How I Edit My Bookstagram Photos

If you don’t know, I run a bookstagram! Today, I thought it would be fun to take a look at how I edit my photos for my posts. I will show you all what programs I use and the process while I edit a photo for a review that I did a bit ago.

If you’re going to go super in depth, the photo you see in this post may end up looking a bit different than the one I posted. I didn’t have any unedited photos, so I went with this one.

I’m working on posting all the backlist photos that I have so I can change my theme come Sunday. So this entire post will change slightly when I change the theme. But I’ll get into that as we progress.

What is Bookstagram?

Bookstagram is Instagram for readers, pretty much. It’s where people post photos of books and discuss them. It’s honestly my favorite social media outlet. I have always loved photos. Taking them, editing them, sharing them, everything. So adding in my love of books and I’ve never felt more at home.

If you want, I can share with you all some Bookstagram accounts I love! Or I could shoutout to some at the end of every post 🤔

Editing Process

The above photo is before I got through and do any edits. All software that I use to edit my photos is Adobe. Depending on whether I’m feeling up to editing on my phone or on my compute will depend what program I use.

On my computer I use Photoshop; on my phone, I use Lightroom. For the purposes of this post, we’re going to use Lightroom. Any edits that I do in Lightroom, I would do in Photoshop besides the last step. That I have to do in Lightroom.

First picture shows what Lightroom looks like and the second is just the original photo uploaded to the app and ready to be edited.

These three photos show the changes I made in the levels of exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks. The amounts of these that I change in each photo varies based on how dark the photo was to begin with along with how bright I want the final product to be.

Then I just throw on a filter and call it a day. With this theme, my most common filter was Artistic 06. I’m going to be taking a look at that again with my new theme, but currently that’s what it is.

And there’s the final product. Here is a comparison between the two.

Let me know in the comments which you liked more. Like I said, a bit of this will be changing when I start my new theme, but this is how it has been for a month or two now.

I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all in the next one!

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