I have that happen all the time, yes it is the way the quilt is laid on the floor, gives it a warped look. On the wall, it has to be straight and you want to line yourself and the camera up so that you are straight too, lol. My brain is crooked so I just do a lot of adjusting;)Crooked or not, both pieces are gorgeous.Debbie
You are not directly in front of the quilt when you are taking them. You have to compensate for where the lens is. I zoom in and look at the viewing screen to see if the quilt is parallel to the edges of the screen. When the wide angle lens comes into it, the quilt will never look square so the larger the quilt the more problems you will have. I don't have all of the answers, just giving you answers from my experiences.
using a tripod will help a great deal. the camera needs to be straight back and dead center from the hanging quilt. any deviations will result in a slightly off kilter look. If your view finder has a grid pattern available then use that to line up the edges of your quilt. If the edges match up on two sides your on a roll! hope this helps, btw, I have mega photos of off kilter quilts you are not alone in this!
I just invested in a great new tripod. makes a load of difference...
Most, if not all, of my quilt photos look like I never have square quilts. I'm sure there is much more to snapping pics and loading them. So, any help you get here will help me too.
The comments you have about holding the camera perfectly straight, level, and pointed into the center of the quilt are right. A tripod is the answer I think, but since I don't have a good one, I have trouble with this too. I use a photo-editing program to fix it. Photoshop does that, and I'm sure some of the others do too. Iphoto does a bit, but not perfectly.
The converging edges can be eliminated by using your zoom on your camera. Get away from the quilt and zoom in with your lens. Something about focal length. I used to get the converging when I took booth shots. Now I move away 20 feet or more and zoom in to get perfect parallel booth walls.
Use a tripod. You can work with getting the camera straight on, and it will stay that way as you click the shutter button. Depending on the camera, there are shutter release cables that allow you to click the button without touching--and possibly moving--the camera. I used to have all the right equipment, but now just have a point and shoot digital camera. It is sometimes very frustrating.
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