As we all know, Instagram is pretty much a visual showcase for Entrepreneurs/Bloggers like myself and many business owners. Last week, I asked you guys if you cared to know how I edit my photos to get each individual colors to standout/pop and almost everyone responded "Yes".
These days, if you are a Blogger, an Artist, a Small Business Owner etc, one of the many ways to attract followers on Instagram is to have a very good quality photo and an attractive feed. For the most part, all you need is a good quality camera, or your mobile phone, and a few great photo editing apps and the rest is history. I felt it is necessary to share this info, especially if it helps anyone who is looking to up the quality of their photos as well as to create a beautiful and cohesive aesthetic.
The three main apps I’ll love to discuss with you guys are the exact 3 apps that I use to edit my photos. I will be using an example image that was shot in a very poor lighting to demonstrate how you can bring it to life. I will also go in details to share what features/tools I use, along with the image result of an edited photo created with each individual app. I will break them down in the order which I use them to edit my photos.
Here is a great example of a really bad image (in my opinion), that was shot in a very poor lighting below:
Whenever I want to edit my photos, my first go-to App is usually LightX. It's an advanced editing app (sorta like photoshop on the go) with a clean and easy to use interface. You can save up to 12 megapixel of images, and I believe its main function is to transform images into something interesting. With all its many features, my one and only go-to tool in this app is the ‘point’ tool. This 'point' is my secret weapon tool on how I get each individual colors on my photo to stand-out/pop without interfering with the other. Take a look at the original image below after using LightX 'point' tool.
After using ‘point’ on LightX, I switch my results over to my second go-to app, 'A Color Story'. My only go-to feature in this app is the Adjust tab. I typically use the tools in this tab to neutralize the colors on the result derived from LightX by adding brightness and color to make them pop even more. Sometimes, I playing around with exposure and the sharpen tool with the exception of contrast. For some reasons (depending on the image), contrast tends to add more of a yellowish color to my skin that I really don’t like. However, if you're looking for bright whites and color pop, then this is definitely the app to explore. Here's the same images edited with A Color Story
Vsco is my third and final go-to app for editing photos. I believe it's one of the most well-known editing apps and if you're a creator like me, you know this app is totally bae. I have been using Vsco since I started blogging and I still make use of it to this day. One of my many favorite things about this app is the fact that I can save my final edits, and apply that same edit on another photo via copy and paste. While there are lots of pretty cool filters on this app, I love more than anything the ability to curate an image that speaks to my style. So 100% of the time that I'm using this app, I again navigate over to the 'adjust' tab and the three main tools I use here are the skin tone, grain, and sharpen (and in that order). Here's the final image below:
So that is it for my 3 go-to apps. Tomorrow on another blog post, I will go into details on my go to filters in the one app (not mentioned above) that I use to quickly edit in less than 2 minutes. Hope this helps somebody out there! If you have any questions, please feel free to drop them in the comment section down below and I will do my best to answer them.
Enjoy your day!