Every time you look at outfit pictures on one of your favourite blogs, you probably have no clue how much time was spent creating that content.
- Picking out a good outfit and doing hair and make up: 30 minutes
- Arranging to have someone take the pictures/convince the boyfriend: 15 minutes
- Finding location + changing the settings on the camera to suit current light: 15 minutes
- Shooting the actual pictures: at least 10 minutes
- Post production (selecting + editing): 40 minutes
- Putting together the actual blog post: at least 30 minutes
End sum: 140 minutes. Two and a half hours. And that's on a good day! I know many of you also have blogs, but not all of my readers do and I thought it might be cool to give you guys a small behind the scenes peek into how the sausage is made.
A picture that didn't make the cut for obvious - weak chin and pissy face - reasons.
On a typical day, I take about 60 (on a good day) to 150 pictures (on a bad lighting/bad background day) to eventually edit down to about 6 to 10 shots I use in my final post. These 6 to 10 photos are all prettified with gimp (free photoshop alternative). The steps I regularly take to get to the image you end up seeing on my blog:
- Sharpen my face in blurry pictures (lasso select + sharpen)
- Adjust the white balance to be aesthetically pleasing (color balance)
- In- or decrease contrast (curves)
- Lightening up the image (curves)
- Crop or tilt the picture
- Photoshop distracting elements out of the frame (desaturate/clone)
What can I say, it takes a lot of work to look this effortless (lulz)! To demonstrate:
See what a difference a bit of editing makes? Especially if you're not the owner of a state of the art camera, or if you forgot to change settings before shooting, or when the lighting is especially craptastic. So if you are frustrated about the quality of your pictures and want them to be a bit crisper: learn to work with an image editor such as gimp, because it makes SUCH a huge change.
So! How did ya like them apples? Would you be interested in seeing more "behind the scenes" posts?