Treasure Chest Thursday: Another Cross Stitch

Here is another treasure that I got to photograph from my Grannie Brown’s collection. I am so glad that I was able to photograph this gem. It was too large to fit in my lightbox. So, I placed it on a white cloth that was on top of a chair. I only had natural afternoon light in my outdoors set up. The indoor lighting was poor. I moved to a full shadow location rather than full sun. I snapped this photo and it looked great!

f/5, exp 1/640, bias +0.3, ISO 200
Pattern metering

I hope that you’re seeing that you can photograph the treasures that belong to your family without the need for a super fancy camera. Primarily, natural light works best, but a lightbox works wonders as well. What you can’t fix on camera, can be fixed (to some degree) in a Photo Editor. And sometimes, you won’t have to fix anything at all.

Go on, photograph the things that tell the story of your living relatives before things like this disappear when the relatives sift through someone’s possessions after they pass out of this life.

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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