Most of us own a smartphone, and if you’re anything like me your cameral roll has over 29,000 (I’m not kidding). I use a lot of these photos on my personal Instagram account. Instagram is such a fun and amazing community of people! I know a lot of us enjoy making our photos look nice, so I figured I’d share what I do to edit mine!
I use the following apps:
- So first you take a photo you want to edit. Remember: photos are easiest to edit if taken with natural sunlight. So outdoors, or by a window with the subject facing the light. Using artificial lighting (indoor lighting) and/or no lighting at all can make photos orange and grainy. I’ll use this photo from the park the other day.
- Then you choose your filter. I use the “A Series” filters. Most of the time I use A6, but I also use A8 and A9 depending on what the picture is of. (A6 is good for images that are majority white, A8 brings the green hues down and blue hues up, so is good for images with a lot of grass/plants, A9 brings in more saturation with tan/orange tones, giving it a vintage look). So for this photo I used A6. Click the “paintbrush” icon to get to your list of filters.
- Next, you’ll click the “wrench” icon. Here you can mess around with things like brightness, contract, sharpness, etc. Click the half colored circle (contrast) and select desired setting. When you’re finished click the check mark on the far right side.
- Next click the triangle to edit sharpness. Select desired setting.
- Next, and this step only applies if your image is crooked. You will click the rotate image. Try to make your image as straight as possible.
- Next, and this is the most important step in my opinion, you will edit the vertical and horizontal perspectives. This makes the image look DEAD, STRAIGHT ON. Haha, I don’t know how else to describe it.
- Once that’s done, go ahead and click the bottom right hand check mark in the main menu, which should take you to your library and from here click the three dots “…” in the bottom right hand corner and click “SAVE TO CAMERA ROLL”.
- Now we’re going to open up the app, Retouch. This is completely optional and is only used to “photoshop” or get rid of unwanted objects, etc. Once you open up Retouch, go ahead and click “Open photo from gallery” and click the image you just saved into your camera roll. When it asks for you desired image resolution, I always choose the highest option.
- Once that’s open click the paintbrush on the bottom toolbar. Use your finger to trace over the areas you want to get rid of. Remember you can zoom in and out and also change the size of your brush to better the outcome. Once that’s done, click the “play icon” labeled start to the right of the hand icon. Click the floppy disk icon on the far right of the toolbar, save to camera roll and TA-DA!
Here’s a before and after: