How I Edit my Blog Photos; Picmonkey vs. Lightroom - All Dressed Up

How I Edit my Blog Photos; Picmonkey vs. Lightroom

As a blogger you have to be a little bit of everything... a photographer, a stylist, a graphic designer, a writer, ect. Sometimes you have experience in a select few of those things, and have to quickly learn to be an expert at others. For me, it's photography. Starting out in blogging, I had taken extensive writing, fashion and graphic design classes in college, but photography was and still is pretty new to me. I still  find myself learning new things everyday about my camera, and more recently, editing...

Picmonkey is a popular photo editing and design website, and it's popular for a reason. It's great if you're just starting out, and the best perk is that it's totally free! I have used it for a long time, and it's worked great for me, but as I get more serious about photography and blogging, I knew it was time for an upgrade. 

I talked to one of my close friends who is a graphic designer and photographer about what she uses to edit her photos and she led me to Adobe Lightroom. I had used Adobe programs in some of my classes, but I just knew that they were pretty pricey and pretty complicated. But she convinced me the moment she said it's only $10 a month and has simple features for quick editing like highlights, shadows, white light, contrast, ect.!

I mean I have a gym membership for $10 a month I use (embarrassingly enough) way less than I now use Lightroom which is basically everyday.. So, as seen above I did a quick demonstration of how each program edits a dark photo! 

The first photo was taken with my Cannon Rebel T5 on a sunny day in a shady area, on creative auto setting with the brightness up. 

The second photo I edited in Picmonkey, where I upped the exposure and sharpness

The Third photo I edited in Lightroom where I upped the exposure, highlights, shadows, white, and vibrance.

So it's a pretty huge difference! The Picmonkey photo still looks so much brighter than the original, but the Lightroom photo is just W.O.W. Don't get me wrong, I will definitely still be using Picmonkey for blogging purposes because it's a quick and simple editing tool but Lightroom is 100% worth the extra time and money. The original post for this look can be found here (where I didn't even use this photo because I didn't yet have Lightroom) and Adobe programs can be found here

My absolute favorite thing about purchasing Lightroom is that it has a cloud program so that any picture you add to your Adobe library will automatically be added to the Lightroom app you can download via the app store to your phone. Not only does the app store your photos, but you can also edit them! Instagram has some great quick and easy editing features, but I am so excited to begin using Lightroom as well! 

Do you all have any favorite photo editing programs? Have you tried Lightroom before and have any great tips? Feel free to let me know in the comments!


  1. I love Lightroom. I just got it recently when I got my DSLR and my photography game has been amped up so much! I'm always learning new features and my pictures get better every time I use it. PicMonkey worked well for awhile, but you can only do so much with it. Lightroom also cuts out a TON of time with presets and syncing. It's a lifesaver.

    1. I couldn't agree more! I can't beleive I didn't get Lightroom sooner, it's such a great tool! Great point about the presents, and I also LOVE the auto settings!