Hi everyone. I originally posted this over at my personal blog a few weeks ago, but I decided to post it here as well since there are a lot of food bloggers out there. This is just an easy way to lightly edit your photos before you post them. Hope it helps.
When it comes to my image processing I am really into a natural look so I do not do that much when it comes to editing. I do not have a lot of natural light in my house so I use a few actions to lighten my images. If I do not use my own images I use image stock from Shutterstock. Every now and again, I love a good black and white image or a little color applied, but usually I think natural images look the best and most realistic.
I use PhotoShop CS6 to edit my images. Over the years I have tried a lot of actions, but my three favorites are Totally Rad, Florabella and The Pioneer Womans. I take all of my pictures with a Canon EOS 550d. I have really loved this camera and wish that I was a better photographer. I am hoping the next place we live in has a lot of natural light so I can finally learn more.
When I take pictures for my blog, I try to take several shots of the same thing since a lot of them end up looking bad. I transfer all the images to my laptop, then go through them deleting the ones that are bad and keeping the ones that I like and choose to use. I usually use 1-4 images so I open them up in PhotoShop to start the editing process. So here is the steps that I usually take.
1. Outdoor images are always bright, but most of mine is taken indoors with some lighting issues. To remove some of the shadows I go to IMAGE-ADJUSTMENTS-SHADOW/HIGHLIGHTS From there I adjust the shadow amounts to 5 or 6. I never recommend going over those two numbers.
2. After this I run my favorite auto correcting action by Totally Rad called claire-ify which is in the TRA2 – THE REVENGE set.
3. Sometimes it still needs a bit of lighting so I run The Pioneer Woman’s slight lighten action.
4. Sometimes photos taken indoors can have a yellow tone to them. To take some of the yellow out I use The Pioneer Womans cooler action. Usually it takes too much yellow out and can make things blue, so I highlight the action in the layer bar and adjust the opacity to half or whatever looks normal.
5. After the editing is complete I flatten the image and add a new layer. LAYER-NEW LAYER-LAYER and then I add my watermark with my already made brush in black and white and then I lighten the opacity so it can only be seen slightly.
6. I also always resize my images the correct size I need them as well as making them web ready and naming them for SEO.