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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Editing Photos in 3 Easy Steps

Hey there, loves! I hope all of you had a great long weekend and that you're ready for the week ahead! These past few days were pretty much the perfect remedy for this little blogging funk I've been having this past week or so. And just in time too because I have so much to do this week (hello first military ball coming Friday...I'm SOOO not ready for you!)

Remember waaay back at the beginning of the month? I told y'all that my directive for May was making my photography better. Well that didn't work out super well for me....BUT I am happy to report that I did succeed in making one of my photography skills better. Editing! 

Great photos are pretty much a make-it-or-break-it kind of thing for a blog so I knew that learning how to edit my photos was super important. But, to be honest, any kind of photoshop program just isn't in my budget AND to top that off, I'm not very much of a technical person. Now the hubs?....he knows photoshop like the back of his hand. Me? I need something a little more simple (and slightly less expensive) to add a little pizazz to my pictures. 


Enter Picmonkey! Well, hello there delicious-looking food, so glad you could join us!! I've been using Picmonkey since I first started blogging but up until recently I didn't know you could do much more than add texts and make your selfies black and white. (See I really am technologically challenged, y'all.) But lots of trial and error, countless hours of photo-editing tutorials, and a little husband-ly advice later and I've come up with 3 super simple steps to perfecting your photos using my good ol' pal Picmonkey. 

Now before I tell you all about it, you should know that this isn't any kind of sponsor thing. I doubt the people at Picmonkey know who in the world I am so this really is just me telling you what's worked for me and what program I use for my blog. Only one of these steps I'm about to show you requires their paid membership but the other two are completely free and are still guaranteed to make your pictures purty! Plus I'm sure the basic steps would work with any photo editing website out there. 

Alright so now that I got that out of the way! The very first thing you need to do is upload your picture and resize it to fit your blog post. Ta da....easy peasy. Now to the actual first step! 

FIX YOUR EXPOSURE!

Pretty basic right? That's probably why it's in the basic edits tab. I just use the auto adjust option because that usually does a pretty good job with adding the right amount of light. Like I said, I'm a teensy bit challenged when it comes to the finer details of photo editing so if you feel comfortable doing this part manually, you are amazing! (And please let me in on your secret!)

SHARPEN YOUR IMAGE!
Again this is in Basic Edits. Click the unsharp mask button and get to work. This step is a little tricky because it all depends on what looks best to you. However I usually find that a certain range works the best and makes the photo pop without over-editing. I usually have the radius set between 2.3 to 3, the strength around 45% and and the clarity around 2 to 3%. You don't want the sharpness to be over the top (like seeing every speck of parmesan in the above picture) but you do want to be able to tell the texture and differences. This is where you can get creative so experiment a little--make the little details really POP! 

ADJUST YOUR CURVES!

Alright, so you could stop here. You really could. BUT adjusting the color curve really does give it a lot of pizazz. For me, paying a few dollars a month for all the cool extra fonts and such is worth it but you can definitely get away with just the first two steps! 

WHAT DO YOU USE TO EDIT YOUR PHOTOS? 



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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Editing Photos in 3 Easy Steps

Hey there, loves! I hope all of you had a great long weekend and that you're ready for the week ahead! These past few days were pretty much the perfect remedy for this little blogging funk I've been having this past week or so. And just in time too because I have so much to do this week (hello first military ball coming Friday...I'm SOOO not ready for you!)

Remember waaay back at the beginning of the month? I told y'all that my directive for May was making my photography better. Well that didn't work out super well for me....BUT I am happy to report that I did succeed in making one of my photography skills better. Editing! 

Great photos are pretty much a make-it-or-break-it kind of thing for a blog so I knew that learning how to edit my photos was super important. But, to be honest, any kind of photoshop program just isn't in my budget AND to top that off, I'm not very much of a technical person. Now the hubs?....he knows photoshop like the back of his hand. Me? I need something a little more simple (and slightly less expensive) to add a little pizazz to my pictures. 


Enter Picmonkey! Well, hello there delicious-looking food, so glad you could join us!! I've been using Picmonkey since I first started blogging but up until recently I didn't know you could do much more than add texts and make your selfies black and white. (See I really am technologically challenged, y'all.) But lots of trial and error, countless hours of photo-editing tutorials, and a little husband-ly advice later and I've come up with 3 super simple steps to perfecting your photos using my good ol' pal Picmonkey. 

Now before I tell you all about it, you should know that this isn't any kind of sponsor thing. I doubt the people at Picmonkey know who in the world I am so this really is just me telling you what's worked for me and what program I use for my blog. Only one of these steps I'm about to show you requires their paid membership but the other two are completely free and are still guaranteed to make your pictures purty! Plus I'm sure the basic steps would work with any photo editing website out there. 

Alright so now that I got that out of the way! The very first thing you need to do is upload your picture and resize it to fit your blog post. Ta da....easy peasy. Now to the actual first step! 

FIX YOUR EXPOSURE!

Pretty basic right? That's probably why it's in the basic edits tab. I just use the auto adjust option because that usually does a pretty good job with adding the right amount of light. Like I said, I'm a teensy bit challenged when it comes to the finer details of photo editing so if you feel comfortable doing this part manually, you are amazing! (And please let me in on your secret!)

SHARPEN YOUR IMAGE!
Again this is in Basic Edits. Click the unsharp mask button and get to work. This step is a little tricky because it all depends on what looks best to you. However I usually find that a certain range works the best and makes the photo pop without over-editing. I usually have the radius set between 2.3 to 3, the strength around 45% and and the clarity around 2 to 3%. You don't want the sharpness to be over the top (like seeing every speck of parmesan in the above picture) but you do want to be able to tell the texture and differences. This is where you can get creative so experiment a little--make the little details really POP! 

ADJUST YOUR CURVES!

Alright, so you could stop here. You really could. BUT adjusting the color curve really does give it a lot of pizazz. For me, paying a few dollars a month for all the cool extra fonts and such is worth it but you can definitely get away with just the first two steps! 

WHAT DO YOU USE TO EDIT YOUR PHOTOS? 



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