Photo Skillz-How to take better Nail Photos

We've turned a corner people!

As you have probably seen, I've been going crazy over how rubbish my photos have been turning out. Turns out I've been doing everything wrong and if you read these hint and tips at You've Got Nail you'll see why. Don't read on and think I know what I'm talking about and that what I say should definitely be followed, I just aim to show you what I have done differently to improve my pics!

So I'm just going to show you a couple of before and after pictures so you can see what a difference the smallest change in light can make and also how I've (hopefully) stopped the fuzzy macro issue I've been having! If you're interested I'm using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30.

*Please excuse my cuticles, we've fallen out recently*

In this photo I've used a DIY light-box (tutorial from here) with a standard lamp light coming through (I've not managed to source a daylight lamp yet). This obviously adds a yellow-tinge to the photos and I would usually have tried to sort this out in an editing suite. Also I've used the Macro button and zoomed in which has added a fuzziness to the photo, not what we want.


So for this photo I've removed the yellow lamp from the light-box and used purely the light coming through the window. Even on a grey, rainy day like today, it gives a much more realistic portrayal of the colours (and it would look even better if only the sun would shine!) I've also physically moved the camera closer to my hand rather than use the zoom, whilst still using the macro option on my camera. 

If this doesn't give you the shot you want, you can also play around with the white balance a little too. Don't ask me what this means, all I know is that I sometimes ended up with a better photo depending on what option I used.

I don't think it takes a genius to work out which is the before and after. Granted, the after photo still isn't as good as I want it to be but now I know where I've been going wrong I can improve this even more.

By the way, you don't need a light-box, just take your manicure to a window or go outside, I just like having a set background and the ability to alter the light when there isn't any!

I hope this hasn't been too boring for you!

Oh and just to keep with the theme of the blog, I'm wearing OPI 'My boyfriend Scales Walls'.



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  2. That's so funny...I used the same light box tutorial and ran into the same issue! Did you ever end up getting a day lamp? I don't have a lot of natural light and can't take photos during the day anyway, so I'm trying to decide if investing in one will make my nail photos look better :)

    1. Ive actually got a real lightbox and lamps now-you can see the difference in my recent photos. I think its definitely worth the investment if you cant take photos during the day like myself. Good luck! :)


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