While I never profess to being anything more than an amateur photographer, I do enjoy photography, and photographing my quilts has become a necessary part of my personal quilting process. People with MS usually have issues with short- and long-term memory…and I’m one of the lucky ones who definitely have issues with my memory! You can tell me something and five minutes later, I will ask the same question because I have lost the memory of asking it the first time. Hence with photos of my quilt projects, I can attach a name to the file image so I can remember what quilt I made and gifted to someone or sold to someone!
You should also know, if you’ve forgotten or are new to by blog, that my kids call me the “Quilt Designing Computer Geek”. Quilting is my passion and I have enjoyed it since I was 19-years-old. The Internet has been my bread and butter work for nearly 15 years. Because of that geek part, I have a number of image programs on my computers that I can use to manipulate photographs that I take and that need a few adjustments.
I was recently asked to create a long-arm quilting website for a dear friend. She sent me some photos of her quilts. Just by looking at the photos, you cannot see the quilted stitches very well. But, if you are using even a very basic program (Windows Live Photo Gallery), you can zoom in on a photo of a quilt to get a new photo that shows off the quilting!
Here’s an example:
This is the original quilt photograph. Although you can see the quilt stitches, they are not completely visible.
This is the same quilt that has been cropped – see the quilt stitches better?
Without all of my geeky programs, I am able to take an image, zoom in on it (if necessary) and am able to truly show off the quilt stitches – which is my goal!