Nov 1, 2016

#TECHTUESDAY: INSTAGRAM EDITING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS



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. 

Step 1: 
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.


Step 2: 
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.


STEP 3: 
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).

STEP 5: 
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!







18 comments:

  1. I loved this tutorial. Thanks Faith!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Markesha, I believe I believe I mentioned this app to you when we were in Dallas but didn't have a chance to show you.

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  2. Thank you so much for your tips. I've used Snapseed, but definitely have a better understanding of it now.

    Cheers, J
    www.cheersj.com

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    1. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read! I hope you'll able to use these tips soon!

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  3. I am a techy and always looking for ways to improve my posts & pics, etc so this was spot on! Thanks!

    Kris
    www.fashioned2inspire.com

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    1. Thank you Kris for stopping by and glad my tips could help you. Every Tuesday I share some tech tips that will make your life a bit easier.

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  4. WOW I have this app, and I have yet to use it in such a powerful way. I need to try this! Thank you for the tips.

    Amber | amusedblog.com

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    1. I heard that from other bloggers Amber and many don't know how to fully use this app to their advantage so I thought I would share my knowledge. Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. Very good tips that is for sure. When starting out it can be difficult to know what apps are good.

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    1. Yes it is difficult. It's so many of them and for most people you have time to download, learn and test every app out there. I tried a lot of apps for this purpose to save time.

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  6. Wow !! Thanks so much for the tips!

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    1. Thank you Chimee, I hope one day you can use these tips if you ever have to.

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  7. Loving the tutorial! I've heard of Snapseed in the past, but didn't fully know about it until now. I may have to try it.

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    1. You'll definitely love it Heather! Thank you for stopping by :D

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  8. Thanks for posting this. I have this app and now I will start using it more!!

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    1. Awesome it will definitely improve the look of your photos and make you life easier as an entrepreneur! Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. I love Snapseed, it has become the game changer to my photos! Love this post!

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  10. Love this post! I use Pic Tap Go and absolutely love it. - Lindsey

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