How I Edit My Instagram & Blog Photos

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I always edit my photos before uploading to social media or to my blog. It’s become a routine, as soon as i’ve taken them i will edit them ready to be published. It adds the finishing touches to make the photo look perfect. I love my photos bright, white and detailed. I’ve got to the stage where i won’t accept anything less. They have to look this way because that’s my style, my photo niche.

Today i thought id share with you my steps to editing a photo and what i use to do so. I think that sharing tips and tricks from one blogger to another is such a helpful, kind and lovely thing to do. It’s not a competition, no rivals needed or bitchiness between one another but the blogging community working together to help one another. That’s kinda amazing right?! We should look out for each other, if you can learn something from this post which you then use for yourself then i’ll be super happy.

The Apps

  1. Airbrush – No secrets here, if i am having a major breakout on my face i will use the blemish remover on this app to make them disappear. It also has an airbrush setting (Go careful with that, it can end up looking so over edited), Under eye concealer which i think just takes away the darkness, It has all sorts you can mess around with, but again you can over do it on the effects. – Free
  2. Face tune – This has to be my most fave app EVER. I love my photos to be bright and white if you get what i mean? So i use the lighting setting under the filters on this app, that’s all i use but it does have some other awesome effect, quite similar to Airbrush. – Free
  3. VSCO – I’m new to this app but a lot of other bloggers love it so i’ve been giving it ago. It has so pretty filters, you can buy more if you like. It also has the adjustment settings too, like brightness, sharpness, shadows, highlights and all that jazz. – Free
  4. Whitagram – Ahhh, i love this app so much. I use this or Sqaure ready which is basically the same in every single photo on my Instagram. It looks gorgeous on your feed, trust me! It also means you don’t have to crop your photo or anything which is fab. – Free
  5. Instagram itself – Of course Instagram has some amazing filters and effect too! I use them a lot when uploading. And again, it’s completely free!

 

My Top Photo Tips

My main photo tip which i can’t stress enough is lighting, good lighting will make such an amazing difference to your photos. I take mine during the day when it’s nice and bright, if it’s a dull day i move closer to the window to let more light in. Artificial lighting is good but not a must. You don’t have to spend loads of money on lighting when day light does an amazing job itself.

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My other main tip is to keep the photo clean and simple. So, if it’s flat lay then a marble background or plain white is fab. A fur blanket will also work amazing. I read on twitter that going to B&Q to get wallpaper samples is a good idea. Free photo backdrops, perfect! It’s genius. You could use, wrapping paper, your floor whatever you can afford or suits you best. If you’re taking a selfie then try and stand in front of a wall in your house to make a good backdrop. I have a bay window so i stand in front of my curtains, it works good for me. You could try making a selfie wall and adding fairy lights, photos, props etc. I got that idea from Sprinkle Of Glitter!

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Lastly, you don’t need a top of the range camera. Yes i use a DSLR, but i sometimes use my IPhone to take snaps. A normal value digital camera or phone will be perfect. Don’t feel like you need an expensive piece of equipment because you don’t, honestly.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and found it helpful. If you’ve walked away from this with some great ideas then i will be super duper pleased. Let me know in the comments section your thoughts and what you use to edit your own photos. Or if you have any questions, i don’t mind answering!

A x

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34 Comments

  1. ankinessblog June 21, 2016 / 3:38 am

    Cool suggestions, downloaded the airbrush app😁 I too need to cover imperfections, looking forward to itπŸ™Œ

  2. sittingintheclouds June 21, 2016 / 7:56 am

    Wrapping paper is such a good idea! May try that out as I have some brown craft paper type wrapping paper πŸ˜›

  3. Pagitta June 21, 2016 / 9:16 am

    I will try to accomplish that bright, white and detailed photos based on your tips. Thank you.

  4. Grace June 21, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Great tips – thank you for these!

  5. Corinne & Kirsty June 22, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I use VSCO and Instagram to edit my pictures and sometime my iphone internal photo editor but I did not know any of the other app. I will try the a go! πŸ™‚ Thanks for this post

  6. polinahilton June 25, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    love this post beautiful! your pictures are fab! xo

  7. beautyexpressionblog June 27, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    Really great to hear that artificial lighting isn’t necessary because I have been looking for inexpensive lighting and haven’t found anything. Happy to stick with natural lighting!

    • Littlebeautyblogxo June 27, 2016 / 7:38 pm

      Honestly honey, it isn’t needed! I don’t use any whatsoever! x

  8. Dare2Glam July 3, 2016 / 5:46 am

    Great tips! I use someone them already, it’s great finding out new tips and learning more about the old ones. πŸ™‚

    • Littlebeautyblogxo July 5, 2016 / 4:44 pm

      Glad you enjoyed reading lovely, me too, it’s great to learn new ways to improve! x

  9. Jem September 9, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    I love natural lighting, it’s a bloggers saviour! This is such a wonderful post 😊

    • Abbey September 14, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Girl you’re so right! Thankyou so much!

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