I started my blog in order to help others make informed decisions when purchasing makeup. So, I figured that I would take an opportunity here today and try to show how I edit my photos using PicMonkey! Some simple photo editing can really improve your photos and make them pop. It does take a bit of extra time, probably about 5-10 minutes per photo depending on how many things you have to do to it, but the end result is a vast improvement as you will see!
Here are the products I use to take my photos:
• iphone6– nothing really fancy here, although I am hoping to get a nice camera for Christmas!
• Fancierstudio 30 in Table Top Photo Studio– this was moderately priced on Amazon and it works pretty well. I mainly use it for taking photos at night, which has helped out with time management.
• Studio Pro 2 Photography Lighting Kit– These also work ok and they were in my budget.
• I have a PicMonkey subscription which costs $4.99 a month. The subscription allows you to have access to “premium” features like Airbrushing and Eye Brightening, but they do have a free version available.
Photo Editing Steps. (Click photos to enlarge)
• The first thing I usually do is adjust the exposure. This will help get rid of the dull/overcast look your photos can have and make them more vibrant. I hit the Auto Adjust button then I manually tone down the shadows because it usually makes them too dark and the color accuracy is off.
• Next I adjust the color of the photo. I usually avoid just doing an “Auto Adjust” because it always seems to turn out too cool or bluish in color. The Neutral Picker function works by clicking on a white or gray part of your photo and auto adjusting it from there. I find that that method or just manually adjusting it works best. Just play around and try to get it look as close as it does in real like to keep the colors accurate.
• I know the Teeth Whiten function is mainly used to whiten teeth but I also use it to help get rid of blue or yellow tones, mainly if I am using a white background.
• I use Eye Brighten only on white backgrounds or anything else that is white. It pretty much helps to make the white part of your photo whiter and brighter…kind of like bleach! When using this function, be very careful when applying it around the edges of products in your photo, it will lighten them and the photo will look “off” and not as crisp. It also helps to get rid of blue and yellow tones.
• The airbrush function obviously is for smoothing. I use it to smooth backgrounds and any dark areas of the photo. It makes it look much more polished, just be sure not to overdo it and keep it on the “natural” setting. It can also be used to airbrush the backgrounds of photos to create a faux focus point like you can get with DSLR cameras.
• Using the Focal Soften feature is a more pronounced way to add a cool faux focus point look to your photos. I find that it works best of your focus point is relatively small or circular since that is the only shape option available. I do wish PicMonkey would add a horizontal focal soften option like Instagram has.
Use the slider below to see my actual before and after in action!
I hope you found some of these photo editing tips helpful. Please feel free to leave any questions below! 🙂
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