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?