Are you working on the Quilt 2018 May Project – Pictorial quilt? Need to take some reference photos? Here’s a little help!
When creating pictorial and landscape quilts, photographs make great reference sources. Try these tips to make sure you get the shot!
Lighting is Everything
- One Main Light Source: Try to have one obvious light source. If you are outside, this sun could fill that role, but inside, you may need to remove multiple light sources, or add a main one.
- Position: Consider the positioning of the light source and the resulting effect. Move the light source, or the subject, to see if the results are improved.
- Contrast: When snapping that perfect picture, be sure to have a strong contrast between light and dark. When your subject has less contrast, things tend to get muddy and grayed out.
- Values: Use light to increase the your range of colors and values.
- Highlights & Shadows: Snap a few photos and take a look. Pay special attention to the highlights and shadows. Are the highlights focusing the viewer’s attention in the right areas?
Simplify the Background
- Keep focused: A complex background takes attention away from the main subject. Take a moment to look at the background. Is it competing with the subject of the photo?
- Declutter: Take away object cluttering up the background.
- Cover it up: If you can declutter, try covering the background by draping it with cloth or repositioning the subject.
Shoot, shoot, shoot!
- Wide shots: Don’t forget to take a few wide shots for context. Be careful about changing the perspective.
- Change views: Take a collection of photos from one position including wide and zoomed in on the subject. Then try a new position and see if it catches your attention better. Keep moving until you find the view that gets you excited!
- Lose the color: Switch over to black and white for a few photos to evaluate contrast, identify any problem shadows, and over exposure.
Want some help turning your photos into quilts? Here are a few resources for you to try…
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