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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

How I Edit My Photos

For me, photography is definitely one of the most important parts of a blog post. I love taking photos and I always want to make my blog photos look great, as for me the photography is definitely the main thing that will attract me to someone else's blog post. I've seen a lot of posts like this floating around the blogging world, so I thought it was about time I shared my own way of editing photos. I have a few different ways of editing my photos, so I'm going to run you through the different apps and programs I use.

VSCO // VSCO is a great mobile app for photo editing. It has so many filters to choose from, a lot of which are free, plus it has so many advanced tools to make your photos look amazing, such as brightness, sharpening, tint, shadows, etc. Recently, I have been loving the HB1 filter, which really brightens the photo, whilst adds more cooler, bluer tones to the photo. You can change the intensity of the filter between 1 and 12, 12 being the most intense. What intensity I use depends on the photo, but on average the intensity level I use is between 6 and 8.  I then usually go ahead and up the brightness slightly, sharpen it up and play around with the contrast a little. What I do really does depend on the photo, but its always fun experimenting with different tools on different photos!

Afterlight // Afterlight is another great photo editing mobile app I like to use for tweaking my photos. I don't tend to use the Afterlight filters as often as the VSCO filters for my blog photos - I find a lot of them are better for selfies, haha! However, I do use the app to tweak elements of my photos with all of the useful tools, again especially brightness, contrast and sharpness. I find Afterlight's cropping tool particularly good as it lets you crop freely as opposed to cropping in fixed proportions. Afterlight also lets you tint the shadows and highlights a certain colour, which you can adjust the intensity of. I sometimes do this with the colour pink and bring the intensity right down, leaving my photo with a slight cool pinky tone.

Photoshop // Photoshop is really great for doing some serious photo editing. There's so many tools, a lot of them which I have no idea how to use, therefore I use this program in a fairly basic way. I use the Brightness and Contrast tool, as well as the Curves and Levels tool to brighten the photo, but making sure the photo doesn't look too washed out. I also use the Photo Filter tool and select my own colour. I usually choose a cool toned light pink and bring the intensity right down, and this cancels out some of the yellow tones within a photo. 

Picmonkey // Picmonkey is a free photo editing website, however does have some premium payable features. I have used this website for years now and it really is great. It's particularly good for adding text over a photo or creating a collage, which is what I tend to use it for the most - you may notice this from my OOTD posts! It has some basic tools such as brightness, highlights and shadows, plus it has a ton of filters and clip art that can be put onto a photo. If you're just starting out with photo editing, I would really recommend Picmonkey.

I hope at least one of you found this helpful and/or interesting! How do you edit your photos?
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24 comments

  1. Lovely post Hannah! Always interesting to see what different people do to finish off their photos. I love using VSCO and picmonkey! They're so easy to use. I really want to try after light for brightening my photos xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you Lauren :) I love reading posts like this too! They really are so simple aren't they, it's great! You should try Afterlight it's really great and has loads of good tools that you can play around with xo

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  2. They are my fave apps! xxx

    http://beristenbul.blogspot.com.tr/

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    1. They're great aren't they! I'm glad you enjoy using them too :) xo

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    1. Glad to hear you like Afterlight too! It's such a fab app xo

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  4. So any apps which I haven't heard of before. I only use picmonkey!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. Now you know some more apps you can use! :) I'd definitely recommend them they're really fab xo

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  5. Thank you for sharing ! I really need to improve the pictures on my blog !
    Alexandra xx
    http://littlefrenchblog.blogspot.fr

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    1. Aw you're very welcome! I hope this helps you :) xo

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  6. Picmonkey sounds really cool, great suggestions! I usually use Instagram to change the brightness, contrast, sharpness, etc. of my photos or I use the Aviary app for other effects I want to add.

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Katie! Yeah Instagram is useful isn't it, it has some great tools on it now as opposed to just the filters! :) Never heard of Aviary but maybe I should give it a try :) xo

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  7. I always use Afterlight! Love that app. I'd really love to use VSCO but it looks so confusing! x

    hannatalks

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    1. It's so great isn't it. Aw no, I was kind of like that when I first started using it but now I've got the hang of it a bit more :) xo

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  8. I love VSCO cam for editing my instagram photos such a good little app!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Me too! It's so good isn't it I love it! xo

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  9. Such a helpful post! I always use VSCO Ca, to edit my pics, it's so good right? x
    Morgan | www.justmorgs.com

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    1. Aw thank you lovely! It's amazing! The filters are so nice xo

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  10. Loved this! Your blog is gorgeous! Definetly going to be giving you a follow!

    Chloe, xo
    chloexo2015.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much Chloe! That means a lot :) xo

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  11. Lovely post! In case I'm ever going to get hold of a proper phone, I'll come back to this post and try your tips! But since my phone is more of an IStone than an IPhone or anything similar, I have to edit all my pictures on my laptop...


    Solange, xx
    creativepineapples.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much! I hope you find it helpful if you ever come back to this post for some inspiration! :) xo

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