One of the classes I’m teaching at the Shuttlebirds conference this year is Photography for Tatters. Just like with my Blocking, Starching and Care of Tatting class last year, I picked the topic because it was something I wanted to learn more about. My other hobby is photography, but in that area I’d call myself only a serious amateur and I have always been much more interested in landscapes than “product” photography. It’s definitely something I’ve always wanted to learn more about beyond the basics so I proposed this class to Shuttlebirds and they accepted it.
A few months ago I put together a simple lightbox and we’ll go over how to make it in class. In further preparation I took a class two weekends ago at Wildfibers, an awesome yarn store in Santa Monica called Photography for Knitters, taught by Gale Zucker the author of the book Craft Activism and the blog She Shoots Sheep Shots. It was a great class and really clarified some of the stuff I’d been slowly figuring out on my own, as well as showing me a lot of stuff I probably never would have figured out. I loved seeing a bunch of pictures from shoots and hearing the logic that Gale went through in moving from one to taking another that was better to taking another that was better yet. As soon as I have the time (probably after Shuttlebirds), I’ll be trying to put together some photo shoots of my tatting and I know it’s going to be helpful. Anyone in the Seattle area want to model for me?
Hopefully, I’ve learned enough that my students in April will be able to learn from me. I’m really looking forward to the class.