Favorite Photography Apps

First ImageIn my last post, I wrote about some photography tenants that dictate almost every snap I take and help me achieve the well-lit and balanced aesthetic that I love. But, sometimes you just can’t get the light the way you want it, or your lines aren’t perfectly straight and you need a little bit of help. Enter: my favorite photo editing apps to save the day!

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Adobe Photoshop (PS) Express. Heard of it? I kid, I kid. But did you know they have a mobile app? I always start with this app to adjust the levels of my photo – everything from clarity to exposure to vibrancy. 

Snapseed. After finishing up in Photoshop Express, I then head over to Snapseed. I love this app because it allows you to selectively edit and adjust small areas of a photo.

VSCO Cam. Finally, I’ll come over to VSCO Cam to add some finishing effects and filters to my photo. I’ll also save it to my profile so that others in my VSCO Cam community can see my post!Before and After1 3 4 6

And there you have it! From dark to bright and Instagram-able in no time.

Photograph Like a Pro

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A huge goal of mine is to start taking photography courses, not only so I can enrich the blog, but also so that I can continue learning and improving upon something that I am passionate about. Luckily, there is a ton of information online that I can reference and there is also a great benefit from getting out into the field and practicing.

While I am no expert, here are a couple photography practices that dictate the photos I take.

Lighting. When shooting a photo, I try to play around with the exposure as much as possible as to let in a lot of light. My eye gravitates toward bright, well-lit photographs that showcase the beautiful details.

The Rule of 3. Right on par with lighting, the composition of a photo is really what makes it stand out as a stunning image. Even if you’re just aiming to shoot a rose right in front of your face, go ahead and take a look at what is surrounding it. Is there a bright red front door in the distance? Or maybe some clear blue skies above? When shooting landscapes, I try to follow the rule of three in order to balance the composition and provide a greater sense of visual interest.

2 Years!

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I can hardly believe it has been two years since I launched The Tidy Corner! I’m so happy with where this blog has taken me over the past two years, and am excited for the next two years. Between a platform switch (bye Tumblr!) to a more refined content calendar and social strategy, this year contained some great improvements for The Tidy Corner.

Here are some of my favorite posts from the past year:

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Reliving my trip to Tulum, Mexico.

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How to snap the best food photo.

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Celebrated 24 in style with a tea party.

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A breakdown of the color coordination strategy in my closet.

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A simple guide to keeping your bookshelf looking chic and polished.

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All of my favorite coffee table books outlined.

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A look into my bathroom makeover.

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A complete living room, which I now love!

 

Instagram Inspiration

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Since I spend far more time on Instagram than I’d be willing to admit, I’ve had the opportunity to discover some truly beautiful feeds that I gather inspiration from on a daily basis. I love each of them for a slightly different reason, and hope that you come to love them as well!

Sincerely Jules. This is one of my favorite fashion bloggers. She is always traveling around the world, and posts some really great content along the way.

Gal Meets Glam. This is another one of my top fashion bloggers who happens to be based in the Bay Area. I rely on her posts as a means to discover delicious new restaurants in San Francisco.

Coffee N Clothes. Styling coffee with miscellaneous props is an art and each person featured in this account has mastered it. Trust.

BloomThat. Because everyone needs a solid dose of floral inspiration in their days.

Nike Lab. Need I explain why?

Madewell. Without a doubt, Madewell is my favorite clothing brand so I love to stay up-to-date on their collections and content.

Something Social LA. This account was started by my best friend – stay tuned for a focused feature on her soon! – and is filled with motivational quotes, drool-worthy sweets, and even the occasional Kate Moss bikini shot.

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Peek Into Pinterest

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Any time I need a little inspiration, whether it’s for a floral bouquet or an outfit, I always turn to Pinterest. I love sifting through others’ images until I find that one that sends me off feeling both clear-minded and inspired.

Though all of my boards are filled with images that I love, here are some of my absolute favorites that I’d re-pin again and again if I could.

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For more content like this, go ahead and follow me on Pinterest here!

The Tidiest Corner

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When I was back home in Los Angeles the other week, I was reminded of the days when I first started this blog. The days when I was working to come up with the name, the theme, the schedule, and many, many more behind the scenes details.

Though there are many tidy corners, this is the original tidy corner and will always feel that way. The plush bedding, multitude of pillows, accessorized nightstand, pretty corner chair. My tidy corner.

My Blogging Advice

Blogging Though I’ve only been blogging for a little less than two years, I have managed to learn some really important things along the way. When I transferred my blog over from Tumblr, I had to think about so many things that had never previously crossed my mind. From my logo to the particular widgets that live on the right-hand side and even to the tags that I’d use throughout my content, every little detail was considered. What really helped me was to check out blogs that I know and love, such as Cupcakes and Cashmere, Sincerely Jules, Design Love Fest, and Gal Meets Glam, to see how they do it. After a ton of research, coupled with my first-hand experience, I outlined some of my key pieces of advice below.

Keep a calendar to be consistent. As a blogger, it’s very important to be consistent not only with the type of content you are posting, but also with the timing. If a reader visits your site and finds a post each day for a week, but then visits the following week only to find no content, she is going to be turned away. Personally, I try to post three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Sometimes, I’ll also squeeze a fourth post in there, but all that matters is my readers know they can count on three weekly posts.

Get active on social. To supplement this great content, it’s also important to have a presence on social media. My rule of thumb is anything that goes on my blog should be amplified on social media — Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On top of this, I also like to post some original content to my channels to mix up the content and infuse my personality.

Make sure your site organized. Given that I blog about organization, I put a lot of effort into ensuring that my site is organized and easily navigated. Though even if I wrote a fashion blog, I still think it’s a best practice to keep your site clean and logical. To accomplish this, try to condense your navigation bar to only a few selections and be sure to tag all of your posts accordingly.

Be authentic. Lastly, make sure that your authentic voice comes through in all of your posts. People are coming to your site to hear from you, not another blogger, so let your personality shine!

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