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.
- 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.
- Praktica Luxmedia 7103
- 7.20 MP
For now that’s what I use. 😀 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.
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.
When I’m done with the editing in Snapseed, I go to VSCO for the final step: the filters. 😀 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.
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!