Of late, our Instagram feed is infested with images of manicure that seems to be photographed by pro artists. Has everyone taken to photography courses all of a sudden? We can't help but double-tap the nail images and wonder where these bloggers are getting the perfect angles. What sort of lights are they using and most importantly, how can we sharpen our photography skills so that we can also click Instagrammable pictures?
Top tips for an unparalleled nail photography
Although it takes some time, clicking great pictures is one of the most critical aspects of marketing and brand building. It will not just manifest your skills in the favorable light, but also attract the attention of the netizens. Posting brilliant nail photos allow your photos to look polished and professional. So, here goes the top tips that can aid you to take lovely nail pictures.
1. Lights! Camera! Go!
First things first. Having optimum light is the solution to taking great pictures. Steer clear from burning direct sunlight and fluoro lights. Otherwise, it will give way to harsh shadows on the picture highlighting wrinkles and imperfections. If you choose to take images in natural lighting, you should opt for shade in places where the glint is diffuse.
In case you wish to take images in places devoid of natural light, it's better to use white lighting. If the lights are equipped with filters and give off a dim ray, then the results will be more pronounced. While pro lights can be pocket-friendly, using ring lights can get you desired results on several levels. First, it's manageable to set up, the light is more functional and the results are awesome.
Remember: Don't ever take any pictures with the flash on. Be it your nails or your face or even the lizard crawling up your wall. It pays to capitalize in competent lighting gear. This will not only aid in shooting lovely pictures but also video tutorials, flat lay, and also selfies.
2. Thoughtful composition
For your nail design to stand out, you need to put some thoughts for the photography to make a mark. The best means to get the texture right is to position the hands at the center so that the emphasis is pivoted around the nail of the mid finger. Moreover, your images can become very interesting when you opt for the "rule of thirds". Again position the main subject in the left corner or lower right.
Remember: If you are looking for the bang-on composition for the nail, make use of the grids on the phone screen after opening the camera. As it will divide the phone screen into thirds, vertically and horizontally, it will be easier for you to take the perfect shot.
3. Striking a superb pose
Taking snaps in dull poses kills the enchantment of the whole picture. The pose of grabbing that bottle of nail polish is in vogue now. But if you shoot the hands straight with the fingers outstretched will draw attention from the nails and entirely focus on the fingers and their imperfections.
Remember: Take as many photos as you want until you hit that one signature stance that would focus on the nails and nothing else.
4. Ruthless editing
No matter whether you click pictures with your iPhone or DSLR or compact camera, subtle edits can empower your nail photos with a professional tone. You need not go for extensive manipulations but make sure that you are dedicated to it till you get what you were looking for. More often than not, you just have to be playful with brightness, saturation, and exposure. Sometimes, simply adjusting the colour balance can work wonders.
Remember: Invest your time learning the pro tips and Photoshop tutorials to carry your photography skills to the next level.
6. A little investment can go a long way
Though this may sound a bit difficult at the initial stage, it would be wise to fund in a DSLR camera. Many affordable options are also there and you can choose according to your budget. These cameras are equipped with standard lenses and if you wish, you may also get a few macro lenses. These equipment is going to last for a long time and make your work a lot easier. Moreover, you can use the camera for other occasions as well.
Remember: In case a DSLR camera cannot fit your budget, you may also succeed in taking amazing photos with your smartphone. Just make sure that the lighting is right.
7. A dedicated space for nail photos
You must have a cozy corner particularly meant for shooting the nail photos. Still better if it's located near a window to obtain access to natural light. And if there is no natural light, you can always fall back on ring lights. If you are not able to set up a specific place for shooting, you may keep a corner of the table and use the same spot for all the photos.
Remember: Keep all the gears and props near to make it easy to capture the nail shots on the go.
All these tips can only deem fruitful if you are ready to sharpen your skills by practicing. No matter how talented a photographer you are, there is invariably some space for improvement and you can only achieve that thorough practice. There is no need to duplicate any style or influencer. Just be motivated and don't forget to add your individuality.
The bottom line
With the nail art industry gradually becoming exceptionally competitive, it seems imperative to showcase your photography skills on all your social media handles. Also, no matter how beautifully crafted your nails are, if you fail to capture out-of-the-world snapshots, they are likely to go unnoticed. Nowadays, you cannot sit back by just being a gifted nail artist; you must have a remarkable social media presence coupled with unmatched photography skills for success. With these tips and some practice, you will be all set to hone your nail photography.