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.

Exposure

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.

Contrast

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.

Saturation

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.

Curves

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.

Sharpen

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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17 Comments

  1. February 15, 2018 / 1:50 pm

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

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

  2. February 15, 2018 / 4:42 pm

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

    cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk

  3. February 15, 2018 / 9:35 pm

    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

    https://zoe-ware.blogspot.ca

  4. February 15, 2018 / 10:29 pm

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

  5. February 16, 2018 / 1:18 am

    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 

  6. Laura
    February 16, 2018 / 4:22 am

    Great tips here, photo queen! x

  7. February 16, 2018 / 6:56 am

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

  8. February 16, 2018 / 7:23 pm

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

    mooeyandfriends.blogspot.com

  9. February 17, 2018 / 6:16 am

    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!

  10. Sincerely Sarah
    February 18, 2018 / 2:49 pm

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

    Sincerely, Sarah xx
    http://www.sincerelysarah.net

  11. February 19, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    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

  12. February 19, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    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!

    https://ariannecruz07.wixsite.com/ayre

  13. February 19, 2018 / 1:34 pm

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

    -Charlotte x
    myownblogofthoughts.blogspot.com

  14. February 19, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    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!

  15. February 20, 2018 / 7:01 am

    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

  16. April 17, 2018 / 3:03 pm

    Yep exposure and sharpen are my go-tos!

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