The next installment is here with my guide to some of my favourite go-to image editing apps for photos I post on both my blog and Instagram. Once you have mastered the flat lay (check back to my last post Mastering the Flat Lay) next is to become the Master Editor. Unfortunately it not all about what camera you use, or how much natural lighting you have, some of the best photos are taken on your phone. With that said there is always colour to correct and saturate, shadows to be brightened, details to be sharpened - this is always a given especially when 'flat laying'. You might be surprised that it may look like it's been taken by a pro!
This is one amazing app, all you need to have is a Creative Cloud account with Adobe (if you have bought Photoshop before you are able to download this one!) and you will have killer photos in no time. It's a mobile friendly version of Lightroom you would have on your computer with easy to use sliding menu options, you can achieve more realistic results without distorting the overall look of the image.
My go-to favourite tool is the 'Temperature' tool in the main editing menu which lets you precisely fix yellow lighting (when you have taken a shot with low lighting) or increase yellow (if you have taken a shot in the afternoon 'blue haze'). There are lots of great colour correcting tools in the presets menu, such as 'Punch', and 'Devibe' that will quickly fix any saturation or colour issues. Most of the tools in the adjustments menu give you diversity to get the desired look you are after. Another fave is the Clarify tool, which gives objects within the image much more detail without distorting or overdoing like the menu within the Instagram app.
Snapseed is an amazing app especially if you are into flat laying like myself. Its main feature is the 'Selective Adjust' that will let you select exact points within the image that you either want to change the brightness, saturation or contrast without destroying other areas of the image that don't need retouching. In particular a flat lay with a white background tends to create a blue tint that doesn't allow the background to appear crisp white, saturating this area will eliminate this, but not disrupt any other object within the image. Also selecting shadows that have increased casting due to taller objects and brightening them up will create less distraction and avoid loosing the overall detail across the entire shot. Also a great tip is the retouching function that will clean up any impurities or marks that will leave you image free of any mess.
Not a app I visit frequently, I find it a very confusing app to say the least! Although I am a fan of saving the images I have edited in order like an Instagram feed so you get a preview of what it will look like overall (for those who are a little obsessive about the aesthetic of their feed). If you love using filters, or you choose a particular filter across all your feed, VSCO has plenty of options that also enables you to adjust the strength of the filter so works across all images to create consistency - its just a matter of finding the right filter. A couple of the features that are great to use are the sharpen tool which is a must to give any image that last minute detail before shooting it through to Instagram Also the Highlight Save and Shadow Save functions do a realistic job at brightening and eliminating shadows.
If you have the option of using Photoshop (if using a DSLR) I recommend playing around with some editing tools for the more detailed or close up shots. If I'm on the go I usually use a small Olympus DSLR with wifi directly to my phone and often just give the image a quick run over in Lightroom and Snapseed and up it goes. However, if shooting for a client I will use a Canon 5D and edit initially in Lightroom for colour correction, whiteness, shadows, clarity and saturation. Then exporting this in Photoshop to retouch any faults - especially if its a close up or taken on a dark background every mark is on show, so you can use the 'spot healing' or 'content aware' tools to do so.
Love to know what apps you use to edit your images for Instagram, whats your go-to!?