Choosing the right fabrics.
Deciding what pattern to use.
Cutting and piecing with precision.
Carefully and thoroughly basting your quilt.
Choosing and executing a fabulous quilting design.
Adding the label and binding is like an artist signing their work.
But the last step in this art form? It's all about presentation.
And just like all of the other steps, presentation takes practice to get it right.
Photographing your quilt will take a lot of hard work. Learning what works and what doesn't.
Here are some examples of my hard learned experiences.
Tip One: Indoor lighting bad. Outdoor lighting good.
How frustrating to see your pretty quilt with that horrid yellow hue!
Experiment with natural lighting.
Even indoor photos will look good if you use natural lighting to your advantage.
Tip Two: Staging your photo shoot.
Getting a good picture of a full sized quilt can be a challenge.
Tip Three: Looking for a great backdrop. Without the frame and helper.
Photoshop can be used to "Doctor" a good shot to make it a better picture!
I use the Paint program that came with my computer.
And Picasa to crop photos, sharpen colours and add light.
Tip Four: Experiment with layout and Use of props.
Close ups are a wonderful opportunity to experiment.
Tip Five: Take lots and lots of pictures in lots and lots of different settings.
I took ten shots of this little bundle. But only one was good.
Experience and practice.
Just like all the other steps in quilting, the showcasing of your work is a tough job.
But so worth the extra effort!
Linking up with Jessica of Quilty Habit and her Sewing With Certainty Linky Party!