Another box contained my order from Dharma -- cotton bags for our knitting kits, charmeuse silk scarves for dyeing with natural dyes and shibori, and Sarah's favorite devore scarves for dyeing with her woad. Perfect timing as the Farmer's Markets start this week and the woad bed is being cleaned up of all the second year plants -- right into the dye vat.
The third box was for the workshop that we are organizing for the Boundary Artisan Association on "Using Your Digital Camera to Photograph your work." Its being taught by former art photographer, Jason Coleman. We needed one of those white photo tents to set up for the workshop to show people how to use it. I found one online from Steve Kaeser Lighting and Photography supply.
I set the photo tent up last night after dinner and took a few pictures to see how it worked. I'm pleased with the results. Its a big improvement over my usual photos. In fact, I've been embarrassed by my lack of photography skills and so taking pictures of my work has been pretty low on the priority list. That's one reason my artfire store was a complete failure -- no product pictures -- no sales. So I'm hoping this workshop and the investment in a photo tent studio system will change that.
Larger items in the 30inch photo tent without the camera flash and just the two light stands -- black background:
This hat is handspun silk with metal butterfly beads and even without the flash the silk has a lot of reflection, which makes the detail of the handspun yarn hard to capture. I will try it again with the lights pointing differently.
And here it is again with the white background. I will need to iron the background before the workshop.