Let’s talk about photography: How I edit my photos?

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Hey, guys! How are you?

Today I decided to talk to you about my photography and, to be exact, how I edit my photos. Now, some people say that the photos shouldn’t be edited, but I think that just the right amount of editing is good and can turn a good photo into a great photo. I do edit my photos and sometime I need to edit a lot of things, but in my case with my photos, the editing just make them better and show the beauty of what I’ve photographed. But before we start talking about the editing process itself, you have to know with what I take my pictures. Mainly, I take them with my phone, but few weeks ago I got my mom’s old camera. On my phone I use the HDR camera. The HDR setting of the phone camera makes the photos brighter, and most of the times, with better quality.

Phone:

  • HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
  • Phone’s back and main camera: 13 MP
  • Phone’s front camera: 5MP

The camera I use is relatively old and the lenses are not that good, but I take most of my photos with my phone anyway, and almost don’t use it. However, when I do use it, even if it’s old, still does a good job.

Camera:

  • Praktica Luxmedia 7103
  • 7.20 MP

 

For now that’s what I use. πŸ˜€ Soon I really hope I finally get a nice semi-professional camera. Now let’s move on to the editning process of the photos. Mainly, I use two photo editing apps. But from time to time it happens to use couple more.

Snapseed

That’s the app I use for the editing itself. I use it for adjusting contrast, brightness, details, sharpness and others. It has some very nice features. It also has some filters and effects, but I use another app for this. Some of the feauters are lens blur, vignette, details, curves and more. It’s a really nice app and it’s not hard to use.

VSCO

When I’m done with the editing in Snapseed, I go to VSCO for the final step: the filters. πŸ˜€ I’ve tried many apps for filters, and even the Instagram’s ones, but VSCO is the one I like the most so far. It has some awesome free filters and even cooler paid.

 

Some other apps I’ve used or still use are PhotoDirector Photo Editor App (this one is nice too and not hard to use), Pixlr (I have used it on my phone before, now use it through my computer, mainly to add the text on my photos) and ColorSplash Photo effect (this one is mainly for when you want a certain object of your photo to have its color in a black and white photo). Keep in mind that these probably are not the best photo app editors because are free, but for an amateur photographer they are good. They’re accessible and easy to use.

 

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And finally we will talk for the editing. I edit each photo different. That’s because sometimes one photo turns out better than other and needs less editing. And also every photo is different. When I edit my photos I usually adjust the brightness; the contrast; ambiance, tempreture and warmth (in some occasions if needed)- all of these are in the Tune Image section in Snapseed. Then I adjust the sharpness and the structure (which makes the colors to be a little bit more saturated). Sometimes, if I still don’t like the photo enough, I’ll use curves and some of the others options in the app. However, I tend not to over-edit (my photos tho some of them may look kinda over-edit) but just enough to make them better.

 

After I’m done with Snapseed I go to VSCO for filters. I’ve used most of the filters in the app and haven’t chosen one or two I’ll choose every time. I don’t have a spesific filter and use one depending on the colors of the photo. Usually, I choose the one that compliments the colors the most and not the ones that take them from the photo. Sometimes can be pretty difficult to choose a filter because there could be several filetrs that are good with the photo, and usually these are the times I don’t like the most because it’s always hard for me to choose. Some of my favourite and most used filters are: HB1 and HB2, P5, A5 and sometimes NC.

In general, that’s how I edit my photos which you see in Instagram and in the blog. I don’t edit them way too much, only just a few things and this depends on how good the original photo turned out to be. And how I said, I think with some editing the photos become even better than the original.

What you use to take your photos and how do you edit them?

If you want to see more of my photos, check out my Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/annies.road/

 

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So, this was the post for today, hope you liked it. If you’re reading my blog, thank you, and I really hope you like my content. Have a wonderful day, everybody!

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41 thoughts on “Let’s talk about photography: How I edit my photos?

  1. Like yours my camera is not new. It is a Canon EOS 1000d and must be ten to twelve years old but is adequate for my purposes. I do use the phone camera too.

    Editing – for web photos etc I use Snapseed like you do. It is great.

    For bigger files and more flexibility for photos of my artwork for reproduction I use Paintshop Pro but only because that is the default editing program installed on my work PC. It does the job.

    On the Mac and iPad at home the basic editing in Photos is actually pretty good and I have also been pleasantly surprised by the editing tools within Instagram.

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    1. That’s great. I don’t have any editing programs installed on my laptop and I use only the apps I have on my phone. But they also do a nice work, when I get a new semi-professional camera I may start using and some programs.

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  2. Thanks for the tip! I just started taking photos and blogging. I’m using GoPro Hero 6, Insta 360, phone cams are Iphone 7plus and Iphone X. I still have loads of pictures to be edited as I don’t know how…learning. LOL thank you for the info about how to edit photos.

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  3. The best camera you can have is the one you have with you right now. You made what you have work for you and the images look great!

    I personally use a Nikon D3200 as I’m trying to get into photography fulltime. Adobe Lightroom is my goto tool for editing my photos.

    If you get a chance, check out Adobe’s Photography package. It gives you Lightroom and Photoshop for a pretty affordable price per month. Of course, you will require a computer for those two pieces of software, but I guarantee it is worth it.

    Having said that, if what you’re doing currently works for you, then there is also no reason to change anything at all!

    =)

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    1. Well, I agree with that, but I’ve been taking photos with my phone for the last few years and I’ve decided that it’s time for some upgardes. πŸ˜€ Hopefully it happens soon. I haven’t decided yet, but probably, I want to get more professional in this. And yeah, I’ve tried the Photoshop package and it’s a nice one. Haven’t tried Lightroom yet, but I know it’s pretty good. Thank you for the recommendations. πŸ™‚

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  4. This was really informational! You’re right, sometimes photos need a little editing. And I think you’re doing a great job. In the mountain picture, you can really tell how well you managed to make the picture clearer and brighter. But it’s subtle. Wonderful job! πŸ™‚

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  5. Great post! From the photos I’ve seen on your post, you’re a great photographer! I agree that HDR makes the quality of the photos look more clearer. I used to use a photo editing tool called Photoscape to edit my personal photos. But I don’t use it anymore because I’m looking for a new one. I’ll take a look at the editing tool that you use. The editing looks really neat!

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  6. Very nice article on editing, I will check out your instagram, in the future I plan to do a travel blog and will need to know how to edit pictures better, for now I’m just writing about residual income.

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      1. It will be a while before I get out on the road traveling,, right now I am taking care of my elderly father. My mom just passed away in January and my dad who is 90 is really struggling with her passing. I follow a lot of YouTube travel channels and they make it look so awesome. For now I am practicing writing and learning about as many new places as I can. I really like this WordPress platform and community, glad I choose it. I was checking out your Instagram and that looks like a nice place as well. Have a super wonderful day.

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  7. nice topic. i don’t edit much really. being a pro photographer, i usually just keep what i have in the phone, while adding some contrast or white balance with the built in editing tool in the iphone (when i’m shooting on the iphone.)

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  8. When I start blogging I considered that it isn`t necesary to edit the photos. No camera can show what the eyes see. Now I try to edit my photos, especially the old ones that were taken with the phone. Thanks for the shared information!

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  9. I’m a big advocate for editing; you can make an average picture really stand out with a good edit! My first β€˜semi-pro’ camera was a Canon 400D, which are super cheap now and good to learn the basics πŸ™‚

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