I was searching for a topic for this month when my good friend Colleen asked for my help with her cross stitch samples: she’s a designer and told me she can never seem to capture the true colors of her work when photographing the finished product. I decided to tackle the challenge...and indeed, it was a challenge!
Here are four of my images:
Rule #1: Never, ever use a flash when photographing textiles. It will change the color of your fabric, thread, etc. and will also wash out the details in your image.
Rule #3: Use the macro setting on your camera (or borrow a camera with that function). The intricate stitches deserve a detailed look, so don’t be afraid to get in close to highlight unique stitches, beading, etc.
Rule #4: If you have more than one photo spot, shoot one image straight-on, and one from an angle: this will help customers see both the overall design, as well as the details.
I will say the major challenge with natural light photography is shooting on a day with fast-moving clouds in the sky: they constantly change the light source. You'll possibly need to put down your camera until the next day, but don't be discouraged: using natural light is one of the best ways to ensure that your colors stay true!