Editing Product Photography – Essentials You Should Know
Photography is something that cuts across virtually all spheres of life.
After its invention, photography became a very important aspect of human life.
Everyone needs and uses photography.
A good examples of the importance of photography includes the use of motion activated hidden cameras used to capture and document happenings of the wild.
The use of spy cams to keep an eye on your kids even when you are away at work.
The use of camera smartphones for taking pictures and store memorable moments.
The pictures or videos produced from the footage captured by a camera.
The video and image tutorials made available and accessible on the internet.
The images and videos use to advertise a product, service or business venture to mention a few.
While some of the applications of photography involves an average individual like you and me, some these application require professional photographers.
Professional photographers are not tagged professionals because they carry a camera. The truth is that, more work is done after taking pictures than sometimes during the photo sessions.
The post photo session is usually about editing the pictures taken during the photo session. This write-up will educate you on the essentials of photo editing but we will be focusing on product photograph editing. This write-up contains some photo shooting tips that can also make your editing job simple.
Cropping and resizing
These are very dissimilar terms but you could get lost as a budding photographer if you follow the wrong interpretation of it. Cropping is the process of removing certain areas of the image you are working with most likely, because you do not need that part of the image for producing the final image. Resizing on the other hand, is the process of adjusting the resolution of and dimension of your image without removing any parts of the image. Resizing is necessary as cameras produce high quality images that may carry too much space and could cause a website to lag if uploaded like that on the website like that. Resizing can also be used to increase the size and quality of an image as well.
Proper background for easy background removal
Most professional photographers will usually go for white background and for good reason. This is applicable to both product and human photography as white background is easily removable. This is also helpful in reducing the cost of photography as getting your preferred background could incur some extra cost. Considering that this is product photography where the emphasis is on the product, you will not want a background that will divert attention from the product.
Exposure and Sharpness
Exposure is how dark or how bright your image appears once your camera has captured it. Good exposure is a combined effort of both the ISO, aperture and shutter speed. This means that the amount of light your camera receives or lets in and its sensitivity to light determines whether you will have a good exposure. Thanks to photo editing, you can still use certain tools to alter image brightness, contrasts, highlights, etc. Sharpness on the other hand, is the process of attaining the right contrast needed to make your images look good. When it comes to product photo editing, it is best not to over sharpen your images as you may end up with too thin phots.
Color correction and color saturation
This is also an integral part of editing product photograph. You may still want to ensure that the colors are uniform and look more presentable. Photographers who were able to get their preferred background may sometimes overlook this aspect. This is not supposed to be so as color correction helps to make your colors more accurate. Lightroom is one very good tool I will recommend to a photographer for color correction. Another reason why color correction is necessary is to ensure proper color saturation. Color saturation is the density of the colors contained in an image. When editing product photos, always ensure that the background is not more pronounced than the product itself unless the background is the product (which it is not in most cases).
When it comes to product editing, the main focus of the editor id the product itself. However, other parts of the images should not be ignored as they also help emphasize the product.