Recently, I’ve decided to become more serious with my contents because I want my readers and followers to learn and be inspired with what I do. As my photography skills grew, so did my curiosity and passion to create better images. The more I learned and got inspired from the photographers I look up to, the more I noticed that the images they took were not just only taken at a great angle but were also post-processed carefully.
Post processing plays a big role in today’s photography society. Creating contents with themes has been hyped especially for the new generation of students, aspiring bloggers, influencers and businesses. At this stage, I realized that filters and basic adjustments is not enough. Today, when it comes to my post-processing, Lightroom and Photoshop are my usual go-to’s and filters/presets using VSCO and Afterlight.
I use different kinds of Filters in Afterlight but my favorites are ( Relic, Sage, Lume,Coal,Idaho,Nico and Elm )
I’ve decided to share with you the combinations and mixes that I do in my post-processing. In reality folks, it really depends on the photograph that you’ve taken and what possible perspective or theme you have in mind. If you’ll ask me on what filter I usually use on my photos, I use different kinds of filters and presets but in different ways and it depends on the mood/theme of the photo that i want to project. I have no specific filter/preset that I use in my photographs because I want to develop and express the real emotion and story of a specific photograph.
Remember, the best camera is the one you have with you.
I started using iPod Touch 4th Generation before and that’s how I got inspired, motivated and grew.
Now I want to share some tips on how you can enhance your photographs for your future contents.
Before and After Tips
1.) Know your editing Tools/Applications
In order to create those amazing photographs, you need to know what are your tools in creating those magical contents. For me, I use VSCO, Snapseed, Afterlight and Adobe Lightroom 5 when I create my photos on my social media platforms. Other apps like Facetune, Picsart,Over,Rhonna Designs and Moldiv are for my Backups.
2.) Shadows and Highlights
Sometimes when we take a photograph, parts of the shot might end up getting darker or brighter than we want it to be. We refer to the dark areas of the shot as shadows and the bright areas of the shot as highlights. We can always fix that using Snapseed or Lightroom (I use both).
In Snapped, you can easily edit it using the “Selective Tool”. This goes the same with Lightroom, you can use the selective tool also to enhance some parts and make it more alive depending on your photo. The selective tool can easily change the brightness, contrast and saturation of the photo.
“Low Shadow” can basically creates darker tones and more expose Highlights.
2nd Picture is showcasing Balance process of 50% on the Shadow tone and 50% Highlights
Now if you’re achieving very light and no shadows at all just level your shadow tones to 70% and above to showcase a clear POV ( point of view ) on the specific image.
Color adjustment is another important part of my post-processing. We can adjust image color in all sorts of ways, from changing the overall “warmth” of the image (how blue or yellow it appears) to individually changing the hue and saturation of specific colors inside an image. The fastest way to adjust an image’s color is with the “Saturation tool ” in Lightroom or in Snapseed the “Tune image” tool. This changes the appearance of every color in an image to make it more or less saturated.
Sample photo Taken using #Fujifilm XT10 ( Raw to Cold Temperature using Lightroom )
4.) The Right Amount of Filter
Don’t over-filter your photograph and always make it “half tone”. Make it more dreamy and satisfying. Filters are existing presets on applications. It actually creates tones and highlights on the photograph. Based on my observation, making it half-tone always gets you the right amount of tones needed in a photograph.
Difference of half tone filtered and The usual filter process.
5.) Putting it into practice.
By all means, stop at the scenic overview but step away from where everyone else is. Better yet, turn around. Find a different way to look at the famous scene. Sometimes the opposite of what you should be looking at is where you’ll find the real gem. Whenever I’m at a popular spot, I always go out of my way to walk to a different, overlooked area and take most of my photos there. You’ll get an awesome, unique photo and you might discover an even better viewpoint.
Some of my favorite ” Tap to edit / Before and Afters ”
Remember; always be encouraged to search for inspiration. The web is such a resourceful tool when it comes to editing tips and ideas. If, for instance, you are looking for creative editing tricks to improve your feed/content, Inspirations are everywhere. I also have my inspirations and people I look up to. The reasons why I like them are I want to be like them, I like their photographs, I love how they edit their photos, there artworks amaze me, I love their contents and how they make everything so possible and etc. but in order to create and establish your own brand/name, know your limitations in copying. Know the possible” do’s and dont’s” and innovate your ideas to create something new. Always make their ordinary to be your extraordinary.
More tips on my first VLOG soon! Stay tuned!!