How To Take Brighter Photos For Your Blog

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I’m obsessed with bright, well-lit photographs. Whenever I scroll through Bloglovin (follow me here) the first thing that makes me want to click on a post is usually imagery. A bright crisp photograph always makes me want to read more and it always inspires me to snap the box of products shoved away in my room too! I have had a few years of editing experience now and it’s actually something I really enjoy although it’s not all complicated and in fact I have just a few simple steps that I take to create nice bright images.

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First of all I’d highly recommend using natural light. I used to take a lot of images during the evening with soft box lighting but my images just weren’t coming out bright enough and giving me that dreamy fresh image I was looking for. I like to take my photos in the morning or mid day, the morning creates brighter and whiter photos and during the afternoon a slightly warmer light.

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No joke this is something I have only just found out about in the past year or so, I had been using my Canon 70D to take photos but never realised that I could up the brightness in the settings. This has changed my life with photography and filming. If I’m ever in a dull room with minimal natural light I up the brightness a couple of notches and I’m good to go! The final image may still not be perfect but it definitely helps when it comes to editing it further down the line.

ISO settings are another thing to look out for, the less light you have the higher the ISO should be and the more light you have the lower it should be. Also look into shutter speeds and Aperture f-stop, I’m not quite the photography wizard so I probably wouldn’t be able to explain it properly but a quick google search will definitely help you out.

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A few things I like to do when editing in Photoshop are to up the brightness in the adjustments section. I also like to use curves to do this and often adjust the levels too, these are all great for adding some light and also changing up the darkness in a photo too.

Finally on Photoshop I like to play around with the selective colour too. I always click on the white and make that whiter, take the yellow tones out of it and add more of a blue/purple. My photos don’t end up blue as I only adjust it slightly but it does make them a lot brighter, and it also gets rid of that yellow hue images can get when taken in the wrong lighting. Also if you find when doing this it tends to make the blacks in your photo look more grey or washed out then make sure you up the blacks in the photo. By upping the blacks you can also create more contrast and create a nice crisp image.

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Need to make the whites in your Instagram images brighter and whiter? I use the Facetune app to do this and click on the little Whiten tool which is there for whitening teeth! It works a treat at brightening up photos and it’s super easy to use too.

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  • Ilah Ekamper

    Very helpful tips, loved this post!

    LITAH

  • I always use these features in Photoshop & on my camera, can’t go wrong, they make such a difference, especially in winter! x

    Just Little Things

  • These are great tips, I really want to get a photoshop program to help with my images x

    Zoe Mountford x

  • I had no idea you can adjust brightness from camera settings either. The brightness of the photos or of the display, that will make your pictures look brighter?

    • Ah makes such a difference, it will make the photos brighter 🙂

  • Leanne

    great tips, using natural light is a must in my opinion. especially now it’s summer and we have lots of time to take photographs! x

    http://www.thedressdiaries.co.uk

  • Robyn Taylor

    I hate it when you want to take a good photo and it’s too late in the evening! Natural light is key for me! Do you shoot photos in RAW? I find it so much easier to edit them and get them brighter!

    Robyn / http://www.phasesofrobyn.com

    • I actually don’t shoot in RAW, I want to but I find I need to edit more when I do. Must give it another shot.

  • Fab tips! Photoshop is definitely my editing saviour when it comes to enhancing my photos. I love adding shade and light to my pictures through the burn and dodge tool, making some areas slightly brighter than others to create a distinct focus in the photo. There’s so much you can do with Photoshop, the possibilities are endless!

    Toni x
    http://www.clarkecouture.co.uk

    • Oh I’ve never tried playing around with the burn and dodge tool! Thankyou

      • Ooo you totally should! The burn tool helps to darken areas of a picture which works really well for those black tones which need a bit of an extra boost from grey to black after brightening!

  • That Facetune tip is brilliant, can’t believe I never thought of that! Thanks for sharing, saved! Xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • I am in love with Facetune!

    jenna | Beauty And The Style

  • Great tips Liza. 🙂
    Since getting my Pen, I’ve been adjusting the brightness on it to take photos with.. I’d still love to have photoshop, but just can’t justify the price. :/

    Caroline.x
    http://www.carolineelgeywhite.com

    • Thanks hun. I pay around £8 a month for Photoshop, it’s an investment but totally worth it. I used to use Photoshop Elements which is great too x

  • Mel

    I always forget about changing the camera settings. My brain always thinks “I’ll fix that on Photoshop” but then I get to Photoshop and realise the image is beyond help. ISO will now be written on my hand for every blog photo taking session!

    http://www.raisethewaves.com

  • Ahhh just getting into photography now!!! Hopefully I think its not complicated eventually haha love this post though, thanks for the great tips!! 🙂 xx

    sofiaadot.wordpress.com

  • Adaleta Avdic

    So many bloggers don’t understand that brightness is such an important element to photos and makes a world of difference. A brighter photo is typically always the best! These are excellent tips xx adaatude.com

  • I still have a lot to learn in the photography and editing world so finding posts like this is an absolute gold mine. Thank you for sharing!
    xx Dany
    http://the-queens-empire.blogspot.com

  • It’s just so hard at this time of year finding time to shoot in natural light! I feel like it’s the softboxes for me for the winter at least except for the odd weekend morning I can fit it in! Loved all the other advice though. One thing I really want to change about my photography style is using lighter backgrounds and brighter whiter imagery!

    Eliza x
    http://www.dontfaff.co.uk

  • Ellie Miller

    It really is hard finding natural light in dreary January, that’s why im so excited for Spring! – abloggersbeauty.com

    • lizaprideaux

      I can’t wait for spring!!!