The trickiest issue I have with my DSLR is color. The color changes drastically according to the settings and it's just too much to manage sometimes. I do try to get an accurate representation of color for my yarn and FO photos that I put on Ravelry. It usually ends in me saying "I don't have time for this." and grabbing my trusty point and shoot.
The following is a series of shots I took yesterday while preparing a new braid of fiber for spinning. I'll also give a little description of what I'm doing if that interests you at all. I don't generally do tutorials and won't consider this one. I'm youtube taught and no expert. I'm pleased I can spin yarn I like.
4 ounces of superwash merino to be spun into (I hope!) self striping sock yarn. I adjusted the white balance in this photo to drain a little yellow that was showing up in the late afternoon shot. It's still a little too dark in the center to show the colors well.
Close up - so pretty!
Unbraided fiber. I changed the settings to center weighted metering and it's the first photo I've taken where my kitchen table doesn't appear bright orange. It is not bright orange.
Splitting the braid into (hopefully) two equal strips. At this point, I switched rooms without adjusting the settings and things went downhill fast.
Weighing the two portions. My scale was a Christmas gift and has proven to be very valuable. I love it for weighing yarn into two balls for socks - I seriously used to sneak my yarn balls onto the produce scales at the grocery store. It's also great for demonstrating to one's children how tragically small a recommended serving size of ice cream really is.
I'm trying to keep the colors separate while I draft. I intend to chain ply a thin-ish single which will preserve the color separation and (hopefully!) knit into sweet little stripes. There are so many ways to draft fiber and I'm sure they look different in different hands. I'm using a spindle and I just thin a good deal of fiber, spin it - being carful that the weight of the undrafted (not a word, apparently) fiber doesn't cause a break - then start drafting the next portion.
At this point, air conditioning and ceiling fans are the enemy.
The little bit I spun last night! Love, love, love natural outdoor light.
I'm sure I used a number of online tutorials when I first learned, in addition to a great deal of trial and error, but I picked up spinning fairly quickly using the videos by Megan LaCore.