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I’ve just done a quick test in the back yard, using some of the ideas Erin Algiere shared in the recent Denver Handmade Alliance workshop. And yes, she knows product photography very well. Woven things are often difficult to photograph because, like jewelry, they don’t always react to light sources the way you want.

Using the natural light of today’s overcast day (snow in the forecast for the next three days), I was able to get a more even distribution of light across the scarves. Much easier than trying to get an indoor light to cast evenly over the woven design. Make your focus the product itself, and don’t make the background too distracting. Wally II (from the same junk shop as Wally) looks fairly dapper in this silk, cashmere, and wool stripy scarf (more orphan yarn). The scarf even matches the weathered back fence pretty well, which isn’t that great for contrast. Obviously I have much more to learn about product photography!

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.” – William Arthur Ward


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