Monday, January 19, 2009
Green line piece
The group is putting together a CD of pieces for this show that we can send out to potential additional venues and galleries, so we are asking for good photos of each piece. I am a tightwad and never want to pay for professional photos. One of the members of our group has arranged with a photographer to shoot quilts for members who want his services. It will cost about $100 per quilt. Yikes.
There is always discussion on the Quiltart list about photographing quilts and some people are quite insistent that for entering shows and such one must have professional photos taken. I am in agreement that good photos are important, but I also think that there is a point of "good enough" that doesn't necessarily require a big monetary outlay. The way I see it, that is an expense that needs to be added to the sale price of a piece and I'm not sure that in most cases that makes financial sense. Professional photos are a must for print publication, but for work being viewed on a computer screen, I can't see the necessity.
I take my own photos. I usually shoot outdoors in natural light. A bright, overcast day works best in my opinion. I pin my quilt to a big board, covered with flannel that I set up outside, then use a tripod to get the clearest shot. I'm happy with what I got. The color is true. The quilting shows up nicely. I cleaned up the background in Photoshop. But all this talk about the necessity of professional photos makes me insecure. I'm interested in hearing other opinions.
By the way, this piece needs a name. Any suggestions?