Can we just talk for a second about our false perception of the quality of photos we take? Like, does this happen only to me of is the distorted photo perception an actual thing? Imagine this, you finally catch up with your best friend, you’re having a great laugh. You guys have a delicious, well-presented meal and then go for a walk around the cute old part of the City/town. Obviously you take a few pictures in the moment to capture the memory and later post the pictures on Facebook or Instagram to share how wonderful of a day you had. But then you go home, swipe through the pictures in your gallery and realise that you don’t enjoy the quality of the picture as much as you enjoyed the quality time you spent together. All the effort to then find out that the really great picture you loved is actually not the one? Maybe the lighting could have been brighter, maybe darker, maybe it’s not sharp enough, or maybe you don’t quite like the colouring of the photo. Whatever the imperfection may be, you probably wish there was a way to fix it and make it look like the artpiece you imagined in the first place (how rude it doesn’t, right?).
Well… I may have a solution for you. The editing tool on Instagram allows you to really transform your photos before you boost your post with real Instagram likes. It has various options, all the way from making the image sharper, brighter, highlighted and even changing the under-lining colour theme. In this blog we will dive into how you can use the tool yourself to become more satisfied with the outcome of your photography. Maybe it’s not the latest version of Adobe photoshop, so if you are a professional photographer of 10 years you may not be impressed. However, for basic editing this tool is perfect. Simple, quick and effective. What more can you ask for? I use this on pretty much all of my photos and I am always happy with the end result. Your favourite brands probably use this tool too. So, here are a few simple tips on how you can upgrade the quality of your photos.
Firstly, choose your favourite photo from the gallery by clicking the middle button on the instagram app with a cross. This will take you to your gallery; you can now choose your favourite picture that you’re going to edit, so click on it and press “Next” in the right top corner. To go bak to previous page press the arrow in the left top corner of the app. This will take you to the editing section, where the magic begins…
The Magic Wand
The magic wand always shows itself at the top of your chosen photo to post. This is probably my favourite, quick-fix tool. For those of you with pretty busy schedules, who don’t have time to play around with all the editing tool this is definitely the go-to. Essentially it edits your picture for you. With one click; lighting, brightness, highlights, how sharp the photo is, will be sorted for you automatically. This one designed by Instagrams’s experts and works on all photos. Imagine getting a quick tan with just one click. Well, this tool can do that for you and it’s amazing.
Who doesn’t love an Instagram filter? We all do, lets admit it. This option always shows in the bottom left corner. Here you will find over 20 different “filters” which essentially change the mood of your picture. You can then click on one of them to add the filter on. If you double tap you can actually choose how strong the filter will be on your photo from 0-100. You can pick from Juno, Aden or Nashville. To make things easier Instagram only allows you to use one filter on each photo so don’t worry about accidently being over the top.
You can find this option by clicking “Edit” in the bottom, right corner. This is an awesome tool if you have some spare time on your hands. On here you can clock on each individual edit option and choose the intensity from -100 to +100. For example adjusting the brightness, contrast, saturation or going black and white could be an idea for you. After you have picked the intensity of edit function you can now either press “done” in the bottom right corner or “cancel” in the bottom left corner to apply, or delete. The great thing is you can really transform the image with this function.