March is coming in like a lion here on Long Island as well as in the shop! It’s snowy & cold, but luckily we have loads of new shipments coming through the door to keep us warm & toasty!
Do you spy our new custom colorway from Frolicking Feet? We named it Plum Island and were shooting for a radioactive/sci fi feel – did we hit the mark? here’s a closer look …
Gale Zucker came to the shop on Saturday – which btw was GroundHog Day one of my favorite all-time movies – and gave one of her photography workshops. It was information packed and tons of fun! Our group ranged from those who already knew their way around a camera to me ,Ann here who had to borrow her daughter’s camera and decidedly did not know my way around the camera. By the end of the day, all had found their way and new inspirations.
The workshop started off with a slide show presentation . Gale spoke about the lighting, color and framing of each picture and what it took to get those shots. How each was set up and what could be done differently and how that would affect the final photo. We learned about the direction of the light and the angle of the shot and to ask ourselves, ‘what is the story’? We did venture forth into the frozen tundra that was Saturday to take some outdoor pictures. I am glad we didn’t go to Argyle Park – which seems like an easy spot to find beauty. But instead went into parking lots, doorways and alleyways!
If you were not able to take this workshop, I have good news! We were all so inspired by our day with Gale that she is going to come back to do another workshop – Photo Safari!! Give the shop a call if you are interested – we don’t have the details ironed out, but will take down your information to give you first crack at available spots!
Did you know that the fabulous Gale Zucker will be at TVK on February 2nd?? I am so excited and have been wanting to take one of her workshops for years. People lucky enough to take them are thrilled and inspired by how much they have learned.
Somehow my calendar has never worked out and I have a few apps on my smarter-than-me phone that allow me to fool myself into thinking that I take a good picture. But really. I also have some frozen dinners in my freezer but that don’t make me no damn chef !
So, Gale is coming, I am psyched and have gone as far as borrowing my daughter’s fancy camera. Let’s hope I go even further and acquaint myself with some of the settings before Gale gets here!
here are the workshop details:
❈Photography for Knitters February 2 12:30 – 4:00 $85
Wish your photos came out better? This hands-on workshop with Gale Zucker will give you camera confidence, concentrating on yarn, fiber, your projects and the world around you. We’ll cover basic concepts in making your digital photography images look great, concentrating on camera use techniques, natural light and tips to photograph fiber & texture. We’ll talk about choosing backgrounds, colors, and using photography to really tell the story of your craft. We” end with a demo, editing & processing your images once they’re out of the camera, using easy web based software, to really make them sing.
requirements: a camera–dslr or point & shoot are both fine. Please check your manual , know how to find and use the settings to change exposure settings and turn off the flash.
to bring: your camera, fully charged up batteries in the camera, memory media to take pictures, the manual, and a project you want to photograph
Commercial & editorial photographer Gale Zucker is the co-author of the book Craft Activism: People, Projects & Ideas from the New Community of Handmade, by PotterCraft 2011, chosen for Best Books of 2011 by both Library Journal and Amazon. She is also the knitwear photographer for WearWithAll (2012), the photographer/co-author of Shear Spirit: Ten Farms, Twenty Projects and Miles of Yarn (PotterCraft 2008) and the photographer for Mason Dixon: Knitting Outside the Lines (October 2008) .
• professional website Gale Zucker Photography
• Craft Activism book blog
• her knit blog She Shoots Sheep Shots
to our very own KARENWEBBER, the grand prize winner of our Hurricane Sandy Charity Raffle!
and a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated – we were able to donate $250 to The Empire State Relief Fund
Be sure to stop by the shop to see an exciting new trunk by Grace Akhrem. It will be here one week only!
We are off to a great start in our fundraising efforts! There are more sheep on the way since some were taken home for special decorating. These sheepy raffles will be sold through December 30, so there is plenty of time to raise a huge flock (and donation to The Empire State Relief Fund)
It has been suggested we hold a sheep beauty contest prior to the raffle drawing for those specially decorated beauties! ; )
we’re having a sheep raffle – be a lamb & buy a sheep!
Inspired by Patricia’s Yarn Shop, we will be selling our own Village Knitter Sheep! Each cute little sheep will have your name on it. Use one of ours for $1 or you can build your own for $2. All proceeds will be donated to Empire State Relief Fund.The Village Knitter Herd will be displayed in the shop through December 31st and then one lucky sheep will win a $200 Gift Certificate!!