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How I Take Artsy Selfies & Edit Photos in Lightroom 📸

August 19, 2019


Hi guys! Welcome back to Lavendaire. If you follow my Instagram, you know that I like to take artsy selfies because I have no one else to take pictures for me. But I realize that I’ve gotten really good at this thing of taking pictures of myself with
my camera on the tripod and my phone as the remote. So today I want to do a fun little tutorial
showing you how I do this. And I also want to show you how I edit
my photos in Lightroom because I get a lot of questions on photo editing. So I’ll share all my secrets, my whole process
from start to finish of getting that cool look with you, yourself, and you. Me, myself, and I. You – yes. Alright, let’s get to it. Step 1) Get dressed up and made up in a way that makes you feel confident and beautiful! Usually I’ll go through my closet and pick out an outfit that fits the way I want to feel that day. Today, I have purple hair so I really wanted
something to complement that. I picked out this minty off the shoulder dress because I love how the color creates this
pastel contrast with my hair. If you have something in your closet that you love, but don’t get a chance to wear it out often, wear it! This is your time to shine. After I have the outfit, I’m adding some
accessories to match. These are new earrings that I felt went with the dress, and the turquoise + purple gives off mystical
vibes which I’m feeling today. Then I’m just touching up my makeup, adding some highlight, and we’re ready to go! Step 2) Pick a background that suits your style. Mine is this area in my office with clean, pastel vibes. You can also utilize plants and props to make
your background more interesting. Personally, I like to shoot in the late afternoon light because sunlight spills into my room at that time and there’s this golden glowy vibe. Early morning sunlight works well too but I’m never awake that early. Step 3) Set your camera on a tripod. If you don’t have a camera, this is where you’d set your phone on the tripod. Lately I’ve been setting the camera
vertical for IG photos, but that is just personal preference. Take this time to also explore your
favorite camera angle. Do you like your camera lower or higher? I like a lower camera angle so it makes
me look a bit taller. Camera tip: I shoot in RAW, so that I have more information to
edit the photo afterwards. I set my aperture to the lowest setting,
which on this lens is F/4, because I love that depth of field,
blurry background look. My shutter speed is usually around 1/125. And it also helps to have a flip out screen so you can see what you’re shooting. Step 4) Connect your remote for your camera. I connect my camera to my phone with wifi, but you can also use a camera remote or a self timer. Step 5) Now it’s time to start shooting! Play with your angles & poses and explore
all the sides of your face and all the shapes that your body can make. This is all about exploration & experimentation. You’re getting to know your face & body
and learning all your “good sides”. You don’t have just one good side, you have many! Through this, you’ll also be more confident
having your photo taken because you know what looks good to you. Let me emphasize here that it’s all relative
and it’s all an art. YOU are a work of art. As self-absorbed as this process may seem, you’re actually getting to know yourself, and thus getting to love yourself. Yes, your self love game will increase with
your selfie game, because you grow more comfortable and confident in yourself through this process. So don’t be self conscious and just have fun! So previously I was taking instant photos with my phone
in my hand as the remote. But when I want to take a photo with
both hands in the shot, I’ll change the camera to a 2 sec timer, then find a soft chair I can drop my phone
onto after pressing the shutter. Welcome to my secret: I’m constantly throwing
my phone for these shots. Luckily I have carpet in this room because my phone will always bounce off the chair and onto the floor, so that’s that. Step 6) Take a LOT of photos. Switch up your camera position and angles if you want. Again, it’s all about exploration & experimentation. Play with movement. Try throwing your arms up in different ways, using your arms to create an artful structure. It doesn’t have to be natural. It’s art, okay? You can also try playing with props as well. I have this prism crystal that could be really
fun to play with, since it reflects light & images in an interesting way. So what I’m doing here is placing the prism
right in front of the lens to create a reflective, kind of whimsical image. Later I noticed that the prism was creating a rainbow reflection on my face, which I really liked. So I was working really hard at trying to
get that rainbow in the right spot and trying to get that perfect image. By now my arm’s pretty tired and I think I’m about done. “Okay, hopefully I got a good one.” Now let’s move on to editing in Lightroom! Alright, here we are in Lightroom. These are all the photos that we took today. There are 127 photos and as you can see, I have variations of the same poses, just so I get a good one. What I do now is: I look through each and I press the shortcut “Z” on my keyboard
