How to Edit Blog Photos for Beginners – the free & uncomplicated way

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…

How to Edit Blog Photos for Beginners Using Photoscape X

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.

Blog Photography for Beginners Photoscape X

I usually add a bit of Contrast to my photos as this is what really makes them ‘pop’!Β 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 postΒ 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 widthΒ 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!

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  • Patricia Stelmach

    Lovely tips, thanks for sharing! My go to editing apps are vsco and facetune!

    Patricia // Patricia Stelmach

  • Brightening any photo instantly makes it look so much better! Thanks for sharing all these tips πŸ™‚

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  • Yiotou_La

    I am downloading this asap, I need a good software and I think this will do the job perfectly! Your pictures are always amazing and thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

    • It’s honestly amazing. let me know what you think! xx

  • Denise

    TRue, editing can be something very difficult, but with a nice site the pictures get so much better! I normally don’t use that, because I try my best to take pictures outdoors and with daylight, but for products that is a must! Hope you have a very nice week!
    DenisesPlanet.com

  • Olivia Emily

    Ah, love seeing your editing process – cranking up the brightness and contrast save so many of my images, haha <3

    xx
    https://oliviaemily.com

    • mine too! especially since its getting so dark so early! x

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    So many great tips here! πŸ™‚ I’ve always been using Photoshop, it’s not free but I do take a lot of pics and I find that it’s worth the monthly subscription. It’s also super easy to use & the amount of options is awesome. Thanks for sharing! <3 xoxo

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

    • I’ll have to check out that monthly subscription! x

  • Editing the photos can be as hard as taking the photos. Especially in A&W, it is hard to get bright photos. When I feel like the photos need a little bit brightness, I play with the brightness&contrast to get it to the level I want.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • YES! It’s so hard when it goes dark so early in the day xx

  • Brightness definitely is my favorite tool πŸ™‚
    Nati xx
    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

  • Thanks for sharing your photo editing tips!

    LUXESSED

  • This is such a helpful blog post! I just tried it out and my photo looks amazing – I’m so pleased πŸ™‚
    Also, for anyone that has a Mac Photoscape X is available on the App Store too!

    Megan / http://www.meganmarieblogs.blogspot.com

  • This is so simple and helpful, thank you! I like editing so I usually tweak a lot of things but ended up just using the most simple actions

    Selene Addicted

    • Sometimes the simple things make the biggest differences! x

  • Very nice tutorial. I used Photoscape before but stop when I had my versions of Photoshop. But still, it is cool πŸ˜€ I also use it to make gif files πŸ˜€ Have you tried that?

    https://myxilog.blogspot.com/

  • I had never heard about photoscape before but I’m definitely intrigued and would love to know more about it! I use Picmonkey online, it’s also free and does the trick for my photos and on my phone I’m obsessed w/ VSCO (yes still haha)

    Naomi in Wonderland

    • I like PicMonkey but I find it very glitchy and prefer Photoscape. I’d recommend giving it a go! I love VSCO too there’s no replacing that one!

  • laura anne

    I also use Photoscape.. It’s the best photo editing software I’ve used for my blog photo’s.. I don’t hear enough bloggers talk about it x

    LAURA Β­| Laura Thinks About

  • Bernadette

    I just got photoscape right now after you mentioned it. I usually use the instagram editing tools to edit my photos. I am looking forward to playing around with this one.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

  • I have Photoscape as well, since it’s so much easier to use than Photoshop. I usually change between VSCo and Photoscape as my go-to photo editor.

    xx, Richel Goes Places

  • This is really helpful, because I am just learning. I will download Photoscape immediately. Thanks.

    http://www.averysweetblog.com/