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Photographing Yardage

Sally Orgren's picture
Dining room set up for yardage photo shoot
Straight-on photo, flat light, appears to be "striped burlap"
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Finished
Project Date: 
Mon, 01/22/2018
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Loom
Number of Shafts: 
8
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I set up this project page as an example of how to capture yardage photos when entering juried shows if you want to try this on your own. If this looks too intimidating – don't hesitate to hire a professional! It helps to play with styling the fabric, composition, and angles, so you know what you are looking for before hiring the professional (to save them time and your money.)

Most times a literal, straight-on shot of the yardage doesn't capture what makes the yardage distinctive. If I had submitted an overall shot of the yardage - it would have looked like striped beige burlap, as you can see from the "big room" photo. I realized as soon as I cleared out the dining room and hung the yardage up against the white wall that I needed some contrast. The only thing I had available that big was a green tablecloth (that should have been ironed) before being taped to the wall.

A better bet might be a photo captured at a "reasonable" viewing distance, such as the second one that shows the design detail, drape, and difference in materials used. THis was the shot that got my piece into Convergence Milwaukee 2016 Ice Age Yardage.

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Great little tutorial

Thanks for taking the time to show how to photograph yardage.  Your "money shot" is gorgeous!

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That cloth looks interesting,

That cloth looks interesting, did you space the warp?

And yes, I also know how difficult it is sometimes to capture the right shot of your work. Interesting perspective.

I'll probably never be in any juried show, too far out in the boonies here. And I tend not to travel where huge crowds gather. :D

I like your drying rack, I have one 5' wide and 7' tall. Handy for drying the hand wovens. :)

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Crammed and spaced warp, yes.

The other "trick" I pulled in the crammed warp areas was using thin warp threads (16/2) in a beige color, between the natural white (thicker) warps that made up the stripes. When crossed with the linen weft, it virtually disappeared, but gave more interlacement and definition to the stripes.

The challenge for this fabric originated with the idea using "basket + 1" meaning a basket structure plus adding another structure.

That giant drying rack came from Dan & Whits Country Store in Norwich, VT. One of my treasured pieces of textile "equipment." Amazing place!

Never Say Never, Reed Guy! You can always ship your work for exhibitions, you don't have to show up in person.

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The fabric is really

The fabric is really beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial.

 

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This is so helpful. I'm

This is so helpful. I'm pretty terrible at photos. I just want to get them before I forget. Being on Instagram demonstrates how nice good photos can be!

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Sally Orgren's picture
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OMG, Shaun

Instagram: Absolutely

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