A common comment I receive on my beauty blog, The Swatching Oddity, is on my photography skills. The truth of the matter is, I know very little about photography.
All of my photos as of date have been taken with either my phone or a point-and-shoot camera. One thing that many of my readers don’t know is that I have over 5+ years of graphic design experience under my belt. For this reason, I’d say that I don’t have very good photography skills, but I do have pretty good editing skills.
For this photo in particular, I didn’t change much. I cropped the photo, upped the brightness a lot and removed the lines where the two white pieces of paper met.
This photo was a little more tricky to manipulate versus the first example. In this particular image, I did everything I did in the first image plus more: I used the clone stamp tool and the brush tool to even out the white background in the photo. Although I removed most of the shadows, you can still see that there is a tiny bit (without any shadows the picture would look very one dimensional).
I also used the polygonal lasso tool around the makeup products and used the brush tool in white to create clean lines around the makeup products — with the exception of the toner bottle, which was a lot more tricky to work with.
I used the polygonal lasso tool around the toner bottle as well, but I also played around with the levels around that area to remove the blue tint in the photo. Also, since there were some bright fuchsias (mascara tube and lipstick) and bright blues (toner bottle) in the photo, I wanted to play that up, so I upped the brightness and contrast on those items.
For this photo, I did almost all of the same things as the previous photo, plus more: I extended the white background to all parts of the image. I used the polygonal lasso tool in this photo, but I also used the elliptical marquee tool to play around with the circular blushes. I also changed the levels to get my desired look and if you look closely at the mirror in the blush compact, you’ll see that I removed my yellow pillowcase from the reflection!
How Long Does Editing Take?
It all depends on the photo. The first photo probably took less than 30 minutes to edit. The second photo about an hour and the third photo took more than one hour. When the original photo is taken well and the lighting is good, it eliminates the editing time. Unfortunately natural sunlight doesn’t always want to cooperate when you want to write up a blog post, so that just means more editing time.
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is! If you come across any nice photos taken by me, chances are they have been edited quite a bit.