I just got back from a trip to Acadia National Park yesterday and was quickly editing a few pictures, so I thought it would be pretty cool to share with you a bit on how I edit photos on my phone, using two of my favorite apps – VSCO Cam and Snapseed. If you don’t already have them, I definitely recommend to get them as they are free and incredible at transforming your photos. For this post, I’ll use a photo of Hieu and I by the ocean cliff, taken by my best friend Rio Lam at Phan & Lam.
Above is the original photo, taken with Canon 5D Mark II and 24-70L lens at f4.0, I believe. My image quality is always set to RAW, as it gives me complete control in post-processing.
First, I opened this guy on my laptop in Camera Raw and simply resize it to 1500px width so that the file doesn’t take much space on my phone. After moving it over to Dropbox, I downloaded the file to my phone and got ready to edit it!
I always start my editing with VSCO Cam – an incredible app for editing photos, with so many beautiful filters. If you want to take a peek into my favorite photo editing apps, here you go. I basically bought every single filter VSCO has put out there and I’m always in love with their products. Personally I love to stay simple in term of editing, so for this photo, I went with filter A6, which made the warmth pop and didn’t dramatically change the photo.
This is how the photo looks after applying that filter:
To me, that looks perfect. I could certainly stop right here and keep the photo as it looks; but I do want to play around with Snapseed and fix a few things, also to show you the Selective tool in the app – so let’s get right into that!
Snapseed is amazing at basic image enhancements and creative editing. You can do so much with many powerful features in this app, but I’d just focus on Selective tool for now. So after you open the app and load your photo, you can click on the pencil icon and it’ll show all the tools that Snapseed offers. Click on Selective. What this tool basically does is that it lets you pick and make adjustment on a specific area. You can change the brightness, contrast, and saturation of that particular area – pretty cool huh!?
I absolutely love the color of Hieu’s jacket so I want to make it pop out a bit more. All I have to do it add a point right on his jacket and drag the saturation to the right to increase it, which makes the mustard color more vibrant. You can add as many adjustments as you want. In this photo, I also decreased the brightness of the ocean and increased its saturation. Then I made some similar changes to the ocean cliff as well.
And here is the final photo:
I think I decreased the brightness a bit too much, but since the weather was actually pretty gloomy and cold in Acadia, I think the photo reflects the atmosphere on that day. I also like to add a bit of grain to complete that analog, film look that I adore. It’s tough to see on your phone sometimes, so if you accidentally add too much of something, you can always go back and fix it.
Hope you’ll find this post helpful! Leave a comment or a thumb up to let me know if you want to see more of posts like this – I’ll be happy to share what I know.
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