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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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5 Ways to Take Stunning Photos

I fell hopelessly in love with photography when I started blogging in 2012. I knew I had to make Fashion and Style Police stand out, and I knew one way to stand out was to take stunning photos. Photos are usually the first thing blog readers notice, so I knew I had to brush my photography skills up.

 

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I have come a long way from the girl with the Fujifilm point and shoot camera to where I am today. I am not quite where I want to be as far as my blog photos are concerned but I am gradually getting to that sweet spot. It has taken a lot of practice, many trials and errors, many props and lighting and many cameras to get to where I am now in 2017. So I thought to share some tips and tricks I picked up along the way. And some photography tools that help create these photos.

 

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Camera

I currently use a Canon EOS 1200D, and it is the best camera I have ever used. It is my first Canon, and first DSLR. I got an extra 50mm lens to go with it, and together we are magical. I really couldn’t ask for a better camera.

The camera plays a major role in how the photos look in the end, so pay attention when selecting one. I would strongly recommend a Canon DSLR above all others because my experience with mine has been amazing. The fact that I can take stunning photos regardless of the time of the day with no flash, says it all.

Pro Tip: Go for a DSLR and get a 50mm Lens.

 

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Lightning

I recently got these 2 Continuous Lighting Kit 50 x70cm Softbox Photo Studio Set Light Bulbs Lamp 500K from Amazon, and it has literally changed my photography game. I can take photos any time in the day, even at night, which is amazing especially for this winter season with darkness starting at 3pm sometimes.

They brighten my photos leaving room for little or no editing. They are a must-have photography tool for every blogger.

Pro Tip: Get a Lightning Kit.

 

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Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is the best if you have enough of it. I get all my outfit photos taken outside, I think they would appear best with natural lighting.

Pro Tip: Take as many photos as you can take in the natural light especially the outfit photos.

 

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Location/Props

The right location/props could make the photos very beautiful. I am not as adventurous as I should be with my outfit photos. I just take my photos when and where is convenient. I am hoping to step it up a little this year, and go fishing for amazing locations around me.

As for my photo props, I have a few wall paper samples I go from B&Q, and a white fluffy rug from IKEA that does the trick. I also make use of magazine pages, worktops, regular tables, and the couch sometimes. It all depends on what I am photographing and where I am.

Pro Tip: Pay attention to the location and props you use.

 

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Editing

For my photo editing, I make use of Lightroom and Photoshop. I do minimal editing, so I may play around with the exposure, contrast, vibrance and saturation of the photo on Lightroom. I usually just crop and save on Photoshop. I am currently taking an online Lightroom course too. I am learning so much and I am enjoying it.

Pro Tip: The more amazing the photos are, the less editing you have to do. Pay attention to the photographing.

 

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Do you have any photography tips or tricks to share?

 

 

How to Make Your Blog Stand Out

I read hundreds of blogs a week.. So trust me when I say I have seen them all. The good, the not so good, the bad, the ugly, and the very ugly. My blog isn’t perfect. In fact it is nowhere near perfect. I still have a lot of work to do on it, but it is where I need it to be for now. I go on so many blogs on a daily basis, many of them I won’t visit again unless I have to. So I thought I should share some tips on how to make your blog stand out from the rest.

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Here are some features my favourite blogs have:

 

Have a Sleek Design

My definition of a sleek design is simple, chic, easy to navigate, and not overloaded with ads or unnecessary widgets in the sidebar. I like to be able to comment on a blog post easily and quickly too.

 

Mobile Friendly & Quick to Load

I like mobile friendly blogs and I like blogs that are quick to load, because I usually browse through my favourite blogs on my iPhone. Some blogs are painfully slow, it takes ages for a post to load, and I find it so frustrating. You having a mobile friendly quick to load blog is an easy way to stand out as a blogger.

 

Regular Posting

I like blogs that are updated regularly, and by regularly I mean daily. I hate it when I read a post or 2 that I really like, only for the blogger to not post a new blog post for a week. That puts me right off. I hate waiting.

 

Pretty Pictures

I am a very visual person, and if you read my blog regularly, you would know that. I enjoy taking photos. I have been playing around with my Canon camera, and I am also currently taking a Lightroom course to improve my editing skills, so I am still a work-in-progress. But I am not where I used to be 3 years ago or even 6 months ago. The quality of my photos have improved massively and that is because I pay special attention to them.

Paying attention to your photography is one of the easiest ways to stand out as a blogger. Take it from me. Many blogs have not so good photos, and that is me putting it mildly. You will stand out easily by having amazing outfit or product shots, with the right props, pose and lightening. Go the extra mile, it is never crowded.

 

Have a Search Box

Make sure the theme of your blog layout comes with a search box. It is a very useful tool to have. It makes it easy for brands, PRs, and You to find old blog posts. As a blogger outreach consultant, I may sometimes have to dig into your blog to find relevant blog posts before contacting a blogger.  A blog not having a search box means I have to go through the entire archives or rely on Google to find the relevant blog posts. Most times I just move on to the next blog.

 

Categorise your Blog Posts

I see so many blog posts listed as ‘uncategorized’. That is a big no-no in my eyes. I am an organised freak so all my blog posts have to fall into a category. You not categorising your blog posts is off-putting. For example, I may just want to read your fashion posts, but you may also blog about pets sometimes, if you have your posts categorised, it will be so easy for me to find the fashion posts that interest me.

 

How do you make your blog pop? How do you make your blog stand out?

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