I sing Adobe Lightroom’s praises to anyone who will listen, but the photo editing that will always have my heart is VSCO. For those who aren’t familiar with the app, it’s a social media/iPhone editing platform that was seriously the only way to have a cool Instagram account back in the day. Not only is it easy to use, but the filters are super customizable, which allowed you to create a feed aesthetic before having a feed aesthetic was a thing. I personally couldn’t get enough of the A6 filter, and almost all of my pictures were given a desaturated, slightly cool look thanks to the filter pack. Of course, my Instagram feed is now bright and colorful, but I’m able to understand Lightroom partly because of my experience with VSCO.
If you ask me where we should eat lunch, I’m going to tell you to find an aesthetically pleasing place with a lot of natural light. (I never claimed to be an easy date, okay?) There’s so much debate about whether visiting a place solely for Instagram is a vapid thing to do, but I’m firmly in the “live and let live” camp. Even if you visit a restaurant or store because it looks great on the ‘gram, you’ll likely find something you love about it — which is one of my favorite things about blogging.
The biggest compliment you can pay any blogger comes in the form of a question: “How did you edit this picture?” Listen, dear reader — I spend an embarrassing amount of time deciding which of the hundreds of pictures from a photo shoot will make it to my Instagram feed, and once I’ve gotten that narrowed down, I have to make the picture look aesthetically pleasing.
My old photo editing guide is a bit of a mess compared to this one, mainly because I had no idea what I was doing. I can’t promise that I know what I’m doing now, but I am definitely more knowledgeable than I was then! The most significant change: I’ve ditched iPhone editing and edit all of the pictures you see in Adobe Lightroom CC. Let’s explore how things happen!
My New Year’s Resolution was to blog three times a week, and we’ve all seen how that’s been going this month! Sorry, friends — life has been so hectic, but I’m trying to prioritize the blog and writing multiple posts a month like I used to! Today’s post is answering a question that I get a ton when I tell people I’ll pose for pictures anywhere. How do you do that without being afraid of making a scene?
It’s a good question. Before I started blogging, I’d take pictures around other people, but if there were huge crowds or I felt like people were staring at me, I’d immediately stop and try my best to fade into the background. I’m pretty outgoing, but I didn’t want people to think I was self-centered or obsessed with social media or narcissistic.
If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that I love taking pictures of flowers. I’m not great at taking care of flowers, which is a bit unfortunate, but so it goes. My friends make jokes that I’ll end up doing the same thing with my future kid (using him or her as a photo prop). NOT FUNNY, guys.
Anyway, I really love fresh bouquets. They’ve always cheered me up, and it’s a perfect way to make any room of the house feel brighter and more welcoming. But once you’ve spent the money on a bouquet, you might as well use it for some photos, right?!
If you’re thinking about blogging or just trying to up your social media game, you already know that how you present yourself is everything. Attracting an audience will require good content, which is a lot of pressure! You may look at big-time influencers and wonder whether you need to shell out major money for a fancy camera. Before I start, I wanted to point out the difference in the three above pictures. Far left is taken with an iPhone 8+ after brunch, the middle is an professional photo from the amazing Emily Staubus, and the last one is a taken with a Canon 60D body and EF 50mm f/1.8 lens.