Treasure Chest Thursday: Hats

Summertime is hot and hats will adorn many people’s heads. This reminds me of the many people I know with large hat collections. Hats collections are a part of someone’s personal and family history. You and your camera should go capture the stories behind the hats.

I had a very difficult time photographing my husband’s hat from childhood. The right angle was elusive. However, I’m still working on coming up with a better backdrop, so that is also frustrating. But the one trick I have got to show you is the one that I learned with the graduation cap. Use a bit of craft fiber fill to stuff inside your hat. It fills the hat out, is white, and gives the hat shape. So, despite the fact that I’m not entirely pleased with the photographic techniques that I applied, the stuffing trick did its job.

f/4.5, exp 1/25, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weight Average metering

Taking a full one front view of the cap, wasn’t very pleasing to my eye. However, my husband thought it was fine.

f/4.5, exp 1/25, bias +0.7, ISO 100
Center Weight Average metering

I liked the profile of the hat a little better, but you can’t tell that the hat says ‘Trappers.’ It looks like it says Tappers. One can only imagine the baseball field tapping around the bases!

Honestly, the background wouldn’t have looked so poorly if I had taken the extra effort to smooth out the cloth. So… as you develop your photographic eye, pay attention to the little details. I was so focused on the hat, that I didn’t notice the background until I was done photographing for the day. Yikes!

Go photograph those hats hanging all over the family room walls before the person with the story is no longer able to tell you why they keep each one. Then, leave a link in the comments section so we can all celebrate your work.

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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