Friday, 13 May 2016

A Blogger's guide: Simple Photograph Editing

How to Simple Photograph Editing

I’ve decided to do this post as I could’ve killed for something like this when I started out blogging but I must mention that I am by no means an expert.

Enhancing photographs is something many other bloggers' do and when I first started out, I desperately wanted to know how to do it and to do it well.

This post is a very basic and beginner friendly tutorial on how you can edit your photographs. 
photo of pic monkey

The programme I started out using is called Pic Monkey and fortunately it’s online and free, meaning it’s accessible anywhere and available to everyone. It’s also very user friendly. 

If you’re a follower of my Instagram, you’ll know I love a flatlay and creating pretty photographs. For me I like to make the colours a little bit more punchy, add a bit of brightness and clarity but everybody has their own taste and preference which reflects in their style of photography. 

As you can see the image above is well lit thanks to my studio lighting but the colours are lacking just a little but Pic Monkey will easily fix this.

So, to begin, you want to go to www.picmonkey.co.uk

Next hover over the edit button and then drop down to computer to open your file.

Simple Photograph Editing with Pic Monkey

From there you want to click the magic wand icon and scroll down to Boost.

Simple Photograph Editing with Pic Monkey

I typically increase the boost on my images to around 12% but have a play around for yourself to decide what you think looks best.  

Next I like to play around with the brightness and highlight settings. Click on the basic edits button at the top and drop down to exposure and again play around with the settings to get your desired effect. Sometimes I like to use auto correct for easiness but again it really just depends on what style you’re looking for. With this image I cracked the brightness up just by 2 and dropped the shadows down to -1.

Simple Photograph Editing with Pic Monkey

You could leave it there if you’re happy but I like to make my images really crisp so I tend to go onto the sharpen tool next and play around with the clarity. I usually bump it up to 23% but again it depends on the image and the look I’m going for.

Simple Photograph Editing with Pic Monkey

From there I’m done and as you can see the difference is subtle but effective.

When it comes to editing photographs I’ve taken out and about, I start off with the same process of boosting the colours and changing the lighting. Typically with a photograph like this one, I will increase the brightness and/or the highlight.

Simple Photograph Editing with Pic Monkey

Simple Photograph Editing with Pic Monkey

Simple Photograph Editing with Pic Monkey

When taking photographs indoors and with indoor lighting, this can sometimes give an orangey tone to the photograph like this one, so I’ll then go ahead and edit the colour temperature, enhancing the blue tones to level out the colour.

And finally I felt like adding a bit of vignette to this photo to give it a bit of depth and atmosphere. This is found in the effects area again and is called dark edges. As a preference I like to go for low intensity and a large size.

Simple Photograph Editing with Pic Monkey

And here's the before and after:

Here's a few other examples of my edits:

So my edits are pretty basic and rather subtle but for me it's all about enhancing what I feel is already a lovely photograph. The great thing about photography is you can experiment and cater to your tastes so if you like highly edited photographs - go for it! 

There are lots and lots of other great features on Pic Monkey that you can use but these are what I used to get me started. 

I've since moved on to using other programmes as I love to experiment and try out new techniques but I still come back to Pic Monkey for quick and easy edits.

Anyway I hope this was helpful to some of you wondering how to get started with editing your photographs. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments or if you have any tips or tricks on how you edit your photographs comment those too!

Do you use Pic Monkey?


  1. YES! Love it, it's a total blogging lifesaver. Glad I've found your gorgeous blog! a new fan :-) x

    1. Yay! I'm so pleased it's helpful. Enjoy your editing lovely xxx


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