Welcome to part two of the Creative Geekery series on taking your own headshot! If you missed part one, swing over there and then come back here to learn how to edit your own headshot.
So you have taken some great headshots of yourself but unless the stars were totally aligned, you might need a little touching up. Today I will bravely share with you what my headshots looked like before they were touched up. Be gentle bloggy friends. I am on the other side of 30 and may have spent a little too much time in the sun back before sunscreen was “in.” Ha!
Here are the tools that I used for my edits:
1. Camera+ This is a slick little camera app that let’s you take beautiful photos and do all different kinds of things like filters, lighting adjustments and straightening. I actually used the regular iPhone camera app to take my pictures but I used the Camera+ app to do a vertically flip the pictures. When you use the front iPhone camera (as I did), also known as the FaceTime or “selfie” camera, your pictures are flipped. Do a quick import of your photos into this app, click Edit > The Lab > Rotate & Flip and then tap the third choice to get your picture flipped around the right way! Here I am doing the “Hoda Kotb”!
If you are not happy with the lighting in your pictures, you should explore Camera+‘s lighting options such as Backlit for when there is too much light behind you, Clarity to bring up your colors a bit and make your picture crisper, Fluorescent to compensate for ugly lighting, and SO much more. GREAT app!
2. PicMonkey Most of the tools I used in PicMonkey are available without a subscription but two of my fave touch-up tools (Wrinkle Remover and Eye Brightener) do require the upgrade ($4.99 a month or $33 a year). Want to try a Royale subscription free for one week? Click here!
PicMonkey Wrinkle Remover– My advice is to really zoom in on the area you are working on. Use a large brush size and a low fade setting (I used 12% as you can see in the photo). Like in any photo editing, the UNDO feature is your best friend. You want to touch up your photo but you still want it to look natural. Went a little too heavy on the wrinkle remover? Just hit cancel!
PicMonkey Blush Boost– I don’t use much makeup but I am a huge fan of a little blush. Somehow I always end up looking a little more washed out in photos than I expect as was the case with this “photo shoot.” The fact that it was March in New England doesn’t help much either! Thank goodness for the PicMonkey Blush Boost tool. I chose a nice light pink that was right for my skin tone (AKA Casper-the-ghost-pale), chose a nice big brush size so I could “apply” the blush with one click and faded it down to 50% for a light touch. Put a little on each cheek and brightened things right up!
PicMonkey Eye Brighten– Great way to make your eyes pop! Make the brush size the same size as the pupil and color of your eye (everything but the white!). Play with the Lighten and Fade settings for different effects. Try clicking on your eye a few times. You can always undo!
PicMonkey Filters– I try not to get too crazy with filters but if they are subtle enough, they can really give your photo a little extra oomph. One thing that I really love about PicMonkey’s filters is that they allow you to adjust the filter to get the look you really want. I am a huge fan of Instagram’s X-Pro II filter but sometimes I wish I could tweak it a bit to give it a little more of a customized look. Here are some of the filters I used on my headshots:
p.s. Do you use PicMonkey to edit your photos? What are your go-to tools that you could not live without? Questions or need help? Let me know! XO
(Disclosure: This post contains iTunes and PicMonkey affiliate links.)