Fashion Photography for Indiepreneurs: Final Tips
I've got a few final tips for you to help conclude our week of Fashion Photography for Indiepreneurs! First off, I love when a model finds an interesting pose. You really can't get around how fabulously enticing that is. People are way more curious when the pose is odd or they can't figure out if you're selling the top, the skirt, or the earrings. Play to this and have your model strike slightly unnatural poses like Melanie of Device has done with this Audrey Top ($82).
In most photo editors, you'll be shocked to find the "levels" button isn't that techy, but rather a quick and amazing tool to fix your lighting and contrast. When you open it up, you'll see a grid with a curve (the curve may or may not be jaggedy and un-curve-like). There will be little triangles to slide underneath the graph. You'll want to take the right slider and slide it until it's just under the part of the graph that starts going up toward the center from the right. Then take the left slider and slide it until it's just under the part of the graph that starts going up toward the center from the left. Press the ok button and checkout that new photo! Brilliant!
If you want photos without a background, don't slave over your photo editor for hours. Go to Foto Fuze! You'll want to prepare your image by shooting against a solid background if you can. White works best, but any neutral will manage alright. Use their uber-simple, completely free tool to highlight your product and then press the button. It will cut the background out and leave white in its place.... and it will adjust the coloring of your image instinctively. It's incredibly accurate and oh-so easy! Much faster and easier than any other photo editor I've used, but that is all it does. You'll have to crop and adjust colors and whatnot in your regular editor afterward.
Got any other tips for us? I'd love to hear them! What works for you best when shooting your products? Tried any of the tips for this week? What happened?