9 Simple Photo Editing Tips that will make Your Blog Photos Awesome!9 Simple Photo Editing Tips that will make Your Blog Photos Awesome!

Ok so, while Editing, Photo Editing Tips

No matter what app you are using, these tips can be done. I know Picmonkey does, Photoshop, Lightroom, canva, etc. If you use a DSLR camera I highly recommend using your RAW image quality setting in your camera instead of jpg and edit with Lightroom or Photoshop Camera Raw. If your camera only allows .jpg image then I recommend Lightroom and PicMonkey best. But of course, there are many other apps out there that are as good. If your app doesn’t have these features, then I highly recommend changing it for one that does.

4. Adjust EXPOSURE.

Exposure is just the amount of light that is captured when a photo is taken. When a photo is way too bright, we call it over exposed and when it’s too dark that we can barely see something we call it under exposed. This is something you can adjust in your app making the photo lighter or darker depending on your photo’s needs. Often photos come from the camera a bit dull and dark. So increasing it a bit or a lot {depending on the case} can bring more life to the photo.

Adjust-Exposure

5. Adjust HIGHLIGHTS.

The highlights are basically the brightest points in the image. Places where the light hit the most. What I usually do is turn it down almost all the way. I do this because when I increase exposure those highlights get too white, without shapes. It doesn’t look good. I always recommend turn down highlights and increasing exposure and whites. You can see what I mean by looking at any of the photos from my settings.

6. Adjust WHITES.

Not talking about white balance. White balance is the whole thing we are doing when editing. If you use Lightroom or Photoshop Camera Raw you have some sliders. One of them is WHITES and I usually take it between 40 and 50 {halfway} when I’m working with light background photos.

7. Adjust your TEMPERATURE.

In my opinion this is one of the most important aspects during a photo editing. Color temperature is a measurement of the hue of a particular light source. It is measured in degrees Kelvin. Most photos come from camera really blue{ish} and that’s really something you don’t want, specially with food photos. When photos are blue{ish} we say it’s cool and when it’s yellowish we say it’s warm. The ideal temperature is somewhere in between but slightly warmer {see second photo bellow}. When you start increasing the temperature you notice how the colors come to life. Browns, reds, pinks, oranges get brighter and gorgeous. But there’s a limit, if you add too much warmth then you lose it all and the photo looks burnt.

Adjust-Temperature

photo-temperature-cool-warm-comparison

I love how Todd from B&H Photo Video explains about photo color temperature. You can jump there if you want to learn more about it!

8. Adjust SHARPNESS.

Yup! Important too. Most apps have a tool called Sharpen. That tool makes the photo to have more defined edges and details. Less blurry. In a cake you want the detail in the grains of the inside. Usually photos come from the camera with a bit of blurriness that is easily fixed by adding some percentage of sharpness. But again, not too much, not too little. Just enough so you see details but not too much so you crack it up!

Unsharp

Ideal-Sharpening

Too-much-shaprning

Shapening

9. Adjust SHADOWS & BLACKS.

These two features I don’t modify them much. My styling is usually light color, whites mostly so I barely move these sliders. When I do, I usually make them -10 to -20 just to have a slight volume but not high contrasts. Except when I use black or really dark backgrounds, then I do push these some more.

Adjust-Blacks

There are tons of other editing features but these are the 9 most important ones. All my photos are edited this way and my numbers are usually a lot alike, with white or dark backgrounds. Jus a few things can change from one to another.

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Of course, what works for me, not necessarily works for everybody. My main purpose here is to give you tips so you can adjust them to your own styling and needs. Maybe turning down highlights is not your thing, so you just leave it or increase it.

This kind of settings are a bit subjective as each photo is unique. 2 photographers can take the same photo, edit the same and not getting the same results. So, this is only a place to start.

What I’m trying here with these photo editing tips is to guide you a little bit so you can get the best photos possible. A blue{ish}, dull, unsharpened photo is not attractive but a warm, sharp, and crisp photo gets tons of shares and attention. It’s not hard to accomplish a good photo. All you need is to try and practice so it starts coming naturally.

I hope this helps you even if it’s a little bit improve your photos. I know it can get really overwhelming but it’s not that hard. Please I would love to know if this post was helpful for you and also if you have any tip and trick that I missed here. I would be more than happy to add it.

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6 Comments on 9 Simple Photo Editing Tips that will make Your Blog Photos Awesome!

  1. avatar
    zoyoyayep says:
    January 21, 2017

    I always get some fabulous, new and exclusive ideas from your blog post. Keep sharing thoughts, knowledge and your photoshop experience time to time with us, thanks

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    Carter says:
    November 17, 2016

    Camila, nice share. All of these 9 tips are very effective indeed for photo editing. I’m learning photo editing using Adobe Photoshop and these tips will be helpful for me.

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    Kayleigh says:
    September 14, 2016

    Great advice, all. Thanks for sharing!

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      Camila says:
      September 16, 2016

      Thank you so much, hope it helps you!!!
      Hugs!

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    Kathy says:
    August 28, 2016

    Hi Camila, thanks for the tips! Do you use Lightroom to edit your photos? I’m in the process of starting a blog and am doing as much research as possible. Your blogger resources are very helpful!

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      Camila says:
      August 28, 2016

      Hi Kathy,

      I have used it a lot. I worked many years for an advertising agency and I used all the Adobe Apps. I’m by far a fan of Adobe. However I prefer Photoshop for photo editing if I have to choose. It will depend on what tool you are more comfortable with using. You can download them from Adobe site and use their trials for photoshop and Lightroom and if any of them makes you happy you can think about purchasing a license. Other cheaper option is PicMonkey which gives you pretty much all you need to make your photos stand out and apply the tips I shared here.

      I’m glad my resources helped you and if you have any questions about something I’m not sharing, don’t hesitate to ask either here on my FB page.

      HUGS!!!

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