Today’s post got inspired by my dear blogging friend AJ, she asked me if I could show how I edit my blog photos. So here we go. I don’t feel like I adjust them a lot. I always try to get the best possible shot and just play around with the exposure afterwards.
Step No. 1 My Camera + setting
For all of my blog photos and even for most of my Instagram images, I use my Olympus PEN E-PL7. It is hands down, the best camera I ever used. The Pen is super handy, easy to navigate and takes beautiful pictures. The flappable screen makes her the perfect ‘blogger’ / selfie camera. When shooting in AUTO you can also choose in the menu to change the brightness or blur effect. Don’t hate on my, but my camera is most times in AUTO setting. Just when I have a big post shooting and know the lightning won’t change I set up everything in M. As I just have the standard 14-42 mm lens (which is totally fine!) I often increase the blur effect. So my background is a little washed out.
I’m more than happy with my camera and lens. But later this year I’ll invest in a new lens, the 45 mm one. It’s the best for perfect blurry background blog photos.
No. 2 Blog photo styling + background
Another important step before I actually edit my images on my computer is the preparation. I like my photos in a certain style. For that, I choose a background and create a composition.
First the background. I like my images to be light and bright. So I always choose a white surface. As my white dining table, fabric (bedding, carpet, or cushions), or something with a little bit more interest like my marble desk or windowsill.
Second the styling. My favorite accessories for photo shootings are natural products. Such as fresh flowers (or even some slightly faded roses), leaves or little bits and bobs I find outside. Beside natural products, I love using my favorite pieces of jewelry, perfume, stationery, books and magazines. Lately, I also found the joy in using glitter confetti. So so pretty!
No. 2.5 LIGHT
That is maybe the most important step. Lightning is key. If you have bad light your images will be washed out and fuzzy! That’s also the point I struggle with most. As the weather in Germany is most times cloudy and dark. I always shot my blog photos in front of a window so I can make most out of the natural light. If you live in a ‘dark’ country like me, maybe think about investing in a softbox. They are around 50€ on Amazon and definitely the next blog investment I’ll take!
As you can see in the picture, I always shoot in front of my window with the curtains closed. So The light isn’t as harsh.
Blog photos editing No. 3 Photoshop
I edit all my pictures for my blog in Photoshop and as I said in the beginning, I try to take the best-looking pictures as possible, so I don’t need to edit that much.
Step by step Photoshop:
- I insert the image in Photoshop and check for any blemishes (like dust on the surface, car hair etc.) If I find any ‘dirt’ I retouch it with the repair tool.
I don’t actually retouch myself in portraits. I believe it’s daffy because people who met you in real life will see it immediately. Because you don’t look photoshopped. Stay true to yourself.
- Next step (depends on the picture and lightning) I duplicate the layer and multiply the negative. I believe it makes the image really nice and bright.
- My final steps in Photoshop are just bringing up the exposure & brightness a little and play around with contrast, tone and curve. Viola. That’s it. No big Photoshop magic.
No. 4 graphic design
Some of you may say: You can do all the graphic design bits in Photoshop as well! And yes, you’re right. But I don’t have Photoshop on my Laptop, for Photoshop I use my boyf’s work computer. So when I’m done with my actual Photoshop work I switch back to my Macbook and design my Pinterest images or blog title picture. For that I use canva.com. Canva is a free online graphic design website with tons of cool design ideas, layouts etc. and it’s super easy to use. I highly suggest you, to check out Canva.
And there you have it. My little guide on how I take and edit bright blog photos.
What are some of your tips and tricks for perfectly blog pictures? Please share them in the comments below.
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My friend Aj who inspired me to the blog post. See her Instagram here
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The camera I use is the Olympus PEN E-PL7
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Much love, Ilka x