Hey y’all! I haven’t blogged in a few days due to sickness, but today I thought I would talk about… how I like to edit my pictures!
Yesterday was my birthday, and somehow I started a tradition of having a photo session each year. I think I started this at about thirteen, and now that I’m nineteen I can say I documented each teenage year and be done with it. 😂
Anyway, I use two apps to edit my pictures: Lightroom and PicMonkey. I’ve started using both of these awhile back to edit my blog pictures, and I absolutely LOVE them. So… let’s get into the post!
I took both of these pictures with my iPhone 6. Not the latest and greatest fancy camera, but I love how they can turn out with a little editing!
Also, just as a side note, some people might not prefer pictures as light and vibrant as I like to make mine. My favorite picture aesthetic is bright with a little bit of pink and yellow thrown in. Think sunset. That’s how I like my pictures!
So these are the finished products! Here are what they used to look like:
If you prefer the unedited version, that’s great!
If you’re interested in how I edited the top pictures, here is a step-by-step explanation below. ❤️ (This is also how I edit my blog post headers!
I use three tabs on Lightroom: light, color, and effects.
1. Find the picture you’d like to edit and load it on to Lightroom. There will be tabs to scroll through on the bottom of the page.
2. Under LIGHT, I go to WHITES and push it way up. It differs with how much on each picture, but I usually bring the WHITES up between 50-80 percent.
3. Go backwards a little with BLACKS. Bring SHADOWS forward; I usually do between 20-30 percent.
4. CONTRAST about 5-10 percent.
5. On top of the LIGHT page, there is a CURVE button. If you want a pinkish tint, curve the picture up a little.
6. Under the COLOR page, I bring temp, tint, and vibrance up just a tiny bit. It depends on how bright you want your picture to be.
7. Under the EFFECTS page, I bring clarity up about 5-10 percent. Save your picture if you like the finished product!
I use one tab on PicMonkey: effects.
8. Go to PicMonkey and load your finished picture from Lightroom.
9. On the EFFECTS page, I find the filter Cinerama and adjust it until the picture is to my liking.
And I’m done!
If I’m making a blog post header, I also use the graphics and text pages on PicMonkey.
I hope this post wasn’t super confusing. 😂
So that’s how I’ve been editing my blogging pictures lately. I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you’d like, comment below your favorite editing apps/techniques.