Before starting my blog I had never been really passionate about photography, I liked to take pictures to capture my happiest moments but never really gave much thought to it. I didn’t try to make the pictures aesthetically pleasant or perfectly centred, I just wanted to be able to remember that moment forever.
Over the years I’ve learnt how to properly use my camera and how to edit my pictures to make them look my best, the latter is what I’m going to share with you today. If you would like a post on how I use my camera/photography tips, let me know in the comments!
First thing first, the camera I use to shoot 99.9% of my pictures is a Canon 1200D with the EFS 18-55mm lens. It’s the most basic Canon DSLR and it does the job so I’m really happy with it! The software I use to edit the pictures is Adobe Photshop CC, which is a paid programme but if you’re into photography I definitely think it is worth it. If you don’t want to pay there are some free alternatives like iPhoto (for Macs only) or PicMonkey (online).
The first thing I do is select the picture/pictures I like the most (I usually try to take several and then choose my favourite ones) and open them on Photoshop. Then, I alway increase the brightness using the Brightness/Contrast Tool and, if the background is too dark for my liking, I’ll selectively increase only the background brightness, leaving the objects as they are - I do that by using the Brush Tool in black and ‘painting’ on all the objects, making sure the Brightness/Contrast Layer is the one selected, so that this layer doesn’t apply to them.Then I increase the vibrance to about +50 using the Vibrance Tool and use the Sharpen Tool to increase the sharpness. I usually also use the Hue/Saturation Tool and increase 'Lightness' to about +10 to make mi image whiter in general, it adds like a 'white filter'.
Finally, if I want to add some text I’ll add it using the Horizontal Type Tool and I’ll choose which font I think fits the post or the picture better - I get all my fonts from dafont.com. Here I used COCOMAT for ‘my skincare’ and DJB Oh Suzannah for ‘routine’. On Macs you can access your Font Book by typing it on the spotlight search, I find it really useful to be able to see all my downloaded fonts in one place before choosing which one I want to use. I then like to add some kind of shape, like a rectangle, around the text to make it stand out and kind of pull the whole picture together. To centre both my title and the rectangle I select those layers, then use cmd+A to select the whole canvas and finally using the Aligning Tools I centre them.
And voilà, here you have the final image!
Also, check out my 'How I Edit My Instagram Pictures' post!