This is the third and final tutorial on how to take and edit photos for re-selling items on apps/ websites like Poshmark. Having informative images and quality photos are two important things to know first before editing. Feel free to visit my first two blog post on those topics.
Re-sell clothes, shoes or accessories is something anyone can do. Taking and editing professional looking photos should also be something everyone can do. It’s easier than you think, and you don’t need to spend money on expensive DSLR cameras, lighting equipment, or a fancy studio. There’s no need to learn any professional editing apps like photoshop; it all can be done on your own phone using the basic, build-in editing tool that comes with your phones camera. So, lets get right into it.
In this blog post I’ll be discussing the different components that go into photo editing and how to tweak each to make your photo look more professional. These elements of editing are all the same regardless if you choose to download a third party app to help with editing, or if you are using a a device other than an iPhone. Settings like exposure, contrast, shadow, saturation, ect- are all universal concepts, and applies to any kind of photographic editing.
HELPFUL SHOOTING TIPS
Use The Camera Zoom
Often times people forget about the zoom on their phone camera. This technique is very useful for close up (macro) detail shots. By zooming in you will avoid placing your camera too close to your item and detail shots will remain in focus.
Also using the zoom is a natural way to crop images. Avoid the hassle of cropping things in post (editing photos after they’ve already been taken). Instead- take more photos and use the zoom on your camera. You will have a variety of images you can use that will help sell your product.
Shoot From A Different Angle
Instead of a straight on shot of your item, consider looking at it from different angles. Sometimes tilting your camera slightly will make for a more interesting picture.
On your phone go to your camera. Select the image you want to edit. Once selected- click on “edit.” There- you will find an option to edit the following: Light, Color, and B&W. We’ll be focusing on the light and color.
* The images used in this tutorial were taken and edited from an iPone 5SE. The placement of these adjustments can be found differently depending on phone model and make.
On the iPhone theres an option for “brilliance.” This adjustment will bring out more details, color and will make your photo look more defined.
For this photo- I increased the brilliance to: +0.41.
Exposure will control how light or dark an image can be adjusted. Be careful though because you can blow out or over expose some parts of your image if too much is added.
For my photo, I slightly increased the exposure to: + 0.11.
Adjust the highlight to recover any lost details if an image is overly exposed. This setting is often used after adjusting the exposure. It can bring back any lost details in the “lighter parts” of an image without re-darkening the entire photo.
For my image- I decreased the highlight to: -0.32.
Opposite to the highlight- the shadow adjustment will brighten or darken only the” darker areas” of an image. Adding too much shadow can wash out an image.
For my photo I increased the shadow to: +0.43.
Sometimes adjusting the exposure will “blow out” or brighten your image to the point were details are lost. Instead of using exposure, sometimes I’ll choose to adjust the “brightness.” It can be a more subtle way of brighting an image.
For my photo I increased the brightness to: +0.19.
Adjust contrast to accentuate the details of an image. Adding contrast can define lines and color, making an image appear more strong and sharp.
For my photo I increased the contrast to: +0.71.
* Each of these settings can counter one another, so be sure to experiment on your own as you adjust each setting.
For example: I like increasing the brightness and shadow to the point where the image looks washed out. I then crank up the contrast to re-darken the image, bring back any details.
Adjust saturation to increase or decrease the intensity of colors in your images.
I don’t use this option much when editing on the iPhone but feel free to play around with the saturation to see if it works for your image.
Cast refers to how warm or cool an image can look. Warmer photos will have a more yellow/orange tint. Cooler images will have a more blue tint.
From my experience- most unedited photos will have a more warm tone to it, meaning colors that are originally white will appear yellowish or orange. This can be corrected by adjusting the cast to the cooler side. Think of this as “white balancing.”
For my photo I decreased the cast to: -0.57.
BEFORE / AFTER
Knowing how to edit your images is an easy and simple step that will take your shop to the next level. There’s no doubt that your photos will look more defined and professional. It will also elevate your account making you look more competent as a seller!
Thanks for reading and I hope this helped. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.