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Experimental Photography – 5KCBWDAY3

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

Day Three (Wednesday 14th May): Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers. – 5KCBWDAY3

I’m aware that I need a better heading image for my blog, Twitter, etc. and so decided this would be the perfect time to do some experimenting for that. I’ve taken a few photos and am going to play around with them, documenting what I do.

First, I took one of my favourite cakes of yarn (to look at, to knit with is a different story…) and took a photo of it as I usually would. In case anyone is interested it’s Easyknits DW Toughie in ‘Who’. This is on a white background, with plenty of light and not much else. This is the raw image, no cropping, no brightness altering, nothing.

Original Image 1

It’s perfectly good for documenting in my Ravelry stash, but it’s not very interesting. So then I remembered my fabric with cakes on it and thought that would be a good background, as it’s a cake of yarn.

Cake on Cakes

The colours of the cakes are a bit vibrant for my liking and take away from the lovely colours of the yarn. Now is when I begin to play around with the image. I’m using The Gimp for this, as it’s free.

First, I tried taking all the colour out of the background. (I used this tutorial)

Selective Colourisation


I like it, but I’m not sure about the fabric as a background. I took a close up of the yarn.Closeup

This shows the colours off really well. But how about using a stripe of colour? This time I also cropped it so that there is no background.Colour Stripe

The colours stand out really well. This gave me an idea. The main reason of doing this was for a new blog header. What if I had a band of coloured yarn at the top and bottom, with the grey scale in the middle where the text goes?

Colour Stripe 2

I really like this look. I think the middle may be a bit too dark though. How would it look if I used really pale colour instead of grey?

Pale Stripe

I like that more. I think that’s what I’ll go with. The next problem is making the rest of my blog fit!

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