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Having well-edited blog photos can be the difference between a good blog and a blog that knocks your readers’ socks off every time they visit your site! I’ve talked about editing your Instagram photos before, but when it comes to how to edit your blog photos, there’s another secret I want to let you in on.
I was recently introduced to BeFunky and it’s the crème le da crème of photo editing software. When I find a photo editor I love, it’s all I even think about using, and this is one I can’t get enough of.
I’ve learned a lot over the course of my blogging career, and one thing I realized quickly is that your photos need to be bright, sharp, colorful and focused. Fall short on any of these aspects and you’re left with photos that are totally lack lustre.
But I’m not a technical person. I adore blogging and social media, and I love taking photos, but when it comes to photo editing I need something quick and effective. Putting together blog posts takes time. Lots of time. So any editor that can speed up the process, while producing high quality results, is an editor I need in my life.
BeFunky just released their Enhance DLX Library, with four effects created to fix the four most common problems in photography: poor exposure, lack of detail, dull colors, and noise. And you don’t have to worry about over-edited photos either. The part I love most is the effects can sense where your photos need the most enhancing, so your photos are always balanced to perfection!
Intrigued? Check out how I used the photo enhancer to edit four of my favorite photos from my recent trip to England!
1. HDR DLX Before
Good lighting is key to a great photo, but sometimes the light just isn’t on your side. You don’t always get a chance to go back to the same places just to snap a photo, especially when you’re traveling. We had some rainy, gloomy days when we were in London, so I knew I needed to brighten up some of my photos before showcasing them on my blog.
BeFunky’s HDR DLX effect is amazing for transforming low-lit photos and balancing photos that have both lighter and darker elements. You can see how my “after” photo of Brick Lane is brighter and more crisp. The bricks on the building are more defined, the sky is a deeper blue, and the photo has brightened up completely.
Another feature of the editing tool I love is that each individual region of the photo is transformed, instead of changing the image as a whole, like other photo editors do. This allows only the parts of the photos that need editing to be edited, rather than applying the same editing for the entire image, which can create an unbalanced photo.
2. SHARPEN DLX
It’s also important that your images are sharp and crisp, but not too sharp. I love how the Sharpen DLX tool has sharpened this photo, because the sharpener isn’t too powerful. It’s made the colors and elements in the image (like my purse and the fence in the background) more defined, but since the editor knows not to sharpen near flat areas and very sharp edges, nothing looks too sharp!
The “after” photo is much more striking and really catches the eye compared to the “before” photo, which is exactly what you want your blog photos to do.
3. VIBRANT COLORS DLX
Your blog photos need to be vibrant; they need to pop! If the colors are dull, it really effects the aesthetics of your blog. But you also don’t want them to be too vibrant since it can make your photos look way over-edited.
You can see how the editor has brightened up the colors in this photo of Pembroke college campus in Oxford.The grass and flowers look closer to the colors your eyes would naturally see in person, totally transformed from the drab colors in the “before” photo.
4. DENOISE DLX
Do you ever notice that your photos turn out grainy or distorted? That’s called noise, and it’s one of the most common issues in photography. On our final day in London we got coffee and cupcakes at a charming shop called Crumbs & Doilies. Whenever I take photos of a coffee or latte, the surface always looks so grainy, so I figured I’d try out the Denoise effect to try to smooth them out.
Lo and behold, the after image is so much smoother and silkier, from the icing on the rose vanilla cupcakes to the latte art and coffee foam. I even went one step further and used the enhancement sliders you can find in all four of the DLX Effects. You can enhance the colors, tones and textures with the Fine Details Slider, as well as the smoothness.
The Denoise DLX effect reduces noise in both lightness and colors of the image and actually notices the difference between the two, unlike other noise reduction algorithms.
Love the look of my edited photos? Try out the effects for yourself and see how they transform your blog images! The Enhance DLX Effects require a BeFunky Plus Account ($4.95/month or $2.91 if you sign up for an annual account!), but you can preview the effects on any of your photos for free!
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