One of my favourite, and least favourite things about blogging is the photography. I love creating the perfect image, however the process in doing so can be quite lengthy. Throughout my blogging experience, I would like to believe that my photographs have gotten better, as practice makes perfect after all. So I thought I would share some of my most common editing trends when it comes to my blog photos.

Brightness & Contrast
A common theme in my photos is that they're very bright. But most of the time they weren't in the unedited version... I'll be totally honest, I don't know my camera 100% even after a year of owning it. But that's okay, as editing photos is one of my strong points so I tend to make up for it in post production. I pull the brightness to around 70, then adjust the contrast to define the darker areas of the photo, giving my photos a bit more of an 'umph' looking generally a bit more crisp.

Color Balance
My bedroom is actually very pink, disregarding the lovely white that my photos portray. I'm a total girly girl in real life but I like keeping it simple and white when it comes to my blog. So the pink hue my photos come out with sometimes is less than ideal... To change that, I use 'color balance' on photoshop. When photos are too red, you can move the slider for the photo to have more of a 'cyan' hue and vice versa.

Curves act a bit like brightness/contrast, but are a bit more complex. The curves control the levels of Shadows and Highlights in your photo, different places on the line effect either the shadows or highlight in your photo. When you use the curve tool, at first you'll see a flat line, if you move any points below the line, you will make either the highlights or shadows (depending which point of the line) darker and above the line will make them lighter.

Spot Healing / Cloning Tool
It's almost like, beauty blogger code to take photos before you use a product. But sometimes, just sometimes this isn't always the case. I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my photos, so if something looks dirty, or damaged I try to erase the evidence from the picture just to make it more aesthetically pleasing (not to be misleading in anyway). An easy way is to use the 'Spot Healing' tool (the plaster icon), where if you click over a spec of dust it will do it's photoshop magic 9 times out of 10 and remove any evidence that it was ever there. Or to get a bit more technical, you can use the 'Clone Stamp' tool and set the area of the photo you wish to clone using the 'alt' button (Windows) then brushing over the area you want to cover.

Emma xo

p.s. would you guys like to see a video tutorial explaining a bit more in depth what I've written here?
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