Editing craft photos is always challenging. I’m not talking about making pictures look better than real life. I just want my pictures to show what things look like in person — not that easy!
Even with my fancy pants DSLR and trying my best to use natural light, my photos still come out dark and a bit off color.
The darkness I can fix. I use Picasa to turn up the exposure and add a little more contrast to compensate. Even then, the pictures are still tinted a bit — they’re either too blue or too warm. Even more challenging, if I fix the temperature on the photos, it’s hard to get a series of photos looking the same.
Here’s the trick: add a piece of white paper to your photos.
I use a small square of white cardstock and position it in my photo so it’s on the side where I can easily crop it out later.
See what I mean? I took that photo in natural light in my living room.
In Picasa, use the eyedropper tool and the white paper to correct the photo. Simply select the eydropper and click on the white paper. Boom! The color is instantly corrected. I’m not an expert, but I think it has something to do with telling the program that the paper is a true white and it adjusts the rest of the colors accordingly.
I do this step first, then I play with the brightness and contrast.
When I’m done, I crop the white paper out and get my finished product: