How I Take and Edit Blog Photos

This is different from my usual content, but I get asked often about blog photos. How I take and edit them before posting etc. Way back when, I wrote this post for the first time. I was fairly new to the blogging game and thought I knew everything there was to know. Boy was I wrong.

So I wanted to do an updated version, to show where I started off and where I am now.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane…

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There was nothing inherently bad about any of these blog photos. They were good for where I was at the time. But there’s always something that can be improved on. My current goal is to try and make something mundane and ordinary, appear more expensive. Think bougie on a budget.

At the time, here’s how I edited my blog photos…

VSCO cam > Facetune 2 > Instasize. I always whitened my photos within an inch of their life because I loved the bright, overly exposed look. Heavy on the contrast.

Read more; How I Edit My Photos | FAQ’s 

A look at my current photos

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I’m not saying my photos now are the best in the world, but they are a definite improvement. I go for less stark, crisp white tones and more of a warm, cosy vibe. I still use all the same editing apps; VSCO cam and Facetune 2. I use Instasize to loosely plan out my Instagram feed, but no longer add white borders to my photos.

Since last year I also purchased a ring light on Amazon. I didn’t get a proper one, just a simple £30 situation with a tall tripod fixture. It has three light settings, cool white, light warm, and deep warm. It doesn’t get used in every one of my photos, but it helps me get the right lighting on overcast dull days.

Tips and tricks

My favourite tools

I’m not saying that my current photos are the best in the world, but they’re definitely a step up from what they were! After all, progress not perfection right?

Do you like my old or new editing style better? Have any questions for me about photo editing? Let me know in the comments below.

6 comments so far.

6 responses to “How I Take and Edit Blog Photos”

  1. Lucy says:

    These are some amazing tips! I know what you mean about the camera on the phone, it’s amazing to see the difference it makes to your photo’s when you wipe the lens prior to taking the photo! x

    Lucy |

    • Absolutely! Whenever a photo seems a bit off in terms of detail or slightly cloudy I immediately clean the camera and retake the picture – works a charm!
      El x

  2. I love both of your styles but I think your new style pips it for me! I love VSCO but I’ve recently started using Lightroom as I bought some presets for the first time ever!

  3. Vicky says:

    Cleaning the phone lens is such a good tip. Don’t use my phone for Instagram but such a good tip as my camera photos are always so blurry 🙂

    Vicky //

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I'm Elen Mai, the brains behind Welsh Wanderer and 20-something human biology student from (you guessed it) Wales! Welsh Wanderer is designed with the eco-conscious adventurer in mind. So stick around for tips & tricks on living sustainably.

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