No art catalog is complete without photographs! I have several exhibit catalogs published in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s that have B&W photographs because this was the affordable way to publish such gallery catalogs. With print-on-demand, you can publish a catalog in full-color.
By now you should have determined the layout you want for your quilt catalog as well as the number of images or photographs you want to include.
There are a variety of photographic styles you can use for your catalog, such as:
- Professionally or personally photographed art pieces;
- Images of you at work sewing on your machine or sewing by hand;
- A photograph of your quilt on a bed or wall; and/or
- A group photo of you with family or friends near one of your quilts on display
You might consider different photo caption styles, such as:
- Name of piece, year made, size of piece, materials used, owner of the piece
- Paragraph describing your inspiration for making the piece
Other Items to Consider:
- Be sure to give the photographer credit for his or her images in your catalog.
- If you have photographs of anyone other than yourself in your catalog, be sure to get a signed photo release from each person in the photo. Be sure you have their written permission to publish their image.
- You’ll need digital images to insert into your Word file. For CreateSpace, the final interior book file size cannot be larger than 400MB. Insert your photographs into your Word document; do not copy and paste the images, for best quality.
There are a few online resources for taking quality images of your quilts:
- Shoot That Quilt! This website by Holly Knott and Andy Baird provides great insights on cameras you might use, lighting needed, how to best angle a quilt for photographing and even examples of what NOT to do!
- Paula Furgason, Guest Author on the Adventure Quilter website, offers five tips for improving your quilt photography.
- "QuiltAlbum" has created a 2 min. YouTube video showing quilt photography steps. Enjoy!
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