I'm Kayla. A millennial obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time. #catlady



How I Edit My Photos

I often get a lot of compliments and questions regarding the photography on this blog so I thought it was time to share with you on how I edit my photos! I use either a Canon 50D or a Canon t4i with the Canon Speedlite 580EX II flash to take my photographs. My apartment is incredibly dark and I usually don't have the opportunity to take my photos during the day so an external flash has been my savior. If anyone is interested in hearing more about what equipment I use or how I set up and take photos, leave a comment below. This post is all about the editing process though!

I exclusively use Lightroom to edit all of my photos unless I am making a wishlist post or putting text on a photo. I'll use Photoshop for any of those needs but I prefer using Lightroom as editing is way faster for me. I can pull in all of my photos, rate the ones I like, then edit only those photos. 

When it comes to actual editing I tend to do very little to my photos. I like to keep them as true to the initial shot so I keep things simple. I always crop my images though (the top arrow). I tend to take the photo with a lot of background included to make sure everything is in the shot and the lighting is bright (the camera body will sometimes block the external flash light and cause the photo to be dark). I also use this tool to adjust the photo so everything is straight if I'm doing a shot where I'm going for straight lines like in this post. It's nearly impossible for me to take a perfectly straight photo with the camera, so adjusting it a bit makes it look perfect.

If I need to lighten up the photo I'll only increase exposure slightly. You run the risk of not having colors be exact if you mess with exposure too much and in beauty blogging it's all about having the colors be correct. I tend to increase the blacks and bump up the clarity (bottom two arrows) to make objects and colors stand out more on the white background. Using an external flash you run the risk of washing things out a bit, so making sure the blacks are bold and things are clear helps eliminate any flash issues you may find.

The only problem I find with using Lightroom is the grey and black program background. It tends to mess with my eyes and when I think I have a nice, bright white photo it looks darker when I pull it over to Blogger where the background is white. To correct that I adjust colors a bit brighter than I think is perfect so when I transfer the photos over they're exactly what I had in mind.

I'd love to hear how you edit your photos as I'm always looking for better ways! Let me know if there are any other posts like this you'd be interested in reading!

xoxo Kayla


  1. I've love to hear about the external flash when you have some time!! I'm interested in alternative lighting for cloudy days, etc.
    Kallie - But First, Coffee

    1. Sure thing! It's a weird system I use, but it works and I can even shoot at night which saves my full time working butt ( :

  2. I currently shoot with a 300D with a 50mm 1.8 or a 100mm 2.8 macro. It's winter here, and good natural light is hard to come by, so I've been shooting in my bathroom on top of the toilet seat cover! It's white, so handy for correcting the white balance (my bathroom light isn't too shabby, and I only need to boost it a little). I haven't had Lightroom or Photoshop for years, and at the moment I'm using a free programme called Photoscape. My editing process is pretty similar to yours -- white balance, try and get the colours true, deepen the blacks, crop and/or rotate. I try and have a good idea of how I want to capture things beforehand, mostly because I don't like having to deal with too many individual photos. Often it comes down to splitting hairs!

    I would love to eventually get an external flash and a lightbox, but it's so not a priority right now.

    My biggest challenge is photographing my face and the makeup on it! I'm absolutely not used to photographing myself and I think capturing makeup accurately is a skillset itself, so that's what I'm focusing on at the moment!

  3. These are great tips because I have no idea about this kind of thing. Your photos are amazing, they remind me of Rebecca from From Roses!

    ellabooxo • beauty & lifestyle

    1. Woah that's like a SUPER compliment as her photos kick butt and always look amazing. I really appreciate it ( : Let me know if you have any photog questions and I can do another post!

  4. I have a Canon 1100 D something lense. I have no idea really... I just use Picasa to adjust the brightness and other small things. I always try to find the best lightning in the house so that I don't have to adjust too much in another program x

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait drawings)

  5. I hate how Blogger darkens photos! I don't do much editing but use Photoshop to change the image size, crop if necessary and slightly adjust the lighting. Would be interested to see your setup! xx

  6. I'm still using a hand-me-down Canon 350D, but I usually use as much natural lighting as I can because I just haven't managed the flash. I'd love to see a post on how you use your external flash because I've had it for the longest time but I'm completely clueless on how to use it :(

    Mel // izzipenelope


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