Sup guys and gurls!
Something that a lot of people ask me over here on POR is “what filters do you use on your photos?”, “how do you edit your photos?” and “what apps do you use on your photos?” – so I’m bringing you my mini masterclass of photo editing and how I adapt them for instagram. I hope this helps any of you who are a bit stuck with editing!
I’m going to show you what I do to two photos step by step.
First up, these are how they look straight from the camera.
They look alright, but to me they’re a bit dull and the colours need bringing out a bit more.
The first thing I do with all of my photos is up the brightness and increase the contrast. I’m doing all of this in an old version of Photoshop but doing this in any photo-editing software should have a similar effect.
I then like to add more colour so I increase the saturation.
The next thing is a bit more complex – I mess about with ‘Selective Colour’. It basically means you can change some of the colours. In my photos I have the green background (which I dislike, but I have to make do) and the green is a little drab. If you select the Colours option to be green, and decrease the magenta level, it really brightens up the green. (Hope that makes sense, lol). I decrease the yellow in it a bit too because I prefer a cooler looking/more blue background.
If I still think it needs brightening, I’ll add more brightness or maybe up the exposure.
I’ll just show you a comparison of the pre-edited photos to the edited ones. An important thing to add would be the image size – my images are usually quite big and if I saved them as that each time they would take ages to load on my blog. When you save, click ‘save to web’ as opposed to save as – then it’ll come up with an image size. I always make the width of my photos 1000 pixels (it’s the right size for my blog) so fiddle about with that if it’s too small/too big.
So moving on to instagram – if you follow me you may notice I have a little theme going on. I like my photos to be ‘cool’ (as opposed to creamy and warmer looking). I use VSCO Cam to edit my photos and that’s it – it takes literally one minute to do even though it looks like a load of work.
The first thing I do is add a filter – I use C1. I usually slide it along to about 7 out of 12 (as shown below) and this adds vibrance to the photo and gives a bit of a vintage look.
Then finally, my little secret. To get my photos how I want them for instagram I decrease the temperature. I swear by this app because it’s the only one I’ve found that does this. I make it cooler by about 4/5 nodules.
Thennnnn VOILA! I use the app Instasize to get a white border around my instagram photos and I use InstaCollage if I want to put two photos side-by-side.
So… I hope that makes sense. So many people have said Photoshop baffles them but hopefully it helps! All in all this editing takes about 3/4 minutes because once you’ve done it a few times it’s mega easy!
One other thing a lot of people ask is what cameras I recommend. At the moment I’m loving Panasonic – If I had to choose one I’m seriously loving the Lumix DMC-G6. This one is good value for money and I think it looks really professional considering the price – plus I’d always go for a compact camera. If you’re looking for a cheaper one or you’re an amateur then the Lumix DMC-TZ70 Digital Camera would also be a fab choice.
I hope this helps you and answers all of the questions I’ve been getting! If you have any more questions then add a comment or send me a tweet/email or something! I’ll make sure I get back to you.
Much love as always,