How I Edit Blog Photos Without Photoshop

how i edit blog photos without photoshopOver the past few months photo editing has become a lot quicker for me, I used to use Photoshop in the past to edit my blog photos however it was very time consuming. I now use iPhoto to edit all my blog photos and find it much quicker and simpler, plus I think the finished result looks just as good. I tend to just use Photoshop now if I want to do something different such as create gifs or layer images.
Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 20.38.23When I edit outfit photos I like to move the middles levels slider around half way down which brightens up the photo, it will normally look quite faded at this point which is when I increase the contrast between 15-20 until I like the colours in the photo. I’ll add a little more saturation to bring out the colours in the photograph and then increase the exposure the tiniest amount.
how i edit blog photos fashionThis is so easy to do and now that I’ve been doing it for quite a while it’s very quick. The last thing I then do is crop the photo to the desired size and then it’s finished. Here’s what a before and after looks like, it’s much brighter and the colours are more enhanced in the finished image.
Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 21.07.38Moving onto makeup and beauty photos, I edit these slightly different. I still move the middle level slider bar around half way down with a little exposure, but when I add the contrast and saturation I change this until the colour matches the actual real colour of the product. These take me a little longer as I like to brighten up the photo whilst capture the true colour of the product, especially if I’m showing products such as lipsticks or eyeshadows.
how i edit blog photos makeupSo that is how I edit my blog photos! I hope you enjoyed this post as I personally love reading how others edit their photos so I thought it would be nice to share how I edit mine too. I did love using Photoshop in the past but found it was too time consuming so I only use it now if I want to do something a little more complicated, for general editing I think iPhoto works just as good. let me know if you also edit blog photos without Photoshop or what you use to edit photos in general!

Rebecca x


  1. 9th October 2015 / 6:19 am

    It’s such a huge difference when you split the picture in half!
    The way you edit your photo’s is lovely x

    Liz | LotsofLoveLiz

  2. ana
    9th October 2015 / 12:22 pm

    What a great post! I always love reading on ways to improve my photography/ editting skills :)

    Check out my blog <3 | ANASOFIACHIC

  3. 9th October 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Looks lovely and I use photoshop for mine all the time but if I get a MacBook this will look like a great substitute.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  4. Sian
    9th October 2015 / 2:17 pm

    I loved reading this, it’s so helpful. I’m always looking for new ways to improve my photos and like you, I love reading posts like these! Thank you for sharing your tips :)

    Sian Cakey Dreamer

  5. 9th October 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Nice post, and very useful too! Just like you I tend to change mostly the contrast, saturation and exposure because most of the time, photos are naturally darker than what it is in real life. I can be so hard to photograph the colour of makeup products, it’s always a struggle to get the photos to look right too! I use PicMonkey and it’s really easy! :)

    Julia xx
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  6. 9th October 2015 / 7:31 pm

    This is really handy, I always find brightening up an image with exposure settings is ideal for blog posts x

  7. 10th October 2015 / 7:47 pm

    Such good tips! Thanks, Rebecca! I always think your pictures look so great. xx

  8. 11th October 2015 / 1:12 pm

    I never really get the hang of photoshop because it looks too complicated for me, and I don’t know why I never tried playing with the levels in iPhoto before! I feel like such a dumb dumb right now. Thanks for the tip! :)

  9. 4th December 2015 / 6:21 am

    Hi there!
    I’m new to your blog, and I wanted to say I really enjoyed this short but informative post! Do you generally take blog photos on your iPhone, and thus edit with the iPhoto app? Thank you for an interesting post!


    • Rebecca
      4th December 2015 / 11:26 am

      Hello, glad you liked it! No I take my photos with the Canon 70D and then edit with iPhoto on my Macbook :)

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