You always take such wonderful pictures of your projects. Do you have any tips? I can never quite get all the detail I want in mine. Maybe I just need to upgrade my camera.
Anyhow, most of the photos in my blog are taken with my Canon Digital Rebel EOS SLR camera that I purchased in December 2003 — so it’s now obsolete. But it is still a great camera, even if it is only 5 megapixels.
Some photos are taken with a Canon Powershot SD400 — that’s the small camera I keep in my purse. All my Maryland Sheep and Wool photos were taken with that camera.
While I am by no means anything approaching a “real” photographer, I do love taking pictures. So I take a ton of them. Then I pick the best ones to post on the blog.
Whenever I can, I try to take photos without the flash, in natural light, so the colors of my knitting are as true as possible. When photographing Lucy, I almost always use the flash because she doesn’t hold still, of course, for the slower shutter speed of the natural light photos.
I use Paintshop Pro to crop and resize photos. I wish I knew how to use Photoshop — no doubt taking a class in it would be the right way to go. But I’ve been using Paintshop Pro for eons, so I do actually know how to use most of the features, so I’ll stick with that.
I crop, resize, and compress photos in Paintshop Pro. The only other editing I do is to sometimes sharpen an image slightly, and adjust contrast and/or brightness. That’s pretty much all I know how to do in image editing.
The other thing — I try to use backgrounds that don’t fight with or obsure the object I’m photographing. Sometimes I’m lazy and will drape my sock-in-progress across the keyboard of my laptop, or photograph work-in-progress on my knee — I did both of these things yesterday.
So that’s my story. I did a brief Google search, looking for tips for good blog photos, but didn’t really find anything definitive. If anyone knows of good sites for blog photographers, please do mention them in the comments.
In Knitting News . . .
Mahogany sock number two is done.
Ooh! Ooh! Excitement!
I love the idea of using the picot edging for the top of the sock instead of the traditional ribbed cuff.
I was wondering if the sock slouches at all without the ribbing, or does the double thickness from the fold-over provide enough “grab” to keep it in place?
My picot edge socks don’t slouch — they stay up nicely. That could be, of course, because I have
fat shapely legs.
In Stash News . . .
My latest stash enhancements, courtesy of Lisa Souza:
The colors are denim, pink, sky drama, and jonquil. And the roving is Blue Faced Leicester.
New York/New Jersey Book Gig
We’re making the final arrangements for my book tour trip to New York and New Jersey May 19-21. Please note that the time of the event at Knitty City on Sunday May 21 has been changed to accomodate the travel schedule — it will start at 12:30pm instead of 2:00pm as originally scheduled.
Also note that to attend the Friday evening event at The Point, you need to RSVP — please see their events page for details.
In his post yesterday, the KOARC mentioned pandemic flu and the movie about it that was on the ABC network last night. I only watched about half the movie, but decided to switch to some mindless cable nonsense after an hour.
But it reminded me of an incident at work last month. All our regional directors came into the national office for a three-day powwow, and one of the (many) presentations was on pandemic flu and what the government is doing to prepare for the likelihood of an outbreak, and what we can do to protect ourselves in an outbreak. Someone in our agency arranged for a specialist from OSHA to come and give his half-hour presentation. OSHA guy comes and gives his presentation (which was actually pretty interesting). One of the things he stressed was attempting to minimize spread of the virus by limiting contact between people. He talked about having people work from home, and also talked about making an effort to avoid physical contact — like shaking hands.
So, at the end of the presentation, after a q&a period, the guy in our agency who invited him got up, thanked him, and the two shook hands vigorously. Heh.
Well Lookie Here
Considering I had nothing of value to say today, I certainly did ramble on. How ’bout that?
Lucy seems unimpressed.