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Weekend Photography Workshop
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76 Responses

  1. *karen

    This is an awesome post. I read something similar on MK Carroll’s blog (mkcarroll.typepad.com) awhile back, but your bringing it up again reminds me that I should try it. I am way to lax with my photographs sometimes.

  2. Lisa

    That was really interesting :-) I happened along your blog one day while looking for a ballet cardi pattern for my daughter and love it. I’ve been meaning to leave a comment for a while but really felt I had to today cause you have WOOHOO New Zealand merino!! Hope your sister enjoyed visiting our lovely country, you should come and visit! You are a bit more spoilt for choice in your yarns and patterns though, we don’t have nearly as much choice :-( Consider yourself lucky!! Bye

  3. ysolda

    this is a great post :) Thanks for sharing everything you’ve learnt. I made one of these a couple of years ago, but it didn’t survive moving. You’ve inspired me to make another.

  4. jody

    *great* post. thanks for taking the time and effort to put it together — that had to be a lot of work!

    i agree about how knitting brings other hobbies out as well. i bought a somewhat inexpensive light tent a couple years ago but i made a bad decision and bought the jumbo size (which is often more than i need). i’m tempted to make your type for the smaller items (i’m thinking it could fold flat to be stored?)

  5. Caroline

    Thank you for this post. I’m often so excited when I have an FO to show off that I don’t take the time to photograph it well. Of course it never looks too good in the picture.

  6. Kirsten

    This is a really nice tutorial, Lolly. Thanks. I need to get a good secondary light source and try working with a reflector board. My combination of presentation boards and the natural light coming through my sliding glass door is a little unpredictable. I’ll be bookmarking this post for future reference.

  7. Jennifer

    Wow! I’m so impressed. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I never would have imagined that the background would make such a HUGE difference. I know you put a great deal of work into this post – thank you!

  8. Sandra

    oh my gosh, thanks for the amazing tut!! amazing pictures. i’m gonna make me one of these real soon. i was wondering how i was going to take pictures with it being getting too dark to take pictures when i get home from work.

  9. Karen B.

    Boy, is this post right on time! I’m in the midst of investigating camera and lens pros and cons, as well as light box options. Thanks for the info.

  10. Meghann

    Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial! I’m always looking for ways to do photographs and you have given some great information here.

  11. Kessa

    Wow! Great post! Thank for the amazing tutorial; loads of information here!

  12. Divine Bird Jenny

    Trust someone to come up with a tutorial that’s WORLDS better than mine, mere days after I post mine! ;) I said something very similar in mine, too–how interesting it is that one hobby leads to another! My photos were always decent but never very good until I started photographing my handspun yarn on a regular basis. Now I think my photos are quite good, though your tutorial shows a way for me to make them even better.

    If you want to check mine out, they’re linked on my blog at the end of the entry called ‘Recovery and Business’. I will definitely be using some of your suggestions (like making a lightbox) to augment my current skills!

  13. Sasha

    AWESOME post Lolly, Thanks so much!! I feel so inspired! I’ve been loving photography the last year or so – in fact blogging has really brought that out in me -like you said, one craft linking to another!! xo

  14. Luise

    What an excellent tutorial. I don’t think I need a light box just now, but you raise critical points for all kinds of photography. The fussing is always worth it, esp. with digital photography! Many thanks for what has to have taken a lot of effort.

  15. Heather

    So interesting, thanks for yet again taking the time to go into detail about a fascinating topic!

  16. Janet

    I love this tutorial and your good/better/best images. I learned a lot and love that you focused on fiber photography :-)

  17. Amy Artisan

    What a great tutorial on it all Lolly! I agree how one hobby morphs into the others. The photography is definitely the next thing that I want to focus on. Thanks for the info! :)

  18. lekkercraft

    wow – these are fantastic tips and considerations. I had bookmarked this set for a future purchase, but of course it looks easy enough to do on my own now – and probably a lot more customizable to one’s own needs this way too. Thanks for the tutorial!

