Quilt Photography Quick Tip



Thimble, Lori Kennedy Designs

Good Morning, Quilt-Photographers!

Did you ever walk into your sewing studio and notice gorgeous light streaming in through the windows?

Look around and notice how the light casts shadows on your sewing notions.  Use your iPhone or “big” camera and start snapping photos.  Find or move notions to place them within the ray of light.  You can often get very pretty photos of the things you love.

Light, Quilt Photography

BUT–this is not a good way to photograph a full quilt–the streaming light will create shadows and color variations that are not desirable.  Instead…wait for a cloudy day and more even lighting–way better for full quilt shots!

May YOUR day be filled with streaming, golden light!


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13 thoughts on “Quilt Photography Quick Tip

  1. Lori,
    Thanks so much for these great tips! I will start photographing my quilts on cloudy days, the sunny day quilt pics just never look right! Hope your day is DELIGHTFUL, mine will be!

  2. I have taken pics on sunny and cloudy days and most of the time I can’t get the “true” colors. It may be my phone (I do buy into the Apple) but I seem to get a dirty yellowish cast – any suggestions? Hmm, I do have a regular camera, may be time to get it out and learn how to use it. It’s just so much easier with a phone or mini-pad – lol. Love your sun light photos – the shadows – ooohhh!

  3. As the daughter of an accomplished photographer, the issue of lighting was ground into my head at an early age. So, I’m conflicted on the sunny vs. cloudy question. True, sunny may produce shadows, but, cloudy can obscure true colors (depending on the dye, hue, etc.). I tend to make this decision based on the effect that I wish to achieve. And, I almost never photograph quilts indoors, but prefer outdoor settings – farms, gardens, parks, vintage structures. A sunny day with fresh snow on the ground can provide gorgeous settings for photographing a dark quilt! And, in this digital photography age, it costs nothing but time to try again if you don’t like the first effort.

  4. The summertime is my favorite time to photograph my quilts. After the sun has set, but it’s still really light out. I get the best photos then.

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