August 15, 2018
Have you ever looked at someone’s instagram feed and thought, how do they do it? How are their images so bright and fun? You settle with saying that they probably have a professional camera and that’s how they are doing it. But I am telling you something….some of my images on social media ARE TAKEN WITH MY IPHONE! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! Yes, I am here to share my editing process with you because I want to see your photos speak! I want your feed to be a creative and inspiring place for others! Let’s be honest, dark, grainy images are for the flip phone days. But we have all snapped those dark images and thought, man! I wish I could photograph this experience and show people how much fun I had in the moment. I’m here to tell you it can be done, with a few tweaks and $2.99. If you’re interested, keep scrolling…and if you learn anything from this post, please post your images with the hashtag #rlpmentoring so I can see your edits!
This app is $2.99 and it is a high quality editing app. I love the fact that you can change the white balance (warmth/coolness) of an image because sometimes inside photos appear more yellow or orange and outdoor photos may appear too blue. This allows you to get the tones exactly how you like. The app was created by Kirk Mastin of Mastin Labs and he also has professional Lightroom Presets available for purchase.
Everywhere you go, you can take a creative image. Instead of looking directly at the camera, ask someone to take a photo of you and your friends but look at each other and have fun with it! This captures the fun in photos instead of just the awkward direct stare at an inanimate object! Not that there are not times for the smiling photos, but for Instagram, people like to see true life! They like to see your LIFE! Below, I edited the image. The left is before and the right is after, scroll after the image to view the exact editing I did to the image!
Another HUGE VITAL part of photography is LIGHT! Natural or Flash, either will do, but don’t take a photo without one available. If you are in a room at night and try to capture a special moment, turn on the flash. It’s much needed. But for the light and airy photos, try to find natural light and use the tap tool on the iphone to select the part of the image you want to expose for. That small little yellow square that appears has a purpose! Tap on your subject and see the camera adjust for you!
BEFORE | AFTER
The filmborn app allows you to choose between presets. The first icon under the photo that looks like a film strip is where you view the different preset options. There are 9 different presets that were created to look like some of the most popular film colors. (Fuji, Illford and Portra) Fuji is more cooler tones, along with lighter greens. Take a look at how much warmer I was able to make the below image in the after!
BEFORE | AFTER
A big part of my editing style is to brighten the image by raising the exposure, shadows or highlights. Exposure controls the entire brightness of the image, when you edit this, you will see all parts of the image brighten. Raising the shadows just brightens the darkest parts of the image and bring out more detail in the image. Take note of the kitchen door in the image, raising the shadows allowed more detail to show. Also, did you even see the cashiers face in the photo before? Raising the shadows shows her entire face! Adjusting the highlights in the image just brighten or highlight the whites in the image.
BEFORE | AFTER
Sometimes you need to snap a quick photo and don’t have time to get the best angle. This is okay…to an extent. You can’t fix every angle mishap, but you are able to fix small crooked photos or crop certain parts of the image out. Another option would be to crop the image before bringing it into Filmborn. I straightened the image and cropped it to allow for the focus of the image to be what I intended, muah!
BEFORE | AFTER
The curve tool is a tool professionals have use for in almost every editing program, so with filmborn you too have this option! Using the curve tool allows you to visualize the shadows and highlights changing in real time. You can find the curve tool under the middle editing icon and clicking on the icon that looks like a chart image. By clicking this, a diagonal line will appear across the image with three dots. Mess around with the curves until you find the look you are going for! I normally just use the middle dot and pull up.
BEFORE | AFTER
I could have easily just taken a dull image of my coffee, but that didn’t capture the expierence I was having! I was in such a beautiful place surrounded by people and drinking the creamiest coffee, so what better way to show you by taking a few minutes to find a cute spot to capture it. Marble always looks amazing in photos and acts as a natural reflector! And I just bought a bag of coffee too, so I decided to put it in the photo to show you more of the story! Let your image tell a story, people love true content and seeing things the way that you do, so take the extra second to style your images, don’t ever be afraid of being extra! A part of being a good photographer is taking the photo through your eyes and helping others see and feel the expierence the way that you do!
All of these images were taken in Tampa, Florida at Armature works and The Oxford Exchange. If you have not visited these awesome places, take a day trip! It was so fun to spend time with two other wedding photographers Brittany Bishop and Brittany Pannebaker for a fun day filled with knowledge and amazing photo opportunities!
If you have any questions about any of the information I have shared, please reach out! My DM’s are always open and I love to help! If you’re interested in a mentorship session, click here to learn more and book a facetime appointment or one on one photoshoot to learn more about starting your own photography business.