Recently, I’ve been updating the way I edit the photos for both the blog and social media. Since the beginning of RSG my photos were always edited to be super bright and white, but recently I’ve changed it to be more colorful. Still bright, but more realistic for fitness pictures which are usually outdoors and have a field, track, or whatever in the background. Making it impossible to edit them to fit the usual white theme. Here’s how I edit my blog photos now.
Don’t get me wrong; I love nice bright and white photos, but 99% of the time for me they’re just not attainable. When it comes to my training photos/videos (which you can see on Snapchat), they’re done in the middle of a pasture or a hay barn. I mean I’m always covered in a layer of dirt from the dust in the hay barn, so as if I’m going to be able to get a beautiful white photo in there.
My primary goal when editing any picture is to make it bright and to enhance the colors without completely distorting the image. Which should be the goal of anyone editing an image.
There are a couple of things you need to do before you can modify a picture, or even take your picture. You need good lighting and a decent device to take the picture with. No need to fear I’m not going to tell you the secret to a perfect picture is a $1000+ DSLR camera. I mean I have a compact Sony a6000 DSLR, with three different lenses (the stock 16-50mm, 50mm, and the 30mm macro lens). And although I use it to take probably 3/4 of the blog pictures, if you’re not really into photography and aren’t going to use it much, I wouldn’t recommend the investment. With the quality of cameras on smartphones nowadays, you can do just everything you need to with that.
As for the lighting situation. Try and use natural light as much as possible, especially during the golden hours (the hour after sunrise, and the hour before sunset) when the sun isn’t as harsh as it is the rest of the day. You can use artificial lighting, but it takes a lot of figuring out the proper setup and just playing around with it to limit the shadows, weird coloring, etc.
Once you have the proper equipment, and excellent natural lighting to take your picture, the rest will take care of itself. After all, the purpose of photography isn’t to take a photo you spend hours editing, it’s to take a picture that barely needs editing.
My preferred editing program is PicMonkey.com, I have the Royale Membership which is only $33/yr, and in my opinion is completely worth the investment. However, if you don’t need every single feature, and just the basics then you can use PicMonkey for free. As for on my phone, I tend to use VSCO and Instagram to edit my pictures before posting them on social media.
What’re Your Thoughts?
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.