I'm definately not a skilled photographer! In fact I don't even have a camera. I just use my phone or my Samsung tablet. So I definately need all the help I can get, when it comes to lighting and editing. I thought it could be useful to some of you, so I today I want to share some of my tips and tricks.
|Old Picture taken by my window.|
1. natural lightging:
I prefer to use daylight. I often take Pictures by the window in my livingroom, as this is the brightest spot in my appartment. I try not to put the product in direct sunligt, but in the shade of a well lit window seems to do the trick.
2. artificial lighting:
I can't afford to go out and buy fancy light boxes. So I asked my dad, if he think he could make one. I gave him a drawing, with some instructions, and he made me a simple light box that Works pretty well. Mine is made up of a wooden frame with White fabric on top and on the sides. We painted it White. Then I just bought some LED strip lanterns to shine through the fabric in the sides and top. This does a pretty good job on a gloomy day. I could use some brighter lights though, but those should be easily obtainable. You can add a backdrop made from stiff thick paper to get rid of any lines, but I often don't bother.
I use 2-3 programs for editing. These are all free. I probably could get away with using just one if I was willing to pay for a program. But I'm cheap so I won't haha.
Paint: Aaah god old paint... I use this to scale Down my Pictures and correct minor Things.
Picasa: I use Picasa to crop, correct and to adjust light and shadows on a Picture. This is a free downloadable program (download here) It's pretty easy to use. You can even add text and effects and I also use this to watermark my Photos (when I remember to)
FotoFuze: This is a pretty handy Little webtool (link here) I use this to clean up my Pictures. It did take a little practise but once I got the hang of it, I couldn't stop using it.
In the Picture above you can see the effects of FotoFuze. The left Picture was taken by my window, I then cropped it and adjusted the brightness in Picasa and edited it in FotoFuze before adding a watermark in Picasa. I definately think the right side looks a lot better don't you?
So that's pretty much all I do, when it comes to editing Pictures. I have never used Photoshop (I'm not that skilled).
I don't like to edit Pictures of myself too much. I tend to adjust the colors and saturation to make the makeup look show up better as my "camera" tends to wash me out a bit. When I do close ups of lip swatches I never edit the actual lip area, I want you to see the true texture, so you know what you get. I do tend to blur out the surrounding skin around the mouth area, let's be honest here... snapping a Picture SO close up, is NOT flattering and it makes my skin look more textured than it actually is. So when editiong Pictures of myself I always try to make the Picture look like what I would see when I look at myself in the mirror.
I hope you found this post helpful. And if you have any questions about how I do anything, please feel free to ask me