How I edit and shoot my photos!

Hello!

Today’s blog post is a highly requested one. How I edit my photos for both my blog and Instagram. I think before I dive into this topic it’s important to note that everyone’s editing style and way of doing things is completely different. I know when I first started out I watched an endless amount of youtube videos and tutorials on how to edit.

Camera Equipment:

Let’s start with the basics. Before we touch on how I edit I think it’s important to look at how and with what do I shoot my photos. When I first started uploading food photos to my Instagram I was simply switching between using my phone camera, and a little travel camera I’d purchased with pocket money at the time. My first DSLR camera was my sony a5000 I literally loved this little camera, super lightweight and perfect for travelling, shooting videos. It also comes with a flip screen. If you are looking to step up your photography I would look at investing in a camera that shoots in RAW. While I don’t believe that you need to spend hundreds of pounds on equipment. to achieve nice looking images. Shooting in RAW will make a huge difference when it comes to the editing stage.

After my first camera I invested in a mid-range camera and lens. I bought my Sony a7 ii. (This is the camera I currently use on all my Instagram photos) I also purchased a 50mm lens known as the nifty fifty in food photography. I love this camera, with super sharp images for the price you pay. As food photography isn’t currently my full time job. I’m more than happy with the results of this camera. However I’m looking to upgrade and invest in my next camera. And have my eyes on The Canon 5D Mark iv.

Lens: Sony 50mm lens
Tripod: Neewer (Perfect for flatlays and overhead shots)
Current Camera: Sony a7 ii

I use this set of Reflectors, super handy to carry around as they are not super bulky and light to carry. I highly recommend a reflector for Food Photography. They are amazing tools to diffuse harsh light and avoid any unwanted shadows.

How I edit my photos for Instagram


Editing Software

I used to switch my time between Photoshop and lightroom, but for the majority of my photos I will focus 99% of my attention on Lightroom. Mastering this is where I’ve seen probably the most dramatic improvement in my photography. I learnt most of these tools from youtube or with Skillshare’s free trial. They both have some amazing tutorials and perfect to get you started.

If you don’t have Lightroom yet click here

For £9.99 a month you can have both Lightroom and photoshop on your desktop. You can also download the App and is completely free to use on your phone.

Presets

Now for the fun part. The EDITING! This is by far personally my favourite step in the creative process. Watching the images come to life. I apply my own custom presets that I’ve create on lightroom. These help me achieve a consistent light colourful look that you see on my feed. When I first started I remember spending countless hours in editing, never quite achieving the look I was after. Or coming across the issue that each image looked so different to the one before. Post production and editing process can be overwhelming at first. These presets make that step so much easier. What I love the most about using Lightroom and this style of software is that with a few simple tweaks you can achieve you’re own unique style without having to start from scratch.

What are lightroom presets? In short they are a one click filter that can help you achieve that specific editing style you are after. I can’t tell you how much time you can save using these.

Over the past few months I’ve been working hard on fine tuning these presets to be able to share with you. With one simple click you can see your beautiful images come to life.

Stay tuned xx

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