How to: Edit Photos

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How do you get good lighting? Who takes your photos? What do you use to take your photos? What app do you use to edit you pictures? Why does your photos seem to have great colors? Where is this from?

On the daily, or whenever I post pictures of food I get asked these questions. People seemed to think that I’ve taken my photos with a professional DSLR camera of some sort. Nope! I plainly use my cellphone. I used to have an iPhone 4s now I have the iPhone 5c. But I don’t think the type or model of the phone mattered. Because when it comes down to it, its all about the angle, the focus and the secret of editing! Yeup! I said it! I am now for the first time revealing the secret to my scrumptious looking food pictures.

Taking the picture:
First, I make sure that the subject is centered on the photo or angled at a certain way desired. Then I make sure that the lens are focus on where I want the emphasis on. I take a couple of snaps or perhaps plenty then I pick the best one from there. I try to take 2-4 only. The more options I have the harder it is to pick which one to edit or post.

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Once Ive picked a photo, I start editing. I use both the VSCO and Line Camera.

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VSCO
To upload:
1.) Click “LIBRARY”.
2.) Click the + button (add), on the top of the screen.
3.) Chose photos to edit.
4.) Press the check or okay sign.
5.) Pick one photo to edit first.
6.) Click the Edit button.
7.) Click more Option. The arrow down at the bottom of the screen.
8.) Click tools.

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To Edit:
EXPOSURE: This is what gives the photos that “lighting” effect. It makes it appear as if there was heavy lighting involved. I usually set it between +2 or +3 depending on how bright i want the picture. Or at least when the white parts of the photo actually turn white. (not dirty or washed out white)

TEMPERATURE: Whenever the photo has that yellowish – reddish tone; I normally lower down the temperature of the picture more to the blue tone to offset that yellowish/reddish tone that the light gives on the photo. I usually go from -1 to -4. Once I go beyond -4, the red tone normally washes out or disappears. Its always that battle if I should cross to -5, but i normally limit it to -4. (When natural lighting is used, i normally don’t use this option)

CONTRAST: By the time I get to this part, the blues and reds are balanced and the photo has this light that is perceived to be centered on the subject of the photo. This option then gives the the opportunity to darken the dark (shadowed areas) colors or wash them out.

When the picture is dark (has mostly dark areas or shadows) or has very little light involved in it, the contrast is lowered. I usually adjust from -2 to -3. When the photo has just enough lighting, i normally don’t use this option. But when the photo has perfect to too much lighting, I usually adjust from +1 to +2 but nothing more. Once I go over +2, the photo starts to look too strong, dark or even dirty. If the colors doesn’t seem to have been restored, this is when I adjust the saturation.

SATURATION: When I snap a food photo, normally it doesn’t look as good or appetizing as how it appeared in front of me. And well, the colors seemed to have washed off, disappeared, or plainly distorted. This option helps bring the colors back to life. When 1-2 main colors are involved in the photo, i normally adjust to +2 or +3. But when the photo involves multiple colors, I try not to make the colors pop out too much, in this case I normally adjust to +1 or +2 so the picture doesn’t seem too overwhelming.

SHADOWS and HIGHLIGHTS: I rarely use these two options. This part is very tricky. The shadow option is when shadows are washed out to make it appear dull. The highlight is when the darken areas are adjusted to give an emphasis on the highlighted parts. I normally don’t use these options because it messes up with the colors.

SHARPEN: Oh look at that, almost done. Sharpen gives the photo the more “HD” look or the “professionally taken” look. I normally adjust from +1 to +3. Once I go beyond that, the softness disappears and the picture starts to look pixelated rather than sharp. Whenever Im battling between 1-2 or 2-3, I normally pick the lower sharpen intensity. Why? Well, because of the last step.

After Im done editing with VSCO, I save the photo. And upload it into the other app called Line Camera.

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LINE CAMERA
1.) Press ALBUM and upload the photo edited from VSCO.
2.) Press SELECT.
3.) Crop for desired size. And click DESIGN.
4.) Press the CLEAR option. I normally have the 100% as my default. But whenever I have given the picture an overwhelming “sharpened” look from editing with VSCO, i normally lower the percent down.

Save photo. And that is it! All done.

Goodluck! 😊

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