Dear Stylish Nerd,
Before we get into today’s post I’ll like to first put it out there that I am in no way a photography expert, nor a photographer so writing a post on photography and photography apps had me feeling some type of way but you guys absolutely loved this post judging from your comments and the pageviews, some of you also left comments on my Instagram (@vincentdesmond_) asking for tips and how i edit my Instagram pictures especially the recent ones. Also my latest Instagram Polls proved you guys were still interested in How I Edit My Pictures and so I’m here to share what little knowledge I have with my Stylish Nerds.
So here’s what my process looks like:
Take The Picture
When I take my pictures, I always focus on the composition and the lighting because any other thing can be edited out. The best time to take pictures for me are :9am-11am for outfit pictures and brighter pictures and late evenings for moody pictures because the sun then creates a particular aesthetic I like.
Edit With Snapseed
The first thing I do in Snapseed is to Tune The Image using the Tuning Options: Brightness, Contrast etc, depending on what I’m trying to achieve. For moody pictures, I reduce the Brightness, Shadow, and increase Contrast (For Lighter Pictures, I increase the Brightness and increase the Shadows).
My all time favorite thing about Snapseed is being able to use the Selective Option and edit only certain part in the picture (Like increase or decrease Brightness or Contrast).
For this Picture, I first cropped it using the Square Option (That’s the perfect size for Instagram), I reduced the Brightness by 30, increased the Contrast by 22, Reduced the Shadows by 18 (Reducing Shadows intensify and make them darker, increasing them lessens them or and makes your pictures lighter), Saturating to 10 (To make it warmer) and then using the Selective Option, I reduce the Brightness on the edges just a little bit to make it darker.
Edit With VSCO
I use VSCO mostly for the filters, and my favorite filters are those in the A Series and HB2, for this picture I’ll be using A4 and I’ll reduce the intensity to 7, reduce exposure by 3 and increase the Tint to a 2. And then, post on Instagram!
My advice is to experiment with VSCO filters because it looks different with different pictures and different lighting, and one filter may look good on one picture, but will look horrible on another.
And that’s it. Nowadays, the process is very easy and I do it automatically because I know what I want to achieve. I’ll advice once again, focus more on taking a great picture and on composition and lighting, any other thing can be edited out.
I hope this post was helpful and do leave a comment.
What’s your favorite editing app? Would you like me to write more on photography? What will you like me to write about?