Nail Photography Tips

Nail Photography Tips! We’ve all seen them. Beautiful nails are done with gorgeous nail art! But how does one achieve this? What about the photography, how do you photograph them well enough to show off your hard work? I have some tips for you that will help your photographs of your own manis look better and stand out. These are the tricks that I use on a daily basis, and it makes a world of difference! 

Nail photography is not as easy as it seems. Nails come in all shapes, sizes, and textures, and photographing them can be a difficult task without the right know-how! Nail Photography Tips: A Comprehensive Guide to Nails and Photos will give you everything you need to know about taking better pictures of nails – from equipment needs, composition tips, lighting considerations, angles for different nail types – this article has it all.

Nail Photography Tips

1. Set Up a Photo Area 

Set up a photo area that has a neutral or white background that will not distract from your nails. Use a white sheet as a backdrop, paper roll from the craft store, or simply use seamless background paper which you can buy online through many retailers at very affordable prices.

2. Adjust Your Subject 

Adjust your photo quality based on the subject matter. Whenever possible shoot in high-resolution (300 DPI), with a good depth of field and proper color balance.

3. Do Not Use a Cell Phone

Do not use a cell phone to take your pictures. You will be severely disappointed with the quality of the photos. Cell phones are great for taking quick shots, but if you want high-quality nail images, invest in a digital camera that has good resolution and does not produce blurry images.

4. Use Extra Lenses

If you are taking pictures with an iPad or other tablet, consider getting a pair of lenses that will adjust your images for sharper focus.

5. Use a Tripod

 If you are not a photographer with a large studio, consider adding in some self-portraits. You can use a tripod and set up your camera with a remote control to take pictures of yourself while working on your nails.

6. Lighting 

Lighting is very important when shooting images of your nails. Make sure that the lighting you have created is soft and even. Avoid direct sunlight, as it will create harsh shadows.

7. Review Your Images

Constantly review your images. You do not have to delete just because you are unhappy with the image, but if it does not represent the quality that is expected then scrap it and start over.

8. Don’t forget about editing! 

Don't forget about editing!

Don’t forget about editing! You can use an editing program to adjust lighting or color, or simply to delete any images that are not perfect.

It’s very easy to take tacky photos of your nails using a camera phone. But if you want quality shots, you need proper equipment and the right technique. Sharon Farrell has taken thousands of nail photos over the last 15 years, so she knows what she’s talking about. Give her tips a try, and you’ll soon be snapping stunning images of your beautiful work.