Alright friends, I’m a little behind on blog posts! Last week was crazy packed with events and commitments, so I never really had the time to sit down and write – and when I did, I honestly felt fried and uninspired because I was exhausted from the weeks festivities. So on that note, today I’m talking about the three apps I use to edit photos on my phone. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about editing photos, and the apps I use to do so. So what better way to explain than in a blog post?! My process is pretty simple, but let’s dive into it.
1. Lightroom CC // This is what I start with. I load all my “favorited” photos into the app (they have a desktop version too), and then start with the photo I like most of the set. I don’t use a preset, and like to see what the auto function does to my photo, so I start by clicking “auto”. I’m never a huge fan of how the “auto” function makes my photo look, but it’s a starting point. From there I adjust the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, and blacks. Typically I go up on exposure, down on highlights, up on shadows, down on whites, and down on blacks. From there, I adjust the colors in the photos under the “color” tab. I have Blonde hair, and different lighting situations can make it look yellow – so I normally pull the yellow tints out of the photo here. Next I move over to the “clarity” tab and go up on clarity, and up on the dehaze function. I like my photos to have depth in color, and dehaze helps create that. From here, I export my photo into my camera roll.
2. Snapseed // I’ve been using Snapseed a lot less lately, and working with mainly Lightroom because Snapseed has been acting up on my phone. I think it’s a storage related issue, but for the purpose of this blog post I will run you through what I would typically do in Snapseed. After importing the photo I just worked on in Lightroom CC, I go to “tools”, then “tune image”, and typically bump up the brightness slightly, followed by bumping up the ambiance. Next, I export the photo to my camera roll.
3. Facetune 2 // I like using Facetune to make details pop. You can play around with the different options to see what works for you, but I typically use the “details” and “vibrance” feature within the app the most. If I want a certain item in my photo to really stand out, these two features help do so. This is the last step in the editing process for me.
That’s it, you now have the secrets to the sauce! As I mentioned above, I don’t use a preset – so I edit every photo based on it’s individual needs. If I’m editing a set of photos that were all taken in the same spot however, I typically just copy the settings from the first photo I edited and layer it over the others to make life easier. Let me know if you have any questions!
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