Manicures: how many types are there?April 21, 2023
Semipermanent: how to put it on, cost and durationJune 6, 2023
How to photograph nail art?
Photographing nail art to capture original and creatively decorated nails is an increasingly popular activity, but far from simple.
It can be indispensable for creating nail salon books or photos to share with friends and followers on social media.
Enhancing nail light, color and shape requires technique and a few small tricks.
Light, background, and angle can, in fact, greatly affect the quality of the final photo.
So here are some helpful tips for photographing nail art while enhancing the details and creating a true WOW effect, whether it’s shots taken by a second person or nailfie, a brand new term perfect for describing self-shots of one’s nail art.
Create a set and place lights
To get the perfect picture of your nail art, it is essential to create a set and place the lights correctly. This way, you can make sure you get the right lighting and sharpness in the photo.
But let’s see precisely the steps to follow:
- Choose a well-lit, glare-free area;
- Place the lights at a 45-degree angle to the nails;
- Uses a light-colored, uniform background;
- Experiments with different camera angles and positions;
- be sure to use a good quality camera or cell phone with good resolution.
First, a well-lit, glare-free area must be chosen. Absolutely avoid photographing nail art near windows or natural light sources to avoid unwanted reflections. Alternatively, it is best to use an artificial light to create the right lighting.
Positioning the lights at a 45-degree angle to the nails helps even diffusion, highlighting details and allowing for a soft, diffuse lighting effect.
As for the background, it is best to opt for a light-colored and uniform one to bring out color and design. You can also use a sheet of cardboard or cotton cloth as a background.
Once the set is created and the lights are placed, it comes time to experiment with different camera angles and positions to get the perfect photo. We try taking the photo from different distances and perspectives to find the angle that best captures the beauty of the nail art.
Of course, for all the above steps to lead to excellent results, it is advisable to use a quality camera or cell phone with good resolution. This will ensure sharp and detailed photos.
Photograph hands from above
Having established that photographing nail art can be a challenge, especially when trying to capture all the details, one of the best ways to do this is to photograph the hands from above. By doing so, you can capture the beauty and whole design of the nails.
Here is how to frame the hands from above:
- Place your hand parallel to the camera;
- Keep your fingers slightly bent to capture the three-dimensionality;
- Experiment with lighting and hand position to find the best angle;
- Use a tripod or cell phone stand.
Photographing hands from above is quite simple. First, position your hand so that the nail art is in the center of the photo. Making sure you have the correct lighting, as described above, and devoting yourself to “posing” your fingers are the focal points for a great shot.
Make sure, then, that the nails are parallel to the camera to bring out brightness and details of the decorations.
It is important to note that the angle of the hands is critical when photographing them from above. It is advisable to try to keep the fingers slightly bent so that the nails do not appear flattened, but rather capture the three-dimensionality of the nail art design.
At this point it is time to find the perfect combination of lighting and hand position, that is, the best angle for your photo. You can also use a tripod or cell phone stand to stabilize the camera and get a sharper photo.
Hold objects in your hand
Photographing nail art while holding objects can add a touch of originality to photos.
This is an especially useful trick for creating a dynamic set in which nail art takes center stage.
Here’s how to do it:
- Choose items that contrast with the color of the nails;
- Hold them in hands naturally and comfortably;
- Experiments with different objects of different shapes and sizes.
To begin, we choose items that contrast with the color of the nails so that the nail art stands out. For example, to photograph pink nails, you can opt for a green or blue colored object.
At this point we can think about how to hold the object naturally, making sure that it is close to the nails, but not so close as to cover the nail art.
Don’t forget to pay attention to the light and angle of the lens, whether it is from a professional camera or a smartphone.
Never stop experimenting with different camera positions and angles, posing with different objects to add variety to photos.
Finally, don’t be afraid to try shots with different objects of different shapes and sizes to add variety.
Photographing nail art not only allows you to document good nail art work and share it with clients, friends and followers, but it is also a fun and creative way with which to capture the beauty of these little works of art, inspiring and enticing creative manicurists.