And now for some knitting

For class this week we are supposed to bring in our best 8 shots of the week. That is double what we normally do and forced me to do some serious work this weekend. I know it doesn't sound like much but when you know that they are going to be blown up to life size and analyzed it pushes you to do your best. I decided to do some shots of my knitting for fun and practice.

I haven't taken any product shots with my new camera yet and probably won't be doing too much for a little while. On-line scarf sales are non-existent in the summer months but I may try to get some things ready for the fall as time goes on. I feel much more confident in being able to get shots that really showcase my knitting now. I may try to set up a little studio in my basement with some lights I bought a long time ago but never figured out how to use. My teacher told me to diffuse them with cheese cloth to get that soft lightening effect.

I took these on my sun porch with a white standing board for science fair projects ($3.99) for the backdrop. I used a low aperture to get the shallow depth of field that gives them an artier effect. I always wanted to be able to do that with my old camera but now I finally have the proper equipment and knowledge to put it to use.

Mike and Ani both hate the mannequin head in the above shot (one of the few things they actually agree on). They say that she is cross eyed and creepy looking. I don't think that is so apparent in pictures but what do you think? She is handmade paper mache and I got her second hand for a very good price.
This one is a hat and scarf set that I really like. I used organic wool which is super soft and has a nice subdued color palette.


Pricilla said...

I have to agree on the mannequin head...she really turned me off on the photo as soon as I saw it in my google reader.

Being an online shopper I thought you would want to know. Sorry if I came off blunt.

You will, though, probably get as many people that like it as not.

Lin said...

I don't like that she has so much color around her neck--I think it distracts from your knitting project. I guess I'd ditch her if she brings such strong emotion from others---you don't want that detracting from your beautiful knitting.

Ann said...

I don't know about creepy looking but the neckline draws my attention more than the hat does. On the other hand I do think your photos look great :)

Poetic Shutterbug said...

The hat drew me in right away. I actually sort of like the look, it's got an old world feel but the neck colors/flowers don't really meld. The hat is really cool though.

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

Yeah.. she is a bit creepy looking, but I don't want to hurt her feelings. :0

I really need to get on the ball and practice my camera skills, I am so impressed that you are diving right into it.. well, at least now I have a tripod (well, its in the mail anyway), so that is a start!

And paige.. I have a hankering (hmm.. does anyone even say that word anymore? lol) to do some more craft fairs.. and I was wondering if there was a good website that lists crafts and fairs, their criteria, costs, etc.. can you veer me in any direction? Or maybe you have done a post that refers to things like that? When you get time, I would love your fabulous assistance.. You are the first (and only) person I thought of! No rush, if you don't have time.. just if you think of it.. I'm here! Thanks, Paige!

Ruth said...

I think the mannequin head is cool and kind of funky, but I see what other commenters are saying about the neckline too. I don't have a mannequin head and I tried photographing something of mine on an old statue head we have here--now that I've seen it in the listing I'm not sure that was such a good idea!

Anonymous said...

You are going to love that camera for product shots! Looks like you are already discovering that :)


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