Last week I tweeted asking if anyone would be interested in a post about how I edit my Bookstagram Photos! The response was more than I ever imagined and so I’m here to write that post today!
1. Choosing a filter & Lux
I always use the same filter – Aden. This allows my feed to have a consistent theme throughout all my pictures. I chose this filter because it has nice warm tones which I like. Especially for Autumn/Fall. You can read My Top 5 Bookstagram Tips for more on themes.
Lux will apply an HDR (High Dynamic Range)-like effect to your photo that lightens shadows, darkens highlights and increases contrast. It is the little sun symbol at the top when you choose a theme. I always apply Lux after I select the theme. That way I can appropriately add the amount needed to enhance the photo.
2. Brightness and Contrast
Adjusting brightness and contrast is so important to the aesthetic of my theme. The lighting in my room is not the best. So I often need to make my photo’s brighter to make them stand out properly. I make them bright enough that the focal point of the photograph, the book, is significant. But not too much that it washes out everything entirely. Its all about balance. This is when I go over to the Contrast option and highten the colours to make the books pop. Obviously don’t over contrast the colours but just enough that the shadows and light are deep/light enough to create a nice depth to the background.
3. Warmth and Saturation
Sometimes the filter isn’t enough to add the right amount of warmth to the photograph. This is when I go in using the warmth option to make it a warmer toned image. Similarly, pulling the slider in the opposing direction will make your picture more cool toned. I have found that saturation is more needed when a photo I’ve taken has let in too much light and its reflected off of the book and washed out the colouring. This happens most on orange covers, like The Priory of the Orange Tree. To fix this I use the saturation tool to make them deeper.
4. Highlights and Shadows
When Lux doesn’t add enough depth for my bookstagram photos I will go in with Highlights and Shadows to add more. Highlights will enhance the lighter parts and Shadows will deepen the darker areas. I usually don’t need to slide these along very far, only a little bit.
5. Vignette and Sharpness
The final steps in my editing process! I always add Vignette to all my photo’s. It creates a nice shadow around the edges and draws your eye towards the middle. Specifically, vignetting is a reduction of an image’s brightness or saturation toward the periphery compared to the image center. The center of the photo is where the book is so that is where I want the eye to be drawn to the most.
Sharpness is the final step. ‘Sharpness‘ refers to an image’s overall clarity in terms of both focus and contrast. When the subject of an image is sharp the image appears clear and lifelike, with detail, contrast and texture rendered in high detail. Adding sharpness just adds that professional quality to the picture. It makes it appear more clear and crisp.
The Final Result
And you’re ready to post! This has been my step by step process on how I edit my Bookstagram Photos. I hope it gave you an insight into how I create my feed and helps you create photo’s in a style that you like too!
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