gotta watch out for that wind.
Helpers hidden – do feet count??
(Our arms are sore…!!!)
Ta dah! Got it! Held fairly straight, in the sun so nice and bright, and no feet visible.
And here’s the cover you had last August.
It’s not always quite this much drama to get a cover shot, but we enjoyed this one, and we hope you did too.
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