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How To Edit Pictures For Blog?

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Photography is one of the most important aspects in blogging. Whether you are beauty, fashion or lifestyle blogger you are going to take some pictures and insert them in your blog post. Every blogger has his or her own preferences and budget and we are not going to discuss equipment today. Today I'm going to share with you few little secrets how to make pictures on your blog look better even if you are using a phone camera and how to get maximum results from what you have.


All the pictures you take with you digital or phone camera are raw and the need to be edited and cropped. Don't add blurry, distorted or dark pictures to illustrate your blog post, reader's eye won't enjoy corrupted images. To make your blog pictures appealing start with the basic photo editing options: balance of white, auto tone and 'sharpness' of your image. I'm not a professional photographer or picture editor, but I'm going to show you some basic tricks that are going to be useful for every blogger or for personal usage.

Light it up


I guess everyone knows the importance of lightning in photography, but I'm going to mention this step once again. One of the most crucial moments for clear image is a well balanced and bright lightning. I love to use natural day light for some of my images, especially for selfies. Choose a bright sunny day, open the window or go outside of the house and take few pictures on the sun. Sunny weather gives one of the best lightning, just don't go directly under the sun lights and beware of the shadows, sometimes they can spoil the image. If you are a beauty blogger you can bring your makeup and beauty products outside to the park or take beautiful bright pictures on the beach, believe me you'll get one of the best shots for your blog. Here are few examples of the pictures I've made under the sunlight, when the weather outside was sunny and bright.

liz breygel beauty blogger tips picture image editing processing before after examples
liz breygel beauty blogger tips picture image editing processing before after examples
liz breygel beauty blogger tips picture image editing processing before after examples

If you live in cloudy and dull climate or don't have an opportunity or time to go out all the time you can purchase a special studio lights. Light bulbs and light stands are not expensive today and you can easily find a preferable lights on internet. Clear and bright pictures are very easy and fast to edit and you will take no time to process well made photographs for your blog. 

Neat & Clean

Some bloggers forget to clean beauty products and makeup from eyeshadow dust, finger prints and other marks. Even the smallest imperfection will be visible on the picture and you will need to spend extra time while editing your images. If you are fashion or lifestyle blogger and take pictures of your outfits don't forget to iron the clothes you are going to show in your blog post. Background is very important for a final picture. I always forget to clean up my mess and end up with a whole bunch of embarrassing and spoiled images. For a close up shots of products use a clean piece of paper or a special vinyl background.

liz breygel beauty blogger tips picture image editing processing before after examples

Picture Editing

There are lots of different photo editing programs you can use to process your images. If you are new to photo editing it might take you some time to get used and receive the desirable results. Probably the most famous photo editing program for professional use is Adobe Photoshop. This graphic editing program was created in 1988 and since then Photoshop has become an absolute standard in the industry. The official program is rather expensive and demands some special editing skill. But don't worry, there are many alternative programs that will help you to edit your pictures. You can even get them for free. For example, Gimp is one of the best free soft for editing, you can download it here. You can also try Paint.Net, which originally is a free replacement for Microsoft Paint, click here to download. 

liz breygel beauty blogger tips picture image editing processing before after examples

When editing image for your blog post start with cropping, rotating and sizing your photo. Correctly cropped and rotate image create a whole new impression and proportion for your image. Don't forget to change the size of your picture, making it smaller will help your picture and website to load faster. After you are done with cropping and sizing proceed to the next step. Use a special option to brighten up your picture and balance the saturation. I like to process my images in Gimp and usually I create a copy of existing layer and select a Screen Mode. Then I adjust the opacity of the new layer (1 to 100) till I receive a the eligible result for the image. 

The next step is to clean up the small imperfections and mess on the background: small black dots, fall outs, spots and small reflection of light. To make the final image extra neat and distinct use an Unsharp Mask filter with the personal settings. Watermark is optional, but it is a nice way to protect your ownership, though there are websites who likely steal and clean out the watermark from your image. To create a watermark use a Text Tool and choose a font you like. Usually I add my blog url or Instagram username as an image watermark. You can also play around with photo filters, but be careful with this option. Well-chose photo filter can hide the imperfection of the image, beautifully emphasize the color palette or even absolutely spoil your photography.

liz breygel beauty blogger tips picture image editing processing before after examples
Before editing: raw and dark image, positioning imperfections.
liz breygel beauty blogger tips picture image editing processing before after examples
After editing: cropped, rotated, brightened and sharpened image
Thank you so much for reading my blog post, I really hope these simple photography tips will help you to take better pictures for your blog, Instagram or personal album. In my future posts I'm going to talk more about photo composition, ration rules and my very own experience with blog photography and close up shots of makeup. Don't forget to follow me to stay in touch, you can find my social media accounts down below. Until next time 

Lots of love,
Liz
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