  19. ann

    what a great post – thanks so much for sharing your tips and techniques. as winter approaches and natural light becomes even more scarce, photography gets more difficult.

  20. beverly

    Lolly, as you so often do, you’ve created an informative and inspiring post. I’ve been thinking in the last few weeks about striving for more beautiful pictures, and you’ve given me a lot of information to start my journey in that direction. I adore you!!!!

  21. Leslie

    wow — it’s interesting to see the comparison of the objects you shot. i can’t wait to see how your knitting photos change after this…

  22. amy

    Great tutorial, thanks!

  23. Sarah

    Thank you so much for this Lolly; I’ll be back to this post often!

  24. Nora

    Lolly, thank you SO much for this. You’ve definitely cleared up some of the finer points.

  25. Jenna Pink Monkey

    Wow, this is hardcore. I can see that you and Kris are both trying to learn the tricks of your camera thoroughly, and you’re getting some good results for it. The lightbox is a great idea, especially as the days will start to be so much shorter soon. Thank you for leading us through the process and giving this valuable information of how to improve our photos. I know I will use it!

  26. margaux

    you are unbelieveable!! i heart thee. so much. (and yes your haircut, too!) This is great and is going into my bookmarked pages. You’re so fabulous to share this information! Off to collect the Goods.

  27. Michelle

    What a great tutorial. I have toyed with the idea of making a light box, but had never done it. Your tutorial shows how simple it actually is…and inexpensive, too.

  28. loribird

    Wow, thank you for the tutorial and the demonstrations! I’m going to have rocking photos soon :)

  29. Sarah

    Lolly – perfect. And so timely. Thank you! I will be reading this over and over.

  30. pamela wynne

    This is so, helpful, L!! I’ve been thinking about building a light box for a while, and this is a great kick in the pants — such useful info!

  31. eyeleen

    great post Lolly! Excellent photos.

  32. Debi

    Great tutorial Lolly! Thanks for sharing!

  33. tiennie

    This is very cool! Excellent photos!

  34. kellie

    thank you so much for taking the time to do that – extremely helpful!

  35. gleek

    very cool. i wish i had the space for a light tent! i barely have room for my stash :)

  36. stacey

    what a great tutorial! All the pics came out great – what a difference a little tweaking makes!

  37. keri

    What a great tutorial, I just loved reading about this! It’s been on my mind often lately, trying to photograph items to their best potential. Thanks!

  38. lomester

    What a great post! Thanks Lolly.

  39. Claudia

    Absolutely fabulous post!!!

  40. Leah

    Awesome tutorial Lolly! Frequently the lack of good light keeps me from posting about a project until it is done. I like the idea of a DIY lightbox. Thanks for sharing!!

  41. Sarah

    Bookmarked! I really need to try making one of those — it looks like a fun project, and I could really use one.

  42. femiknitter

    Thanks for this–I’ve been wondering how to do this for a while now. I am definitely going to be revisiting this post!

  43. claudia

    Great post! I’m inspired to drag out my own light box.

  44. Mimi

    Yeah for gifts from around the world! I love the dolls from Azerbaijan as well.

    Great photos.

  45. melissa

    this is a GREAT tutorial – thank you for sharing!

  46. marjorie

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. I’ve been very unhappy with the quality of my photos of knitting, and I really have been unable to figure out why. You’ve explained it and given me some help for solving those problems.

  47. Macoco

    Thank you for the tutorial and all of the photos with the different backdrops, etc. I’m always looking for ways I can improve my photos. I’ve filed this information away for future use!

  48. Anna

    Wow! You went over the top on this one! This is so helpful, thanks a bunch!

  49. Lola Lee Beno

    Great post! I’m inspired enough to go looking for the camera manual pdf and burning it on CD so I can go over to Kinkos to print it out. Need to get better acquainted with my digital camera and with your tips, I think I may well be on my way to better pictures.

  50. Erin

    Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing!

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