This was a great article that came out from one of my pro labs and I thought it would be helpful to those of you who are always wondering what you should wear to a photo shoot.  The key is have fun with your outfit, use complimentary colors with your family or all wear the same color (in the same hue usually) but avoid the following prints and patterns below so you don’t ruin your pictures.

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Avoiding Moiré Patterns
Have you ever seen a distracting pattern on a person’s shirt when watching television? This effect, known as a moiré pattern, is caused by geometric elements of the shirt conflicting with the image sensor.  In dSLRs, moiré patterns occur because the image sensors are arranged in a specific matrix pattern that can conflict with patterns on the subject. The patterns aren’t visible through the viewfinder, because you’re not looking at what the image sensor is picking up.


It’s generally best to advise your clients not to wear geometric patterns in clothing when being photographed.  However, if you do have a subject with a tight geometric pattern on an article of clothing, then you should shoot a test shot. When you download the test shot to a computer, make sure to view it at 100 percent and at the final size you’ll be using for the image because this is where a moiré pattern is most likely to present itself – different magnifications of the digital image in image-editing software may represent it differently.