I have teamed up with Panasonic to share my top editing tips with you all alongside the release of their new LUMIX Waterproof Camera which is perfect for the adventurer within us all.
Editing has always been something I’ve struggled with and have tried to perfect for years. I still like to experiment now and again, but I have certain apps and features I always use within my photos.
How I edit my photos
I use a mixture of my iPhone 8 Plus and my Olympus Pen EPL-8 for my photos but every single one I edit on my phone. I like to keep my editing quite simple due to the variety of images that I post. I love Instagram feeds and blogs with super edited photos but I just don’t find them real. I like my photography to portray my life rather than staging posts to create a facade.
The following are free apps that I use to help create my blog photography:
The first app I upload my images to is Facetune 2. I use the free version because I feel that this has everything I personally need. Facetune has a lot of different options for you to play with, such as removal of blemishes, smoothing tools and you can eve change the shapes and sizes of your facial features, but the sole reason I use it is for the Whitening tool. This brightens any white shades within an image making it look sharp and clean, which we bloggers love. Nothing worse than a yellow toned white when trying to create a professional looking photo, in my opinion.
I then import this photo into VSCO. This is my favourite app when it comes to filters. There is a huge selection of free filters, as well as a massive selection of filter packs that you can purchase. I find the free filters work just as well which is superb. The filter I use for every photo is HB1. You can change the strength of the filter easily and I usually put this between +5 – + 9 depending on the image and how I want it to appear. Once I’ve selected my filter, I increase the exposure to make the photo less dark (roughly +1) and increase the contrast (roughly +1.5) which I find helps draw out features and brings out the colours of your image.
Next, I use the sharpen tool to really showcase the features of an image and make it stand out and clear. I put the sharpen almost to 100% which I think helps makes an image look like it has been taken on a camera far more professional than an iPhone. The final tool I use is the Saturation tool to increase or decrease the saturation of my images. Right now, I’m preferring a decrease in saturation to give an image a slightly greyish tone, but increasing the saturation also looks great and that what I would do up until a week ago. Either way, I don’t change the saturation too much, but just enough to make a different and help create a theme amongst my photos.
There are plenty other great tools on this app such as Grain which you can use to get that vintage feel to your images, which is another tool I am highly fond of, and White Balance where you can change the temperature and tint of your images – again, this is a great tool if you are looking to create a theme.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a companion to constantly take photos of themselves or can afford to hire a photographer, so I find buying a tripod (or creating a makeshift one out of boxes for example) a brilliant purchase. You can find tripods online for a very reasonable price and it can help you out greatly when your friends are all busy. Set it up, set a camera timer and pose, it’s as easy as that.
If you are lucky enough to have someone willing to photograph you, another useful tip is to get them to take your outfit shot from down low. This creates the illusion of height which is essential for a 5ft 2” girl like myself.
And of course, ensure you are taking your photos in natural light. This will ensure your photos are bright and much easier for you to edit to your required finished product. If you are inside, photos should be taken facing towards the window to give the best lighting – if you take a photo with your back to the window, chances are you are going to wash yourself out/have a dark image of yourself or products and the photo will not look as good, which is not what we want!
Flatlays are something I haven’t done as much recently, mostly due to the process of living between two homes as well as doing up my future home, but for most bloggers these can be vital for their blogs. However, you do not need to spend a fortune to create the perfect flatlay.
One tip I highly recommend is going to your local B&Q and collecting wallpaper samples that you like the look of – my favourites for flatlays are wood, exposed bricks as well as a selection of white/grey designs. These are free and can really help create some interesting photos for your blog or Instagram.
There is no need to go out and purchase lots of flatlay props either. Just use what you have around the house. For example, lipsticks, your jewellery, plants and cute mugs. Many bloggers spend so much money on props and I just don’t think it’s necessary.
Well there we have it, my top editing tips and apps.
How do you edit your images?