Photo Editing Made Simple – Your step by step guide!
Editing blog photos can be a nightmare when you’re just starting out. It seems like everyone is an expert! But the truth is, everyone started somewhere and most blogger’s learn their skills from other bloggers. I’m not a fantastic photographer but I can turn a crappy image to something blog worthy in the editing process. Take a look how…
Firstly, I’m going to need you to download some excellent, free software. Click here to download Photoscape X. I’ve been using this program for as long as I can remember. It’s non-glitchy, always free and super useful and straightforward. Photoscape is a program you can use until you’re ready to invest in something like Lightroom – I haven’t even bought Lightroom yet because I’m so in love with this program.
Next, take your image. Let’s say this Kiehl’s photo on the top right. What’s wrong with it? Even though I shot this in natural lighting in the brightest bedroom in my house it still isn’t crystal clear or bright. I use the brightness tool and crank it up right to the max level (100). It instantly looks tonnes better. I also tend to use the ‘Lighten Shadows’ function to anything between the region of 30-70 depending on the shadows in my image. It makes the shadow underneath my display tray disappear!
I always love to bump up the Clarity in my photos by taking the level up to around 30. It makes everything a little bit sharper without compromising the integrity of the image.
I usually add a bit of Contrast to my photos as this is what really makes them ‘pop’! However, the Contrast tool on Photoscape is quite strong so I find myself using between 5-10. This creates an image that isn’t too sharply contrasted but everything still visibly and vibrantly stands out. Speaking of Vibrance! You can use the Saturation tool to strengthen the colour or fix it if it’s too orange. Sometimes when I take swatch photos my hand can look a bit orangey in my IKEA lights so turning down the saturation to -5 can really make a difference.
What separates Photoscape from other editing software is its amazing Filter option. This is like the finishing touch on the image that adds that special something to it. The filters are pre-made and you can alter their strength too just like the other functions. My favourites are Cocktail, Provia and Velva. I use Provia in both of the photos in this post but Cocktail was used throughout my review of The Hungry Donkey restaurant in London.
The last thing I do is resize my images. My images are all shot in RAW and their width comes to about 3000px which is way too large for my blog. I set my images to a width of 1200px which doesn’t compromise quality but is the perfect size for my blog layout. I’d suggest playing around with different widths until you find one that suits your blog the best. You should make every image the same width as it is key to consistent and pretty blog photos which is why my images start out so wide and then both portrait and landscape photos can be adjusted to 1200px without losing image quality.
I hope you found this beginner’s guide to editing blog photos useful! Let me know what you think of Photoscape down below – I am NOT sponsored by them (although I should be!) – I just believe its an excellent free program that’s totally worth downloading. Let me know some tips you have for my photography down below too!