Grab a cuppa and let’s get chatting! I have wanted to voice my opinion on this subject for a while now on how we take and edit our photos online.
As a Blogger, everything needs to be sorry, look perfect. Our photos need to stand out in a sea of creators. The first thing you notice is the image so I see that it needs to be perfect but how far is too far? What I mean is, when do we stop over-editing our photos? when will the natural look become a normal beauty?
I feel like we are a walking contradiction. I feel like magazines and (some) of the media are slowly making progress when it comes to unedited photos. They aren’t changing faces and figure as much so we can see and relate to the more natural look but what is happening to the beautiful places we visit? oversaturating our photos, adding the stars, moon and planets, taking away people and structures. Is it a little warped?
I completely understand it from both sides. As a content creator or an Influencer, it’s a way to stand out from the crowd, It is a business after all.
guys c’mon HOW CUTE does Louie look?!
I edit my photos very similar to each other (NOT usually like this👆🏼haha. This photo is a tongue in cheek type of edit, firstly I am crap at editing so hats off to the people who smash it, photographs can be super fun and playful which is why I chose this edit because it screams autumn and it’s kinda funny.
I like my themes usually to look crisp and clean but I very rarely, in fact, I only slightly brighten photos of cities or places. Personally, I would never take away it’s beauty yet I know sometimes with over saturating a picture or playing around with it too much can actually take away some of its non-perfect beauty.
I totally understand social media isn’t real life anyway it’s always, the ‘highlight reel’ but for content creators, it is a creative outlet, somewhere where we get to play around with photos, make them fun and a bit different and also to advertise a product we love.
Why would we want to make it mundane and regular if it is supposed to pop and catch your eye?
Those who aren’t familiar with blogging won’t understand why we are going to such lengths that some of us go to for a ‘holiday photo’ but to a blogger, it isn’t just your average holiday photo, it’s an extension of their brand.
Is this editing strictly for influencers and content creators? or will this become a trend where not only do people not look real but the cities around the world don’t either?
Is it the editing that’s taken too far or the props?
To me, seeing somebody pose on a balcony with all the pastries have become a normal thing but for others who aren’t familiar with this industry, it is a little OTT and probably a waste lol. They look at it on a realistic level which I understand the photo isn’t realistic hence the ‘expectation vs reality’ posts.
I think some shots look amazing but if somebody has shot a photo of themselves laying in a busy street holding a huge bouquet of flowers, a glass of champagne, pastries, doughnuts, pizzas, balloons, a pumpkin spiced latte and a puppy I can see why you might not have any idea they are trying to promote that little tube of shaving cream that you may see slightly hanging out of their handbag – okay slight exaggeration but my point is if nobody knows what you are trying to advertise that’s where the misunderstanding creeps in which angers some people.
Repetition is boring.
In the past, I have followed people because of their OTT posing, travel photos because I thought they looked stunning and I lived for it but even too much of any good thing can get a little boring. They would tease on their into stories that they have an exciting post coming up from a new city and you 100% knew what it was going to look like before it even got posted and I wasn’t that excited, to be honest I knew it was going to be the same overdressed outfit (but in a different colour) with the same hair accessory (but a different colour) and the same bouquet of flowers you guessed it (in a different colour). It becomes a bit samey for me and that’s when I click the unfollow button. I totally get the themes etc but I love fashion and beauty and if I’m seeing the same clothes over and over again in different colours I’m getting bored of ya sorry but true.
Being relatable will always win. It’s why we love reality programmes we love seeing how the other side live but there has to be that tiny percentage we can relate to. whether it’s because they are part of a family or purely share your love for love mac and cheese.
As soon as it turns a bit ridiculous I think as viewers, we lose interest.
Who is the leading lady in the blogging/youtube industry? Well, in the UK it’s probably Zoella aka Zoe Sugg.
Zoe is smashing it and has been for years in this industry and be honest, can you remember a time where you thought she had gone a little over the top with the editing? or that her videos were so over posed it was uncomfortable? nope neither can I and I truly believe that’s why she has made such an impact on this industry? As much as we love editing photos and videos we equally love the bloopers and behind the scenes too!
So what do you think?
Do we need to stop over-editing or can we just explain a little more? shall we be a little more relatable and find a happy medium or should it be left to just enjoy?
I personally like some of the edited shots, I love how the stars look at night when they are edited and added I think it’s one of my favourite features I have seen.
I guess I do prefer it when an ad and a photo match up but that’s the same with TV adverts too. When I watch a TV ad then at the end I find out what it’s actually promoting is nothing like what I thought, but the adverts that are clever, pretty and match the product its advertising I love and it draws me in and that’s how I am with ads on social media but I will always find comfort in the more relatable Instagrams even after the trend of over edits has left.