Have you ever gone back in time and looked at some of your past images and said "WTHECK Was I thinking when I posted these photos?" (Raises Hands) I know I have and the worst part about it is I thought it looked good at that time. But when you don't know any better you can't do any better.
Over the years I've worked in the industry as a makeup artist, beauty & lifestyle blogger, graphic designer and even photographer/Editor and have trained my eyes to what look good and what doesn't. I've been trained by some of the best and over the years I've practice and learned on my own and I'm excited to share what I've learned as a entrepreneur.
The key to good editing is training the eye to know what is missing from the photo and how to properly correct and enhance the photo to make it the best photo it can be.
It's true that some photos need more help than others but with the proper tools you can turn a mediocre photo into a bomb photo worthy of showcasing on your social platforms.
FIRST THINGS FIRST!
First thing you must know is this is not a post about photography however I must tell you, that in order to maximize these tips to the fullest you must have a pretty decent foundation. What does that mean? Make sure your lense is clean and smear proof so you can take a clear photo. The clearer the photo is the easier it is to edit and the more light you have around the object the better off you will be!
For this photo I took with my IPhone, I used one app for editing all of my photos and that is Snapseed. Snapseed is a powerful editing tool with an easy to use interface that can improve your iphone photos. The best part about it is it's free and you can download the app here.
Keep in mind you can use any editing app you feel you are comfortable with. I only recommend Snapseed because this is probably the best app I've experienced and it's a all-in-one in my opinion and will be the app of choice I use in the photo below for the tutorial.
There's several ways you could approach this photo but I'm going to take you through my speed editing.
To bring up the editing tools on Snapseed, click on the edit icon on the bottom right corner of the screen. That will open up the editing tools screen that will allow you to edit your photos.
Select "Tune Image and scroll up and you will see some editing settings... Scroll up to the last setting "Warmth" which will automatically be set to "0".
If you pan to the left or right you will notice that the temperature of the photo will adjust. You want to remove the unwanted warmth from the photo. Remember we're attempting to create bright, light, clear, and sharp content. Once you remove the warmth from the photo you should get something like this. I left a little warmth in the photo so I would have more of the daylight effect.
After you've removed the warmth some may say I could stop at this, however I disagree. There are a few more things I could do to enhance the photo. This is all about training your eyes to see visually what this photo needs. The next step would be to brighten the photo a bit more. So you should still be in the "Tune Image" mode. Scroll up to Brightness and adjust the levels to +86. (Keep in mind the setting will vary per photo)
See the difference???
Now the next step is to remove some of the yellow tones in the white because if you can see there is still this warm cast over the photo which can either be removed by going back to warmth setting or we can dissect the photo and be selective in the areas we draw out the warmth from. Normally I would choose to be selective however this will lengthen this tutorial and it would be harder to explain in a written tutorial. So we're going to K.I.S.S (Keep It Short & Simple).
So if you go back to the Tool Menu you will select the Tune Image >>> Warmth to remove some more of the warmth. Now remember I personally don't want the photo to be too cool toned because it becomes unnatural. I want it to resemble natural lighting. I'm also bouncing between >>> Ambiance to increase the vibrance of the photo and >>> Shadows to decrease the shadows of the photo I move the settings to the right. The photo should look like this.
There are a few more things I would do to enhance this photo which could be done in Snapseed but I could also take it into Instagram and make some last edits with this photo. Overall the bones of this photo is great.
Training your eyes to edit is a skill and take practice but we have all the tools at our fingertips to get the job done. Practice Makes Perfect!
Tag me in your photos on Instagram #TechTuesdayWithFaith and let me see what you working with!