Take Great Knitwear Photos!

Small skein project for the Buffalo Wool Co. Designed by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz (Photo by Jason Mullett-Bowlsby)

There’s a saying that your knitting project isn’t officially finished until it’s photographed.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not so great in the photo department. I work so hard to make my beautiful knitted garments and accessories; I want my photos to convey the fabulous finished objects. Alas. My photo turn out poorly, with bad lighting, low contrast, and washed out colors.

I do have skills with some photo editing software, but there’s a saying in the photography world: “Garbage in, garbage out,” meaning there’s only so much you can do to improve a bad photo.So there’s only one thing to do—learn to take better photos!

Through books, seminars, and practice, I have improved a bit. Here are some of the things I’ve learned:

Use natural lighting if at all possible.

Use a binder clip to make a tripod for your phone! (Photo by Amy Palmer)

Use a tripod or some method of stabilizing the camera (use a binder clip to make a tripod for your phone!)
Use interesting angles, such as photographing the knitted garment very close up to show the stitch pattern.

These techniques have really helped me with my photography, but I’m definitely still an amateur. One of my friends told me to make a light box; she said it would reduce glare and shadows.

Luckily, we’re having a webinar on Wednesday (January 21, 2015), all about improving photography, and making a light box is one of the topics. I’m going to be hosting How to Create a DIY Photo Studio: Get Professional Results at Home, with Jason Mullet-Bowlsby.

Here’s what we’ll learn:

  • The must-have items for a “pro” studio
  • What kind of a space is needed
  • How to build a backdrop holder/light diffuser with basic DIY supplies
  • Cheap and easy lighting fixes that will astound you
  • How to make a cheap and easy light box
  • Which software the pros swear by, and how to get similar results for little or no money

Jason, who’s half of the design team called the Shibaguys (with Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby), will guide us in developing DIY photography studio space right in our own homes! Jason is a fashion, commercial, and portrait photographer whose work can be seen in the collections of independent designers as well as in books from major craft publishers like Leisure Arts, Creative Publishing, and Lark Publishing. A dedicated instructor, Jason is passionate about teaching aspiring photographers, designers, and makers how to get the most out of their photography through one-on-one instruction as well as classes and online seminars.

One of Jason’s favorite photography gigs is at local and national dog shows; where he has been invited to photograph at such prestigious organizations as the Seattle Kennel Club and the Westminster Kennel Club dog shows. Just check out this lovely photo of two doggie friends:

Doggies! (Photo by Jason Mullett-Bowlsby)

I hope you’ll join me on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Easter Time for How to Create a DIY Photo Studio: Get Professional Results at Home!

See you there,

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