Foodgawker rejects…stank. They’re not a happy thing.
I get a lot of rejections for low lighting/underexposed. The answer to that is light and expose my photo better, but in the meantime, here I am with this otherwise good pic…do I have to give up on it? Reshoot the dish, or just take a pass on Foodgawker traffic this time?
Nah. I can hop into Picmonkey, brush on a little light in the right places and resubmit. And it often gets accepted. Not always, but often enough that I want to tell you about it. There’s lots of software you can do this in, but I’m focusing on Picmonkey because it’s fast and fun and super user-friendly.
So if you aren’t familiar with Picmonkey.com, it’s an online photo editing and graphic design site. It’s easy to use and does tons of cool stuff, ranging from very basic edits to stuff that mimics Lightroom and Photoshop. Many of the features are free, and some (like the one I’m about to talk about) unlock with a small monthly premium. No worries though, you can try everything they offer for free.
So here we are, logged into my Picmonkey Royale account. Let’s fix that pic! Hit edit, then find the file you want.
Here it is! In a folder named Food Porn. #dontjudgeme
When you first get in there, the Basic Edits section will be open. Click on the magic wand in the left menu to go to the Effects section.
Scroll through all the effects to get to the very bottom, where you’ll see Dodge. Aha!
The Dodge tool lets you brush on light exactly where you want it. Choose the strength you want (check out my nifty key there for help), and make the brush as big or small as you like with the little slider.
So here’s the pic that got rejected. The cake looks a little dark, so I’m just gonna brush a little light right on there with this Dodge tool. Kewl!
Brushing it on, do-di-dooo…wow, it’s really making a difference! I’m using the Mid strength, btw.
Make the brush bigger to cover large areas. It’s a time saver and you get a more even effect.
If you feel like you’ve done too much, no worries. Here’s a handy undo button! You can also just hit cancel and start over.
When you’re all dodged up, hit apply.
With just a few minutes work, I got this spruced up enough to be accepted. Booyah! I hope this little trick can help you, too!