Quilt Photography Tips
Photograph Quilts Like A Pro With The Craftgard Quilt Photography Lighting Kit
- Set up the Quilt Display Stand 2.0 and hang your quilt. Adjust the crossbars so you will have a little space on either side to isolate the quilt from the upright. You can later edit or crop the crossbar.
- Try to photograph against a neutral background. If photographing against a very dark background your edges may not stand out visually. So it is important that you be able to separate the background from the quilt.
- Assemble the lighting kit. First, set up your tripods and fully extend the three legs for complete stability. Second, attach the light brackets to the reflectors. Third, insert the bulbs. Please be very careful with the bulbs as they can easily shatter if the tripod is knocked over. Adjust at a 45 degree angle and tighten the knobs.
- Place the assembled lights on either side of the quilt (pictured) and aim one toward the lower hemisphere of the quilt, and the other to the upper hemisphere, at approximately 4’ to 5’ feet from the quilt.
- Set up your camera directly in front of the quilt. It should be parallel with the quilt and no higher than the center of the quilt (to avoid distortion). Take a couple of test shots to determine if your camera is parallel to the quilt (top and bottom should be of equal width).
- Check to make sure there are no distractions around the quilt.
- Plug in the two lights to an electrical outlet strip so you can control the on/off switch of both lights at the same time.
- Turn on the lights and adjust the reflectors until you are satisfied that you have no “hot spots” or shadows.
- When you are satisfied with your composition, be sure to aim the camera at the center of the quilt.
- Be sure to turn off the camera flash (you don’t want to have two artificial lighting options at the same time). If your camera has a white balance (WB) adjustment, setting it according to the available light source (the lighting kit in ON mode) should keep your colors true. Cameras vary in WB features, so it’s worth spending a few minutes with your user’s manual to take advantage of it.
- Now that your quilt is hung properly on a contrasting neutral background with the lights on, the camera is aimed at dead center, the flash is off and the right white balance is set, take your shot. Look at it on the camera’s monitor and then on your computer or your TV screen.
Always check your focus. There is no cure for out of focus.
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