1 August 2017

The Photo Edit


When I first started blogging, the thing I struggled with most was taking and editing my photos, I would see these gorgeous flatlays or photos with that blurry background and then look at mine and wish I could have a how to guide on how to take these photos.


Now, I'm by no means an expert, but I have picked up a couple of tricks and ways to edit my photos to make the most of them, so I thought I'd share with you all in the hope of helping someone that may feel like I did when I first started blogging.  

                           
As you can see above I literally only use two apps to achieve the 'after' picture.

But before we can edit our photos, we need to take them.

Here are some of my quick tips in taking photos:

Have a decent camera - I don't mean go out and buy an actual camera, this can just be as simple as using the camera you already have on your phone. All of my photos are taken with my IPhone 7!

Blog props - The best way to spruce up any photos is to have some pretty blog props! I use things like fake flowers, magazines, patterned paper or even clothes, wire copper baskets, makeup, fairy lights etc. Be creative!

Lighting - Probably the most important thing I can advise is to make sure you're taking your photos in the day time! Get as much natural light as you can in your photos!




Now, you can't see this above, but I actually take my photos on my bed! I use a white sheet or throw as my background, I wrap a rose patterned shirt around a box lid and then place the product I'm photographing on the top! Then I add some blog props in the sides just slightly peeking in, as I don't want them to take too much attention from the main focus of my photo, which as you can see above is a Morphe palette. And that's it!

Editing


I literally only use two apps for editing my photos! Both Facetune and ColorStory you can download on the app store. You do have to pay for Facetune (it's 100% worth it), but ColorStory is completely free.


The first thing I do is use the Facetune app to brighten up all the white areas of my photos, as you can see they're a little dingy and dark at the moment.
To do this you simply click on the whiten option in the tools at the bottom of the screen and rub your finger all over the areas in which you want to whiten (if you do download this app there are tutorials for everything)

The result:



Now as you can see the photo looks better already, its less dark, the palette stands out clearer and the whole image just generally is more pleasing to look at.

Once I have whitened up my photo, I then open it in ColorStory.




The first thing I do once Color Story is open, is click the 'filters' option on the menu bar at the bottom, I then click 'essentials' as seen in Step 2, and the filter I use for my own photos is called 'Pop', as seen in Step 3. However you can use whatever filter you prefer. 

Result:


My photo now looks like this.
This is how I like my photos to look on my instagram and blog posts, I love a good pop of colour, hence why I use the filter 'pop', however if you'd like a more natural looking photo, there is a filter called 'everyday' which is like the filter pop but just less intense.

And that is it! The simple steps I use to get my photos from looking dingy, dull and dark, to all pretty and bright!

Here are some examples of before and afters following the simple steps above!







Do you have any top tips when it comes to taking and editing photos? I'd love to hear them in the comments!





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6 comments

  1. I loved this post so so much!! You're photography is insane, I can't wait to get my iPhone 7 Plus so I can finally use depth perception and stop taking so many flatlays, 😂

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  2. I honestly don't use any editing apps at all for my photos! I just use the tools that Instagram has and I use my Nikon d3200 camera which is brilliant for al kinds of shots! Love your pictures always girl!

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  3. These are great tips. I think I need to do this and make mine 100% better.

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  4. This is such a great post! I've been struggling with my photography and get completely put off creating my own due to the high quality of others but this is really inspiring, I love your photos!

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  5. Your photos look amazing as always!!! I have colour story but stopped using it when I downloaded snapseed so I'll start using it again

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  6. These photos are just gorgeous! I soo need to up my photography game, I am definitely slowly getting there, it's just figuring out the correct background objects to us. I never know what is fitting to us to spice up the background! You make this seem soo easy girl, thank-youu for this post.

    Gemma | www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

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