After writing my last post on 7 Ways To Take Better Photos, I immediately got an overwhelming amount of requests inquiring about my photo editing process as well. It’s one of the most common questions I (and a lot of other bloggers) get asked – “How do you edit photos?” Everyone wants to know about editing. They want to know what apps to use, what filters will make their images brighter, how to add a lens flare, whatever. And in this day and age with thousands of photo apps and online hacks, literally anyone can edit photos to look semi-professional.
But here’s a little secret I’m going to let you in on – editing programs won’t make you a great photographer. You need a creative eye for that – an understanding of composition and light, an ability to capture moments and tell a story with a single snap.
That being said, what post-processing can do is take a good photo and make it even better. There have been plenty of times where I’ve taken a photo that was perfect in terms of subject or composition, but it fell a bit flat in colour or contrast, and by simply pulling it into an editing program to play around, I was able to bring it to life by changing up the saturation and exposure (amongst many of the other amazing things you can do).
So, to fill the bellies of you hungry beasts, I’m laying out all the programs I use and showing you my own examples of how to edit photos so you can play around and create your own awesome style.