to pick my favorites. So let’s do that. Okay, so now that I’ve picked my favorites, I’m going to filter by the unflagged and any rejected. So these are all photos that I dislike, so I’m going to delete them because
I like to save space. Delete 66 photos. So now I’m left with the photos I liked. I try to be more generous, just in case, because I always change my mind on which one I like. So let’s pick a favorite. Now I usually pick my favorite of each pose
and I filter the photo from there. In Lightroom, I do have a lot of different presets. But sometimes I will start with the presets,
sometimes I won’t, because sometimes I don’t need to. But I’ll show you how I would filter without a preset. I actually first start with a curve. I love using curves lately. I realize that what I really like is lowering
the highlights a little bit, bumping it up, creating a sort of S-curve shape. Then I will just play in this area:
bump up exposure if I need to. And I love bright, milky, dreamy, airy photos. You guys have seen my Instagram and
you know what I like. I really try to bump it as much as possible
but still try to keep the contrast. I prefer less shadows. I prefer to bump up the mids a little bit like this. As you can see the curve, the mid is a little brightened. I like that look. So before … after. I don’t like my image to look that flat. That’s why I really like using the S curve
to give it a little more punch. Obviously this is the extreme version of the punch, but I kind of like it around here. So keep the mids light. This is if you like a really flat, milky look. Alright, so before … after. You see how it already changed a lot
and I didn’t even fix the tones? All I did was curves and play a little bit with
exposure and shadows and blacks. Generally, I like my photos a little warmer. Sometimes warm is a look. For this one, I kind of like – because my hair is purple, I don’t want to go too warm. And the greens and pinks honestly look
perfect to me, the way they were. And usually I’ll bump up the vibrance
a little bit, not too much. Color Mixer is actually another one of my
favorite areas in Lightroom. Sometimes – it depends on the photo, but if I want lighter color skin, you can bump up the luminance of the orange. You could also lower it if you want more of
a tan complexion. I usually just bump it up a tiny bit. If you have different toned skin,
this is where you would mess with it. The orange is the hue of your skin tone. I honestly like the natural look of this. Okay, here’s another thing I play with. Texture, usually people bump it up for texture. Sometimes I soften the texture, make it negative so that it has more of a softer look. You see how this looks really soft and dreamy? I kind of like that, except I just do it a little bit. So starting from zero, I would just go
down to 6 or something. You can tell it kind of blurs out your fine lines a little bit, so I like a little bit of that. Same thing with clarity. It has that same effect where it softens it a little bit, so I’m just going to soften it a tiny bit
so it looks a little more dreamy. Grain is something fun that I do add occasionally. Grain, it’s easier to see it up close. This is – let’s add 15. I honestly, sometimes I just like to have it there. You might not be able to tell in the actual photo. And that’s that! What I would do is copy, and then I would paste this on literally all
the other similar photos in the set. You can paste it there, and now this pose is
basically filtered for the most part. You can go back and change them and
filter them again later. Alright, let’s do another photo. Let’s do one of these rainbow-y photos. I can never decide which one I like. So I’m just going to paste the filter that
I have on the first photo I worked on, just so I don’t have to work on it as much. And as you can see, it doesn’t exactly
give me the look that I want because this is a different photo with different lighting. So each photo is different. Going for that milky look again, maybe like this. This one needs to be a little cooler. Let’s mess with the skin tone because I think
the skin tone is a big factor in this one. Let me make the clarity negative. If there’s greens in the background, sometimes you want to mute the greens because you don’t want them to be too saturated. So you can mute them. You can change the tone of the greens too. Let’s make the greens lighter. Yeah, I like this look. So you can see – you see the green in the background? I kind of like how this set looks from far away. I might just do a multiple photo set. Looks so dreamy-looking, love it. So that is basically my process for
editing on Lightroom. I hope you enjoyed this video. Let me know in the comments if you have
questions or anything. And let me know if you think this is too extra,
but this is normal to me. This is part of my daily life, guys. Alright, love you so much! Don’t forget to subscribe, and I’ll see you in the next one. Bye!

