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  1. I love these tips! I just tried Lightroom, and it’s intimidating!

    I’ve also been thinking for a while to take my own photos, but I have zeeeerrrrooooo artistic talents, so I’m just postponing and postponing even more!

    1. lol yeah Lightroom definitely looks intimidating but love the easy to use presets option! hopefully the photography super bundle will help you improve your photo taking skills πŸ™‚

  2. Looking forward to trialling some of the options. I use the free version of Canva but will trial the Pro. Thanks for the insights.

  3. This is really thorough and helpful. I’ve used Canva before but am now thinking of using it in a new way. Thanks for sharing this! I’m going to check out some of your other posts.

  4. Love all these! Thanks so much for sharing. I personally take my own photos (or get my boyfriend to take them) and Canva is my JAM! <3

  5. Beautifully written post with photos and great explanations! Thanks for sharing! I plan to share this post with a few other blogger buddies!

  6. This was such a great help! Adobe often does sales and email discounts for their bundles! I’m a Lightroom and photoshop addict. I struggled with Canva a bit but this really makes me want to try again!

    Thanks for all the tips, I’m bookmarking this page!

    Lexi

    1. haha well if you’re great at using Lightroom, you’ll learn Canva in no time! I feel like it’s actually much simpler lol

  7. I am so glad I came here to read this post! I am trying to get my blogging lifted off and I feel like all of these resources will get in in the right direction!

  8. This!!! I needed to read this like yesterday! I am trying to make myself more photogenic for my posts that I feel I should be captured in but its so hard, mainly because I always find something that I don’t like in it! But with these tools, apps, and great advice maybe I’ll begin to feel more comfortable! I won’t know until I try right?

    1. Exactly! I’m the same way, I don’t like to be in pictures unless my son is in them but researching and figuring out the best lighting and angles using these tools has definitely been helping!

  9. Hey Lucy.

    Thanks for bringing it out that bloggers really ought to make their own photos and graphics. I totally agree. This conveys more of the individuality of the blogger and better expresses the way she (or he) styles her (his) brand. As you say, it makes their Pinterest pins recognizable at first glance. I appreciate your research. I like Ipiccy and have an ancient version of Photoshop Elements, which, presently, suits me fine.

    Blessings,
    Cindy

    1. Yes for sure! You can easily add elements to Canva too, I’ve never used Photoshop so am curious if there’s anything it has that Canva Pro or Lightroom doesn’t

  10. I have always thought about taking my own pictures for my blog but this has for sure peaked my interest a little more. I always hated my photos because they didn’t look as good as the stock photos but I guess as u said its more unique.

    1. haha I totally get that! I used to think my pictures were good until I started seeing other blogger’s images haha so I use a mix of both but definitely want to expand and take better pictures myself. It’s all a learning process! Don’t give up on it just yet πŸ™‚

  11. This is so great and you’ve certainly done your research! Great reminders about Pinterest as I always forget to pin my blog photos! Thanks!!

    I’ve been wanting to dive into Canva and can’t wait to get started! Always hear great things about Adobe LR – will have to check that one out again, too!

    Look forward to reading more and searching through your links – thanks for sharing! I have a hard time getting photos of myself – especially since I live alone and the world just shut down! Hopefully, I can find new tips & tricks on how to best take images to introduce ME to my followers.

    ALSO – still trying to find the best organizer for my photos. I have so many good ones and it keeps getting harder to find what I want as the numbers grow! Excited to follow your posts and continue to learn more! All the best – Cheers!

    1. Aw thank you, so happy to hear you say this! β™₯

      Canva is for sure a great place to start especially since it’s super affordable. Plus, with their Pro option, you now get access to all their stock photos for free so if you’re needing pictures for your content without having to spend lots of money, I definitely recommend starting here πŸ™‚

    2. Hey Andi Kephart.
      Just a thought… I, too, am forced to take pix of myself. I really do need to get a tripod. But, this is the way I do it…might help you: I set my camera to the timer. I auto focus on an object (with big depth of field f-stop), then set it to single shot, carefully rest the camera on the fence post, depress the shutter button and step out to a spot where I have focused the camera. Only thing is, it’s a guessing game. I have to take a bunch of shots! Then, I have to cut myself out (remove background). Gotta get a tripod!

