It’s been a little while since I last blogged, and for that I apologize; i’ve been too busy living life. There’s an old saying that goes something like “the less you see and hear from me, the more I am doing,” and I would definitely say that’s an accurate description of my life at the moment. I flew home to California for Summer break, travelled to New York, met up with my childhood friends, took a class online, spent time with my family, and now I have returned to Oahu and i’m preparing myself to re-enter the time structure of school, work, and creating content.
Part of me has been too busy to write, and the other part of me just felt the need to simply unplug from the world for a while, so I took some time off from photography and blogging over Summer. I am now rested and ready to return with not only one blog post, but a series i’d like to call “Photo Editing 101” with Bela. I am by no means a professional photographer, or even an ametuer for that matter, however I do get asked how I edit my photos almost daily, so I figured it was time to finally share some of my secrets, starting with the apps I use.
VSCO is hands down my favorite iphone editing app ever. It offers you hundreds of filters, the basic editing tools (such as brightness, contrast, highlights/shadows, saturation, etc.), as well as the ability to quickly copy and paste edits from photo to photo. I’d recommend this app to anyone who wants quick, easy, and quality editing.
Cost: Free, pro-version available for optional purchase.
Where: Your phone’s app store
What you get: A huge variety of free filters, filter packs available for purchasing, photo editing, video editing, inspiration, and complete ease of use.
2. Adobe Lightroom
I’m ashamed to admit that I just recently started using lightroom, because it’s a pretty amazing tool. I personally think it’s a little bit easier to use than photoshop, and it makes life easy when you can edit and sync photos on both your phone and laptop. Lightroom comes with built in presets, but you can create your own or download presets from others as well. I only have a few of my own presets at the moment, however I will be building more and eventually making them available to you shortly.
Cost: $119.88/year ($9.99/month) as part of Adobe’s creative cloud photography plan. It is a bit pricey, but it comes bundled with other apps as well (such as photoshop) that make it well worth it. If you’re a student, you have until August 31 to save 60% on Adobe’s All-Apps Plan.
Where: Your desktop, laptop, or phone.
What you get: Advanced editing tools, multiple programs, and free presets.
3. Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop is very similar to lightroom, but a bit harder to learn. I personally use photoshop when I am looking to edit my photos drastically, cut someone or something out of the photo, or to edit the foreground and background of a photo separately. Once you learn the basics, it’s really easy to pick up. There are also a lot of youtube videos that I would encourage you to watch that can show you complex edits step by step.
Cost: $119.88/year ($9.99/month) as part of Adobe’s creative cloud photography plan.
If you’re a student, you have until August 31 to save 60% on Adobe’s All-Apps Plan.
Where: Your desktop, laptop, or phone.
What you get: Advanced editing tools, a bundle of apps, and the ability to download actions.
Preview isn’t an editing app, but it is a super helpful tool for planning your Instagram feed. The app lets you upload photos and “preview” how they look on your Instagram, before you actually post the photo. You can drag and drop photos to rearrange them to your liking. The app also offers comprehensive analytics of your account, the ability to schedule posts ahead of time, and multi-account planning.
Cost: Free (Pro-version available)
Where: Your smartphone’s app store
What You Get: Tools to plan your feed, schedule posts ahead of time, and account analytics.