I edit all of my pictures for my blog and Instagram on my phone. It is so quick, convenient and inexpensive. So, I thought I would share how I edit my Instagram pictures on my phone.
First, let me start by saying that I now take all of my photos outside in natural lighting. If it is a gloomy or overcast day, I do not even bother. I find that when the lighting is bad, it takes A LOT of editing to make the image look good. Since most of my photos are of makeup products, I do not like over-editing an image. I find that it distorts the colors of the makeup product. So, my first piece of advice is to try to take your photos in natural lighting on a sunny day. However, these editing tips will help you even if you were stuck with bad lighting.
PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS (I upgraded and am using the paid version of this App)- This App is incredible. I have tried using the full desktop version of Photoshop but it is too advanced for me. I find that this App does everything that I need it to do. Plus, I love that I can edit images on-the-go. Here are the adjustments I make to every image.
- HIGHLIGHT– I prefer my backgrounds to be very white so I turn the highlight to the maximum setting.
- EXPOSURE – If my natural lighting is good, I typically do not have to adjust the exposure. If my lighting is not great, I adjust the exposure until my background is as white as I need it to be.
- SHARPEN – I typically adjust the sharpen setting to the maximum. I find that it makes everything in the photo appear more crisp.
- REDUCE NOISE – This setting depends on what I am photographing. For example, if I have a photograph of an eyeshadow palette and I want to show the texture of each shadow – I will not use the reduce noise setting. It smooths out the texture and can make items appear very different than they actually are. If I have a photograph of an already smooth surface (skincare products, makeup packaging, etc.) then I will adjust the reduce noise setting to at least 50%.
- DEFOG – I use the defog setting every time I edit a photo. The strength typically depends on how much I had to adjust the exposure. If I amped up the exposure, I try to use the defog setting to bring everything back to reality (i.e. make the colors in the image look as close to the actual product as possible). If I am at home, I try to have the product I photographed in front of me so that I can adjust the image until the products appear true to color.
- CONTRAST – If I am photographing something with black packaging I will turn up the contrast to make the black really pop.
I try to avoid using Vibrance, Tint, and Temperature as I find those settings typically distort the colors of the makeup products I am photographing.
PHONTO – Unfortunately, I had to start adding my Instagram handle (@katelovesmakeup1) to all of my photos after they kept being “stolen” and reposted. This app is my favorite for adding text to a photo.
- To use this App solely for text, I upload my picture and then click “Done”
- Then, tap anywhere on the image and you will see an “Add Text” icon.
- Type the text you want and then click “Done”.
- You will then be able to adjust the Font (my favorite is “Covered By Your Grace”), Style, Size (I try to make mine as small as possible), and Tilt (I try to align my text with the product).
I hope you enjoyed learning how I edit my Instagram pictures on my phone. What tricks do you have for editing your blog and Instagram pictures?