Plum and June is hosting a Quilt Photography Workshop and each month there is a new assignment and link-up. This month's assignment is to photograph fabrics.
Before I even started quilting or blogging or even really sewing as much as I do now, I started getting really interested in photography. I always loved taking pictures, but never enough to invest in a good camera or the time. When I was pregnant with big relish, I asked Mr. Relish for a DSLR so we could take the best pictures possible for my sweet little girl. Little did I know that there was so much to learn just to take the picture. Then came the editing. In over my head for sure!
Here is one of my first pictures I took of my sweet Boo-Boo Bear (aka Bailey). Not so bad, huh?
And here is one of big relish when she was just a few days old. At first, I thought this picture was terrible. Then I cropped it and turned it into b&w and now it's one of my favorites.
AND here is one of my most recent with little relish. This was taken with my newer camera and editing in photoshop elements.
When I first started, I just used Picasa by Google to edit my pictures. There are also several other free photo editing services out there, but this was the one I found easier for me. Once I started to really understand and improve, I asked Mr. Relish for a better camera and started using Photoshop Elements. At this time, I realized the importance of getting out of auto and shooting in RAW format. I am still learning everyday. My favorite blogs for tutorials and actions are Pioneer Women and Coffee Shop Blog. These women are so generous to share their knowledge and actions for free. Be sure to follow them to keep up with new tutorials or actions.
A little about actions. Actions are a great tool to edit quickly and get professional look pictures. The pictures I took for this assignment, I only adjusted colors and didn't use any actions. That is the benefit of shooting in RAW. When I take pictures of my girls, I usually use some skin smoothing actions and soften the colors. Another great tool is simply cropping (as I showed you in the b&w photo of big relish). Cropping your photo at a certain point in your photo can change the perspective greatly. Don't always center your subject in the frame. And try cropping it a square. You would be surprised at how different the picture becomes.
I hope to share more info along the way, but without further adieu, here are my pictures for this month...
--I just wanted to give a shout-out for the shop I purchased my bundle from--
These were all taken outside in the shade in natural light on my patio. Natural light is always best. If you are inside, pick a location with lots of windows and open them up and turn off all lights as well even if the room goes a bit darker. These lights will create unwanted shadows.
Photos taken with Canon Rebel T3i.
Exposure: 1/125-160 sec
Happy Photographing and Quilting!