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MissJames
« on: February 20, 2006 11:22:55 AM »

I've been spinning for over a year now and I am always so impressed with the stuff you ladies (and gents?) put out there; beautiful!  I'm wondering how everyone gets the best photos of their completed yarns.  I've taken several pictures of mine but they never come out quite as nice; I lose a lot of detail up close.  Does anyone have a suggestions on getting the best glamour shots? 

Thanks ahead!
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2006 06:00:17 AM »

I have a pretty nice camera with a macro setting (for shooting up close photos), but even with that they sometimes don't come out.  So my two big tips are, whenever possible, shoot in natural light, preferably outside if you can, and take lots of photos.  The ones you'd expect to come out may not, and the ones where you try out weird camera angles and the such may wind up coming out really good.

But taking the photos outside, even if it's a cloudy day, seems to really increase photo quality. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2006 08:34:27 AM »

i agree. outside.  I have a 4.0 and it works fine...but outside pics, I agree, even on a cloudy day, are best.  I took some while it was snowing today and I think they turned out good.  I usually take 4 or 5 of one skein and pick the best one.  As for photo editing, I have what came with my printer, and that's it.  I just crop and they are good to go.
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2006 10:44:39 AM »

I agree about outside shots, although we have had such rubbish grey weather lately, I have set up a small corner in my spare room with white paper and bright lights angled on to the yarn I am photographing.

It seems to work and really shows up the sheen on my yarns!
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2006 07:11:12 AM »

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has problems getting quality photos on cloudy days! 

Lately I've gotten some decent pictures indoors, though.  Just luck, I suppose.
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2006 07:34:15 AM »

i take mine inside on my windowsill when the sun is shining in for the best pictures. for some reason my camera HATES unnatural light and no matter what i do to the settings, the pictures come out like crap.

i use the macro setting (closeup) and set the white balance to "daylight" (if you have an option for that), and my pictures come out great.

unfortunately i just discovered these settings recently, so my old yarn pictures are all washed out and poopy.
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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2006 07:48:36 AM »

When I've tried to get photos on the windowsill, I end up with weird looking shadows (no matter where the directions the light is coming from).  I really need to figure out the macro setting for my camera sometime--I have a feeling it would help quite a bit with my picture taking!

For me, the problem is mostly getting a clear picture (my hands shake a lot, and when I don't use the flash, I usually end up with a very blurry picture) and getting an accurate photo of the colors of the yarn, since I usually end up selling it online, and obviously it's pretty important for the buyer to know what they're getting Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2006 06:33:31 PM »

i don't know if this will tell you anything you don't already know, but i bookmarked it the other day for some reason or another: http://ezinearticles.com/?Taking-Great-Product-Photos-for-eBay&id=139296

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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2006 08:18:27 AM »

Someone mentioned it, but you want to make sure your camera has a macro setting. You may have a button for it on your camera- it's usualy symbolized by a flower. (because you have to get up close to take pictures of flowers!!) I also never use the flash, espacally on my digital- it has a flash that can wash out anything.
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nataleeza
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2006 12:38:27 PM »

I'm usually a lurker, but you've just cleared up one of life's great mysteries!!  The flower means macro?  Awesome, I thought it meant outside, and was confused why there would be 2 outside settings, the landscape one and the flower one.

Right, now I have to do some dying or spinning to test that out  Cheesy
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