How To Edit Photos | Tips, Tricks and Apps

Aug
3rd

How to edit photos

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.

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7 Ways To Take Better Photos

Jul
26th

How I Shoot and Edit My Photos

It’s Monday afternoon and I’m walking home from a pilates class on a gorgeous summer day. The sky is hazy and the air is warm. The sun is just beginning to set, with rays of golden light streaming through buildings, shadows contrasting softly against them. I turn around to face the sun as a cyclist rides towards me in the distance, no cars on the road, just an outline of a silhouette. I pull out my camera excitedly – the stage is set for an absolutely perfect photo.

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Since I started getting more serious about photography a few years ago, this has become my life now – every time I open my eyes, I am constantly aware of the light and shadows and composition of the things that surround me. I’ve trained my eye to recognize moments and settings that could be perfectly captured by a lens. Table vignettes, people, landscapes, you name it.

But that wasn’t always the case. When I first started using a DSLR, I had NO IDEA what the hell I was doing. I didn’t know the camera settings, I knew nothing about composition, and a lot of my photos were entirely out-of-focus. And that’s really how most people start. The thing with photography is that you can only get better with time and practice. So that’s what I did – I kept on trying, kept on failing, and eventually started succeeding.

And now that I share my photos on Instagram, photography is one of the questions I get asked the most about – what camera I use, how I edit my photos, what settings I use in different light. So my friends, I thought it was time to share a post on some of the most important lessons I’ve learned about photography.

Heads up that this is more of a high level look at some of the strategies and lessons I’ve adopted, but if you’re starting out and want to know about your camera settings and all the technical nitty gritty, I highly recommend taking a course or two on Skillshare to acquaint yourself with stuff like ISO, aperture and shutter speed (it’s membership based, so you can take however many courses you like – it’s legit awesome).

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The Renegade Guide to Marseille

Jul
21st

Marseille, je t’aime.

It’s been a month since my friend Meghan (also my model muse on this trip) and I took off for the South of France with Air Transat, a trip from Toronto to Marseille which gave us total flexibility to explore the vibrant city as we wished. I already penned my love letter to the city on this blog, but I wouldn’t be able to leave the experience in the memory of Instagram without also sharing a guide to the place I fell so hard for. And as I write this post and sort through my hundreds of photos, I’m brought back to the terrace of our Airbnb in the bohemian quarter, with the sunset casting a warm glow over the streets below and sounds of our neighbours clinking glasses and laughing over cheese plates.

And while I would love to give you a comprehensive guide to the best of everything Marseille has to offer, my five days there simply weren’t enough. A month wouldn’t have been enough. Because the city is so old, so complex, and vast with diverse neighbourhoods, each with its own vibe and hidden gems.

So instead, I leave you with some unforgettable memories of my trip, from the restaurants we spent lazy afternoons dining at, to the day trips that took us to some incredible places all within an hour of the city.

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The Grand Portage | Connecting Canada

Jul
6th

Growing up, I was super fortunate that my parents prioritized travel.

Whenever they went on trips, whether it was back home to Scotland or hitting up the beaches of Cuba, they always trucked my sister and I along for the ride, wanting to expose us to the things they never experienced growing up. Those lessons built up a keen interest in exploring different parts of the world, different cultures and different traditions. I even ended up working in the travel industry, further fueling my wanderlust and grasping the opportunity to explore incredible countries around the world from Cambodia to Greece to Italy and Costa Rica.

But it wasn’t until I moved back to Toronto from the UK a couple of years ago that I took the time to explore my own country. Prior to that, I had only been to Vancouver once for a conference and Montreal for music festivals. DAT’S. IT. Even though I’ve always been a very proud Canadian, I never had the desire to explore my own backyard when instead I could go to culture-rich destinations like France or Thailand or Hungary. Canada seemed too familiar, too safe and not different enough.

Well, let me just be the first to say that I was wrong. Oh, so very wrong.

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