Craftsy: Shoot It! Class Review

Have you tried any Craftsy.com classes yet? I’ve been grabbing several of the free short videos and have enrolled in a few full length courses. I especially love that once you are in the class it’s yours to view whenever! This week I have been able to make a few moments to make my way through Shoot It!

I have been a fan of Caro / splityarn for a long time, back in the early days of knit blogging and I even have one of her camera straps! Listening to her I like her even more – she’s really down to earth and presents the information in a very easy to understand way. She discusses shooting pictures for patterns if you are a designer as well as those finished object shots. Each lesson, there are ten, is less than 30 minutes long – that is just right. I was able to knit while I watched, and when I needed to, I could pause, make a note, leave a comment, whatever.
I’ll fully admit to being snobby about photos. I’ve spent a lot of time (and a lot of pixels) on my photos, and for the most part I feel like I am getting decent images. I should put in more to the post-production side and edit them a bit more (that’s going to be one of my new resolutions, I will be revisiting Lesson #9: Post-processing). It drives me crazy to see on Ravelry projects or etsy items for sale just awful photos: out of focus, not centered, wrong exposure. I feel it’s even worse when the shot is accompanied by a brush off “apology” – sorry for the terrible picture. I’ve been there. I’ve put up a bad photo now and again in the interest of time (and never-ending-energetic-children!) but there are instances when I see it every. single. time. Enough. Take another picture. Wait another day! It’s worth it to show off your hard work! (end rant.)
Sadly, because I’ve had to split my time between the usual suspects (children, work, home, knitting, upcoming birthday, and holiday) I have no photos to show right now. I’ve been making notes as I watch the videos (another pretty nifty feature of the Craftsy classes) and I hope to put them to good use soon – I have some good ideas now for photographing my Lanesplitter skirt and I’m just about finished with socks and a hat that need their picture taken. I give this class 2 thumbs up – if you want to take better pictures, this is a great investment! Did you know that you can give Craftsy classes as gifts? Pretty cool.

Full disclosure – because I have signed up to be an affiliate of Craftsy.com, if you sign up for a class / make a purchase on the craftsy site via one of my links, I get a little bit in return. They offered me the opportunity to take a class of my choice for free, and all opinions are my own.

Photo Challenged

One thing I enjoy about having a blog is that I feel some sort of (self-imposed) pressure to have good photographs. How do you get good photographs? You could take a class like I did (and would totally take again), and you have to just take pictures. Lots of pictures. I do take a lot of pictures, but wanted to push myself a bit. I challenged myself to a “30 day photo challenge” that I spotted on pinterest. (More on that in a minute). Today I found, and promptly pinned this one:

I snapped my first photo, “in action”
Day 1
Me, working on a sock sample for Interlacements.

This is not my first photo challenge.

Let’s ignore the fact that this particular challenge was from August, 2011 and it is was January when I tried it. Let’s also ignore the fact that I lost track of it on the weekends and there was a week when my whole house was sick. Let’s ignore that I also only shot photos on 21 days.
My creation
Practice is practice.