Now that you have taken some photos close up instead of using the zoom to crop, go back and look at one of those photos and choose a specific nail to view. Use the zoom on your phone to see if the nails retain some detail. If you still see detail and nothing is blurry, you managed to take a close up shot!
Once you figure out how to take a great photo, all that’s left is to edit a few of the imperfections that we either don’t have control over or didn’t catch because we are human. One of the most common things you might notice is rough, dry, or damaged skin. This can be from a pet, the work or hobbies your clients do, or even a hangnail a client picked at. There are photo and selfie editing apps that can be used to smooth skin or replicate and replace sections of the photo.
It’s interesting to note that you can use some of the same techniques to clean up the perimeter of the nail. Often it looks like we cleaned up all the glitter, or got the polish applied with a smooth line around the edges, and then a photo tells a different story. Remember the camera has better sight than us at times, and these slight imperfections can be edited. Keep in mind this is only going to work if there is a tiny touch up needed. If the full perimeter of the nail is wavy or the glitter is all over the eponychium, then this calls for more practice in application versus an editing app.
There will be one last photography blog with general tips and tricks. Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions to add or if this series of blogs has been helpful!
Editor’s note: You might also like: Use Photo Apps to Make Your Images Pop.