One of the most popular questions I’m asked on social media and when people read my blog is how I take and edit my photographs. Whilst my photographs are by no means perfect, they do take a lot of time and effort to take and upload, so I thought I’d share some of the tips and tricks I have learnt over the past two years about editing. I’ve tried to include some examples of photography that I’ve taken recently and uploaded to my blog or my Instagram. Hopefully these help give you a better idea of what the original images look like, and how much of a difference editing can make!
These are just some of the ways I like to edit my own photos, and as everyone has different tastes and styles, of course there’s no ‘one way fits all’ with how to edit blog images.
Find a good editing software.
This is definitely something that I’ve found to be essential when it comes to blog photography. The kind of editing software you choose is really important because how you edit a photo can reflect the vibe of your overall blog. I like to keep pictures bright and airy, with pops of colour and an overall crisp appearance. Saying that, it doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune on finding the right editing software. I actually use iPiccy – it’s online and it’s free.
Crisp, light & bright.
This is just my personal preference when it comes to blog photography but a good editing software gives you a lot of freedom when it comes to editing. I usually like to turn up the brightness and adjust the colours using the ‘curves’ feature. I love turning up the clarity and sharpness of an image so any text on products becomes a little clearer. The warmth of an image is something worth playing around with too – I like to turn up the warmth of a photo when the light has turned out too harsh in order to soften an image a little.
Keep photographs tall.
This is particularly useful for Pinterest, but taking your images vertically really makes a difference. Longer images seem to fit better on screens and they follow the natural scrolling process when reading through a post, which balances out the text and the images. I make sure that the images I take stay as long and tall as possible when I’m cropping them (if I crop them at all), so that they really take up room in the blog post. This might be because I’m a visual person and I always like to see images as well as text on my screen. I made the switch from horizontal to vertical images at the start of the year and I’ve never looked back.
Try not to over-edit.
I’ve definitely fallen into the trap of over editing my blog photography in the past. More recently, I’ve tried to only take photos when the light is right, so that minimal editing is needed. I always find that over editing leaves images looking harsh and grainy which is the opposite of the look I’m going for. Although editing is an important part of creating a blog post, balancing the colours and brightness are really important to me.
What are your top tips for editing blog photos?