alright ladies (and gentleman? maybe just my husband?). . . i feel like one of the things i get asked about the most is about photography. i know I’ve posted about it before here. and it was a good big basic overview.
but what i want to talk about now is editing.
a lot of the pictures i take end up on social media (namely instagram). and as much as i love myself a good #latergram i prefer to quickly edit and post as soon as i catch a spare moment. It feels more authentic for some reason. . .(it probably also means i post too many times a day).
but. back to editing.
i have a few basic apps i use for every picture.
VSCO, Facetune, TouchRetouch, and PicTapGo. They’re easy to use, and once you get a feel for your editing style it becomes second nature and using FOUR apps seems less daunting. it also helps your pictures look more uniform. and who doesn’t strive for a cohesive instagram feed?!
i took this a few weeks ago at the farmers market. i seriously LOVE the colors. There was a good natural reflector coming off the sidewalk lighting the girls faces, i always shoot farther away and crop in. I love this picture but the original one just fell flat.
1. VSCO: I always start with VSCO. i LOVE the c3 preset. but i strongly urge you to find the one that works for your style. so i uploaded the picture. from there i used the c3 filter (i hardly ever bump it up more than half). from there in the tools (the little wrench) i lightened it up +1. and saved to my camera roll. the best part of VSCO is that you can copy and paste your editing steps into multiple pictures. so batch them up if you have multiple pictures from the same shoot.
2. FACETUNE & PIC TAP GO- next up is facetune. the hands down best app for lightening up pictures. the $3.99 pricetag seems really steep but i use this app on EVERY SINGLE PICTURE. so its worth it times a million.
once you open your photo. swipe the bottom toolbar to filters. from there click on lighting. i love “lighter” and “gamma”. i always start with lighter- you can adjust how much or little of each filter by swiping right and left.
facetune also has a few other awesome features. if you have a close up picture that needs just a smidge more sharpening (think in the eyes) the details feature is perfect. and the smooth feature can smooth skin. . . i sometimes use this on pictures on k napping when all you see are her legs.
once i save the picture i crop in pictapgo. i seriously use pictapgo for nothing else anymore. but for some reason their cropping and straightening tool is something i just cant quit. crooked pictures drive me absolutely crazy. you can even straighten pictures directly IN instagram. so really friends dont let friends have crooked pictures.
here’s the final image i posted to instagram.
3. TOUCH RETOUCH- this little gem of an app is my secret to removing things like storm drains and other pesky things. like the statue at my in-laws house. the statue is amazing and gorgeous in person. but it can be a distraction in pictures.
open your photo from gallery. use the brush tool (the little paint brush) and lightly brush it over whatever you want to remove. hit the start button (the little square) and watch it disappear. its not always perfect, and takes some practice. but after a little facetune and touch retouch here’s what got posted:
maybe next time i’ll post about how i get the girls to at least look like they cooperate.
any questions? concerns? apps out there i need in my life right now or i might die?!