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Happy Snaps! - photographing what you've sewn...

We'd love to see more photos of what you've made from Clothesline projects.  I know it's hard to get a good shot, so here are some tips for nicer photos:-

  1. No-one looks good hit with on-camera flash indoors.  Red eyes, bright white skin on a dark background  - a supermodel would look bad.  Shoot outside in the yard during daylight hours.
  2. Now we're out in the open, pose your subject under the shade of a tree.  (Photographing in full sunlight can wash out some colours.)
  3. Don't have your subject squinting into the sun.  Alternatively, don't have them with their back to the sun, so that they're just a backlit shadow.  Most flattering is when the light source is off to one side of your face.  (If your face looks too shadowy, real enthusiasts can use a white sheet or large white cardboard (out of shot) to reflect light back onto the darker side.)

Had to laugh at Julyne Derrick's About.com article:  How to look 10 lbs thinner in photos.  Here's just an excerpt:-

The secret is in the pose. (That, and the fact that they (models) starve themselves a week before events and get sprayed by professional tanning people and wear gut-sucking Spanx and ...). Back to the pose. Here we share five secrets to appearing 10 pounds thinner in photos. You can practice these tips in front of a mirror, but we suggest locking your door first so as not to be caught appearing vain.
Secret No. 1: Turn partially sideways to the camera, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot.
Secret No. 2: Pull head forward slightly to minimize any appearance of a double chin.
Secret No. 3: Hold arms slightly away from your body. This keeps upper arm flab from flattening out and therefore appearing flabbier (much like thighs do when one sits on a couch).
Secret No. 4: Pull shoulders back, chest forward and gently suck stomach in. Be careful not to suck stomach so far in that your ribs show, thereby causing those who later see the photo to cluck to themselves in a bemused, sing-song voice, "She's sucking i-in."
Secret No. 5: If you can get away with it without looking like a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Girl wannabe, try the look away trick. To do this, look away from the camera, then turn towards it, breaking into a smile just before the camera clicks. Your smile will appear fresh, not frozen. This trick takes practice behind closed, locked doors.
When taking a photo it's also important the photographer does not snap the picture from below. This adds another 20-50 pounds to the 10 pounds automatically and annoying added by the camera.

Yes, you can laugh, but it's good advice.  Dare you to try it!