Photography & Editing Tips

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I'm not the best at photography and styling, but I have learned some tips that would help those who want to improve their photography as well. Whether it's professional or just simply one for the Insta, here are my suggestions!

Using Your Camera

One of the easiest ways to take a great photo is to understand what your camera can do, even if it's the one on your phone. I actually only use my iPhone SE to take all my photos!
- Always focus the camera! On the iPhone you can do that by tapping the object on the screen you want in focus.
- Adjust the exposure if needed to make the photo brighter/dimmer. On the iPhone you hold your finger on the screen and slide the sun button up and down the scale that appears.
- Don't use the zoom function unless needed! It reduces the sharpness of the photo. Instead, move closer to the object or crop a photo down.

Finding a Theme/Aesthetic

One good way to attract people to your photography is by curating photos that are alike in some way, whether it's by colour, theme, or topic. I try to keep my Instagram feed with light and bright photos.
- Find inspiration from other photography feeds and discover what aesthetic/look you enjoy.
- Stay authentic and keep it real! Don't just copy, but add your own personality and taste to your photos.

Editing Photos

I do the majority of my editing using three apps: VSCO, Snapseed, or Studio.
- VSCO: I always start with this app because it can do most of the editing I want. I do the editing using the individual features, such as contrast, exposure, temperature, saturation, etc. It comes with preset filters as well.
- Snapseed: This app doesn't come with filters but you can edit with the individual features. My favourite functions of the app are "healing" (which can help blend parts of a photo), and "selective" (which can make parts of a photo brighter/dimmer without affecting the entire photo).
- Studio: I love this app for adding doodles, text, or borders to a photo.

Developing Photos

We live in an age where technology has enabled us to take beautiful digital pictures, but sometimes photos can be made extra special when they're developed and compiled into an album of treasured memories and moments.  I love my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera just for that reason. It's a cute camera that can immediately develop your photos. They can be easily gifted to someone or used as decor in your home too!

Hope these tips have helped you in some way! There's always room for improvement for myself, so if you have additional ideas and suggestions for me, I would love to know in the comments!

Until next time, Des

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