Knitting and Crocheting and Taking Pictures Of It All

I’m a realist. If all I did was write about the things I knitted and crocheted and spun, you wouldn’t be reading this blog. There has to be pictures and lots of them. Any picture, even a cruddy one, is better than no picture.  But a good picture?

A good picture will grab your attention faster than anything else I can do on a web page. I’m always trying to take the very best pictures I can.

How I Take Pictures of My Knitting and Crochet and Yarn and Cats

(Can’t forget those cat pictures! The internet was invented to show cat pictures you know!)

My photography education comes from a few community college classes, reading books on photography, and lots of practice. Practice makes for a pretty good education. But I’m no expert. I’ve never worked in a studio, or shot pictures with professional level equipment, and my attempts at outdoor landscape photography are pathetic. They are very, very sad actually.

But I take pretty good pictures of yarn and cats! So if you’re willing to take a few tips from a complete amateur, I’m willing to share what I know.

Its worth the time and effort to take the best picture you can of your work. What you are making, its important. Its hours and hours of your time. And its a part of you the way all creations are a part of their creator. Take its picture. Take the best picture you can. This little guide I’ve thrown together is not about why you should go buy a single lens reflex camera or finding the correct aperture for your shot. Its about getting the most out of whatever camera you have so you can show off your work. Even if all you have is the camera on your phone, you can get a good picture.


Why Do So Many Pictures Disappoint?

A camera is just not as good as the visual equipment you are carrying around in your skull. Nope, not even the really expensive ones. Your eyes, combined with your brain, are better than any camera. That’s why when you take a picture of what you see, it looses something.

  • Sad fact # 1: The camera picks up all kinds of stuff that you don’t want to show

Your mind is the ultimate image processor. Its auto-correcting for poor light conditions, adjusting colors, and cropping out all that stuff in your peripheral vision that you don’t really care about. But your eyes just see what is there. Cameras are like eyes, they see what’s there and not just what you are looking at. 

I saw an adorably rotten Anti-Spinning Feline Overlord nested down in between two huge balls of roving. The camera saw a black blob with shiny eyeballs and a whole lot of brown. The camera also saw Cowardly Boy Cat looking on adoringly (like he does) along with other distracting stuff. It also saw lots of stark shadows. All that makes for a cruddy picture.

  • Sad fact # 2: The camera cannot see as many colors and shades as the human eye

Cameras have gotten better and really good cameras have amazing precision. But no camera (and no screen) can show as many colors as you can see with the naked eye. That’s particularly obvious when I try to take pictures of my little black cat.

With my eyes I can see her. I can see her long whiskers, her bushy eyebrows, the the red tint in her fur, and the expression on her face. But my camera can’t. If she is not in very good light and if she doesn’t open her eyes, there isn’t much point in taking her picture.

 

*** I’m trying out a new-to-me posting trick. Since this post is long and has lots of pictures, I’ve broken it into multiple pages. Scroll down past the annoying advertisements and all the other junk to the bottom to find the link for the 2nd & 3rd pages to this post. ***


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9 thoughts on “Knitting and Crocheting and Taking Pictures Of It All

  1. thank you, thank you, thank you. This was a huge help. Thought I could just copy and paste the picture of our feline overlord, but not having luck. Great thanks for the online tips!

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      1. The pic is just in my Photos album. As for the page numbers on this post, your note that they were past the ads made it easier! I’m on on iPad mini too. 😀

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      2. Huh. Well its good to now that some tablets jumble up the bottom of the post. I’ll have to see if there is any web design black magic that can correct that.

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  2. Great post, thanks! Another tip I follow is to create a white background by hanging a sheet or using a big piece of card.
    I’m glad you explained about the pages on this post because I might have missed them- I’m on an iPad mini and the page icons got jumbled in with the ads.
    Anyway, thanks again and keep up the good work!

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    1. that white background does improve indoor & low light pictures. One of these days I need to build a white box for mysel.

      🙂

      I hope the multi-page format wasn’t too much of a pain to navigate. I wanted to give it a try but I’ll have to see if any more feedback comes in.

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      1. She enjoyed being a queen bee while it lasted! And I imagine many of my goats feel they deserve a private barn, but only if the other goats can SEE them living it up in their private barn. Goats sometimes have trouble with the concept of “sharing.” 😉

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