Let there be light…of the right color

One of the things on my Christmas list was a light reflector for helping with photography. This is a big round disc with changeable covers to give reflect light in different ways. After figuring out how to get better product photos by using manual settings on my camera, I was still limited by being able to direct light in the best way.  I still have a lot to learn, but this is a start.

These photos are of  a beautiful Targhee yarn that I just got back from the mill.

The photo above was taken using my camera on automatic. Yuck.

The yarn is in the same place but I have the gold cover on the disc. I also changed the camera to using manual settings for aperture and shutter speed, but I kept those the same for all the following photos.

This is the photo using the gold. It’s a pretty photo, but probably doesn’t show the true color of the yarn.

This is the cover that is not reflective, but diffuses light as it shines through.

Here is the yarn using that diffuse light. Not bad.

Here is a white reflective cover…

and the yarn. The yarn looks ok but there is more of a blue background.

How about the silver reflective cover?

This is the photo using the silver cover.

There are other variables of course–especially how my computer monitor displays the color and how your monitor displays the color. Those may be two different things.

And while I’m at it, here is a photo of felt that I got back from the mill last month. This is incredibly soft.

Look at the back side of that felt. Isn’t that cool?  I think this will inspire something interesting.

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2 thoughts on “Let there be light…of the right color

  1. Getting a good shot to reflect (no pun intended) an accuracy of the color, depth, texture of the yarns in my scarves has been very frustrating. I appreciate the struggle and enjoyed seeing your different attempts!

  2. Great topic.
    I set up a light box for photographing yarn. I’m getting better shots than I used to, but still not great. I’m still stuck at trying to get photos of rugs that don’t make the rugs look like one end is narrower than the other.

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