Editing 101: How to ENHANCE your photos

Good day everyone! I posted a before and after photo on my Facebook account and I’ve received an overwhelming amount of messages to make a post about it. Please note that I’m no expert on photography. My goal is to share my knowledge on basic editing which I personally apply on my social channels.

The mobile app I use the most is Snapseed. I love it because it’s like Photoshop for  your phone. Downloadable FREE for both Android and iOS.

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What is the Snapseed app?

Snapseed is a photo-editing application produced by Nik Software, a subsidiary of Google, for iOS and Android that enables users to enhance photos and apply digital filters. Snapseed was rated as one of the Top 100 Best Android App of 2015 by PC Magazine.

If you’ve been following me for a while now, you must’ve read my post on how I edit my Instagram photos. Now this is a much more specific way on how I achieve clear and bright photos, especially on minimal plain white backgrounds.

Since we’re on our phones 24/7, it’s convenient and not to mention practical to capture things with this device rather than carrying a heavy load of a DSLR camera. This is also ideal if you’re not willing to spend a ton on a fancy camera.

TIP: Always shoot your photos on natural lighting. If it’s too sunny, then find a shaded area so the details and colours would show more.

Let’s begin!

Start with your raw photo. Click on Open and choose a picture you want to edit.

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Click on the Pencil icon to open tabs.

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Now the tabs should look like this. Choose Selective.

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Click on the + sign at the bottom to start.

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Tap on a white background you want to whiten. B stands for brightness.

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Swipe right to brighten. Don’t forget to click on the + sign to add another B.

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Swipe left to darken.  Hit  at the bottom right when you’re done.

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Now it’s time to enhance! Choose Tune Image tab.

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Swipe UP on the picture to show tabs. Select Contrast then swipe left or right to adjust.

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Click on Details.

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Swipe UP to show tabs. Choose Sharpening then swipe left or right to adjust.

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Now your photo should look like this. Check out BEFORE and AFTER.

See the huge difference there? You can turn your boring photo into an Instagram-worthy one!

If ever you try this technique, please don’t hesitate to tag me 🙂 Until then…

Cheers,

christine

 

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