November 21, 2010

Photo editing

I get asked on regular basis if I edit my photos. The answer is YES, I edit my photos a lot. I am not good at photography and I have a very basic camera...fortunately I learned Photoshop at school ;)
Most of my photos start very dark and grey (I don't have any professional lights therefore I use only natural light). They lack depth and colors are always either too blue or too orangey...



I usually adjust the levels of black and white, the contrast, the colors. Then I make the difference between light and dark zones less striking, and play a bit with contrast and luminosity. Sometimes I also play with the color balance a little more.

Yes, it's time consuming but in the end it's not so much the product than the photo of the product you sell online.

I don't see it as cheating either, because what I see with my own eyes is a lot more similar to the second photo...



7 comments:

ingermaaike said...

As long as the editing is done so the product looks as closely to the real thing as possible then no manner of editing can be seen as cheating methinks...
Cheating would be if you tried to misrepresent..which is not what we try to do at all!

Star of the East said...

Long live photoshop :) You are trying to show what you are selling in the best way possible!

Morrgan said...

Oh Photoshop, what would I do without you. ;)

Wezz said...

Great post, and yes I need to retake some pics for my shop too. Hope to have them look a lot better than they do now, more professional... KWIM?

SoleDeVita said...

Everybody Loves PhotoShop!
Me too! :)) Those dark (gray, pink, yellow) backgrounds are total NO GO!

LabSpace said...

Very useful example to show the before and after. Thanks for sharing :)

DemyBlackDesign said...

Know nothing about Photoshop (((( Looks like I have to learn it!