30 July 2013

IPHONEOGRAPHY // MY PROCESS



I blogged about my Instagram photo editing process last year and it is still one of my most viewed posts. Since my process has slightly changed, I thought I'd do another tutorial for you. I'm not saying that I go through all of these steps every time I post a photo on Instagram. Sometimes I just quickly add a filter and that's it, but I would say the majority of the time I go through each and every step. Taking the photo is the easy part, It's the editing that can take time. And by time I mean five minutes rather than one. 
VSCOcam // I've said it before and I'll say it again, VSCOcam is my favorite and most used photo editing app. I love the filters- G3, G1 and M5 being my most frequently used. You can also decide the strength of the filter from 1 to 12, which no other app does. I love that they have added features like the straightening tool and the ability to take your photo with a square frame around it, making it easier to gage what can fit into frame if posting on Instagram. I also use this app to lighten, add warmth or contrast. 
AfterLight // This app also has great filters and many tools that I love like sharpening, darkening shadows and adding clarity. 
Touch Retouch // I use this app to remove shadows, smudges, gum from a sidewalk, anything distracting. Sometimes it's not totally accurate or can make a smudge on a wall worse, but most of the time it is amazing. It's like photoshop on your phone. 
Snapseed // I have stopped using this app to straighten photos, since VSCOcam now offers this feature. However, I do still use it for a really genius feature- the ability to lighten, darken and add saturation to one section of my photo, rather than the entire thing. I have yet to see this feature on any other app and it can be very useful. 
TimerCam // To be honest the photo in the tutorial above was a self portrait taken from the top of my car using Timercam. It's a very straightforward app that takes a photo on a 5, 10, 15 or 30 second timer. It's great for self portraits and it's free. You can't beat free. 

I hope this tutorial gives you ideas, or some insight into my process. See you on Instagram!

23 comments:

  1. I love VSCOcam and Afterlight, i haven't tried out the other apps though. This was very helpful, thanks Jessie. x

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  2. this post is awesome! I'm definitely going to check out those other apps now.

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  3. This is great, I had never heard of 'touch retouch'

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  4. Thanks for this post, it will be so helpful for my upcoming trip abroad.

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  5. now if only vsco was avaliable for android ):

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    1. It's coming soon!! They are testing it now :)

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  6. Now that is dedicated! Worth it – your photos are consistently gorgeous. Love following your feed.

    http://www.lilyonfillmore.com

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  7. Another awesome tutorial. Thanks, Jessie!

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  8. thanks for sharing! i have downloaded so many photo editing apps, but i don't love any of them as much as i do vscocam. it's the best!

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  9. Jessie, I love these posts! One question, though: do you use a tripod for your iPhone? I just downloaded Timer Cam and then realized that without a tripod or tripod-like-device, I can't really utilize it. Tips, please!

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    1. I've been meaning to get one, but no. For the photo above I rested my phone inside my sideways purse on the top of my car. It sounds complicated, which is why I should just get a tripod. These are really great... http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/mobile-gorillapod/

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  10. thanks for the tips! i just downloaded vscocam and need some filter suggestions. I will try the ones you like. I def want that timer app too!

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  11. Thanks! Do you have any favorite filters with the vsco cam?

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  12. oh goodness me, nevermind I just saw the answer to my questions :)

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  13. Ist echt schön, was man damit alles verändern kann. Jeder hat seinen eigenen Geschmack und den kann man dort voll ausleben.

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  14. I love this! I've been using VSCOcam for everything I post—but some of these apps look great

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  15. We have the same process, I'm using different apps though. For the timer, I'm using kitkam since it has timelapse... Great photos though!

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  16. no love for camera+?

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  17. nice write-up. Have you had a chance to test any 3rd party devices used as a remote trigger for timer shots?

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  18. +1 for camera+, they have a slider for all of their effects, and you can layer them too. Tried vsco, cleaner interface for sure, but found I got much better control with camera+.

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  19. Smartphone have changed photography for ever and there are a wealth of apps to edit and adjust all aspect of light in an image.

    To a lot of poeple, a smartphone does most of the things they're supposed to do on theor personal computers. find out top 20 pohoto editing apps - http://bit.ly/1tLmxhn

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