AN EASY GUIDE TO EDITING BLOG PHOTOS

BLOGGING BUILDING BLOCKS : BLOG PHOTOGRAPHY

This is the second installment of Blogging building blocks - #bbb and today, me and Holly from Bloomin rouge are discussing blog photography.
Honestly, its not very often I get the perfect shot straight out of the camera. Most of the times, I need to apply a few edits to make my photos look the way I want them to. Editing can be overwhelming at first, especially with the unlimited options that are available. I currently use Lightroom and Photoshop for photo editing, but here is a list of some of the best photo editors that you can choose from. Over time, I have developed a simple workflow for my editing process and here it is in 3 simple steps:
Step 1. Selecting photos: I first transfer all the photos from the camera SD card to my computer. If I am not using camera tethering, I usually take multiple shots for a photo and choose the best of the lot. To select the photos, I import all the photos into Lightroom. By placing them right next to each other on one screen, I can easily compare and decide which photo I like the best. Accordingly, I flag the selected photos and delete the rest.Step 2. Applying edits: Once the photos are chosen, I import them into Photoshop for editing. All edits are not necessary for every photo. Depending on the problems in the photo, I use certain editing tools to tweak it and make it look the best it can.  Here are the most common problems I encounter and the respective photoshop tools I use to fix them:

Problem 1: The photo composition is not right
  • Crop : Use the crop tool to cut out any unnecessary parts of the photo that might have entered the frame.
  • Straighten : Use the straighten tool to align the subject of the photo correctly.
Problem 2 : The photo is over or under exposed 
  • Curves : Adjust the histogram of the photo using the curves tool. The upper right of the graph represents highlights and lower-left represents the shadows.
  • Exposure : Increase or decrease the light in the photo using the exposure tool.
Problem 3 : The photo looks dull and grainy
  • Sharpen : This tool emphasizes the outlines of objects in the photo and increases clarity.
  • Vibrance : Increase vibrance to bring out the colors in the photo.
  • Brightness : Adjust the tones in the photo by playing around with the brightness.
Problem 4 : The colors in the photo look a bit off
  • White Balance : You can select a point that you think should be the whitest, darkest or a gray point in the photo. Accordingly the rest of the photo is balanced.
  • Contrast : To emphasize the different color tones present in the photo.
  • Color balance : To adjust the intensities of different colors (RGB) in the photo, play around with the color balance tool.
  • Saturation : Fine tune the colors in the photo using the saturation adjustment tool.

Problem 5 : The photo has strong shadows and highlights

  • Shadows/Highlights tool : If your photo has strong shadows or highlights, use the shadows/highlights tool to lighten shadows and correct washed out highlights.

Sometimes, I edit in just one step by using this 1-minute trick for bright blog photos!

Step 3. Get it ready for the web: Once the editing is complete, its time to export it in a format that is ready for the web. Here are two important things to consider:
  • Resize: Most camera photos have very high resolution and therefore a very large file size. Such heavy photos will slow down the speed of your website, so it is important to resize the photo to a size that suits your site. I usually resize my photos to a width of 1000px.
  • Color profile: Most cameras use the Adobe RGB color profile, but the best color profile for the web is the sRGB. In order for your photos to look good on the internet, you need to convert your photos' color profile from Adobe RGB to sRGB. In photoshop, the 'Save for Web' option is very helpful for this as it provides an option to convert to sRGB profile and export in a jpeg format. Don't forget to give the photo a meaningful name as that will help people find your photos through search engines.
Ooh, that looks like a long process, isn't it? But trust me, once you develop a workflow, it doesn't take more than 2-3 minutes to edit each photo. Editing photos is one of my favorite things to do with a cup of tea in the evenings. It is a way to relax and get creative :)

 

Holly's Photography is absolutely beautiful, I am a huge fan. If you are wondering how she takes those lovely shots, head over to her blog to read about her Photography tips here.
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What are your best editing tips?