Here's a secret: I don't always take perfect photos. The exposure is oftentimes off. The lighting uneven. Sometimes the color comes out looking weird, yellowy and downright wonky.
Though a vital part of capturing gorgeous food photos comes in the actual capturing of the photo, post-processing or editing is just as important and snapping the right shot.
Editing is a whole artform unto itself. I know some photographers who love that part, others who dread it. For me, I don't mind it much at all, because I've learned two quick little tricks in Photoshop that take the time-consuming trudge out of the editing process. In fact, these two little setting changes are the ONLY edits I make to most of my photos when using Photoshop. My primary editing software is Lightroom, so I'm not in Photoshop much anymore. But when I am? Well, here's how I go from wham to bam.
Couldn't quite tell the difference between the edited and unedited photo in the video above? Here's a side-by-shot shot comparison.
Gorgeous, isn't it? Boosting the whites and adding a little soft light makes photos simply POP.
In the video above, I mentioned that these edits are ideal for photos shot on white. Let me add to that a little.
By boosting your whites and adding color pow with the "soft light" filter, these two setting edits are ideal for ANY photo.
Tried This Technique?
If you gave this trick a whirl, I'd LOVE to see the results. Upload a before & after shot to Instagram or Facebook, and tag me in it. (You can find where I am on each of the social channels here). Or tweet a shot to me @cheekykitchen. I can't wait to see how this easy tip worked for you!