While I love book photography, there’s a 50/50 chance it’s going to make me scream. Why? EDITING. AGH. Why is it so hard?! Most tutorials involve photoshop which I have neither money nor time for. And editing photos is actually quite important! You can turn a mediocre photo into a dazzling piece of popcorn everyone will admire.
Now I am no photo-editing-pro. Obviously. I am a small mushroom of incompetence and mildew. But for those of us just sneaking a left toe into #bookstagram, a quick tutorial on HOW I edit might be interesting and handy.
You can have a quick sniff at my previous tutorials here if you so desire.
So today’s tutorial is on:
HOW TO SIMPLY EDIT YOUR #BOOKSTAGRAM PHOTOS USING PICMONKEY
Picmonkey is the only editing language I speak. Well, except for Scream Of Frustration. I speak that too. BUT LET’S MOVE FORWARD!
1. FIRST, FIND A PATHETIC PHOTO THAT IS A DISAPPOINTMENT TO HUMANITY AND SMILE AT IT.
The smiling is very important because photos can be cantankerous and we have to try and put them at ease. I picked this one of Dangerous Boys because it’s way too dark.
2. UPLOAD PATHETIC PHOTO TO PICMONKEY.
Here is a link to picmonkey if you’re living under a rock and haven’t heard of it before. (No sign up required.)
3. FIRST I’M GOING TO LIGHTEN UP MY MOODY PHOTO.
Although, have you even read this book?! I should probably leave the picture dark and also spill blood over it and hysterical tears.
4. “BRIGHTEN” AND “CONTRAST” ARE YOUR TWO BEST FRIENDS.
Seriously, just hug them now, because they’re going to save your life.
After I “brighten” a photo, I always fiddle with the contrast. Obviously every photo is different. So you need to experiment. Also have a play with “highlights” (although I find that option about 3% useful) and “shadows”…which is quite handy, but my photo is dark enough already.
5. I’M NEARLY HAPPY WITH THE COLOUR BALANCE, BUT I’M JUST GOING TO POP INTO “COLOURS” AND PLAY AROUND.
I like to live on the wild side. I like to go into “saturation” and maybe vamp up the colours. Make them POP. I sometimes overdo it though, so be careful. Your photo is supposed to be beautiful, not an alien.
6. TIME TO STRAIGHTEN THE SLOUCH.
This photo apparently has a slouchy attitude. The idiot photographer clearly can’t stand straight whilst taking pictures. But pfft, never fear! FIXABLE.
This also cropped the photo so it’s a) a nice close up, and b) also got rid of that groobly thing in the corner. I don’t even know what that brown thing was. DON’T WANT TO KNOW. Nature. Ugh.
I actually go outside to take photos sometimes, you know. The lengths I go to for photography, it’s ridiculous.
7. NEXT I RESIZE, BECAUSE IT’S TOO BIG FOR ITS BRITCHES.
The size you go down to depends on you, of course. I’m going to shrink mine to 999 x 664. I want good quality, but I also want my blog to load or you’re liable to toss your laptop down the Niagara falls and come screaming after me with small blue hatchets. Not fun.
8. UNFORTUNATELY RESIZING = BLUR. SO! NOW I CRISP IT UP.
Yum, yum, nice and crispy crunchy.
Yeah yeah, I know it’s a photo and therefore not edible. Life is disappointing like that. BUT STILL: CRISPY! I usually go around “10” because too much makes it look…weird. You can adjust the “clarity” too if you like. I forget. Because I am a deluded pineapple.
9. ARE YOU PROUD OF THIS UGLY-DUCKLING-TURNED-TO-SWAN? WATERMARK!
Okay, I no idea what the correct stance on watermarking is. Is someone going to steal your photos? Probably not. BUT. I occasionally watermark for kicks. I just type “Paper Fury” because I like to be unique.
10. SAVE AND PLASTER IT ALL OVER TWITTER, FACEBOOK, AND INSTAGRAM AND FORCE THE MULTITUDES TO ADMIRE YOUR WORK.
If they don’t, you can threaten them. I hear glaring and waving a spork is entirely frightening.
Lots of popping colours and crispy crunchiness! HUZZAH!
Entirely too easy, right?
Although, AGAIN, this isn’t a professional way to do it…this is just my way, mostly trial-by-error and figuring out HOW I want my photos to look.