A look into how I take and apply quick edits to photo’s of my projects

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my next blog post, I hope you’ve been enjoying reading my blog posts as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them! I hope they aren’t too boring, feel free to leave any feedback, good or bad!

So as I left off in my last post, I thought I’d share with you all how I take my photos and edit them. As I’ve previously mentioned, I am an amateur photographer. I have always loved photography, I took photography as an elective subject in year 11 and 12 in high school. Back then, we used an SLR camera, I had a Pentax K-1000, it was fully manual, you even had to wind the film to take the next photo, in school, we used to process our photos in the darkroom, this was my favorite thing to do! I absolutely loved seeing the photos come to life on the photo paper! Of course we had no way of knowing if our image was going to turn out good or bad, there was no previews! And each film only had 24 or 36 photo’s so taking a billion photos of the same thing just to get the perfect shot was out of the question as the film was expensive to buy and just as expensive to process!

So fast forward a few years and I’ve since upgraded my camera to a DSLR, currently a Canon 7D Mark II, I use a Canon 50mm 1.8m lens (fondly known as a “nifty fifty”) with it for taking photo’s, it’s my most used lens and my favourite, I love the effect it has on my images!

My Canon 7D Mark II, with a Canon 1.8m 50mm lens.

A while back I bought a little round, white table that is the perfect background for taking my photos. Before buying this table, I used to put my projects on my dining table, and stand up on a chair and take photo’s from as high as I could get the camera. But now, I sit the projects on my little white table and take the photos there. Here is an example

My little white table, I put my projects on here and take photo’s of them.

And with a little creativity, it goes from that to this

edited image ready for posting

So I want to start off by saying, you most definitely DO NOT need a fancy camera to take photo’s of your work! A smart phone works just as well! What you do need, is good lighting, I usually take all of my images during the day, I choose a spot in my house that is well lit and doesn’t cast to much of a shadow on my project. I try to avoid taking photo’s at night, but if I have to take photo’s at night, I make sure NOT to use my flash, it makes my work look “shiny” and doesn’t translate the colours properly. I won’t go to much into the technicalities of photography, as it would take much more than one blog post!

The main thing you want to do it showcase your work or whatever it is you are taking a photo of, you can make it fill the entire frame or you can try taking photos from different angles, you can have it set up with other things in the frame, for example, on a table or chair etc with a nice background, the possibilities are endless really.

your project doesn’t always have to completely fill the frame, or be centered, try adding props or taking the shot from different angles.

I usually take a bunch of photo’s from all kinds of angles and heights, then I put each one onto the upload page of Instagram and see which one looks better. 

I pretty much always edit my photo’s, it’s very rare that I will upload an unedited image, I know some people think it’s wrong to edit photo’s or they think that if you had the correct settings when taking the photo, then it shouldn’t need to edited, but that doesn’t matter to me, I want my photo’s to look good and if it takes a little editing to achieve my vision, then so be it!

With all photo’s of my crochet projects, I edit them directly in Instagram, on the odd occasion I might use Snapseed or Lightroom, but very rarely. Instagram has come a long way in their editing tools! They just need a white balance correcter and a lens correction option!

Here are the steps I take

I start by choosing my image in the upload screen on Instagram

Then I choose the “edit” option

I almost always start with adjusting the highlights and shadows, I usually go up in numbers rather than down, but it really depends on the image, I adjust until I am happy with the look

Next I adjust the structure and the sharpness of my photo. Once again, it really depends on the photo and how I want it to look to how high I go with each slider.

I usually adjust brightness, then saturation, sometimes I turn the warmth down if I feel my photo is to warm in colour, I’ll also sometimes add a little fade to it.

And that’s pretty much it, I like light, bright images, that are uncluttered, I understand not everyone likes the same thing though, so what works for me, may not necessarily work for you, but I wanted to share my process as it might just help someone out there! Just a side note, all images in this post are my own and shouldn’t be copied or shared without my permission or at the very least, crediting me for them.  

Thank you so much for reading this blog post, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

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Much love

Cathy x

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      cathyhaescrochet

      Thankyou so much! I bought mine at Kmart last year, but since then, I’ve been looking at their oval shaped coffee tables, they have a white top and bigger surface, they also have these nice timber look tables, I might have to go on a shopping spree lol!

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