Photographing Yarn

Yarn studio

I’ve been playing with my new yarn photo studio. It’s a small self-contained set-up  just the right size for photographing my skeins. It has a free-standing true color light source, bounce boards and a seamless back drop. I also have a small tripod for my camera. I’m finding that the photos of my yarns are so much better and true in color to the actual yarns. I also like the ease of the set up, its much less hassle for me to take a couple of pics every now and then since everything is all ready to go and set up. I try to take most of my photos at night or with the blinds drawn to filter out any sunlight or shadows in the room.

I took a class from Daryl Lancaster in the spring on Photographing Your Work. Before I took the class I was considering purchasing a new camera but now I realize most of my issues had more to do with my set up than the camera I have. I can get nice pictures just be controlling the lighting and changing a few settings on my camera. Its streamlined the process for me and freed me up to have more time for dyeing, knitting and weaving – always a good thing!

Comments on: "Photographing Yarn" (2)

  1. that is quite the set-up! I do agree though, that if I had something like that all the time, I would definitely take more photos of my yarn and probably have an more organized stash!

    • It helps me quite a bit since I am always photographing skeins for my website. The main idea is to control the light source and have a smooth glare free background that doesn’t distract the viewer. I was also amazed how much a tripod can help.

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