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The Things You Should Always Do To Your Blog Photos

The Things You Should Always Do To Your Blog Photos | A Girl, Obsessed

Over the years, I like to think my photography has improved a bit. When I first started taking photos for my blog, I really didn’t know much about my camera or photo editing. It took a lot of reading and researching (and practice!) to figure out how to get my photos to look exactly like how I envisioned them in my head. I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I get my blog photos to look the way they do, so I thought I would share the things I always do to my photos before putting them in a post.


The first thing I do to my photos is make sure they’re bright and airy. I do this by upping the exposure – the trick is to add enough so that your photo is well-lit, but not too much or it will completely wash out your subject. This is also extremely helpful for days when your natural lighting wasn’t the greatest. In the photo above, I shot it on a day when it was pretty overcast out, but with the exposure raised you can’t even tell.


Next, I like to play around with the contrast. This is what helps make my photos pop and look crisp. I don’t like to use too much (or else my photos will look too bold), but enough to make the whites whiter, the blacks blacker, and the objects in my photos really stand out.


When sharing a photo of colorful makeup/stationary/etc, it’s always a great idea to add a bit of saturation so the colors pop and match how they look in real life. Again – not too much, not too little. You always want to remember that you’re just trying to enhance the photo, not change it completely. Lately, I’ve really been liking the look of muted, softer colors, so I’ve actually been decreasing the saturation slightly just so my photos aren’t overly colorful.


This is probably my favorite part of photo editing. Curves are basically the levels of Shadows, Darks, Lights, and Highlights for your photo. I like playing around with these, mainly the Darks and Lights curves, to give my photos that soft, airy look.


The final thing I always make sure to do to my photos is to sharpen them up a bit. This is the perfect little finishing touch that makes each photo look it’s best. I think it’s important to have sharp, crisp photos on your blog because it tends to look more professional.

What do you always do to your blog photos?

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  • Katie

    Ooh I’ve never played with the curves of my images before! It sounds really interesting. Great tips! Thanks 🙂

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

    February 15, 2018 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • cristy

    these were such great tips, i have never played around with curving on my photos, maybe i should give that a try xx


    February 15, 2018 at 4:42 pm Reply
  • Zoë

    I love this! I am photography obsessed, but my usual subject matter is not generally blog post related, so this really helps! My blog photos aren’t the best, though with each post I think they get better! I love learning about how you editing your photos! xx


    February 15, 2018 at 9:35 pm Reply
  • Hayley

    May I ask what photo editor you use? Your photos are lovely and so refreshing. Thank you for sharing your tips!

    February 15, 2018 at 10:29 pm Reply
  • Sophie

    I have a very similar process when editing my blog photos. I still haven’t found the perfect aesthetic but that’s okay, still playing around with it!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume 

    February 16, 2018 at 1:18 am Reply
  • Laura

    Great tips here, photo queen! x

    February 16, 2018 at 4:22 am Reply
  • Maddison Jayne

    Love this post Mandy, so useful for a girl working on her photography! x

    February 16, 2018 at 6:56 am Reply
  • Michelle

    Thanks for the tips! I do pretty much everything minus curves which I plan to research more and try with my own photos. ♥


    February 16, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply
  • Diana

    I actually never played with the sharpen option of my photos! I usually try to correct any mistakes with the lens correction option, but I might try this one in the future!

    There’s nothing like the pride of getting that good shot <3

    Take care!

    February 17, 2018 at 6:16 am Reply
  • Sincerely Sarah

    I never play with curves – will definitely look at that from now on, thank you lovely!

    Sincerely, Sarah xx

    February 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • Bry Jaimea

    I adjust sharpness, brightness, contrast, saturatton and warmth – I’ve created a lightroom filter which means one button and my pics are exactly how I want them!
    Great post xx

    February 19, 2018 at 12:57 pm Reply
  • Arianne

    I don’t know about Curves yet, but the rest I do when I edit my photos.
    P.S. I was going through my Bloglovin feed and I noticed I keep clicking on your posts. Well done lovely!


    February 19, 2018 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • Charlotte

    I think photos are so important on a blog – great tips!

    -Charlotte x

    February 19, 2018 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Lily

    I always like to play around with exposure and saturation levels because it can really improve a photo but I’ll have to try curves now. Thanks for the tips!

    February 19, 2018 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Janay

    I’ve recently started to edit my photos more, previously I was lazy and used to apply a filter but it’s more fun doing the editing yourself! x

    February 20, 2018 at 7:01 am Reply
  • Jo Robertson

    I love your images, I am practising hard and your tips are really helpful, Thank you so much for sharing x

    April 2, 2018 at 8:55 am Reply
  • Natalie

    Yep exposure and sharpen are my go-tos!

    April 17, 2018 at 3:03 pm Reply
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