Welcome to another A Month of Favorites post hosted by Andi, Tanya, and T. Today we’re talking about Blogging Tech essentials, some piece of technology that makes blogging easier.
This year I finally took the plunge and bought myself a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. I went with the basics which costs me $12 USD a month. For me, it’s worth it. I take a lot of photos.
My subscription includes Photoshop, Lightroom, and Creative Cloud storage. Photoshop is quite labour intensive and I don’t use it much. I need to sit down and learn more about it. I find Lightroom useful. With Lightroom, you can do basic fixes for your photos: red eye, cropping, adjust exposure, noise reduction, etc. You can also add pretty filters, vignettes, and sunflares. There are a lot of filters available online, both free and pay to download. You can add a watermark before saving a photo too. It’s so fun to play around with and easy to use. I edit both my camera and iphone photos with Lightroom.
How do I use it for blogging? Stock photos. I take photos of objects that can be used to illustrate a wide range of posts. I fix them up in Lightroom. I try to leave some empty space for text. Then I add them to my stock photos file. I have a file on my hard drive but I also store photos in Creative Cloud. When I need a photo for a post, I just find an appropriate one, add text, and upload to my blog post. Like the one above.
|A sampling of my saved stock photos|
Another thing I love about Lightroom is the mobile app. It syncs with the desktop, so if you edit a photo with your phone, it’s saved to the desktop too. I like to drop my edited photos from the desktop into my phone. It’s easy to share them that way.