Monday, August 5, 2013

Lost in translation





A friend came and visited the studio on the weekend.  She commented that my clothes look much better in person than in pictures.  I suppressed a sigh.  Not that I mind the critique, it was meant with love.  Its just that I find that photography is possibly one of the hardest things to get right in this tiny little business of mine.  

I have a love for good fabric, for smooth and lustrous yarns, fabulous drape and subtle textures, but I'm finding this hard to convey on the internet.

I'm working on a better camera.  I read up on the theory of photography, I experiment with the equipment I do have, I observe lovely fashion photography and I learn by trial and error.  But I am open to any suggestions you might have on this topic, so please don't be shy - leave me a comment. 

What hurdles do you struggle with in your day to day and what's your plan for overcoming them?

Incidentally, these beauties are my latest creations - you can find them in my shop 

8 comments:

  1. You'd probably know that natural light is better than light from a flash or indoor lighting. If you can't photograph outdoors then try positioning a mirror, or board covered in silver foil etc near a window to reflect the natural light into the room and set up the item you want a shot of in this "spotlight". If you must use a flash then back off a bit and experiment with flash and telephoto settings. I've acquired some good inanimate object photos doing this. Natural colours like greys/browns/reddish respond well to having a white background behind them. A sheet hung on the wall will do. Learn how to use any photo editing program you have so you don't need to resort to auto correct as I can usually make a photo look more natural using brightness, contrast and colour controls than relying on auto correct. Ummm, do any photo cropping before messing around with the editing as that way you are only editing what you are going to let everyone else see and not all the incidental space etc. That space, or other items in the photo's edges will affect the overall light and colour balance when you edit so less is more in this case. Hope you understand what I mean. See if there's a local photography group you could join or a course you could take on computer photo editing if you have time. Experience is the best teacher.
    Good luck, Robyn

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    1. Thanks Robyn. There are some wonderful suggestions there. I actually photograph in my studio which I painted all white in order to reflect as much light as possible. I've been experimenting with holding my hand over the built in flash at various angles to cut the glare off, some interesting results, but ideally I need some proper diffused lighting (softbox) and a stand alone flash

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  2. Nin I'm happy to have a day working with you (if I can be of any help?)- can bring my cameras, lenses, tripod, speedlite etc. Mondays are a good day for me, could do Friday afternoons and the weekends too. Just say the word. (I'm off overseas in five weeks though)

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    1. You are awesome, and now booked in! Thank you my friend. x

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  3. I don't really have anything to offer but I find your study of how to do things right very inspiring - careful, thoughtful, dedicated - all qualities I love about you x

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  4. I think the way you've displayed the folds in the scarves is nothing short of wondrous. it is so hard to make clothes look good, never mind anything like they actually look like in real life (i've sold a few coats on trademe and i know i could have gotten more bids if i had just been able to photograph them better).
    i've photoed a few op-shop finds lately and with the fabricy one i know i like the images where i can see the texture of the fabric, but it's so hard to get that plus true colours, argh!
    I might paint that coat hanger white to blend with the wall though if you use it a lot, so the eye is tricked into only seeing the scarf/clothing?

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  5. Oh photography... one day I too will learn the art of taking a half decent photo with a half decent camera. Go you - Love that you are wanting and working to learn... and a session with Roz... yay!

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