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3 Adobe Lightroom Image Editing Tips

I have been using Adobe Lightroom for many years and I love how useful it is. It is definitely the most used image editing tool on my MacBook. I love how easy it is to use. I use this Adobe Lightroom Image Editing Tool to edit almost all my blog photos. I love how I can play around with the exposure, shadow, highlight, contrast and more using Lightroom. This amazing photography editing software has changed the way my photos appear. If use Lightroom and you are not sure how to use it or how to make the most out of it, you may find these 3 Adobe Lightroom Image Editing Tips very useful.

 

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3 Adobe Lightroom Image Editing Tips

Here are some tips you may find useful when using Adobe Lightroom to edit your photos –

Take Great Photos

The first you editing great photos is to make sure you take amazing photos on your camera. That way you reduce the amount of editing work you have to do. I always make sure I do the best I can when taking pictures on my camera. The better the pictures I take, the less editing I do. Sometimes the pictures are amazing straight from the camera, I have no editing to do. Those are the pictures I like to that. You can check the settings of the raw photo on Adobe Lightroom by clicking on command plus I on MacBook, and then press I to get rid of the information on the screen.

I like to get as much natural light as possible when taking photographs. I also make sure everything is where it needs to be so I don’t have to erase or adjust anything. Paying attention to the camera settings especially the ISO bit helps. I play around with various settings until I get the right settings for the photos I want. I like to shoot with manual settings so I can adjust as I go along. Automatic settings are not be trusted if you want great photographs.

 

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Edit in dark rooms

When editing photos in Adobe Lightroom, it is best to do so in a dark room. That way you get to adjust the basic panel settings (temperature, tint, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows and others) correctly without any interference from the lightening in the room.

 

Start editing from the basic panel

When editing, it is best to always start with the main parts to edit and then finish off with the smaller parts. That way you don’t get to repeat or correct edits you have already done. It is best to start editing from the basic panel. I usually start editing from this section and work my way to other sections if necessary. I play around with different adjustments (moving the sliders back and forth) until I get the right look for the photo. The first thing I adjust in a photo is the exposure. I like to get the right amount of light in if needed, then I move over to other sections in the basic panel.

 

I am currently taking a diploma course in Adobe Lightroom Editing and I am learning new tips everyday, so I may be sharing more tips in future. Do you use any photo editing tool? Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

 

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How to start a blog in 5 steps

Blogging is very popular now and I am sure it will continue to be popular. I can see blogging becoming even. bigger in the next few years. It is a fun way to grow a portfolio and make money too! I know many bloggers who blog full time and make a full time living wage from it. It is amazing to see these bloggers doing what was not possible many years ago. Working from anywhere you want as a blogger and earning an income is no longer a myth, but the reality for many. If you are thinking of starting a blog but not sure how to get started, this blog on how to start a blog in 5 steps will be useful for you. You should also get in touch with me if you are looking to grow your blog. I have a blog coaching service offer at the moment, so get in touch to hear more.

 

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First step – Pick a blog name and buy the domain

The first step is to pick a blog name and buy the domain. The name you pick should give readers an idea of what the blog would be about if possible. Picking a blog name relevant to your niche(s) also helps your blog’s search engine rank too so very important. Another important bit is to get your own domain immediately. Don’t settle for a piggyback domain that ends in .wordpress or blogspot. Get your own domain straightaway so you start off the right way from the get go.

 

Second Step – Get hosting sorted

The next step once you decide on a name and domain format is to get it hosted. I am self hosted on WordPress and I love it. I have had no issues with my hosting. In the early days, I started off with a vanity domain, but decided to go self hosted on WordPress. I recommend this if you can afford to. Being self hosted allows me more freedom on my blog. I can have private banner ads and install plugins. Being self hosted gives me more freedom to run my blog the way I want.

 

Third Step – Pick a theme

Once your blog is up and running, the next thing to do is to pick a theme. There are so many free themes available so there are loads of options. I like  clean themes. The very busy blog themes put me off but it depends on the look you are after for your blog. I currently use a premium theme – Elemin. I bought it some years ago and it works great for my blog. My advice is to shop around to see the options you have. My general advice is to go for a white background and a theme that allows you show off your social media platforms at the side.

 

Fourth Step – Publish your blog post

I see new bloggers saying they didn’t setup their blog until they had many blog posts waiting to be published. My approach was different but then again I didn’t start the blog thinking of how much money I would make from day 1. I had only one blog post of the first day and it increased on a daily basis. Having many blog posts ready before you step up your blog is good. Just make sure you don’t procrastinate and never start blogging.

 

Fifth Step – Promote your blog post

Now that your blog is stet up and you have blog posts published, you need to shout from the rooftops about it. Share your blog posts on social media platforms. Pinterest is really good for bringing traffic to your blog, so make sure you make the most of the amazing social media platform. Facebook is another great social media platform for bringing traffic to your blog, so set up a Facebook page too!

 

Are you thinking of starting a blog? What is holding you back?

 

Blogging essentials for new bloggers

This blog post is all about blogging essentials for new bloggers. When it comes to blogging successfully, it is important to have certain items in place to make the whole process fun. When I started blogging in 2012, I had most of these blogging essentials in place already because I was kind of into technology and gadgets, and I spent many hours online. So it was easy to get cracking on making these items do the work to grow Fashion and Style Police.

 

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Here are some of the blogging essentials you will need if you are thinking of setting up a blog –

 

A Reliable Laptop

Now this goes without saying, but I will say it anyway. You need a laptop to blog. Desktop won’t work long term as the whole idea of blogging is to be able to blog from anywhere. Tablets and phones are great blogging essentials as well, but to write comfortably, you will need an actual laptop eventually. I use MacBook Pro and it is the best laptop I have ever used. It changed my blogging life completely and I am glad I finally got rid of my old and tired HP laptop. That laptop was so old and unreliable. For you to blog conveniently you need a good laptop.

 

A Good Camera

If you are going to blogging about personal topics like fashion and style, products reviews and travel, you will need a good camera. A point and shoot camera is ok to start with. I started with those and they did the work for many years. As long as the quality is ok and you know how to use it, there’s no need to invest in an expensive camera when you are just starting out.

 

Beautiful Journals/Notebooks

I have various journals for many blogging relating jobs. I like to write a to do list for each day and I also love jotting blog ideas before I forget them. Sometimes I do these jobs on my iPhone but my good old journals always come in handy. Good to have a few ready for when you plan to start blogging regularly. They come in very handy. Plus I find beautiful journals/notebooks very inspiring. They put me in the writing mood.

 

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Plagiarism and SEO Tools

Beginner bloggers should set up an account on Copyscape to check articles are unique. This is very important especially when you start accepting guest posts. The last thing you want is to be penalised for having duplicate content on your blog. There are other plagiarism checking tools like Duplichecker, but Copyscape is the one I recommend because I use it quite regularly. It is not a free service but it is worth every penny in my eyes.

For SEO tools, I use the free Yoast plugin and it helps me optimised my posts as much as I can. When it comes to growing your new blog, SEO is the most important bit. The faster your blog posts rank, the faster your blog grows.

 

Social Media Accounts

It amazes me how many bloggers refuse to have a presence on certain social media platforms. This could be for various reasons but it is not the smart way to go. You should have an account on all social media platforms. Every platform is a social media essential even though you don’t use it. You never know what would happen a few years down the line, so it makes sense to set up an account with your blog name on all social media platforms.

 

 

Do you blog? What are your blogging essentials? Please sound off in the comments section below. You can also get in touch to find out about my blog coaching service.

 

 

 

 

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