"What good can possibly come out of Windows Photo Gallery and Paint?" you may ask. Well, not much actually...unless you know how to take good photos to begin with. I found that the best way to take good photos of shoes is to set up a light box or in my case, two white poster boards at a 90 degree angle (since that is all I had to work with in the house) beneath a window that gets good natural light. Like this...
Don't I look adorable in white?! Well, there is a reason to my madness. The light will reflect better off of white clothes than dark clothes. Whether it ends up working well or not, I want to try to get as much natural light on my shoes as possible!
Once I take the picture from where I'm sitting, it looks like this...
It's still rather dark, but with some adjustments, it will look fabulous!
Next, I bring it into Windows Photo Gallery. There is a button in the top bar that says "Fix". I click that and it brings me to a very basic editing window.
The options are on the right. I typically start with adjusting the Brightness and Contrast.
The next thing I do is adjust the color. The picture looks too blue to me, so I change the Color Temperature and Tint.
Last thing I do is crop the picture, if it needs it. In this case, it needs just a little bit of trimming.