How to Edit Photos on your iPhone 

Our iPhone cameras are so powerful these days that it's almost unnecessary to carry around a legit DSLR anymore. Editing photos on our phones is way more convenient especially when we're using the phone to shoot. Not very often are you going to upload the photos to your computer, edit them, then send back to your phone for posting. I do use my DSLR Canon 50D along with Lightroom to shoot and edit when I do professional work for clients because the file size of a DSLR camera is a lot bigger which means the photos can be blown up for media or print, and I have more control using my Canon. But for my own posts they are definitely 75% iPhone photos and iPhone edited! 

I use multiple different apps to edit my photos so be prepared to bounce around. I haven't found a great one-stop-shop app yet because there are little tools and tricks that are unique to separate apps. 

Having a consistent editeding process locked down helps create a consistent look in your feed! I'd say my photos are detailed, slightly contrasted, warm and have orange/red tones.

Here are my favourite apps and how I use them to get my current aesthetic

 

Snapseed:

I pretty much only use this for the Select tool. Tools > Select  then touch an area of the photo that you need brightened, contrasted or want to increase structure or saturation. In other apps when you increase brightness it increases over the whole photo, whereas in Snapseed you can choose which areas need what type of touch up! Change the size of the selected area by using two fingers and stretching away or closing together. You'll see which area is affected in red. 

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FaceTune:

I think this is the only app I've paid for but it's for sure worth the $5 (one Starbucks coffee people). I love the Whiten and Detail brushes because you can paint over an area that you want to enhance by running your finger across the screen. The more times you go over an area the whiter or more detailed it will become. In the photo below I used the detail brush to enhance the jacket, my hair and my eyelashes/eyebrows. 

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Lightroom:

Lightroom has all the basic editing tools that you find in every editing app: Contrast, Temperature, Brightness/Exposure, Highlights, Shadows etc. but I find it is better controlled and keeps the quality of the photo intact, especially with exposure! 

 

VSCO:

This is where I add my final touch, a filter! The VSCO app itself is free but you have to pay $1-$6 for different bundles of filters. My go-to filters are 06, F1, KE1, & C3. Below - unfiltered, C3, 06, and 06 plus a bit of the detail brush from FaceTune

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Other mention worthy editing apps:

Afterlight, Instagram (editing within the app), Snug (for planning the layout of your feed) and Hootsuite (for pre scheduling posts)

Step by Step Iphone Edit

Original photo straight from my Canon 50D. Manual 160 shutter speed, 4.5F, 100 ISO

Original photo straight from my Canon 50D. Manual 160 shutter speed, 4.5F, 100 ISO

Using lightroom, increased exposure +0.21, Contrast -11, Black -37, Saturation +3

Using lightroom, increased exposure +0.21, Contrast -11, Black -37, Saturation +3

VSCO added filter 06 and brought it down from +12 to +8.7

VSCO added filter 06 and brought it down from +12 to +8.7

FaceTune - used the Whitening and Detail brush over 

FaceTune - used the Whitening and Detail brush over 

 

If you're brand new to editing photos I'd start by using the 'edit' feature in Instagram or downloading Lightroom and playing around with Temperature, Brightness and Contrast just to see how different a picture can really look after editing!  I've definitely been on the verge of deleting a photo but falling in love with it after editing.

Hit me in the comments if you have any questions!

xx.

Johanna