Friday, July 24, 2009

Project 365: Day 112

Gale Zucker's Photo Workshop Evening

After a long week, I was rewarded with an inspiring and informative workshop at the Yarnery. The Gale Zucker/She Shoots Sheep Shots Photo Workshop Evening was a one of a kind scenario in that it was a photography class that was geared towards learning how to take quality digital photographs of knitting related subject matter and then processing them for use on-line. One of the great aspects of this workshop was that Gale could use some of her many beautiful photographs from Shear Spirit and Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines to demonstrate the way she uses lighting and depth of field to capture her subject matter in a beautiful and informative way.

The workshop covered basic photography information like depth of field, shutter speed and aperture. A large emphasis was placed on using natural lighting to create pleasing images and to highlight the texture of knitted fabrics. I learned a bit about using a light box and now have the idea in my head that if I ever decide to open an Etsy store to sell jewelry, I must get a lightbox. It is true that the 2-1/2 hour workshop was not nearly enough time to delve deeply into any of the aspects of photography, but it was enough time to pick up some new information, play with lighting and get inspired to learn more about my camera's capabilities. And, who better to teach knitters about photographing knits than a professional knitting photographer! If Gale offers this class again, I would recommend taking it. And, if you are really lucky, you may get to be a part of Gale's dream of offering a longer, more in depth version of the workshop.


  1. Nice! Fun to meet you. I have to get going and try this stuff out.


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