Learning how to best photograph my felt pieces became necessary
after joining an artists' cooperative. Images of artists' work are
shared with social media and for public relations.
Three years ago, I was taking photographs using a fabric background that usually had a print of some kind. Another 3-D artist told me that my art work would be “stunning against a plain background and the printed background takes away from the art piece.”
I purchased some plain muslin as a backdrop and it really did make a difference!
I had to iron the muslin really well so there were no creases, however.
I switched from inexpensive muslin to what is called Kona cloth
which is a cotton with a high thread count.
Below is a vessel against an off white cotton Kona cloth background.
The fabric is curved as opposed to folding it.
Plain off white, champagne or light gray backgrounds are neutral colors which are good for backgrounds. I like to use black because it makes the felt piece pop and bring out its vibrant color.
To make a DIY photography background, I bought two 18x24 inch sheets of foamboard at Michael's and taped them together lengthwise. One piece of foam board is placed 90 degrees on the left. The light coming from the right bounces off of the left foamboard and lights the other side of the bowl. The other piece of foamboard is the background covered by the fabric.
I now use cream and black microvelvet because it doesn't wrinkle and eliminates shadows.
Also needed is appropriate lighting. I have overhead lighting from a ceiling light that has an adjustable dimmer. Side lighting showcases the piece. To function as a filter, I placed a tea towel over this Ikea light! I have also used a piece of paper towel to filter the light source. I moved the light around and up and down to decide the best angle.
I use my iPhone 6 to take photographs of my work. It's amazing how clear and
colorful the images are using an iPhone even before retouching.
Below is a background that I originally
used that has no foamboard on the left side.
The image is then cropped
Posting anything on the internet can end up anywhere. Think of Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram, where your images could be copied to and others take credit for it. They could add your image to their blog post and say they created it.
Instagram has an easy way to report infringement.
There is really no way to know if someone steals your image, but that is the risk you take posting on the internet. One can send a DCME request. Hopefully it will make the offender just not do it again in the future.
To place a watermark, I use Photoshop Express as well as Live Collage +
This video is a way to add
a watermark on Photoshop /express
Below is how to add a watermark using Live Collage +
When I look at my images, I am proud of my creations and how
more complex they are becoming. I always add my watermark to indicate copyright.
copyright images of Carol Jensen 2017 -
Copyright infringement is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works.
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