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How I Edit My Blog Photos

Photography is such a huge part of blogging. I personally will refuse to upload a post (and it's actually why this one is slightly late) unless the photography looks flawless in my eyes. I will spend hours taking photo after photo, just to get the right one. But most of the time I find that even if I get the perfect photo, it just needs that little boost to get it right.


This is where editing comes in. A lot of people might believe you have to be amazing at Photoshop in order to edit photos, it tends to be the first thing that comes to peoples minds when they hear "edit photos". The reality is that anyone can do it, you needn't even have ever touched Photoshop in your life and you can get amazing photos, and even better you can do it entirely on your phone. I personally use an iPhone 7+, and I chose this phone specifically for the Portrait Mode and I have found it highly beneficial in terms of blog photos, however it is by no means essential. You can use any photo-taking device and still achieve great photos. I will be explaining how I edit on my iPhone 7+, but if you find alternatives for different phones then be sure to let us know below!

Finding the Right Photo
The first thing I do is find my main focus of the photo. I prefer to take landscape photos over portrait, however both kinds look fine. After I've spent my day taking the photos, I'll go through them and look at which ones look best. I have a very 'white' theme to my blog, and I want my photos to match and be consistent. I use a few apps to edit my photos, but I mostly rely on VSCO, Photoshop Express, and Factune. These are my three lifesaving editing apps and I'd highly recommend them.

Photoshop Express
I usually go to Photoshop Express first, my favourite thing about it is it has an Auto-Enhance feature and this does an amazing job at making photos look brighter when they've been taken on a dull day. Sometimes it will darken the photo, in which case it might take a bit of manual editing however I can usually achieve a fairly decent photo using Auto-Enhance. I always put the 'Reduce Colour Noise" and "Reduce Luminance Noise" to 100%. This does a great job of smoothing down the photo if it's slightly grainy, which usually happens in darker photo conditions. I then play around with the saturation, contrast, whites and exposure to get the effect I want. Upping the exposure will brighten the photo, however you need to be careful and always use the contrast with it to stop it looking 'over-exposed'. Below is a photo I have edited before and after through Photoshop Express.

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Facetune 
I have been using Facetune for years, it is an absolute life-saver. The main feature I use this for is the whitening tool. Like I said earlier, my blog has a very 'white' theme to it, and sometimes my white table isn't white enough for me. It is incredibly simple to use, just draw over the areas you wish to whiten and ta-da! Another feature I use is the smoothing tool, this is best for people rather than products, I haven't used it in my example below but I feel I should let you know it's there! Below is a photo that has been put through Photoshop Express and then Facetune to whiten the background. I think it makes a huge difference!

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body shop ginger photo taking blogger editing iphone 7+

So that is how I edit my photos, if you would like a post on how I take my photos and set them up then be sure to let me know! All of this was done entirely on my iPhone, from the photo-taking to the editing so it is possible to do this without touching a computer!

8 comments

  1. So interesting to learn how you edit your pictures.

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  2. I always struggle to get things to look white, so I'll check out Facetune!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  3. This is really interesting! I'm always on the look out for new editing software so this has been perfect! I'm definitely going to look at facetune in future :D thanks for sharing!

    VioletDaffodils

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    1. It’s the best, I used it way before I even started blogging! I’d recommend the first one though as they did release a Facetune 2 but I didn’t like it as much! X

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  4. Wow, it takes so much effort to get the perfect photos! I admire your dedication - it definitely pays off!

    Lisa | www.farawaylisamae.com

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    1. Thank you so much! It always takes so long to do but it’s worth it to get the perfect photo! :)

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