When I did my blog post about 10 Things I Have Learnt Since Blogging, I mentioned that I had learnt how to edit my blog post and Instagram photos to a better quality than I did before. I actually love editing my photos and I find it so relaxing, especially when I am listening to some James Arthur – which I must say I am obsessed with at the moment!
I got a few requests wanting me to do a blog post n how I edit my photos, what I use etc… I have also been debating including how I edit my Instagram photos however I think that I will do a separate blog post on that because that is also quite long and I can talk about filters in that too.
Throwing it back to the time where I took my photos on my phone, I did not edit my photos… AT ALL. It actually mortifies me that I never did, but I didn’t see the need for it then. I would send them to myself on Facebook Messenger and then I would just upload them onto my blog. As you can probably imagine, the quality was horrible!
Then I started using my camera to take my photos and I started seeing loads of photo inspiration from other bloggers. This was when I kind of got my butt in gear and I started caring more about my composition of my photos, what backdrops I was using, and the lighting. I also realised that I could edit my photos to make them look sharper or increase the exposure. I didn’t have any big fancy editing software and instead I used a free photo editor online called BeFunky.com. And at that point in time and for my photos at that point it did a good job. I actually used it up until about November last year.
I tried out a load of online photo editors and I found this one to be the best because you could change the exposure, the highlight or shadows, you could remove spots or you could make collages. It also let you export your photos at a high image quality, where as some sites have a restriction on the size of your image. The best thing… ITS FREE.
However, I found that using sites like that were limited. For example when I increased the sharpness on a photo, it would create a mark around any prominent images in the photo, and it was rather obvious. As I started taking more care into my images, I was like ‘Nah, nah, nah’ and I decided to purchase Photoshop. I would totally recommend getting the trial of Photoshop before you buy it because it is such a complex program that it can be quite overwhelming for some.
I got Photoshop and Lightroom, which cost me I think £108. I started trying out Photoshop however I found it quite complicated. I am quite good with technology and that stuff however I couldn’t even teach myself how to use it. So I tried out Lightroom. I LOVE LIGHTROOM. It is easy to use and you can edit your photos to such great depths. Not only do I edit my blog and Instagram photos with it but I also edit sporting photos which I take on it. You can easily import your photos and export them at a super high quality. Lightroom also allows you to use a brush so you can light or darken any areas in your photos that need sprucing up without changing your whole photo. For example, when I am taking wide-angle shots, sometimes the corners furthest away from the light can be darker than the other parts of the photo, so I will use it to lighten those areas.
I normally have a specific routine for editing my photos with Lightroom, however it also depends on the photo. Usually I will turn the sharpness fully on my photos, and I will also put the exposure up so that the background is white, but isn’t as white as my homepage on my blog. I will also increase the white scale on my images if they are looking yellow from the natural lighting. If there are significant amounts of black items in my photos I will also increase the black scale of my photos, this just makes the black clearer and more predominant. Other than that I don’t really do anything else to edit my photos. I will up the contrast a slight bit if my photo looks a little grey.
If you are a blogging beginner, then I suggest trying BeFunky.com because it is so easy to use, however if you are wanting to up your game and splash out a bit of money to get better photos, then I recommend Lightroom.
How do you edit your photos?
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