5 Tips to Make Your Conference Photos Share-Worthy

by Janice


When you arrive home from a blogging conference like BlogHer13, you likely have a phone full of photos or perhaps you even lugged around a DSLR to capture it all.

It’s time to get those photos out there to share with all your conference friends.

Here are 5 simple photo editing tips to quickly edit your shots with PicMonkey to get your friends, liking, tweeting and sharing your photos.

  1. Use a filter to quickly fix lighting.

    Chances are most of your photos are indoor shots with poor lighting and the white balance has gone a little crazy. One quick solution is to use a fun filter that can fix the lighting and add a cool effect with only a click or two. If you are really hating the lighting or you are dealing with the unfortunate effects of flash, PicMonkey has a great black and white filter option too. Black and white can hide a thousand flaws.


  2. Add names or Twitter handles to photos.

    You will have photos of new and old friends and to make those photos more interesting and memorable for everyone, it helps to add text labels to the photo to show who’s who.


  3. Make collages to share many photos at once.

    With PicMonkey, you can make and edit collages shockingly fast. And now, with the new update to collage, you can quickly edit your collage and be posting your creation in a flash!


  4. Use touch up tools to fix shiny faces, remove blemishes, or reduce red eye.

    Flash can make any face look shiny. And with the long days at conferences, most of us aren’t exactly powdered and ready for our close up. With PicMonkey’s many touch up tools, you can do a little “post” make up work.

    On the photo below of me with Disney rep, Marshall Weinbaum, I used a little Airbrush, (remember to fade the effect,) Shine Reduce, Spray Tan to even skin tones from neck to face, and Red Eye Remover to remove a small bit of pink in our eyes.


  5. Remove distractions from your shot by cropping, darkening the photo edges and/or using the clone stamp tool.

    When you’re taking photos in a crowded room, you don’t have the luxury of clearing unwanted objects and bystanders from your background. Thankfully, with some quick edits you can clean up the photo afterwards.

    For example, we removed many distractions from the following photo using PicMonkey edit tools. First, we cropped, then used the clone stamp to remove the yellow drink and finally darkened the edges.

    I’ve cropped this final shot with square proportions so I can share it later through Instagram which crops all photos into squares. (To share photos on Instagram that I have edited with PicMonkey on my computer, I upload photos to DropBox, then open on my phone and upload to Instagram.)

Have fun editing your photos!

If you publish any posts or photos about BlogHer13, you can link them up in our BlogHer13 RoundUp.

We’re thrilled to feature our friends at PicMonkey as sponsors of our BlogHer13 related content. We are editing all of our BlogHer 13 photos in PicMonkey and sharing them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Thanks PicMonkey — we love you guys!

To help you become PicMonkey wizards, and to help you share your PicMonkey wizardry secrets, we’ve created a PicMonkey Resource Page full of free tutorials, tips and tricks, as well as a LINKY for you to link up your own PicMonkey posts.

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 tammy b August 5, 2013 at 11:24 am

thanks, i never think about simply darkening the edges to remove annoying things in the background, brilliant!


2 Sarah August 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I’ve never been to a conference (they’re all too far away for me, since I don’t have anyone close by for reliable kid care), BUT I can totally use these tips for other things.


3 June S. August 5, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I hate those pictures that are really good shots, but maybe 1 or 2 people in the photo have those glowing red eyes.


4 happymomc August 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

neat and great tips!


5 Melissa Michael August 7, 2013 at 2:12 am

Great tips! I just started blogging about 9 months ago. Hopefully someday I’ll be able to go to a conference. It sounds amazing! :)


6 michelle b. August 7, 2013 at 5:55 am

Some very great tips to better photos


7 Jean August 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Great tips and they sound pretty easy to follow! The “after” photos are worlds better.


8 Krystal August 8, 2013 at 5:27 am

I need to learn how to use picmonkey. So cool! Thanks for the tips!


9 Barbara Platt August 8, 2013 at 7:22 am

I can’t attend any conferences due to my health


10 Jenny Martin August 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I always say I am going to take more pics and do these fancy things–great post–pinning for future reference!


11 cheri August 8, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I like cropping out distracting stuff, but not the darkening edges so much, darkening looks like 80′s senior pics. :)


12 Helga August 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Those changes really make a difference in the photos.


13 Jennifer Marohn August 9, 2013 at 3:16 am

Very good suggestions. Thank you so much for sharing.


14 Trish F August 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Wow PicMonkey sounds great. I have a dslr full of pictures and since the camera is new I was at a lost on how to get them off. Think I’ll check out PicMonkey. Thanks for sharing.


15 Tammy S August 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm

These are great tips. I really like when photos have the names on them. It makes it easier to know who is who.


16 Tristen August 19, 2013 at 12:26 am

Great tips. Love the remove distractions tool


17 LaVonne August 21, 2013 at 10:49 am

Adding Twitter handles is such a great idea! :)


18 Barbara August 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I always find at least one photo that I can add a funny caption to. I know it’s a fine line to do this within a professional setting. Common sense and good judgement goes a long way to stay out of trouble and have it appreciated.


19 Marti Parks August 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm

These are really good tips, I can’t believe I have never thought of darkening the edges to get rid of the background stuff in the pics. It really does make a difference in how they look.


20 Mozi Esmes mom August 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I love darkening the edges – that’s my favorite PicMonkey edit!


21 mrsshukra August 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Like these pictures! Thank you for the great tips!


22 Kelly Brown August 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Great pictures! I learned some new things from your tips=thanks!


23 Sonya Morris August 26, 2013 at 8:41 am

Great tips! I love the idea of darkening the edges.


24 Claudia M August 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

great tips ! thanks


25 Southern Gal August 28, 2013 at 8:29 am

I love picmonkey and have used it for collages and text on my photos since they began.


26 Carl L Smith Jr August 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I always appreciate tips like this, something that sounds as easy as clicking a picture isn’t always so simple for me lol Thanks!


27 Paula V August 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

Great tips. I especially like the last one…such an improvement to darken it and remove the background.


28 Richard Hicks August 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Will remember these tips for sure. Makes the finals much more eye appealing.


29 Cathy H August 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I really need to use these tips for the mountains of photos I have lying around! I love the tip about darkening the edges!


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