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Should Photoshopped ‘Beauty’ be Banned?

What does beauty mean to you?

Before I dive right into this topic, quick disclaimer. I sometimes use Lightroom and Photoshop to edit my photos. I never alter my figure or features. All I do with these photo editing tools is to improve the lightening in my photos. So I play around with the exposure, contrast, vibrance and saturation tools in Lightroom. And I mainly use Photoshop to delete names, numbers and other personal information I don’t want showing in my photos. I never use these tools to alter my body and any of my features. Having said that, I do like playing around with filters for dun, especially those on Snapchat.

 

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It’s getting increasingly difficult to tell what real beauty actually means. Women are getting carried away with the by-products of filters and photo editing apps that they’ve lost touch with the beauty that they already are. And by “beauty” I mean the real, unedited, no-filter kind of beauty.

You hardly see pictures on the internet or in your favourite glossy magazines that don’t go through some level of editing or the other. Editing your picture immediately after taking them has turned into second nature for many of us.

 

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More women have had their self-esteem bruised when they see edited pictures of other women online. They no longer see themselves worthy because of the beauty that came through a filter. It sounds ridiculous when you think of it, but it has been causing a lot of damage to women and young girls today.

More women think that they have to go under the knife, get on extreme diets and buy expensive products just to attain that perfect flawless look that they see on social media. They rather put their lives in danger than to learn to love themselves for who they really are.

Fortunately a lot of women are being more conscious of the black hole Photoshop and other photo editing apps and filters are sucking us into. Such women saw that if they didn’t speak up, more women will be in danger. Consequently, they became advocates of banning photoshopped ‘beauty’.

 

Recognizing the true beauty behind the filter

The idea behind photo editing apps may have been a good one – to enhance one’s beauty. But the overdependence on those apps is creating a misconception of what real beauty is.

No one is born with the perfect skin, the perfect figure or the perfect complexion. And beauty is far beyond all those. You are beautiful for simply being you. You are a true beauty and you need to embrace it. The minute you recognize that you’re more beautiful than what any filter will make you, that’s when you’ll be able regain the self-esteem you lost to the pressure that comes from viewing airbrushed or edited photos.

 

 

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So should photoshopped ‘beauty’ be banned?

I don’t believe it should be banned. I don’t think photo editing apps and filters will ever go away for good. But I think we should take these perfect photos we see on social media and on the pages of magazines with a pinch of salt. Don’t take them too seriously because 99.9% of the time, most of these photos have been seriously edited to look perfect.

Many women are being misled and now teenage girls are being affected. It’s disheartening that we are slowly losing our sense of true beauty – the one that is authentic and the one that embraces our imperfections. Instead, women are going through complex and oftentimes life threatening cosmetic procedures just to measure up with the mirage they see when they pop on a filter or have their photos airbrushed.

There’s nothing wrong with imperfection or blemishes. It shows that we are human. We need to learn to fall in love with ourselves and truly appreciate the awesome person that we are. That’s what should shine through every picture we upload. This is how you can become more self-confident and self-assured.

That’s why you need to take a stand and be you. You’re truly a beauty.

 

What do you think of filters and photo editing apps?

 

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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?

 

 

7 Photography Tips For Fashion Blogging

Fashion blogging and photography go hand in hand, you cannot have one without the other. To succeed in the blogging world, especially the fashion blogging world, you must at least have a point and shoot camera, know how to operate it, and be able to edit your pictures using some kind of software when necessary.

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You can get away with using a point and shoot camera as long as you can optimise it fully. I am by no means a pro when it comes to photography but myself and my DH are improving every day. Here are some tips you may find useful:

  • Before investing in an expensive DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex), start off with a point and shoot to brush up your photography skills. When you do decide to invest in a DSLR, you will be a pro and your old point and shoot camera can serve as a back up.
  • Have a willingly photographer or invest in a tripod.I will recommend a human photographer rather than a tripod. Humans are more flexible, and you are likely to get better pictures than when you use a tripod.
  • Invest in a photo editing software. My current favourites are Lightroom and Photoshop Elements. I noticed a significant change in the quality of my photographs since I started taking time to edit them properly. The main issue with Adobe editing software is the cost,they are quite expensive, so try editing with the free Picasa and others first. Your pictures will thank you for it.

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  • For outfit pictures, apply a little bit more makeup than you would normally. This is the greatest advice a fellow blogger gave me and my pictures look so much better now. Your makeup could get lost in bad lighting or flash, so an extra layer of foundation, powder and an extra coat of lipstick could do the trick. I will advise applying your makeup with the outdoor light, and do be careful with this tip so you don’t end up looking like a drag queen. Take a Selfie after applying your makeup just so you have a clear picture.
  • Please take your outfit pictures outside. Nothing puts me off more than outfit indoor pictures. I must confess I use to take outfit pictures indoors when the weather was bad, if you dig into my archives, you will find the embarrassing posts, but I no longer take indoor posts because there is nothing like the beauty of natural light.
  • Aim to take your outfit pictures at the Golden Hour. The Golden Hour sometimes known as the Magic Hour is the period shortly after sunrise and or before sunset. There is no better time to get snapping, make the most of it.
  • Avoid taking your outfit pictures with the flash if you can. You can only follow this tip if you have a very good DSLR; you will be needing the flash with point and shoot cameras. You will also need to have good natural light as well. Natural light is the best when it comes to outfit posts.

That’s all folks. Do you have any photography tip that works for you, that has been mentioned already? Do share.

Thanks for reading and happy snapping.

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