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Why I’ve Changed The Way I Edit My Blog Photos

18/01/2018

I’ve been studying photography for 7 years now; first in college and now in university. I’ve even considered taking it up professionally once I graduate as it’s something I really enjoy doing.

But its only recently that I’ve actually started to like the photographs I take. You see up until this month I’ve always played it safe and done what would please other people or help me fit in.

Even in my college/university projects where I’ve had free reign on the topic and style; I’ve always played it on the safe side with the theme of my pieces and how I edit them.

That is until this month.

As you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram, my feed has been undergoing a transformation since Christmas; gone are the stark white, very cool tones flat lays. In their place are images that are darker, more colourful and a little bit warmer in tone. I‘ve also changed from flat lay compositions to ones taken from the side with a pulled focus/blurred background, a style I’ve always enjoyed taking.

Why I’ve Changed The Way I Edit My Blog Photos

This isn’t something I particularly planned to do. I recently decided to stop fighting a loosing battle and switch from Photoshop to VSCO. I’ve never been a fan of Photoshop from day one; the interface is horrible and it takes a long time to do anything. I’d been looking around for a new way to edit my blog photos and came across a lot of people telling me I needed VSCO in my life.

I’m so glad I listened to them! And not just because its made my life ten times easier; it’s helped me discover my own personal style.

Last year I finally managed to ditch writing my posts how other people did, rather than in my own “voice” for fear of not fitting in or no one reading my posts. I got fed up of pretending to be something I’m not just to try and fit in. It made me begin to hate blogging and I realised that if I kept trying to make myself do things that way, I’d ended up quitting.

The same has happened with my photography. I was making myself do things the way “successful” and “real” bloggers did things; lots of white, really overexposed and bright photographs which really isn’t what I like.

So I decided to change not just how I take my photos and the props I use, but how I edit them too. I’ve been incorporating a lot more colour into them, mostly in the form of a gorgeous mustard throw pillow I bought at the beginning of the year from Matalan. I’ve been combining it with my green Slytherin pillow from Primark and I’ve fallen in love with the combo.

Why I’ve Changed The Way I Edit My Blog Photos

When it comes to editing the photos, I’ve been exclusively using the M5 filter which is actually quite warm toned. I do tone it down by lowering the temperature a little bit but I’ve actually started to love the effect it has, especially combined with the warm mustard colour.

I’m planning on dedicating an entire post on how I edit my photos so I wont go into all the details here, but I’ve finally found my own style and apparently other people like it as much as I do.

I’ve had so many comments and messages complimenting the photos on my blog and Instagram, its really given me a confidence boost and helped me rediscover my passion for the medium!

One of the things I’ve learnt since I started blogging its not to follow the crowd. If you want to add colour into you photos, do it. If you want to write about a topic that no one else has, do it. Don’t hold yourself back for fear of not fitting in. You do you boo!

Why I’ve Changed The Way I Edit My Blog Photos

I’m determined to carry this mind set across into my university projects too; this semester I have my final photography project and I want to really push myself with it. I want to do something that I love and that reflects me as a person.

Something that I’ve fond really inspiring is this video from Panasonic, it had me in awe. The contrast between light and dark is mesmerising and I could easily just watch someone do this for hours!

I’d love to somehow incorporate the idea into my own project, although I doubt I’ll be able to find anyone to do something this fancy…I think I might have to make do with sparklers or candles instead!

This post is sponsored by Panasonic but as always, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

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61 responses to “Why I’ve Changed The Way I Edit My Blog Photos”

  1. Sarah says:

    I feel like there’s a lot of this going around at the moment which is wonderful! I feel like we’re all reconsidering how we’re taking and editing our photos and there are a lot more darker, warmer tones. I almost feel like as a collective blogging community our photos are growing up a bit. Lovely post and loved the inspiration video from Panasonic!

  2. Jade Marie says:

    I feel like they are too! I’ve seen so many people saying that they’ve changed the way they edit their photos recently- its great to see people finding their own personal styles 🙂 And I’m glad you liked the video too!

