Why Are My Photos DULL??

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** KEY TIP!! Why are my photos DULL?? ** This tip is GOLD and I got it from Nicole Branan’s book – Bright Food, Dark Shadows. Nicole runs the food blog The Spice Train and she also happens to be a professional photographer – which you will instantly know the moment you visit her blog. :-)

This tip applies to any photo that has dark backgrounds (i.e. not when using white/light/bright backdrops).

Dark photos look brighter viewed against black backgrounds than white backgrounds (which is 99% of blogs). But the default background for most photo editing software (e.g. photoshop, Lightroom) is BLACK.

So when editing, you might think it looks bright and lovely but when you upload it on your blog, it won’t display as bright. So ALWAYS edit against a background that is the same colour as your blog. Change the background colour in the settings of your editing software.

THANKS FOR THE TIP NICOLE!! I had a couple of photos rejected by FoodGawker for being underexposed and I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out WHY – now I know!! :-)

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  1. says

    Good call! I want to permanently change my background in lightroom from grey to white but I’m not sure how – any tips? I proof edit sometimes to make it work but it’s an extra step I have to click each time so if there’s a setting to change it over that would ROCK!

    • Nagi says

      Hmm, I have to say, I’m not sure! If you pop onto our Facebook page, ask the question and tag Nicole Branan. She will know for sure! (Then please, could you do me a favour and come back and leave the answer here?? He he – pure laziness on my party!!)

      • Aena says

        I don’t know whether anyone found the answer for it already or not but I just did so thought I should share it! You can simply right click on the background workspace and select white. In Photoshop it doesn’t give white as an option automatically so just click custom colour and select white (#ffffff). Thanks for this brilliant tip Nagi! Makes SO much sense but we somehow never think of it that way!

  2. says

    Thanks for the tip – foodgawker is always telling me my pictures are underexposed (even when they actually aren’t!) so this will help.

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