Photography isn't exactly my niche, never has been never will be. I prefer pen and paper to communicate. But soon after I fell in love with blogging, I realized that good quality images are vastly important to the success of a blog. They aid in telling your story --drawing your readers in and helping them feel a connection with you, the one behind the blog.
But for someone like me, who still has yet to master the many functions of my DSLR, I can get frustrated by the poor quality of my photos. That's where editing takes place. I'm not going to get that perfect shot every time, but with the aid of a software program such as Adobe Lightroom 5, I can alter my photos, and take them to the next step, by giving them a more clear, polished, and professional look before hitting publish in Blogger.
Adobe Lightroom 5 has a variety of photo enhancing functions. Some of my favorite include skin softening, teeth whitening, and iris enhancement --all of which I used on the photo below of Steven. But sometimes, all a photo really needs is an adjustment in the clarity and exposure like the photo of the flowers above.
Below is another photo that I edited pretty heavy handedly so you could easily see the difference. My pores were made smaller with the skin softener, my eyes brighter, and I obviously lightened the photo. I was even able to create more noise in the background so that the grass behind me takes on a blurry effect. (And yes, I am using Huckleberry as a headrest in case you were wondering. He makes a good pillow.)
At the end of the day, Lightroom 5 enables me to share better quality photos --captivating my readers and creating more beautiful memories for Steven and I to grasp on to. There is a bit of a learning curve, and I think at first Lightroom 5 can seem very intimidating for a new user, but there are plenty of helpful tutorials online. Or, you can be like me and find a friend who has the program and threaten her to teach you all her tricks! Okay, maybe leave the threats out.
Full Disclosure: Product was provided to me by Staples, but all views and opinions expressed are my own.