Blog photos can play a large roll in any blog post. Although we all know the importance of taking in focus, clear photos, most of the photos come to life when editing. But lets me honest- with so many editing softwares, styles, and endless possibilities, it can be hard to figure out where to start. So to help, I thought I would put together a post of my tips for editing blog photos, a few softwares/platforms you can use, and show you a look at some before & after of my blog photos.
Editing Softwares You Can Use
There are plenty more editing platforms and software you can use, but here are a few popular ones!
Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop
Two of the most popular photo editing platforms bloggers use are Lightroom and Photoshop. Now I don’t know much about using Photoshop for editing, but I personally use Lightroom and love it. Lightroom allows you to create your own presets, which are filters, or you can buy VSCO filters to use on Lightroom. It will take some learning how to use it, but with everything from lighting tools to color enhancing tools, it has endless possibilities.
You do have to pay for it, but they have plenty of payment options you can choose from. You can get a subscription just for Lightroom or Photoshop, or you can get one for Adobe cloud which gives you access to all of Adobe’s softwares. If you are a college student they offer cheaper subscriptions.
VSCO is most commonly used for editing photos for Instagram, but you can also use it for your blog too! This is actually what I used for the first year of blogging. All you have to do is send your photos to your phone, edit them, and then send them back. It is a bit of a process, but since VSCO cam gives you some amazing free filters, it’s worth it.
Although these are only a few of the more popular ones, there are plenty of others like PicMonkey, Afterlight, or even your iPhone photo editing options!
Less is more on the computer
Now this is something I learned the hard way, but how you edit your photos for the computer and Instagram should be a little different if you are using a pre-made filter. If you just adjust the exposure, contrast, etc. then you don’t have to worry. But if you are adding a filter to your blog photos, make sure you only use it at half strength. If you use the filter at full strength and upload it to your blog, it will most times look too edited and ruin the quality. You can use full strength for Instagram, but it’s best to keep “less is more” in mind when editing for your blog (unless you like the way it looks. If so, then 100% go for it!).
Create your own style
There are so many different editing styles, so have fun and start developing your own. This will help set your blog apart from others, and hopefully in the future when someone sees one of your photos they will have an idea that it’s yours. Now don’t expect this to happen overnight, in fact it took me almost two years to figure out an editing style I love. It’s 100% okay to try it all and get inspiration from others, just try to build off of it instead of imitate. Also you will more than likely change editing styles along the way. Try different filters on VSCO, create your own on Lightroom, or play around with lighting on your phone.
Good Lighting Is Key, Except Sometimes
It’s important that your blog photos are light enough that your readers can see what you are trying to show. However this doesn’t mean that you have to always have bright, light photos all the time. In fact quite a lot of bloggers have a moody vibe to their photos which is absolutely beautiful. It’s just important that it is “light” enough that what you want to be the focus of the photo isn’t completely lost.
Here is a look at before and after of editing some of these photos for this post!
And those are my editing blog photos tips! I hope this helped, and try not to get too worried about everything being perfect at first. Good things always take time.