How To Fix Your Food Photography With PicMonkey Makeup

By | April 7, 2014

I like to dabble in photography. And by dabble I mean fiddle around with the settings on my camera, and doctor up my mistakes with PicMonkey.

My phone is my old standby for day to day photos of my kids. Just a week or so ago I wrote about how Instagram Makes Me A Better Mom. It’s true. It also takes care of the whole baby book thing.

I use my DSLR for special events and blogging. If I’m doing a sponsored post or sharing a recipe I want those photos to really stand out. I do the best I can in manual mode, but sometimes I just can’t quite get it right.

When I do recipe blogs I have a lot of trouble with lighting. I don’t have a giant window in my kitchen. I live in an apartment, and we have a total of four windows. My kitchen lighting is fluorescent (BLECH!) and even if I use daylight, lamps, and white backdrops my photos will turn out yellow.

It sucks.

But…I found a solution! And it’s not a really expensive flash or a new lens, or a breakthrough in Photoshop!

PicMonkey Makeup. Ha!

PicMonkey makeup collage 1

Turns out, teeth whitening, eye-brightening, and mascara can really help food photos. Don’t believe me?

Let me show you. This is a photo I used for my Hummus Recipe last week.

Picmonkey Post pic 1


It’s not totally bad. But I set the bowl on top of a piece of white paper to bring out the white. Can you locate any white in this photo? Me neither.

So here’s what I did in PicMonkey:


picmonkey post 2

Eye Brighten is a premium tool, but I think it’s worth the $5 a month. I magnified my photo and just took the brush around all the edges, and in the shadows.  After you click “Apply” you can add another layer of brightener.

Here is the photo after three separate applications of the “Eye Brighten.”

picmonkey post 3

Not perfect yet, but don’t worry. We have more to do.

Since I got rid of most of the yellow, I now want to make the white as bright as I can. Also, The hummus isn’t quite right in color. It also turned out pretty yellow.

Time to whiten the “teeth.”

teeth whiten

Now it’s a little washed out, but that’s ok because I’ve gotten rid of the yellow. I can go into “Colors” and heat up the temperature and saturation without making it more yellow.

Finally, I use “Mascara” (another premium tool) to go over the edges of the bowl, and the paprika on top of the hummus. Mascara really just adds a bit more dimension and picks up the texture in the photo.

Here is the end result. It’s not professional status, but its a heck of a lot better than what we started out with, right?

Hummus with makeup post


PicMonkey Makeup Collage


And there you have it. What do you think? Does PicMonkey save your butt? Love to hear how it helps you with photography!

4 thoughts on “How To Fix Your Food Photography With PicMonkey Makeup

  1. Suzy Crowdy

    I love PicMonkey! I use it all the time and I agree that it’s worth the cost of the “Upgrade” fee.

    Love ya girl ????

  2. Amy - Funny Is Family

    I love PicMonkey! My camera is a cheapo point and shoot, so PicMonkey saves my Crock Pot recipe photos every week.

  3. Kathy at kissing the frog

    Wow, I never thought about using Picmonkey in this way. Thanks!

  4. Laurie

    You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday Hillary. {high fives} Just a heads up, Tip Junkie can help you index your blog more effectively if you upload at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL into your Tip Junkie craft room! Simply login and click “add a project” on your profile page to get started. {yep I’ve got your back!} ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}

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