- What I Use to Edit My Photos -
This is basically a choose your own adventure book. The question I get most frequently is, 'how do you edit your photos?' There's a short answer and a long answer. Read below for your options!
Welcome to the easy way out ;) This is for my ladies who want to just post and go with no monthly payment. No shame in wanting to polish up your birthday dinner snaps and nothing else.
What You'll Need
- Aviary App. My favorite editing app (Polarr) is no longer free, so my second in command is Aviary. When in doubt, sharpen your photo, straighten it, and brighten it. To make your photos lighter play with the exposure. If the whites in the photo look blue, adjust the temperature to be warmer (more orange). If the whites look yellow, adjust the temperature to be bluer.
- Vsco App. This app is free and so easy to use. Flip through to find 2-3 filters that work for you. Sharpen your photo and you're done. Try to use the same filters if you're all about keeping a cohesive feed.
You mean business. You're in it to win it and you are all about that grid. Girl, I feel you.
What You'll Need
- Lightroom*. Lightroom was life changing for me. I have a background in editing software, so the learning curve for Lightroom wasn't terrible for me. I'm very lucky that my husband is a photographer, who knows the ins and outs of photo editing. He shoots my photos in RAW, which basically means they're really huge files that I can edit almost any way that I want and still keep the quality. In Lightroom, I place a vsco filter on my photo (see below), then I play with exposure, sharpening, and luminance if I need to.
- Vsco Filters. I purchased a pack of Vsco filters to give all of my photos a similar look. I downloaded these filters into Lightroom for my laptop and that's where I apply them.
- Adobe Photoshop*. Since purchasing Lightroom, I only use Photoshop cosmetically (i.e. covering blemishes, etc.) and for creating collages. My current style is to place two complementary vertical images next to each other in a blog post. I'll do this and add any text in this program. I will also design text here and add it into my videos (I use Final Cut Pro X to edit).
*I have a monthly subscription to both Lightroom and Photoshop. You can't 'buy' these softwares, which is frustrating, but it's worth the subscription for me.
This is a good overview of what programs I use, but would you babes like a step-by-step on how to use certain softwares? Photo editing can seem overwhelming, but once you know what your style you like best and what makes a good photo (lighting, composition, clarity), it becomes second nature. And, truthfully, a lot of fun. Does anyone else use these programs? xx