As a blogger, a lot of my work involves photography. I take photos daily whether it be of my outfits, some beauty products, or of anything I see throughout my day – and yes, I usually edit them. Most photos I take always require a bit of brightening or saturating and that’s just part of the whole photography process.
Many people use free sites or free download apps for editing, but I find they don’t do the job justice, especially as a lot of my photography is for an important purpose and I obviously want my photos to be the best quality possible. I’ve had many people ask me what I use to edit my blog photos and so I’m going to discuss what I use, why I use it and whether it’s worth it.
What editor do I use?
As you can tell by the title of the blog post, I pay for the Photoshop and Lightroom subscription.
How much is it?
It’s around about £8.50 per month – it comes out of your bank account each month without you having to do anything.
Is it easy to download?
Super easy. You buy it online and then download/install it like any other software.
Is it easy to use?
Well… It depends. If you’ve used Photoshop/Lightroom before then sure, but if you’re new to it then it’ll take some getting used to. It’s generally easy to navigate your way around, but as with any software you’ll need a few uses to know what you’re doing. There are billions of online tutorials and things if you ever get stuck!
What do you get with the subscription?
So, you get 3 things. Photoshop, Lightroom and Bridge. Here’s what they all are:
Photoshop/Lightroom – photo editors, where you do all of your adjustments.
Bridge – this is like a giant folder with all of your images. Think of it as an organised manager of all of your files, and you can navigate around easily to find what images you have. You may not need to use Bridge, but I use it to import photos onto.
What’s the difference between Photoshop and Lightroom?
You may wonder why you get both Photoshop and Lightroom, and what the difference is. Basically, they’re both photo editors, but they do things differently.
If you’re editing a photo in Photoshop you’re editing the single image and changing the properties of the photo. Whereas in Lightroom, you’re sort of creating a layer over the top (for example, if you brighten a photo it creates a brightened layer over the top instead of touching your photo). Lightroom is an easier editor to use and you can create presets to bulk-edit photos and things like that. One reason I use Lightroom is because you can bulk-export photos once you’re finished with them – OMG it makes life SO easy.
To be honest it doesn’t matter which you use, and they both handle all types of files (JPEGS, RAW files etc). A while ago I wrote a post about the basics of RAW photography, and if you’re interested in shooting in RAW then this subscription would definitely be ideal for editing purposes.
Why would you choose Photoshop/Lightroom over a free editor?
I thought I’d show you some of the fab features of the Photoshop/Lightroom subscription that I personally benefit from the most. Apart from ease of use and things like that, some of the features make photo editing SO peaceful and stress-free.
THE COLOURS – the amount of colour editing you can do in Lightroom is insane. Instead of saturating/de-saturating you can change levels of any colour you want. Say for example you want to take all the yellow out of your photos (I do this a lot), you can de-saturate all of the yellows, or lighten the yellows, or darken the yellows… Literally the list is endless, and it’s so easy to use.
THE BRUSH TOOL – in other words, the best tool in the world. I do basically all of my editing with this tool. The brush tool is like a brush which you can do ANYTHING with. Say you want to brighten one area, or make an area more black and white, this tool does it all. See the difference in the white area of the photo below:
Of course you can literally do a million things on there, but as a blogger these are the two things I use most on Lightroom.
Have I persuaded you enough yet? Basically, I really wanted to show you all that the Photoshop/Lightroom subscription was worth the money, easy to use and perfect for anyone like me who wants top quality photography on their blogs/websites. I don’t know how I ever coped without Photoshop, and I think so many people think photoshopping is a bad thing to do… But I don’t use photoshop to alter my face shape or something (I don’t even know how you do that) and it’s all about getting the most out of your photos with colour and brightness.
Let me know if you have any Photoshop/Lightroom questions – either comment on the post or tweet me @phasesofrobyn!
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