Guest Post: Knittage Simply Knit by Giles Babbidge

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to start updating the look of IngridNation, the brand. A couple of the things that I needed were a new banner for my Folksy shop and images for new Moo Cards. My chap, Giles Babbidge is a photographer. After discussing the look that I was after, he took the photographs and helped me to put the designs together. In this post, he tells how we achieved it all.

When Inny needed some snazzy new shots of her knitted wares recently, for use on her blog and online shop, we used the absolute bare-basics approach of ‘one camera, one lens, one light’. The location/studio arrangement was also just about as simple as you can get – a living room coffee table table.

What you see in the picture here is the lighting set-up… A single SB-800 with Pocket Wizard (for wireless connection to the camera); attached to the front is a diffuser panel (for nice, soft, even light). A Magic Arm was used to support the rig just off to camera right, positionable back and forth, left to right, as required.

The camera, incidentally, was hand-held.

You’ll notice daylight striking the ‘set’ from the front – this was taken out of the equation not by closing the curtains, but my letting the flash be the sole light source (and adjusting settings accordingly). Flash light is perfect for close-up detail work, as it is very clean and crisp.

As many of you know, I don’t believe in relying on post-production in order to ‘save’ poor technique – clearly, it makes far more sense to get things looking the way you want them at the time of capture. Case in point – the image you see up top is essentially unaltered.

The most Photoshop work that was applied here was to the image which ended up as Inny’s banner – a simple case of choosing the crop and superimposing her logo, to end up with this:


Photo shoots are expensive, time consuming, stressful affairs, right? Nope. This little lot took all of about 10 minutes from setting up to taking everything apart, including time to arrange the object (a Spring Greens scarf, no less!), discuss framing options and, of course, sip a nice cuppa.

All images copyright, Giles Babbidge Photography.

This post was first published on the GBP Blog.

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2 responses

  1. Wow Inny, I like your new look.
    Is the banner ready to use now. I will put it up on Historic-crafts under your profile if you want.

    29/07/2010 at 9:14 am

    • ingridnation

      Oh, that would be lovely. I only wish that I could use it on here…

      16/08/2010 at 4:42 pm

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