It’s taken me a while, but I think I’m *finally* happy, for now anyway, with how I’m editing my photos!
Luckily for you- it’s easy, cheap and iPhone friendly. Read on:
APPS |personally, I use VSCO (I have purchased the X version) to lay my filter and make a few minor touches, then I import the photo into SNAPSEED to fine tune the lighting, colours and shapes.
I also have a range of other apps I use:
– Facetune to remove scratches/random things from the image
– Afterlight to add light leaks/grains/vintage film
– Retouch to remove people from crowded photos
– Darkroom to adjust hues of certain colours
THE IMAGE | I shoot all of my images on an iPhone 7+, Canon G7X or a Canon 70D. Almost all of the time, the image will be iPhone quality because a) I’m lazy and b) I’m lazy. I do however make sure that when I shoot I have the majority of light behind me, the subject in focus and I sometimes play with the exposure as I’m taking the photo.
THE METHOD | my method has pretty much been exactly the same the entire time I’ve been in LA/AUS. I will always import my image into VSCO first and choose a filter, then make slight lighting touches. If it’s a feed photo (aka not a quick insta story) I’ll import to Snapseed to fix all the annoying tidbits. For my Instagram stories, every image has been edited the exact same:
My favourite VSCO filters are the entire ‘A’ range, HB1, HB2 and S1-3. Its really important that you play around with different ones, as the same filter will look so crazy on 100 different photos if the lighting conditions are different. For my LA insta-stories reel, all images were edited using A4 or A6 to maintain consistency. I almost always leave the filter at its top strength.
The main adjustments I will make for stories (if any) are turning the exposure up or down, adjusting the skew (particularly for photos of food), turning the temperature up and adding about 50% grain. The saturation sometimes needs adjusting if I’ve used grain to make sure the colours are still there.
If however, the photo is appearing on my feed, I take a little more care. The same filters are used (almost always A4, A6 or S2) and the same method but with more care.
I’ll frequently turn up/down the above settings in both VSCO and Snapseed, and only use a mild grain for feed photos to keep them looking crisp.
The below comparison is the unedited image, the image edited in VSCO and then the image edited in both VSCO and Snapseed. The adjustments between 2 & 3 are minor, but enough to annoy me if they weren’t done.
Happy photo editing, loves!!