Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge 2019

Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge 2019 with Underground Crafter

Did you know that May is National Photography Month (and has been since 1987)? That’s ok, I didn’t know it either until just a few days ago! I’m going to take advantage of the timing of getting a new camera a few weeks ago and focus (pun intended) on building my craft photography skills during May. I’d love it if you’d join in with me!

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen several Stories about a collaboration I’m doing with B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio. B&H is a business just about a mile and half away from my apartment, and they also happen to be one of the largest retailers of photography and video (and audio) equipment in the United States. Though they ship around the world, to me B&H is a local business that I’ve known about for all of my life.

Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge 2019 with Underground Crafter - Marie with shipment from B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio

I’m super excited to be collaborating with them because I’m always trying to improve my photography so I can show even better pictures of my projects and make video tutorials that people can hear and enjoy. One of the highlights of this amazing pile of equipment B&H sent me is the Sony Alpha a6000, a mirrorless camera.

If you’ve never used a mirrorless camera before, don’t worry! None of the 99 people who responded to my Instagram Story quiz had ever used one before, either.

Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge 2019 with Underground Crafter - Instagram Story Sony Alpha a6000 mirrorless camera question collage

This video by Sony is pretty helpful in explaining the difference between mirrorless cameras and DSLRs, if you’d like to nerd out on photography stuff along with me.

Since I have a new camera and I’ll need to take actual photos to test out all of its features and settings, I thought it might be a good time for another Instagram Challenge.

Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge 2019 with Underground Crafter - Sony Alpha a6000 and pretty yarn stuff

What is the Maker Photo Month Instagram Challenge?

Every day in May, 2019, celebrate your love of making along with National Photography Month by following a photo prompt for Instagram. All crafts are welcome! You can see all 31 prompts in the image at the top of this post if you want to get a head start.

How Can I Join In?

To join in, share a picture on Instagram that was inspired by the prompt for that day using the hashtag #MakerPhotoMonth. So, for example, share an “About me” picture on May 1 and a “Close up” picture on May 4. This is a fun challenge where we can (virtually) meet other makers, get comfortable with our cameras (including phone and tablet cameras), and show off our crafty creations, so please don’t stress too much about getting everything “perfect” — I know my pictures won’t be perfect, either. Also, remember that you can always write in your note on Instagram to share how your picture relates to the prompt. You can participate for one day, a few days, or every day in the month.

It would be awesome if you could follow meon Instagram, too. You can also follow the #MakerPhotoMonth hashtag here to keep up with all the pictures everyone is posting.

What If I’m Not on Instagram?

I got a late start on Instagram, too. It’s fun and I’d love to see you there! But if Instagram’s not for you for whatever reason, you can still join along on your blog or social media platform of choice.

3KCBWDAY2 – Photography challenge



The backstory: I usually schedule my posts during the week, but I thought it would be more fun if I posted during each day for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week.  Photography is something that I’ve been working on since I started this blog, and today’s challenge definitely had me stumped.  (I’ve already seen some great, elaborately staged pictures like Faith‘s, and wonderful collections like this one of awesome crochet fashion photography from Crochet Concupiscencethis morning.)

After following yesterday’s theme around the blogosphere, I started to notice that quite a few people were reluctant to use (or even fearful) of orange yarn.  Naturally, my stash hoarding self wanted to run out and buy some orange yarn to rectify that, and that’s where the orange monster (formerly of Weight Watchers fame) came in.  You see, I actually had my very own orange yarn that I’ve never even used sitting in my stash.  Yep, that’s a skein of Malabrigo Rios in Glazed Carrot that I bought at Knitty City last year.  So there’s no need to buy any more – yarn diet preserved.

Stashbusting and shooting (pictures, that is)

I’ve recently been hit by an attack of the granny square.  Perhaps (finally!) finishing the granny square blanket for my sister has reminded me of my tremendous love for grannies and of blanket-making.  In any event, since last week I’ve dug through my stash to work on several granny square projects for charity.

I revived this long-term charity blanket project on Saturday afternoon by adding some length to one strip and joining the two rows together.

(You can find a list of patterns I used for these squares in this post.)

I’ve also finished seven individual grannies, but I’ll save those details for Friday :).

A sneak peak of some of my finished grannies.

Besides the grannies, I’m working on some other scrappy projects which will eventually turn into pet blankets to donate to Bideawee.  I’m glad to finally be spending time working on my charity and stashbusting goals.  I dream of the day when another plastic tub of yarn will be used up, but there are a lot of granny squares and pet blankets between today and that day.

I finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest in the nick of time last Wednesday, by staying up reading until about 1 a.m.  The book was removed from my Kindle by the library before I woke up for work that morning.  You can check out my review on Goodreads.

As for what I’m reading now, I took some photo advice from Stacey at FreshStitches and decided to read my camera manual!  I got a new camera over the weekend, and I’ve been taking pictures pretty much non-stop.  Since I only know how to use the macro and normal modes, now is the time to get acquainted with all of the funky features.

On a related note, I’ve been thinking about doing a 365 project (taking and posting pictures every day).  This is to encourage me to use my camera more frequently and to, of course, improve my photography skills.  Has anyone done one of these before?  If you have, I’d love to hear your suggestions about where you posted your photos.  Did you use a blog, Flickr, 365 Project, or another site?  I should mention that I’m sort of cheap, which is why I haven’t just plunked down the twenty-five bucks for a Flickr Pro account, and am instead asking you all for free advice :).


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Year of Projects: Crochet Master Class – Bullion stitch blocks, week 4, and more

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This post is part of my Year of ProjectsCrochet Master Class series. You can read the other posts in this series here.

After weeks of ignoring my bullion stitch blocks, I finished one up on Friday.

My six inch bullion block.

Originally, my plan was to donate several bullion stitch blocks to Heartmade Blessings for the Crochetlist March 2012 charity challenge.  But after the unraveling fiasco when I learned that I couldn’t use black yarn, I wasn’t very motivated to restart my blocks.  This month’s Crochetlist charity is the Binky Patrol in Arizona, and the blocks are only supposed to be six inches.  So I actually had to pull out a few rows of this block to get it to the right size.  The pattern, Hybrid Peas by Margaret MacInnis, is way more exciting than this square would suggest, but a lot of the fun happens in the next few rows.

I also got a new camera yesterday!

I couldn’t capture the camera itself in the picture, so I hope the box will do.

Since I’ve been blogging, sharing one camera at home has become a challenge.  I take most of my photos outdoors on the way to and from work or during the day, and that means that either I can’t take pictures when I need to or that MC can never have access to the camera during the day time.  After a bit of research, I bought the Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS on sale at Best Buy yesterday.  It is super tiny, which is great for my little hands.

Now how does this all relate to Year of Projects?  Well, one of my long standing WIPs is the camera case I started during the freeform class I took with Margaret Hubert.

This flower was intended to be the focal point for the case.

I never got too excited by the project because I have been thinking about buying a new camera for a while.

Here is an intermeshing swatch that will potentially be part of a camera case.

So hopefully by next week, I will have finished my new camera case (which will go over the store bought camera case I got so the camera could have some extra cushioning).  I still haven’t completely decided what to do about the rainbow trivet I started last week, but I’d like to have two finished projects to share.