Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Editing Photos

Melanie from Violet's Buds has written a series of posts on photography.  This is the second in that series.  See the first, Three Keys to Great Photos.

No matter how practiced you at at taking photos, its safe to say that the majority of photos will need some editing. With a well-exposed photo, you can make it pop with a few adjustments.

Here is the image- straight from the camera. The subject is adequately lit, the background nice and smooth, but everything seems flat and dull.

Using your preferred editing software, go into the Curves menu.

Using this tool in RGB mode, you can adjust the brightness and the contrast by moving the shape of the line. Basically, the steeper the line, the higher the contrast. Moving the center curve of the line will change the brightness.

After adjusting in RGB mode, you can then adjust the individual Red, Green, or Blue channels. Starting at the center point, moving it up or down will add or subtract the color of that channel.
I find that its best to adjust in the Red and Blue channels only. 

It can take some getting used to, so give yourself time to experiment. If you mess up, you can always cancel and start over. One great way to see if you have edited too much, is to look away from your screen briefly then glance back. If your first reaction is "woah! that's too red!" then you know you need to make further adjustments.

When are happy with the brightness, contrast, and color of the photo, crop it to the size and shape that will work best for your product listings.

With a few adjustments in the Curves menu, and a square crop, this photo is ready for product listing and to share on social media!

Check out this post for a list of 3 free photo editing programs.

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