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May 31, 2013

Spotlight | Photos, with Flair

I know an extraordinarily skilled photographer who is so talented, she can photograph a storm cloud, a steel screw or a sweater and make all of them look fantastic. Accomplishing this range is more difficult than you know.

Robin Feld is a professional and in-demand art and product photographer. Every now and then, she volunteers to take photos of my humble knit projects. (Yes, I’m a very lucky person.) 
Not long ago, Robin took photos of my Flair cardigan, and on her blog, she wrote this:

It’s important to know your target audience. For example, I shoot a lot of product photos which are used to sell specific items.

Sometimes, it's important to create a mood with props and lighting, because many products are sold on an emotional level. Sometimes, you have to do the opposite. For example, recently, when working with a writer of a knitting blog, I learned that the important thing was to show the detail in a way which demonstrates how it is made.

Why? Because the blogger was explaining how the sweater was knitted and describing what worked and what didn’t work.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to shoot a few glamour shots, but to some, the glamour is in the details.
What more can I say? Anything else would be overkill. I like the Flair sweater. I love the photos, with Flair.
To see more of Robin’s extraordinary work, visit Robin Feld Photography. (Strangely, she often photographs things that are not hand knit. I know, I’m as puzzled as you are.) To read more about the Flair sweater, go here.

I can say with great confidence Robin's photos will be hard to beat, but do visit FO Friday at Tami's Amis to see a wide range of wonderful projects.

Photos: courtesy Robin Feld Photography

12 comments:

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    1. Robin's a wonderful photographer, isn't she? (Glad you like the sweater, too!)

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  2. Such a beautiful sweater, the color is captivating.

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    1. Such a kind comment, thank you! Didn't Robin do a beautiful job of capturing the color?

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  3. You know I was just looking at my Photostream in Flickr and thinking I really ought to take photos of things other than crafts:) I'd better check out Robin's page for inspiration!

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    1. Yes, you really should. She has a great eye and a wonderful way with ... well, just about everything. This week, I'm particularly fond of the popcorn guy at the baseball game. It has an interesting 1930s feel to it.

      (Meanwhile, I'm still struggling to get my knitting in focus and in the frame!)

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  4. Beautiful sweater, beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome, and aren't you kind!

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  5. Beautiful pictures of a fabulous piece of work. The colour is very striking as is the button.

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    1. Thanks, HillyT. I love that button, too, but it's too heavy for this sweater, which means I'm back into "button search" mode.

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  6. Love how your friend's expert photos capture the crisp stitches and subtle details. Yes, the glamour is in the details.

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    1. Excellent observations, Noni. In this case, Robin's photos make the very most of a truly simple knit. She did a beautiful job, didn't she?

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Thanks for sharing your comments and insights, I enjoy each and every one. If you have questions, share those too, and I'll do my best to respond.
-b

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