Bloggers rely on photos more and more to help tell their stories, and with an emphasis on quality in photography, it’s important to optimize the photo before posting. This doesn’t mean you need expensive, fancy software.
Let’s start with a good but not great photo and try to improve the quality.
I upload it to the photo editor in Picmonkey.
Crop out some of the noise and by noise we mean junk in this case – in the background.
On the basic edits pallet, click Exposure. You can adjust the brightness, highlights, shadows and contrast, but do this sparingly. Too much of a good thing can be too much of a good thing. We can always adjust more later.
Next Sharpen the image. Again watch the level. You want enough to show definition to the figures, and sometimes that doesn’t require much.
That may or may not be enough, but just to check, let’s try Boost. If that gives it just enough extra pop, let’s go with it. But sometimes, depending on the lighting, Boost can cause it to lose it’s natural appeal. Don’t feel the need to Boost too much. 2-5% for emphasis may be plenty. Use the undo arrow to toggle back and forth between to see if it’s an improvement and if not, leave it undone.
The final product is so much sharper and alive. And in Picmonkey this maybe took me 3 minutes. Maybe.
You take good photos. Picmonkey make them awesome!