I always edit my photos, even if it’s just to brighten them or sharpen them a bit. Over the years I’ve had different cameras, editing software and apps. I’m certainly no pro when it comes to photography or image editing but it’s definitely a hobby of mine that I’ve enjoyed since a teen. I regularly receive messages on social media about my photos so I thought I’d share with you how I achieve the look on my photos.
Starting with the camera itself, I currently own a dslr, a nikon d3200 and several lenses, my favourite being 50mm. I used to use my camera a lot but since I upgraded my mobile I find I mostly stick to my mobile camera now. I actually upgraded to my current phone based on the camera. So now most of the photos you see from me are taken on my hauwei p20 pro. The camera on this phone just absolutely amazes me, obviously it’s in no way the same kind of quality of my dslr but it certainly comes close.
Whenever I use my dslr I like to edit my photos with photoshop. I am an ameture at photoshop but I know the basics and what I need to know to get the look I like on my photos. When editing photos in photoshop I always use actions, particularly florabella actions which you have to purchase and then receive an automatic download. The florabella actions are so beautiful and there are so many bundles to chose from. When you apply an action you get the option to adjust the settings to your liking as well which is great!
Let’s talk about my favourite go to editing apps. For editing photos taken on my phone I either use the Instagram filters, Facetune or Snapseed. All are free to download of course. Sometimes I use a combination of all three as they all offer different options.
Here’s an example of a photo I have recently edited and how:
The Huawei p20 pro offers some brilliant features on the camera so, this was taken using aperture and I selected the point I wanted it to focus on: Eden.
Using Snapseed, I opened the original photo and selected tools then tune image. This is where I adjusted the brightness first, followed by ambiance, then highlights, shadows and saturation. For this particular image brightness is set to +100, saturation +4, ambiance -59, highlights +57, shadows +15.
Selecting tools again and then details is where I sharpen the image to +25. Export and save the image.
I then opened using Facetune and selected whiten. For this image I wanted to use it to alter the colour of the carpet (I hate it) from brown to grey. You just use your finger to rub over the areas that you want to whiten and you can erase any areas you accidently go over.
Next I used smooth just to smooth out any grainy parts of the photo. Again, its as easy as just rubbing over the areas you want to smooth out. Once that’s done, I saved.
This is where I opened the image in Instagram and chose to upload as a square image and applied the gingham filter at 5. Gingham is my absolute favourite filter on Instagram.
And there you have it, that is how I Edited that particular photo. Obviously depending on the original image depends on how much I brighten, sharpen etc…
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I absolutely love Snapseed, you can do so much more than what I did with that image, there are other features that I use quite a lot such as healing (this is great to remove anything unwanted in your photos). Here’s an example of a photo where I used healing to remove the carpet from the bottom of my photo:
As well as the healing tool, this photo has also been through the same steps mentioned above.
There you have it, a bit of a basic introduction into how I edit my photos.