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… and photographing.

Talk Like A Pirate Day is drawing nearer again (September 19!), and that is a good reason to pull out the Pirate Robert hats again and take some more photos – especially since the hat pattern is going to be featured in an article soon (and I’m utterly excited about that!).

Some things, though, are notoriously hard to take good photos of. Gold embroidery, or gold brocading, for instance – the glittering gold has a tendency to mess with the exposure time calibration of cameras, and this tends to result in really bad pictures.

While knitted hats are usually not suffering from exposure time problems due to gold thread, small cables also have a tendency to look really obvious in real life, just to suddenly and quietly disappear into invisibility on a photograph. Human eyes and human brains are just really, really good at seeing 3D and making the most even of small differences of light and shade.

So I was very happy about having two nice little photo lights, and a good tripod, and some time for fiddling. And some more time for fiddling. Then some more. There were also some, um, alternative supports for the two photo lights so that I could adjust them juuust so – a few millimetres, or a few degrees of the head angle, already made a huge difference in the outcome.


Lamps, a styrofoam head with the hat, a camera on a tripod. And some motivational coffee (not shown).

In the end, though, I did get a few decent pictures – so I’d say the fiddling was well worth it!


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