De facto photo sharing platform Instagram has spawned its own visual aesthetic since the app was founded. Get to know your way around these specific editing tips and techniques, and you’ll be Insta-flexing in no time.
Picking up where we left off, we turn to Instagrammer and photographer Yopoosh for a step-by-step look at how to get the best results when editing iPhone photos on-the-go. As a follow up to our previous guide to the 6 best apps for taking DSLR-quality images on your iPhone, our second guide takes a more pragmatic approach in walking you through the editing process. If you’re new to mobile photography and still getting a handle on the specifics of exposure, contrast, highlights and getting the right colors to pop, check out our guide below.
The Original Image
As I mentioned in the first article, Snapseed is my go-to-app for fine-tuning the basics of an image. I always start with this app and play around with all of the tools in the Tune-Image section of the app. This specific image was shot a little past dusk so it’s a bit dark to begin with. Snapseed’s Ambiance and Shadows tools allows you to bring out the image while maintaining a consistency that makes it appear as though it wasn’t taken at night.
After I’ve played around with the basics, I use the Details tool of Snapseed to bring out the clarity of the image by boosting up the Structure/Sharpening of the image.
Once I’m done getting the picture to where I want it to be in Snapseed, I open up the image in VSCO Cam to apply the tones and enhance any basic features that I edited in Snapseed, like the contrast or exposure levels. VSCO’s presets allow you to control how much of the preset you want to apply to your image; play around with that to see if more or less of the preset works best for the image you took. Once you’ve done that, you can go into the basic features to bring out more or less contrast, and exposures, and apply subtle vignetting to your image. This specific image I wanted to bring out more color and contrast.
If you get to a point where you can’t decide on what kind of tone you want to go for or you end up doing multiple edits, you can take the image into Image Blender and overlay the same image on top of each other to do a blend of both edits – allowing you to control how much or less of each tone you want to apply. This is a great tool to have, especially on your iPhone.