      Blessings,
      Cindy

  12. I think taking your own pictures is a great idea! I’ve never used any of the Adobe products so I’m looking at them but for now I have Canva Pro and LOVE it! At the very least people should try to mix a few photos from paid stock photos sites if they are just beginning. It really makes your pictures stand out.

    1. I love it too! I’ve only had Pro for a month now but it has been totally worth it (especially now with the unlimited stock photo options LOL). And yes, a variety is definitely a great place to start!

  13. Wow, this is a ton of information! Very valuable post here.
    I have 3 questions and a comment. First, sometimes my photos are apparently gigantic. I’ve been editing them on Google with 3D (which comes up automatically when I open a photo). Sometimes, the photos are displayed at, eg, 16%, and if I put the display to 100%, I only see a tiny portion of the photo. Other times, they are normal sizes. I do not understand how this occurs, or how to adjust them downward.
    Secondly, I read about optimizing for say, Instagram, where the desired aspect ratio is 1080 x 1350. What are these numbers? Pixels?
    Last question: what makes a photo “pinnable”?
    Thanks for any help you can give me on this.
    My comment is, that I believe there is a typo in your post. Under the “Editing” paragraph toward the end of the post, I think you typed “presents” rather than “presets”.
    Thanks again!

    1. So first, thank you for letting me know on my little error lol sometimes my eyes misses these things so it’s helpful to have someone point it out to me πŸ™‚

      Now to answer your questions as best as I can lol

      1) I use Canva to compress the size of my images. It allows you to easily ad your image and then download it to a smaller file size. This can even be done in the free version!

      2) Yes, pixels. (Again) Canva LOL, it has all the recommended sizes already listed. Let’s say you want to post a picture on Facebook.. all you have to do is click on “Facebook Post” and it’ll bring up the size you need. Same thing for Instagram (also included in the free version)

      3) There are several different components to this. All which are listed in the free Pinterest courses found in this post and should help answer πŸ™‚
      https://cheerstoblogging.com/free-blogging-courses

      Hope that helps! πŸ˜€

  14. Thank you for this! I go through phases of using stock and taking my own — it really depends on how much work my kids let me get done. But your own is always, always, always best.

    1. I agree, I also use a mix and depending on which blog it’s for also lol eventually it would be nice to take my own stock images but for now, I primarily use my own for my travel and sometimes my niche blog – just like you, depends how much my son lets me get done haha

  15. I love Canva! I use it for everything! I’ve never used Adobe Lightroom, but it looks worth checking out- thanks!

  16. Thanks for this post! I’m not a great photographer myself, but I sure do love to take photos! Saving this for my next big trip… whenever that may be lol

    1. haha hopefully soon! My travel blog is looking a bit sad also without all this traveling but it’ll happen β™₯

  17. Photography is the aspect of blogging which most intimidates me so thank you so much for breaking it down! These are great resources which definitely make it a little less intimidating. I’m definitely going to look into a few of these options to improve my skills in this area. Again – thank you so much for sharing! πŸ™‚

    1. Aw I’m happy I was able to help make it less intimidating for you! It can definitely be challenging to do it all but start slow lol. Don’t think you have to use ONLY your own photos, do a mix of both and then gradually increase πŸ˜‰

  18. I don’t shoot my own photos for my blog because I just don’t have time, but I absolutely love Lightroom for my ig photos. Nice tips

    1. Yeah I agree that it can be very time consuming and that’s why is not for all niches. I have a mix of both on my sites and thank you! πŸ™‚

  19. That’s a good post! I’ve never thought of Photography Super Bundle cause I always thought it’s expensive. But this one is really awesome with the price under $50!!

    1. Yeah it’s totally an amazing price for everything that comes included in it. I am sooo happy I bought it lol

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