77 Comments

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    Omg, that moment when you threw your phone made me smile 😁 ❤️

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    Hi aileen,

    Your videos always inspired me and your vids so aesthetic!

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  • Reply Enya Mona August 18, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    This is really helpfull! thankuuu

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    Beautiful…… soo sweet you posted this video. And really love your photos. ❤❤❤

  • Reply Lea Lynn August 18, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    thank you for giving me inspiration to dress up nicely! you're such an angel. keep going. your content is very nice! i love your passion 💜💚❤💙💛

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  • Reply secretblackjack August 18, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Is your lightroom software licensed? I want to have but i guess needs to pay 🙁

  • Reply Nicoleta Stoodley August 18, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Great video! I love that artsy side! When you threw your phone!! 😀

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    I don’t think I’ve ever clicked on a video so fast 😂❤️ anyone else love Aileen’s photos?! They are stunning!

  • Reply Yona Ajeng August 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    i always think that i'm too EXTRA on taking artsy selfies, and after watch this video… i'm glad i'm not the only one 😂💕 i'm so relate with throw the phone thing lol

  • Reply Davida Williams August 18, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    How is your online classes doing? I hope they are going great. How do you shoot these tutorials?

  • Reply Lovin Pvris August 18, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I love these kind of videos! So useful!

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  • Reply viijoux August 18, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    It must be really hard to decide ♡ I feel inspired now, thinking about improving my editing program and skills.

  • Reply Ever so Seyma August 18, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    This was super inspiring and you look so lovely! <3

  • Reply Angelica August 18, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks for this ! Where did you get the prism from ?

  • Reply Filza Arif August 18, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    ♥heartiest thnx for sharing your genuine advices….

  • Reply Julie I August 18, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Love💕. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply TRUE Swellness August 18, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I love how you said you are viewing yourself as art. A good selfie always boosts my mood. Thanks for teaching us your tricks!

  • Reply Stephanie Swan August 18, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Such a helpful video! This is pretty much how I take my photos too! I've found that using a shutter release remote control is a bit easier than using my phone as a remote – it means I don't need to throw my phone away quickly between shots as I've set the timer to take like 15 photos at intervals of 2 seconds or so! x

  • Reply elloitsangela August 18, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    I absolutely love the first step!!!! When I look good, I feel good and it makes me so much more comfortable in front of the camera! 🙂 I love your photos!!

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  • Reply Allie Butler August 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Was just trying to learn how to do this last week! I think I’m gonna have to continue practicing photography- I’ve had a lot of fun so far.

  • Reply Tawana Terrell August 18, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Awesome process, Pretty Girl! I love how you execute your artistry so independently…😍well done!

  • Reply Filippa Vivianne August 18, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    LOVED it! I also shoot myself in RAW and edit in lightroom ☺️ Thanks for sharing ❤️

  • Reply Lizzie Rodrigues August 18, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Definitely gonna use your tips next time I take business photos 😍 Thanks, sunshine! ☀️

  • Reply Zofia le Fay August 18, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I'm still learning Lightroom, so thanks for showing how you edit yours! I love how soft your pictures on instagram look 🙂

  • Reply kaitlyn grishaj August 18, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Just after watching this video I did this and I had so much fun! it really helped me feel comfortable in my own body and just play❤️ (if anyone wants to see the photos you can go to my ig at kaitlyngrish and see them) shameless self promo 😂

  • Reply theFitty August 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    any artists here use Adobe premier though? :O

