My number one question would be people asking me about my photos – thanks guys. You might have missed my post all about flatlays here or my photography e-book here, but this post is all about the editing process. It’s exactly How I Edit My Photos! Once you’ve got the perfect shot, it’s all about what you do with it to finish the photo perfectly. I have a bit of a style for exactly how I like my photos – I like them light and bright!
The editing basics
I use Lightroom, which has been the biggest game-changer for editing photos. It is seriously beyond amazing what you can do for a photo! The biggest perks are that you can pre-save edits for new photos (perfect if you’re making a theme on Instagram) and you can copy & paste the effect when batch-editing. I know, such a time-saver. I’ve got Lightroom on a subscription from Adobe and it’s one of the best investments I’ve made for my blog. If you don’t have access to Lightroom, I did use to use Picmonkey and there’s Gimp as well. The Afterlight app on my phone is also pretty fab for a quick edit.
Once you’ve imported your photos into Lightroom, there are a lot of different options. For a basic edit, I would use the sharpening tool to make things a little crisper, followed by upping the vibrance and saturation. It depends on the subject of the photo, but as it’s so instant, you can drag & drop the sliders until you see the photo exactly how you want it. I also tend to up the whites, shadow and highlights and tweak the contrast depending on what the photo is. For makeup shots, I like to have the actual product next to me so it remains true-to-life post edit.
Some extra steps
Once the photo looks exactly how I want it to in terms of the colour, you can also change how it looks by cropping. This switches up the composition and can make things look neater. I also often straighten things up to make sure everything is aligned perfectly. Things to remember here to really up your game would be the rule of thirds; crop tools tend to section a photo off into smaller elements which makes sure your photo has the right focus.
For anything that needs to be edited out of the photo, I use Photoshop. It’s always far easier to have the photo how you need it before you take it, but you can easily edit out any streaks on packaging or a speck in the background. The best way to reduce noise on the photo – editing out any distractions in the background makes sure the foreground gets all of the attention it deserves. It’s also easy to colour match elements on Photoshop, so you can make the colours spot-on and easily smooth anything out to make sure it’s all cohesive.
If your photos continue to look dark, I would shoot the photo in RAW as it’s infinitely easier to edit an image’s exposure in the RAW file. They’re huge images, but the detail captured is perfect. When you’re done, you can save it back to a decent-sized jpeg and you’re done!