Hello everyone! Hope you’re having a lovely day/night. Today I’m going to go through how I edit the flatlays and similar images I post on Instagram and my blog.
I’d just like to note that I am not a professional photographer and have no real knowledge on photography and editing (apart from the handful of things I learnt at school). I know my images aren’t the best by any stretch of the imagination, and I’m most likely doing a lot of things “wrong”, that will make most professional photographers shudder. But that doesn’t matter, I just thought I’d share some things I do and have learnt when it comes to taking and editing my photos, as I believe my photos have improved from when I first started, although I try not to go too overboard, as I still want my photos to look ‘natural’.
Firstly we have to take the photo! I try to find an area with the best lighting possible (as that will make editing required less), and lay down some marble vinyl roll I got from Kmart. Alternatively, I’ll take the photo at a white wall / white table for a different background. I then place and position the items / props I want in the photo and snap away! I use my iPhone 5S to take my photos. Sure, it’s not the best camera, but it does the job. I try different angles and re position the items a few times and before I know it, I end up with about 100 variants of the exact same photo.
Now I must select the image I’m going to continue with, and delete all the others so I don’t become confused by all the photos. Once I’ve chosen one, I use the editing options that come with my iPhone. I increase the brightness, contrast and saturation slightly. This begins to liven up an otherwise dull image.
I then proceed to the bulk of my editing. I use the app “FaceTune” and utilise their whitening tool to whiten the background. This gives the image a cleaner, crisper look to it. Once I’m happy with the background, I use the ‘details’ feature. I swipe along any writing on products and this makes it clearer, stand out more, and easier to read. That’s it for FaceTune! I told you I don’t do a whole lot!
Then I open the photo in Instagram. Once again, I increase the brightness, contrast and saturation to a level that makes the image most appealing to me (the amount changes from image to image, depending on the photo).
Do you / how do you edit your photos?
– Karen xx