How to take a beautiful picture of a manicure
In the age of the Internet, social networks are full of photos of nail designs, both masters and those who treat manicure as just a hobby. Today I invite you to discuss the topic of how to beautifully photograph a manicure.
Often, poorly captured images can spoil, distort even the most carefully executed manicure. But taking good photos of your work, on the contrary, can increase the number of your customers and subscribers on social networks. It is the quality of manicure photos on the Internet that can demonstrate the difference between an amateur and an experienced nail artist.
So today I'd like to share with you some important tips and tricks to help you perpetuate your carefully crafted style.
In order to take a high-quality, interesting photo of nails, you do not have to buy a professional camera or equipment. If we are not talking about some important contest or cover, in order to make #nailfie (it's a selfie of your nails) even the built-in camera of your smartphone is quite suitable.
Small imperfections tend to be magnified in the photo, so it's best to clean your nails and skin before taking the photo. If some nuances are still present (for example, a scratch on a finger, etc.), you can correct images right on your phone using one of the many photo editors. Sometimes minor defects can be removed right when uploading to social networks. On Instagram, for example, you can change the color balance, brightness, contrast, and crop the photo.
One of the most important things to consider when photographing nails is lighting. And the best in this case is daylight. Under natural light, the photo will show more realistic colors without distorting their images.
Don't use flash! The flash affects the appearance of highlights, which causes an unnatural smoothing of the image and, consequently, distortion of the nails. If you can't take a picture in daylight, a great option is to use a white light bulb that captures every subtle detail of our jewelry or an LED selfie ring.
Hand position and accessories
When choosing a pose, consider the structure of the fingers and hands of the client - are they straight and slender, or do they have flaws? Choose the position in which the hands will look as attractive as possible. Remember that your clients are not professional manicure models, so be patient.
Shoot close-ups so details of your work are clearly visible. The gaze should instantly fall on the nails, and not on the mess or the background. Make sure the nails are the focus of the photo.
If the client's fingers can't seem to fit into a natural photo position, you can ask her to wrap her hand around something, like a clutch or a cup.
Take lots of photos with different lighting, poses and backgrounds and sort them on your computer or smartphone where you can see them up close.
Resist the temptation to oil your nails and cuticles. It is enough just to moisten your hands a little before the photo shoot, so that they look more well-groomed. The perfect photo of a manicure can be marred by particles of rubbing, dust or other means that remain on the cuticle or side ridges.
To summarize my tips on how to take a beautiful photo of nails, so they look something like this:
- Be creative
- Choose only high quality photos
- Use filters and editors
- Don't be afraid to shoot at an angle
- Change the position of your hands
- Use good lighting
- You can combine several photos into one and make a collage
- Avoid blurry, distorted images
- Make sure the nails are the key subject in the photo
- Take close-up photos to showcase fine details and workmanship
- Keep symmetry
I hope my information turned out to be useful for you, and even more beautiful manicure photos will appear on the Internet soon! Be healthy and beautiful!