I’ve been dissatisfied with my blog photos for some time. Until today, I’ve been shooting with an old-model Nikon Coolpix, and although it is a nice little camera that takes good shots, it has not done well for capturing the color of my yarns and close ups. What has made me more dissatisfied is that before I used it, I had a Nikon film SLR, and I enjoyed being able to adjust settings to get certain effects, and the Coolpix has few such options.
So I finally decided to plunge into the realm of digital SLR photography, and I bought a Nikon D40. I’ve mulled over the Nikon vs. Canon issue, and it seems a bit like counting the angels on the head of a pin. I opted for the Nikon because I had a great experience with the film SLR, it was cheaper for the entry-level model, and I’m familiar with the Nikon lenses.
Although I have a lot to learn about this camera, I took it out for a spin to see how it did with photos that gave me trouble until now. I used only its automatic mode, but I hope to tinker with the settings to get better accuracy.
I couldn’t photograph this sweater for Ravelry because it came out gray. It is a design from Knitter’s Arans and Celtics, knit in Harrisville Shetland, that I made for my son. I just took it out of its storage bag, and so it seems a bit rumpled, but the color is very accurate. I just loved knitting that cable--and yes, that is seed stitch in all the boxes.
I had photographed this sweater for Ravelry, and it looked awful. This is better (but not perfect). It is another sweater for my son, a Norah Gaughan pattern from an old VK. I know the flash went off, and it is not quite the rich blue of the Green Mountain Spinnery yarn, but it does show the sweater to more of an advantage.
I also tried close up shots using my Shetland Triangle, and these results are pretty good:
So now it is time to read the manual and the digital photography books I borrowed from the fine collection in my library. And then it is on to Photoshop, sprucing up my blog, replacing my Ravelry pictures with new ones, and photographing my stash. I hope I have time to knit.