When I first started making amigurumi, I would photograph them in my bedroom. It had good natural light, although I did have to time it around when the sun was shining into the room, otherwise I'd end up with over-exposed shots. I used to use our doona cover as the background, not having anything else at hand. After a while I started using a neutral coloured sheet as the backdrop when I realised I had a sheet set that doesn't get used. If I did a very close shot, you could see the threads of the fabric which I didn't really like.
Very recently I made my own light tent. I'm so pleased with it because now I don't have to photograph in the daytime, I can takes pics whenever I want and for the most part they turn out pretty good. It was ridiculously cheap to make, the only thing I had to buy was a sheet of white cardboard.
I used an old cardboard box from when we moved house a few months ago and cut windows out of 3 sides. At the front, I cut away all the cardboard except for a small strip along the bottom. I use cheap pillows for stuffing my ami's and for some reason I hung on to the fabric the stuffing was in. It turns out it's really good as a light diffuser! The piece across the top is fixed on with blu-tack and sticky tape and the side pieces are just stuck on with blu-tack at the top so I can add side lighting if I want.
|DIY light tent waiting patiently to serve it's purpose :)|
As you can see it sits on a dining chair with a flexible reading light above it. Very low budget here (as happens when you don't have a paying job)! Sometimes I grab another reading light to help things along if the shadows are too pronounced. I love this little thing, it has improved my photo quality a lot. Now I have visions of another 2 lights on the sides and different coloured backgrounds to show of my crochet goodies!
Photographing crochet can take ages. Sometimes I can get the images I want with only a couple of shots, other times, it might be 30 or more before I give up in frustration and make the best of what I have.
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