  3. I’ve just started out at blogging and I’m no photographer, so reading this post was super interesting for me! I love your images.
    Lou x
    http://www.loukatherine.co.uk

  4. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much! I’m glad you found my post interesting and if you ever need any advice please feel free to message me 🙂 x

  5. Emma Clark says:

    I love your photos, my partner got me a camera I want to start working on that side of things I’m a total amateur. Thanks for the tip for editing x

    Emma http://www.bookinggoodread.com

  6. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much Emma ☺️ I’m hoping to do a whole post on taking and editing photos later this month (uni work permitting) but the best thing I can suggest for now is literally just to take photos. Sounds obvious but the more you play around and see what you like and don’t like, the easier you’ll find it 🙂 x

  7. Brilliant post!! It’s so easy to get sucked into creating content for others and what you think they want to see and read rather than what you actually want to create. Your new blog photo’s are beautiful I love the colour composition and layouts and I look forward to reading your future posts and seeing the photo’s. <3

  8. Jade Marie says:

    It really is! It’s hard but I think we all need to start making more content that we love ourselves, rather than what we think our readers want to read ☺️ I’m so glad you like my new photos! I’m looking forward to taking more of them in this style; to replace old photos as well as for new posts 🖤

  9. Jani V says:

    Love the new look of those pictures! I think it’s more important to be unique and love what we are writing about.

  10. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you lovely! I’ve had so many positive comments about my photography recently so I think I’ve made the right decision ☺️

  11. Laura says:

    Love the new style of your photos. I’ve recently changed the way I edit my photos too and I’m so much happier with them now. Still working on tweeking my photography skills but getting there — Laura xo

  12. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much ☺️ glad to hear you’re getting there with your own photos, it can be hard at first but definitely worth the time and effort!xx

  13. Siyana says:

    Your photos are stunning, I’m still trying to find my own voice, but it will happen eventually 🙂

  14. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much! ☺️ I’m sure it will, it’s just a matter of time 🙂

  15. I absolutely LOVE this blog post and it’s something I can relate too as well. I enjoy photography, and wish I had studied it further than a-level. There is definitely a “blogger” style photo and I am glad your changing your style to fit yourself. I’m going to start doing the same on my own blog.

    Francesca xx
    P.s your photos are gorgeous!

  16. Love your photos in this!!x

  17. To be honest, all I use are the filters on instagram! I did use VSCO for one of my themes (I did a flower theme on my profile, it spans four rows) but after that I just stopped using it and went back to normal instagram filters. I most likely don’t have the fine photographic eye to see where quality filters are xD I just pick whatever I like and post it!
    Kanra Khan

    twitter || instagram || facebook

  18. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! ☺️ x

  19. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you Francesca! ☺️ you should definitely start taking your photos how you want to! And there are loads of free photography courses online hun if you’re interested in taking it further ☺️ xx

  20. Jade Marie says:

    There’s nothing wrong with that, just do whatever works best for you! ☺️

  21. This is a great post! I use VSCO to edit my blog and instagram photos too and I love it as there’s loads of filter varieties and editing tools!

  22. Postivfworld says:

    I love the way you do your pictures!!! I don’t have much need to with my topic but wish I did! Great post!

  23. Jade Marie says:

    I’m tempted to get some of the paid for filters as there’s some gorgeous ones available! I use it for everything now though 🙌🏼

  24. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! ☺️ You could still take some if you want hun; it might not be a topic that you can take photos of but you can still take general photos and include them if you wanted to ☺️

  25. Love this post, it’s really interesting to see the change in your photos-they always look amazing! X

  26. Your photos look great! I’ve always preferred photos that have a bit of colour in them rather than the stark white look! Also love finding out how other edit photos thanks for a great read x

  27. Amber says:

    I loved this post! Your pictures are stunning! It is awesome that you are writing in your own voice as well! Trying to be someone your not never works! Love it! x

  28. lexivranick says:

    This was so interesting to read, and your photos are absolutely stunning!

  29. Madi Dearson says:

    I love the idea of more color and I love the “You do You” attitude. I know nothing about photography and I struggle with it so I look forward to reading more:)

  30. Eleanor Smith says:

    I love VSCO! Its a brilliant app! Im glad you prefer how you’re happier with how you’re taking your photos now!

