Tablecloths Ready For Photographing
Be honest...how excited are you when you see a vintage tablecloth advertised for sale online and it looks like a crumpled mess ? Let's be real ..who wants to buy a tablecloth that looks like you used it as a security blanket?
I can't believe I'm giving advice on this topic...because I'm not one to fuss over linens. In my shop, I rarely wash or press most of the vintage tablecloths I sell. (I buy them in tip top shape LOL).
But I do worry about how a photograph looks to a prospective buyer. And when I am showing linens online or writing an article, I do pay attention to wrinkles and creases and just how pleasing and exciting the vintage tablecloth looks. Once in awhile you just have to pick up an iron!
Say Good Bye To Wrinkled Vintage Tablecloths
I get queasy when I see the way some sellers present their linens for sale on their websites.
Photographing linens is not that easy, so I can sympathize with many sellers. I struggled with this topic when I was adding a few tablecloth images in my books. The images looked decent on the thumbnails I reviewed for my book, but not as fab when the book pages were done. It is not easy.
Display Vintage Tablecloths
Should I keep the tablecloths open and flat? Should I fold them in a square or rectangle? How about on a table? Should I hang them on a clothes line or ladder rungs? There is no one right answer. The important advise is to photograph your vintage tablecloths so that they will invite buyers. Here are some tips about photographing tablecloths and linens when you are featuring them on a website, blog or online selling site. Readers please feel free to add your suggestions and experiences.
How To Photograph Vintage Tablecloths
2. Keep your background simple.
3. Fold your cloth the same way in each photograph. Keep your images consistent.
4. Avoid showing wrinkled, creased tablecloths.
5. Try shooting from a ladder with the cloth laying open flat on the ground on a white surface.
6. Photograph close up.
7. Outdoor photos are OK, but watch what else is in picture.
8. Add a close up of a particular pattern if you like.
9. If you hate ironing, at least fold the tablecloth nicely and smooth out wrinkles and creases.
10. A nice close image of a piece of the cloth is better than a distant shot of the whole cloth.
Tablecloth collage from http://sointovintage.blogspot.com/2010/01/thrifting-gods-just-say-no.html
Pink and Lime green tablecloth from http://modish.net/
Red and black tablecloth from http://www.thelittleroundtable.com/
C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro café. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit my website, CDianneZweig.com Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists