Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook are flooded with beautiful photos that make you envy the life of whom ever posted them. I often scroll through stunning Instagram feeds in awe of some of the photos that fill my feed, questioning how I can improve my own Instagram photos.
It’s no secret that most of these stunning images are all edited with software to enhance the aesthetics of the ph0to, and that a large majority of those photos do not look like that before they are first posted. I am definitely guilty of posting only edited photos- I’d say at least 90% of what I post is edited.
Editing used to be something only professional photographers could do, as it definitely takes a fair bit of knowledge to master Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom…until recently that is.
Until recently, all the photographs I used to post online had to first make it’s way onto my computer, and into Lightroom, before I’d post it online. This was causing serious problems for me in terms of time lines, because of the amount of time it would take for me to sit down, transfer and edit the photos I wanted to post online. It also wasn’t practical because with the amount of traveling I do, my laptop is not always with me and therefore I often would have 1000+ unedited images, which were ‘unusable’ to me.
This however changed when I stumbled upon a range of smartphone editing apps which have knocked my socks off, and saved me a tremendous amount of time and energy. The obvious best part about these apps being based around a smart phone, is that you can use it on the go!
When I am on my phone and not near my laptop, Snapseed is my number 1 go to editing app for photos. Lately a lot of the photos I have been posting on Instagram has been taken with my cellphone and edited through Snapseed. It’s super easy to use. You start by opening up the photo, select ‘tune image’ and then scroll through the different options such as ‘brightness’, ‘contrast’ and ‘saturation’.
When I edit photos, I personally like to adjust the brightness, the ambiance, shadows and highlights.
The image below was taken on my smart phone (LG G3) and edited through Snapseed. I played around with the different Tune Image options, as well as details to make the mountain and houses stand out a bit more.
This app is especially beneficial to anyone who wants to touch up imperfections. You can erase wrinkles or zits, slim down areas, whiten teeth and much more!
I do love using this on photographs of people, especially for the awesome teeth whitening and eye popping effects!
For the picture below, I only edited the model’s eyes. To make them brighter and give them that pop, I selected ‘clear eyes’ and then the ‘manual’ option. After which I ran the brush over her eyes to make them whiter and brighter. You can also check the different by pressing that tiny red circular button on the bottom right. This will show you the before and after, before saving your edit.
3. Touch Retouch
This is a paid app, but it’s very affordable (less than 5USD) and you only pay once off to purchase it. What I love about this app is that you can delete anything out of the picture, and the app will magically erase it by matching up the closest pixel to make it magically disappear.
As you can see on the image below, the left image of my bag taken against a mirror has been replaced by a shadow reflection instead. This app is great for removing people out of pictures or details which you wished were not there!
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