I will start off briefly by talking about my camera. These photos were taken with my Canon EOS 7D (here is the more current version) with the Canon 50 mm lens. The lens makes all the difference when it comes to blog photos. To get a great bokeh background (aka when it is blurry) you want a low f stop. This lens allows me to stop down to f1.8. I like my camera it is a little heavy and outdated (7 years old I think?) but it definitely gets the job done. I sometimes shoot with my dad and he uses a Sony A7 with a Optek 85mm lens for my photos. This is a great camera. It is full frame, as where my Canon is not. This allows in more light so my dad tells me (he knows a lot more about cameras than I do). I also really like the lens he uses, it is manual only, but this allows for him to get sharp crisp photos, also manual lenses are usually much cheaper. Here is a post where the Sony camera was used, the photos used for this post today were taken with my Canon.
Now, I”ll show you how I edit my photos in Lightroom. Before any major editing you want to make sure you have the photo cropped and straightened to your liking. You can use the “angle tool” to easily straighten your photo to make sure you are perpendicular. In this case you can see I straightened my photo quite a bit, but it makes a big difference.
Now we are into the fun part! I personally like my photos “over exposed”, I tend to go for a bright and colorful esthetic. It is important to keep your blog’s esthetic in mind when editing your photos, over exposing might not be part of your look. Also don’t go too crazy and wash everything out, but also there is no magic number.
To help the colors (and myself) pop I like to boost the contrast just a touch. Now if your aesthetic was more muted and minimalistic you might prefer to do the opposite and bump it down a tad.
For me I think this area changes the photos the post and really polishes it up to create an eye catching photo for your blog. Once again these are steps I take to create a bright and colorful aesthetic. It depends on the photo, but 80% of the time I bump the highlights down 50-100%. This allows for me (specifically my skin) to not look washed out. I take away some of the shadows, typically anywhere from +20- 50. Increasing the whites really helps bring that brightness into your photo. My tip is when adjusting the white bar, press down your “option” key as you adjust, and your photo will turn from black to white in the areas where your photo is “true white”. It is hard to explain so go play around with it yourself 🙂 In a “perfect” photo you would want just a little bit of your photo to show true white, but I like things bright, so I usually take it a little past that as a personal preference. Same goes for adjusting the black, hold down your option button as you move the toggle to find the “true black.” However, I do follow the golden rule here and stop as soon as I see a little true black in my photo.
I love the color saturation area! I will often use it to make a color I am wearing “pop” (or a color around me, like a window box with pink flowers). However today I just felt like my skin looked a little orange so I bumped the orange saturation down just a smidgen.
These two adjustments go hand in hand for me. I like to sharpen my photos up just a tad so you can see my facial characteristics and accessories. However sometimes all of this editing we have been doing can start to make your photo look a little noisy or grainy. So I like to bump up the luminance just a little and this helps smooth things over.
We are almost done. This step is not crucial with my Canon and the lens I use, since it is a fixed 50mm. But if you use a lens that allows you to do a lot of zooming in and out, your photo can end up looking a little distorted without you even knowing. So by enabling profile corrections and selecting your camera and lens Lightroom will fix those distortions for you.
Okay so now you have spent a good 15 minutes playing around with this one photo and you are finally done! Don’t sweat it through you just made a template for the rest of your photoshoot. Press the copy button on the bottom left, it has already pre-selected all of the steps you just did. Now when you move to your next photo to begin editing, press the paste button and BAM! All of those edits are now applied to the new photo and only slight tweaking will need to be made to each additional photo.
If you want to know more about the outfit in the edited photo see the post here.
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