  • Reply Tash W. August 18, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    i love that kind of videos😊 thank u for showing how u edit the photos

  • Reply 4MrsChacon August 18, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I really enjoyed watching how you edit photos. I really know nothing about editing, so that was great to get a simple tutorial. Thanks

  • Reply Sadika Ahmed August 18, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    I love your videos♥️

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  • Reply Rebecca Maria August 18, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Im missing your long hair look🥰

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    Love it! Keep being xtra ✨💕

  • Reply Nay Garcia August 18, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Oh thanks for the tutorial.. I love your photos

  • Reply ryan H. August 18, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    You look amazing nice pics!!

  • Reply Stone Nayoung August 18, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Yess!! queen of taking selfies!

    we stan 💕

  • Reply Shalom Tellis August 18, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    The best moment of the video is 3:43 😂😂😂 I don't know why but i feel sad for the phone.. Beautiful Video. 😊😊😊 Keep Up With The Good Work GBU!

  • Reply Hima C August 18, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Watching and listening to you creating that wonderful dreamy aesthetic is such a gift for the day. Love you, Aileen <3!! Shooting with props like flowers, different fabrics, textures or even different times of the day is fun too!! Nothing extra here xD

  • Reply Puja Mahapatra August 18, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    love yay!!!girl…

  • Reply Joey H August 18, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Love it! Thanks for sharing:) but same I have no one to take pictures for me😊

  • Reply Life Traveller August 18, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Yasss this is the content i'm looking for beside self growth content ❤️
    Pls do edit video next

  • Reply Jessica Peavy August 18, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Started listening to your podcast

  • Reply Dasar G August 18, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Honestly this is the first video about how a youtuber edits their photos that hasn’t disappointed me. Beyond this, it’s fantastic! I’m eager to try lightroom now 😀

  • Reply Jasmine May August 18, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Oooo my queen 👸 and love it

  • Reply Ana Clara Barreiros August 18, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    I clearly have to work on my self-esteem 😥

  • Reply petite lim August 19, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Is it just me? I have been watching this girls' videos more than 4 years now, I think. Such as good vibes with lots of informative things. Thank you aileen for this video. 💕 I have a request. Can you do video about how to shoot the video and the editing process? I think you have one long time ago, but will you do the new one? Thank ya.

  • Reply Fabiola Suárez August 19, 2019 at 12:05 am

    You’re so talented and creative ✨

  • Reply Mariela Merino August 19, 2019 at 1:49 am

    love it! I need to get lightroom now though lol

  • Reply Wonder.Wander.Ponder. Be. August 19, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for being so transparent and encouraging!

  • Reply Debanjana Chakraborty August 19, 2019 at 4:34 am

    Ur soothing voice and ur aesthetic is EVERYTHING …love you so much 💜💜

  • Reply Eva Antonia August 19, 2019 at 4:45 am

    thank you for these tips!:)

  • Reply verenhimoinen August 19, 2019 at 4:58 am

    You are beautiful, that makes stuff like that easy. I'm pretty ugly. For me nothing works. 😅

    Taking selfis make me cry like crazy all the time…

  • Reply Sierra H August 19, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I’ve just started editing my photos with Lightroom and this was so helpful! Your pictures came out beautifully btw💜

  • Reply sit down and write nananatte August 19, 2019 at 8:31 am

    This is so cute!!
    Thanks, Aileen. You look sooooo sweet.
    'The morning light is good too, but I never wake that early' hahaha! totally understand!

  • Reply Samiha Khan August 19, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I loved this! Can you do a part 2 where you could just use your phone only….? No DSLR…?

  • Reply Aidana Mer August 19, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Thank you! Another super helpful video💋💋💋

  • Reply Anuththara Fernando August 19, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I really appreciate your work sis.

  • Reply Nancy Elle August 19, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    as someone who constantly struggles with selfies, this was impressive and very very very helpful, hehe. ❤️❤️ you’re beautiful!!

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