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« on: November 28, 2006 01:20:32 PM »

... Photograph your cloth pieces?  Or, any 3-dimentional craft project, for that matter.  I'm trying to take decent pictures of my things for here and my DeviantArt gallery.  I moved into an appartment this year, that actually has a semi-useful window for some natural light, but my windowsil is... not very photogenic.  Do you have a specific set-up for taking pictures?  Do you have a spot in the backyard?  Any ideas would be appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2006 01:43:31 PM »

We have this empty bookcase in the basement that I have taken over with all of my crafty stuff. 



I usually just clear off a shelf and prop up the item in the corner (if it doesn't stand on its own) or have it sit in the middle of the shelf and then I stand back and zoom in to photograph it so that you really only see the bookcase shelf as the background instead of the entire bookcase.  If that makes sense. 

Plus, if you sit back and zoom in on your creation instead of photographing it close up, the flash won't bounce off whatever you've made and cause funny discoloration.  Seems everytime I photograph something that has even a little bit of white or a light color the flash messes up ... the method of sitting a bit back and zooming in instead eliminates that problem! Smiley

Sometimes if I have nice, simple, not-too-busy fabric lying around I'll line the bookcase shelf with that so that whatever I'm photographing has a prettier backdrop, but I tend to stay very plain so that the background doesn't take away from my subject Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2006 08:33:51 PM »

I use a chair in my living room sometimes but my favorite place to photograph is my ktichen. I turn the overhead light on and use the bare counter near my fridge. that way I have a solid background and a nondistracting surface. Plus my kitchen is the best lit room in the house.
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2006 05:46:23 AM »

I try to pick a place that suits the character of plushie being photographed, and that gets fairly good light too, like here with a prissy rabbit:



I'm blessed with big, big windows, but during autumn & winter there's not much natural light to go around so I try and make do with artificial light the best I can.

I'd say that you're best off with a place that has good (natural) light and as for a background, you don't want anything too distracting so that your item is easy to see. Also, with smaller stuff like toys and such if you can, use the macro-setting on your camera to get clear pictures of the little bits.
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2006 12:25:45 AM »

I usually clear the kitch bench down where the light comes in the window and then create a background and floor (for lack of a better term!) to sit the plushy on.  Often this is pretty plain, so I might use some little props if I have something suitable, like sitting the plushy on some books or whatever.  Also, steps, fences, gates, rocks and other places around the garden can make good photo spots when the light is right!

Like Kitty Vane, I like to take into account the character of the plushy.  And I must say Kitty Vane, that's a gorgeous plushy and a lovely photo! Smiley

Good luck with your photos, spacekitten ♥
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2006 04:43:01 AM »

Like Kitty Vane, I like to take into account the character of the plushy.  And I must say Kitty Vane, that's a gorgeous plushy and a lovely photo! Smiley

Thank you for your kind words, I'm blushing now. Cheesy

For me coming up with a fitting backdrop for my plushies is one of the best bits in the whole process. It's fun to scout around for the perfect place and to think up photo shoots as you work on the plushie and develop it's character. I've not gotten brave enough to venture very far from the courtyard of our building to take photos, but one day I hope to have the courage to photograph my plushies in public places, like maybe a caf or in a park or tram and such.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2006 01:49:07 AM »

Like Kitty Vane, I like to take into account the character of the plushy.  And I must say Kitty Vane, that's a gorgeous plushy and a lovely photo! Smiley

Thank you for your kind words, I'm blushing now. Cheesy

For me coming up with a fitting backdrop for my plushies is one of the best bits in the whole process. It's fun to scout around for the perfect place and to think up photo shoots as you work on the plushie and develop it's character. I've not gotten brave enough to venture very far from the courtyard of our building to take photos, but one day I hope to have the courage to photograph my plushies in public places, like maybe a caf or in a park or tram and such.

Hehe, yes, I love thinking of places to photogrpah my plushies...  I just have to get around to making more so I can take the photos!

Oh and also, Japanese craft books are a constant source of inspiration for the plushies & crafts themselves as well as the gorgeous styling and photogrpahy.  If you can't get your hands on the craft books themselves you can still take a peek in the Flickr pools crafting in japanese and inspiring images from craft books.  Hope that helps, spacekitten!  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2006 07:49:15 AM »

I'm really boring: I just photograph my plushies on my bed. *laughs* Mostly because my bed is where I do most of my sewing, and because my blankets or pillowcases make nice solid-colored backgrounds for the shots. Plus, if I really want to get them standing up, I can prop them against a pile of pillows and that works great. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2006 05:57:50 PM »

Yeh that's a good idea too Sariel, I think sometimes I get a bit too involved  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2006 07:47:05 PM »

When no nice, natural light can be found, I sometimes... prop my lightboard against a chair leg and use a mirror or something to get even more light, then hunch on the floor with my camera and the thing I want to photograph.  Sometimes it works...  But it's always a little embarassing.  ^^;  You could also try taking the item out to a park or even a parking lot (that's safe) during the day.
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