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« on: January 11, 2011 08:46:47 AM »

Hi,

I've just finished my first project using DMC satin floss (= 6PLY OF PURE EVIL. Though less evil than metallic thread, that is the King of All Evils). I've finally managed to tame it and finished the project, but as I'm sending it away in a swap, I'd like to take a few pictures before it goes.

I've tried photographing it with my digital camera, but the effect is not good. The flash seems to oddly distort the picture, you can't see any of the detail. But when I took the photo with the flash off, it was too dark.

Does anyone have any advice on how to take a good photograph? I'm at a loss, the satin floos seems to defy all the tips and tricks I usually go by.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011 06:18:02 PM »

Can you put it against a darker or lighter background to make a bit of a contrast or maybe shoot it from an angle instead of head on?
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2011 11:59:34 AM »

I've always found the flash works well on my boyfriend's camera, but is dreadful on mine lol.  If I'm using mine I normally try to get all my photos done when there is quite a lot of daylight, that way you don't always need the flash.  Maybe that will help Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2011 02:46:16 PM »

The answer to shooting shiny things is either 1) Photograph it in a lightbox, or 2) Shoot it in enough light so you don't have to use flash. You do not want to use a single flash on shiny items, as the 'shine' will reflect the light making the object appear gaudy and washed out. If you have off camera flashes it's a different story, but most people don't have those. I know I don't.  Grin

Find the brightest window in your house. Then find the nearest horizontal surface. Photograph the embroidery there, sans flash. If there isn't a window bright enough, take it outside and hold it in your hand while you photograph it. The best time to shoot a photo is about 9-11 in the morning to 1-3 in the afternoon.
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011 05:27:27 AM »

Thanks everyone for your advice! I tried out various methods and ended up taking pictures without a flash in my ulpan classroom, which is very bright - the pics aren't fabulous, but they're much, much better! Thanks so much for your help Smiley
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