Thursday, March 17, 2016

Week 11 - Photography Tips

Today, I thought I’d share my favorite little photography trick with you. It’s great because it works in pretty much any situation and with any camera.

If you don’t have fancy lighting equipment, the secret to getting good pictures is using even, natural light. However, if you caught the Instagram pic of my studio on Monday, you know that my studio is in a pretty dark corner (I took this at the brightest time of day too).

To remedy this, I take a lot of pictures over by the window on the opposite side of the room. Here’s another picture I posted Monday of an EPP project I am working on. 

It turned out pretty well if I do say so myself :-) And my fancy camera? My iphone!

Ok, now here’s the secret, I took a few steps back and shot a picture of the scene. 

Not so cute right! Haha. Ignore the laundry! This is literally the one spot on the floor in our whole house that gets regular sunlight. 

That nice textured background in the final photo is just a piece of scrapbooking paper. And the even lighting is thanks to the large white foam board. When taking the picture, I hold it up right next to the project, opposite of the window (the window is on the right). This diffuses the shadows and bounces more light on the side that is getting less window light. 

I keep the white foam board along with a few scrapbook papers near the window so I can make it look like I have gorgeous natural light in my studio at all times! :-)

I have a few more photography tips on my blog and I am currently writing a quilt photography series that should launch later this year. If you use a dslr, check out this post on how aperture affects your depth of field in photos.

I hope this tip was helpful! I have a photography Q&A running on instagram all day if you have questions. Just find the pic of me holding a camera!

Post by Michelle Week #11: Michelle is a former professional photographer and technical writer, who combined her love of art and instruction into a passion for quilting. She lives in the woods outside of a faux-bavarian village with her husband & her tiny tot, and is on a mission to fill their house with quilty goodness. Come say hi on on instagram ir at on


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