3 Photo Editing Tricks for Brighter Photos

3 Photo Editing Tricks for Brighter PhotosIf there’s one thing that always catches my eye when browsing Pinterest, it’s a bright clean photo. Well that and just about any dessert recipe but that’s a whole other topic of discussion. Whether you’ve been taking pictures for years, or are just starting out, there are some easy tricks you can do right now to start producing brighter photos in post production!

Although there are several ways that you can edit your photos, I prefer Adobe Lightroom (I run version 4, but they’re up to 6 now). Note that these tips refer to their editing tools; if you don’t use Lightroom, I highly recommend it for photography!

3 Photo Editing Tricks for Brighter Photos

1. Make the background white. Not the background you shoot on, but the background in either Lightroom or Photoshop (which ever you use to edit your photos). If your background is darker, like grey or black, anything against those colors will automatically appear brighter. A white background will help you gauge how bright your photos are. This also helps you to get a preview of how the images will look on your site if your background is also white.

3 Photo Editing Tricks for Brighter Photos3 Photo Editing Tricks for Brighter Photos

2. Opt for vibrance, not saturation. If you want to ramp up the color in a natural way, increase the vibrance. A saturation adjustment will certainly give you bolder colors, but they start to look unnatural and overdone.

3 Photo Editing Tricks for Brighter Photos

3. Don’t rely on exposure. While adjusting the exposure will brighten your photos, it can also wash them out if you turn it up too high. Instead, brighten the whites, lighten the shadows, and even play with temperature. The photo above is the final edited version along with the exact changes I made. Notice that I barely adjusted the exposure setting (you’ll increase it less when working with colors, whites might require more of an increase).

So that’s it! Completely do-able tricks, don’t you think? And if you’re looking for even more photo editing tips, be sure to check out my Photo Styling 101 e-course! It covers everything from branding and composition to how to take brighter pictures on your camera from the start!

DIY Color Blocked Instagram Ornaments

Make these colorful Instagram ornaments for your tree in less than one hour!One of my favorite things about the end of year is that it’s a time to reflect on everything that’s happened. And what better way to keep those memories alive than by turning them into ornaments you can hang up year after year? If you’re looking to add a personal touch to your tree, then you’ll want to make these color blocked instagram ornaments asap! Here’s how:

Time: 45 minutes + dry time
Materials: wood polaroid frames, photos, Americana Decor Maxx Gloss Paint, multi-purpose sealer, tape, tacky glue, hot glue, gold cord, brush

Make these colorful Instagram ornaments for your tree in less than one hour!I used Americana Decor Maxx Gloss paint (you can find at Michael’s, Home Depot, Joann’s, and Meijers). Because it applies so smoothly, you really only need one coat.

Make these colorful Instagram ornaments for your tree in less than one hour!

Make these colorful Instagram ornaments for your tree in less than one hour!Coat your frames with sealer and let dry. Tape off at an angle and paint. Peel the tape and let dry again.  On the back, apply a thin layer of tacky glue all the way around the frame and place on your photo. Let glue dry overnight.

With an X-Acto knife, trim the excess photo. To attach a hook, cut about 5 inches of cord, loop, and then secure with a dap of hot glue. Once completely dry, your ornaments are ready to hang!

Make these colorful Instagram ornaments for your tree in less than one hour!So what do you think?! You can also write the date and place on the back so that years down the road you wont forget where the photo was taken. They also make the perfect handmade gift if you’re still thinking about what to make your loved ones!

Make these colorful Instagram ornaments for your tree in less than one hour!

Make these colorful Instagram ornaments for your tree in less than one hour!

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Photo Styling 101: An E-Course

Learn how to create stunning on-brand photos for your blog, shop, social media and more!The day is finally here! Photo Styling 101 is now available for purchase!

One of the questions you guys frequently ask is how do I take and edit my photos. So, to finally give you an in-depth answer, I’ve teamed up with the lovely ladies of Dear Handmade Life to create a jam packed e-course! Over the past nine months, I’ve been compiling all my tips + tricks that I’ve picked up along the past four years of blogging. I’ve been able to go from never holding a camera to having my work on Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Garden, Design Sponge and more. And I’m giving you alllll the insight for how I did it!

Learn how to create stunning on-brand photos for your blog, shop, social media and more!The course has nine chapters (each with downloadable worksheets) and covers everything you need to know about taking awesome photographs right away. Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll learn:

– How to communicate your brand through your photographs

– What makes good styling and why it’s important

– How to photograph a project, step-by-step

– How to source and use props to enhance your photos

– How to choose the perfect background as well as how to create your own

– How to create a studio at home and on a budget

– Basic editing and DSLR camera skills

– My step by step guide for editing iPhone photos

Learn how to create stunning on-brand photos for your blog, shop, social media and more!Overall, this is really the guide I wish I had when I started blogging. I’m beyond thrilled to be sharing it with you, so to celebrate, use code AWESOMEPHOTOS at checkout for 10% off. Act fast and start taking better pictures today!

Click here to purchase!

xo
Rachel

6 DIY Ways to Display your Instagram Photos

6 Ways to Display your Instagram PhotosFor the amount of time we spend taking and editing photos for Instagram, it’s a shame to just have them live on the Internet. Don’t get me wrong, I think Instagram is the best, but why fret about how to decorate your walls when you most likely have already taken the photos you want?! If you’re looking to take your memories off your phone and into your home, then you’ll want to check out these six easy diy ways to display your instagram photos!

PS What are your thoughts on the new Instagram layout (that allows both tall and horizontal shots)? I’m totally hooked, but would love to know what you think!

Learn how to turn your Instagram photos into wall art! Only takes a half hour and cost less than $30.1. Instagram Wall Art by The Crafted Life

6 Ways to Display your Instagram Photos2. Fringe Garland by Homey Oh My

6 Ways to Display your Instagram Photos3. Instagram in a Box by Damask Love

6 Ways to Display your Instagram Photos4. Instagram Playing Cards by Lovely Indeed

6 Ways to Display your Instagram Photos5. 15 Minutes Photo Wall by Design Improvised

6 Ways to Display your Instagram Photos6. Wooden Displays by Sugar & Cloth