How to: Photograph Amigurumi & Edit in Photoshop

 You will need white paper and natural light preferably near a window. :)

I placed paper down on my bed and stacked a couple of sheets against the wall then put the amigurumi in place. I took these photos around noon when the sun hits my window. I am using a 50mm lens at low f-stop and low ISO since it was bright.  Bump up the ISO depending on your lighting condition.

If you have a continuous mode, use it!

Canon 7D & 50mm 1.4.
Settings: f/2, 1/80, ISO 100


1)    Crop out any distracting edges. If you have any lines you can select the brush tool & hold down CTRL to sample a color to paint over. That doesn't need to be perfect since we'll be brightening up the background next.

2)    Merge down. Duplicate your layer. Go to Image> Adjustments> Brightness/Contrast and bump up the Brightness 50+. There we go!   If your amigurumi is too bright, select a layer mask and use a black brush to paint it back.

3)    If you feel that your amigurumi is too dark now, you can select a white brush and adjust the brush opacity settings to around 50%. Paint over your amigurumi to brighten it up.

OPTIONAL: Sharpening your image.

1)    Go to Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask and find the settings to fit your image.

Now it's complete! I save the high resolutions then afterwards resize at 700px as png's for posting on the web.

Before & After Comparison:

How to remove those random fuzzies or hair for close-ups:

1)    Duplicate your layer. Select the healing brush tool at a small size. Select a nearby area by holding down CTRL and clicking.

2)    Paint over it! Usually, this works. Sometimes you'll need to use the clone stamp tool.

That's it!

You don't need a super expensive camera to do this. ♥ Just white space and good lighting.

Canon Rebel XS & 15-55mm,
Settings: f/5, 1/40, ISO 400

Canon Rebel XS & 50mm 1.8,
Settings: f/1.8, 1/200, ISO 400

Samsung Galaxy S3 + Front camera.
Settings: f/2.6, 1/68, ISO 80

Happy Wednesday 

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