photographing textile arts

ann sanfedele annsan at
Tue Jun 23 08:33:34 EDT 2020

I have a suggestion for Christine from my days of shooting product for 
market research , which I'll go into below.

But to clarify, dan, what I do is design patterns in Photoshop Elements 
usually starting with photos but not necessarily and put the designs on 
in my "shop" there and on thier market place.  cafepress has a lot of 
products they can and do put my stuff on and the affiliates on the 
market place select them to put on t shirts, mugs, wall hangings, 
linens, and calendars of course.  I also put some designs up on site 
that mainly produces yard goods but
I found it a bit too complicated a procedure and one had to buy a sample 
patch for $5.00 before they would add your design for them to sell 
it is called Spoonflower .. they have design competitions too, but all 
of the fabrics are yardage of repetitive patterns , I was more 
interested in stretching
a specific image to cover the whole area of whatever I wanted to make - 
which I was able to do in cafepress when I desgined a duvet cover and 
pillow for myself in 2018..  I showed off that fabric when you came to 
visit last year, Dan

Christine - one thing I did to photograph artwork and especially things 
that had, as you said, shiney bits, is to get some polarizing sheets and
put them over lights on stands to the left and right of the subject at 
45 degree angles , and shoot with a polarizer on the camera.. I did this 
to shoot
packages of foil wrapped candies on a shelf  - a real PITA.. Can't 
remember where I learned that - but I think it came from an article in 
one of the
old photo magazines - and this was in the day of film, of course. The 
filters on the lights were rotated so that they would be at crossed 
Nichols in relation to the filter on the camera.


On 6/22/2020 8:31 AM, Daniel J. Matyola wrote:
> Have you consulted AnnSan?  I believe she designs fabrics and 
> photographs them to sell online.
> Dan Matyola
> **
> On Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 6:07 AM Christine Aguila 
> <christine at <mailto:christine at>> wrote:
>     > On Jun 21, 2020, at 5:19 PM, Larry Colen <lrc at
>     <mailto:lrc at>> wrote:
>     >
>     >
>     >
>     >> On Jun 21, 2020, at 2:48 PM, Christine Aguila
>     <christine at <mailto:christine at>> wrote:
>     >>
>     >> Hi Everyone!
>     >>
>     >> Hope all is well!
>     >>
>     >> Quick question:
>     >> I’d like to develop skills used to photograph the textile
>     arts—which can often include fabrics with beads and metals and
>     sequins etc.
>     >> So, has anyone done this kind of work?  Any recommendations?
>     Tips? Resources?
>     >>
>     >> Also, any tips for ways and stands for hanging the art so it
>     can be photographed?
>     >
>     > Depending on the fabric, you might want something with some pin
>     points sticking up from it to hold the fabric tight. Maybe take
>     some plywood and drill some holes just big enough for some fabric
>     pins.
>     Yep, I was thinking of something like this.
>     > As to lighting, Light, Science and Magic is a great resource for
>     how to light some of those challenging materials.
>     I’ll be sure to check out this title!
>     Thanks, Larry!
>     Cheers, Christine
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