This is my second post today, which means there must be a full moon or pigs must be flying — but I’m so excited to share my updated photo editing guide with a YouTube video! I’m not a visual learner at all, but I know a lot of y’all are — which is why I tried to make it possible for you to see it as well. Watch it to learn how to edit photos in Lightroom.


If you don’t have Adobe Lightroom, purchase a Lightroom subscription for $10/month. It will pay for itself because it saves you so much time and will get you to stop buying iPhone apps. Once you have Lightroom, it’s time to get to know the program! While Lightroom has a ton of photo editing tweaks, my favorite way to edit is by using presets. I have so many Lightroom presets I love, from Dreamy Presets Millennial Pink to Tezza Presets. I change my feed all the time because I’m so indecisive, but right now, I’m using Josie Sanders Presets – Pastel Pop. It only cost me $20 and is so bright and airy!

I’m biased, but I think my feed looks great right now! I want to go through my editing process for those who prefer written instructions.

  1. Apply a preset: I navigate to presets, click the one I’m looking for, and have a great starting point!

  2. Soften face: Look, I’m not talkin’ smoothing FaceTune style — but I feel like my camera sometimes makes my face look extra harsh and sharp, which is why I use a Lightroom brush and soften it up. My typical brush is somewhere around Sharpness +50, Clarity -90, although I tweak it as needed.

  3. Adjust temperature and colors: This is totally trial and error and changes depending on what vibe I’m going for. In the video above, I warmed the photo up by making it more yellow and used Lightroom’s color mixer to deepen the blues and make the sky look true to color.

  4. Play with the lighting and color curves: I didn’t make many changes while editing this picture, but when I’m shooting and a picture is way under- or over-exposed, it’s a total lifesaver.

  5. Crop the picture: Instagram doesn’t want to let me be great, which is why we have to crop photos to make sure they fit the required dimensions of 4:5.

  6. Play with perspective: Tilt photos vertically and horizontally to see what looks good! Obviously, if you stretch a photo to an unrealistic proportion, it’ll look silly, so you should be mindful of this. Otherwise, go crazy — and check out my posing guide for more tips.