First attempt

Determined to put into practice my intention of improving my blog photography, I tried to document my last few knitting projects. Here are the various shots that I took with my iPad:

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1 – I tried to stay close to the window in order to get as much natural light as possible (on a gray morning in Paris) but I couldn’t get a shot without all the mess in the room (cables, furniture). This shot is ok, but not great.

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2 – I then moved closer to the book shelves, hoping that the background would look better. The result isn’t to exciting either because it’s still quite messy and there isn’t much light.

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3 – Turning the light on to compensate low winter light clearly isn’t an option. The image is really yellow and the shadows are very strong.

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4 – Moving back closer to the light, I tried something different, trying to give context to the image, sort of tell a story. So I piled up the last few things I knit (did you notice the baby theme ?) on the sofa. I like that there is some green/plant on the image, though I’m not to happy with the top left corner, with all the mess around the computer. Natural light is definitely a bonus though and the little booties don’t just look like random items of a cushion. It’s more like a nice little pile of baby clothes.

I think that an key element is to find the right place, or few places around our flat where I know there will be plenty of natural light and less mess. Not really sure yet where that’s going to be, but I have hope that in the next few weeks I’ll get a chance to experiment and explore, also using my digital camera.

 

A good picture

I was really happy with my christmas projects, especially the scarf/cape I made for my Mum. Naturally i thought I’d put it up on the blog with some explanations to make it. I was really close to doing that when I realised that the pictures I took of Mum wearing the scarf were all really bad. The light isn’t good, the item does really stand out and the pictures aren’t flattering for Mum.

Ok, so taking good pictures is a challenge and makes a huge difference between blogs that I want to read and blogs that I frankly don’t really look at. And it’s frustrating not being able to take a good shotSome argue the camera is key. Well I have a decent digital reflex, something that should allow to get interesting depth in the picture and frame things properly. I also have an iPad that can really do the trick. But still, my pictures aren’t so good.

So one of my goals for this blog, along with posting more projects (I’ve been quite productive lately), is to imporve the quality of my pictures so I can be proud not only of what I made but also of how I show it. There is plenty of inspiration and tips online, on A beautiful mess for example, where they give tips for lifestyle and outfit photography and more. For now, we’ll have to do with pictures the way they are, but I haven’t said my last word.

 

A good sewing machine

This is just a quick note. I haven’t posted anything here in a long time, haven’t been doing much DIY or not really bothered taking any good picture of my creations.

Tonight I worked on a christmas present for my mum. I’ll post some pictures soon, I’m so proud of this item.

It was the occasion for me to use my sewing machine, which I don’t get to do often enough. My machine is quite new, almost 2 years I think. It’s wonderful. It’s quiet, smooth, very simple to use and has lots of automatic options like button holes and sewing buttons. I’m amazed at how it makes the whole sewing experience way way more pleasant. Mind you, I always loved sewing, but it’s a bore when the machine doesn’t work properly, or is very loud and shakes the table around (my mum’s old one does that). My new-ish baby is perfect. I’m still learning how to use certain options and I love working out a new trick it can do.

The machine is out now, I really hope I’ll get to do more sewing in the next few months. I have a few projects lined up …