How to edit blog pictures

It has taken me a while to get my photos to the level that they are at now. I couldn’t find a step by step guide of how to do it without owning a DSLR. Bridge cameras are just as capable as DSLR in creating amazing photos. It is slightly harder because you have less control over the image you capture. Sometimes it’s down to pure luck but there are a couple of things you can do to get the perfect picture. First of all, you need to take a clear photo in good light. No amount of editing can make a bad picture look amazing. If anything it will make it look 10 times worse! I would recommend taking pictures during the day. Nothing beats using natural light! Use the grid in your view finder to make sure your image is straight. If the image is in line with the grid then you can’t go wrong!

If you are new to blogging I would recommend starting off with whatever camera you have until you have enough money to get the camera that you do want. Eventually I will get a DSLR because I want to explore photography!

There are a number of photo editing apps you can use if like me Photoshop looks like a maze that you’ll never be able to navigate. At the moment, my favourite one is VSCO cam. It’s quick, easy to use and leaves your photos looking professional. The key is not to go crazy on the editing. Editing is like make up for a photo. You want it to enhance the beauty of the image not ruin it.

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Choose a picture to edit. 

Step 1: First of all, choose a filter preferably one that looks natural. I like to use either A5, HB1 or HB2 depending on the vibe I want the picture to have.

 

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If you click on a filter you will see that you are able to change its transparency. I tend to put it at either 9 or 10.

 

 

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Add your preferred filter and change the transparency

Step 2:  Dealing with the contrast and the exposure of the image. The contrast is basically the separation between the lightest and darkest parts of the image. The higher the contrast the greater the separation between the two areas. The shadows become darker and the bright parts of the image become even brighter.  I like to decrease the contrast to soften the image but again, it depends on what end result I want to achieve.

The exposure is responsible for how light or dark an image will appear once it has been captured. Sometimes when you take a picture it is not bright enough. VSCO cam has an exposure function that lets you brighten the image.

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From the left to right: Filter button, editing tools, undo and undo all 

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Step 3: Once you have fiddled with the contrast and exposure the image may look a bit colour drained.This is where saturation comes in. Saturation is the separation between colours. The higher the saturation, the more pigmented the colours will appear because there is a greater separation of the colours. A word of warning, don’t go too crazy the saturation settings otherwise you will be left with a rather orange picture!

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Change the saturation

Step 4:  Lastly, I use the temperature function to increase or decrease the warmth of an image.

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Once you have finished editing your picture there is a cross and a circle at the bottom of the screen. If you want to save your work press the circle button but if you want to delete all the changes you have made to the picture press the ‘X’ button.

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Voila you have your edited picture!

To save your masterpiece simply click on the three dots at the bottom of the page and press ‘save to gallery’.

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If you find yourself needing to find images to use on your blog there are a few websites that let you use their images for free without the need to give recognition to the photographer or ask for permission such as Pexel which is my all time favourite.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin and Tumblr.

~S.

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