There’s more to taking a good picture than most people think. Composition and lighting are essential before the editing on a computer. Those are things you can’t change. Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess blog offer up some good tips! Their posts (which I’ve followed for years now! Time flies) showed me what I already knew and never paid much attention to. [embarrassing].
Little edits on a well taken photo can make or break you. At least in lifestyle for blog photography. This past Sunday, I took some photos of Maria for the Style on Mile posts and there was so much gum on the sidewalk! I love the color of the theater building, but that sidewalk doesn’t work for this kind of picture post. If I were taking pictures for fine art purposes, I might’ve left them- but I wasn’t. So I opened the files in Photoshop and clone-stamped the heck out of those gummies. I just cloned the spot next to it without gum and stamped it on (gum spot). I know there are other ways to do this, but I’m a fan of the clone-stamp. lol So, there you go. If you have a photo that would be a little cleaner without something (gum, gunk, etc)- go for it and get it out of your shot! You’ll see that it makes a big difference when you’re trying to showcase someone’s fab outfit and the environment is a bit distracting and you end up showcasing a bunch of gum on the ground.
Here are the before & afters: