The last magazine I was approached by wanted photos of at least 1MB in size. I really struggled to find suitable pics. Either the size was too small, or the lighting was too dark or the whole quilt was not shown to advantage.
Now don't worry! I am happy with the pictures I am getting for the sake of the blog. I do not want you to go out and get a new camera or a professional photographer etc.
If you are doing the best you can and don't know what to do to change things and don't have the time energy or whatever to change things that is absolutely fine. I am happy with what you are sending me.
The purpose of this post is just to inform you. If, in the future, you would like me to consider your photos for other articles (assuming there will be more in the future) then you need to know what is required.
I thought I would put together some hints and tips for the average photographer out there (or maybe like me "the point and shoot" photographer") Some of the tips will be over the heads of those of you like me but I have included them as I also know there are some of you out there who will understand.
Firstly some requests from me. Often when I received photos the files are really small. I know some of you do that out of consideration for me but as much as i appreciate that it is not necessary. I do not seem to have trouble down loading pictures in larger formats. If you could send your pics to me around 1-2MB that would be great. I re-size every photo I get down to less than 100KB for publication on the blog thanks to a tip from (The Lovely Warrant Officer's Wife, Posie - see note below).
Please try to make sure the quilt takes up most of the background, unless you are taking photos where the background is special and adds to the picture like these ones.
If possible. try for good contrast between borders and back ground. A dark quilt on a dark background does not work well.
I know it is not always easy to get someone to hold your quilts up for you but you could try hanging then on a clothes line.
Finally sending pictures as an attachment, rather than embedded in an email are much easier and quicker for me to work with and anything that saves me time is much appreciated.
Now for suggestions and tips from others. Of course I cut and pasted everyone's suggestions into the blog without thinking to include their names to give them credit and now I just don't have time to go searching back but you all know who you are so hopefully you will just accept my thanks here for taking the time to contribute.
I do know that the first lot of tips came from Deborah as I recognize her blog name.
There are lots of good blog articles on taking pictures of quilts and some can be found here, here and here
Anne was kind enough to forward my request for help with photos on to her son, Matt, who is a photographer. He was lovely enough to draft not one, but two emails to me. The first one you can read below in red. It will be appreciated by the shutter bugs among us. Though I am sure the first sentence is one which all of us will appreciate.
Then I explained that I needed some simpler info for people like me! and he was kind enough to re-draft.
Keep the camera as steady as possible and try to get natural light to help out (through a window etc) watch or any dark shadows for loss of detail or any extremely bright spots, again for loss of detail. Anything too washed out or over exposed won’t print.
If you would like to take him up on his offer in Canberra or Wollongong just email me for Matt's details.
And now here is his more technical email.
Because of the backing used in this quilt, and the fact that we have only sent over about nine WWQs so far I am able to tell you that this quilt is one of the first ones we sent and it was pieced by Claire and quilted by Caroline and the backing was donated as well.
Till next time...................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!