  31. Annie says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about VSCO, I’ll definitely have to give the app a try! Your photos are so lovely! And I love that mustard throw pillow!

  32. Jessie says:

    It’s so great that you are finding your own style! I really loved the mustard pillow as well, and your photos look great!

  33. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much lovely! I always used to worry they weren’t good enough so I’m glad to know people like them 🙂 x

  34. Jade Marie says:

    Thanks hun, I’m glad you enjoyed reading 🙂 I’m glad I’m not alone in liking something a bit different x

  35. bbbryony says:

    your pictures always look stunning, I love how yours are stunning but they’re not the typical blogger white background x

  36. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much! 🙂 I’ve always worried my photos aren’t as good as other peoples so I’m so grateful for you saying that! 🙂 and yeah it took so long to find my own voice but I’m really glad I finally did; like you said, trying to be something you aren’t never works out well!x

  37. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much hun!

  38. Jade Marie says:

    It’s my mantra for this year; to try and stop myself worrying over what people will say and just do what works beast for me 🙂 if you ever need any help or advice feel free to drop me a message 🙂

  39. Jade Marie says:

    It is! I wish I’d tried it sooner!!

  40. Jade Marie says:

    It’s a fantastic app, I wish I’d used it sooner!! And thank you lovely 🙂

  41. Jade Marie says:

    It’s definitely one of the best things I’ve bought! Thank you lovely 🙂

  42. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you bry! 🙂 the whole white background thing was never my photography style, just a shame its taken me this long to embrace my own way fo doing things x

  43. I don’t know much about photography, but I love that you’re finding success in bucking the trend. Love your photos, too!

  44. Love this! I get so bored with all the indentical photos with so much white. My photos are a muddle (like to keep on brand 🤪) because I often take them with my toddler pulling at my leg – I always like to include colour though. Your photos are beautiful and that pillow is 👌

  45. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much 🙂

  46. Postivfworld says:

    Yes that’s true! I worry that it would be a little odd! But I suppose it all makes up my world ‘post IVF’

  47. The photos in this are beautiful! I’m definitely not as advanced in photography as you but I love taking depth effect style photos too, there’s something so aesthetically pleasing and more interesting about them!- https://sophiehearts.net x

  48. Jade Marie says:

    Oh wow I don’t know how you manage to take photos and look after a toddler at the same time! Well done to you 🙌🏼 Got to keep on brand and muddled photos are the best anyway 😜

  49. Jade Marie says:

    Not at all hun; my latest post is about how I use social media for my blog and the photo I’ve used for that is a Tyrion Lannister Pop Vinyl!! It’s your blog so do whatever you want with it 🙂 and exactly its all part of your world so include it 🙂

  50. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you so much lovely! I love playing around with depth, colour and lighting- its so much fun!x

  51. M A R T A (@martalarisssa) says:

    yesssss girl, you do you!
    I totally get what you mean by starting out and playing it safe.
    It’s a breath of fresh air when people take the leap and really shine through!

  52. Jade Marie says:

    It’s such a liberating feeling when you start doing things your own way! 🙌🏼 I think it’s something we all do, we look at the big bloggers and we think we have to be exactly like them; it’s only after a while we realise we have to do things our own way ☺️

  53. Michelle says:

    Editing photos can be so hard sometimes — you want something that is cohesive and looks nice, but also something that looks natural. I’m sure your new editing is a real breath of fresh air!

    Great post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

  54. Kim says:

    You are being your authentic self and that will shine through.

  55. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! 😊 yeah it can be a real struggle at times!x

  56. Jade Marie says:

    Thanks hun! 😊

  57. Tracie says:

    I am just getting into Instagram for my blog. I’ll have to use this idea

  58. Postivfworld says:

    Ah thanks you for your advice! Really appreciate it! Hope you are having a good day!

  59. Jade Marie says:

    You’re welcome lovely 😊 and I’m having a great day thank you, hope you are too!

  60. Postivfworld says:

    Ah it’s not bad thanks! Bit chilly ❄️❄️

  61. Jade Marie says:

    Most bloggers do it that way (including big named ones) and the fact it was sponsored doesn’t change my content- I’d still have written the post even if it wasn’t sponsored, as it had been repeatedly requested.

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