We all know Instagram pictures don’t look the way they do without some behind-the-scenes work. I mean come on, when was the last time you took a picture and didn’t at least use some sort of edit? However, there are two types of people out there making mistakes – those who overdo the edits and those who don’t do enough. I am not the best or the greatest at editing photos who can turn an average image into a work of art, but I like to think I have figured out a happy medium. The key to making a photo look good, whether it’s a landscape or a group of people (or really anything in between), is the photo editing apps you use. There are thousands of them out there and I have tried plenty, but not all of them have worked the way I have wanted them to. So, instead of making you search for the right app to make that Malibu sunset picture pop, I am going to save you some time and effort and tell you the best apps to download.
This app lets you upload multiple photos at a time, so you don’t have to deal with editing one picture and then saving it, adding another picture, and so forth. The filters (or what the app calls “Scenes”) that it comes with are awesome – except the clarity one, that is just nuts and shows every single blemish possible. You can also do everything from brightening your photos to adding multiple filters to one image. The app gives you the option to reduce the filter you choose, so it doesn’t come out so intense and make your image look like an overdone piece of garbage.
This app takes some practice to use, and if done badly you can end up looking like an alien. Basically, this photo editor is used to smooth blemishes from skin, make you look skinnier, and you can even completely remove unwanted items from the picture. I love this app simply because when you are in the mood to post a picture in your bikini but aren’t feeling yourself, you are able to fake out your followers and edit yourself into looking like Bella Hadid.
This app rocks. VSCO has killer filters and similar to Camera+ you can reduce the effects so your edits don’t look overdone. VSCO is different from other photo apps because you can basically make it into your portfolio in the sense that you can make a profile. You can then share the link to your profile so people can see the pictures you liked but didn’t love enough for the gram.
Tip 1: You need a good digital camera with a tripod. When photographing an interior, you want to make sure that everything is clear and sharp. I use F11 (aperture) and 1/2 second (ISO 200) in most cases. Sometimes if you want to get a blurred background on a close-up shot, then you will want to shoot with a wider aperture, or the smallest f-stop your camera will allow (e.g. F1.8).
Tip 2: Use a wide angle lens. Shooting wide can make the room look great, especially when in Hong Kong, the size of the property is most likely less than 100 sq. meters. In a confined space, sitting tight into one corner while you try to get the other three corners in just looks wrong. You shouldn’t shoot all three walls into one picture. Showing the highlights of the interior design features is important. About the lens, anything in the 16-24mm range on full frame (or the APS-C equivalent which equates to 10-16mm approx. on some less expensive camera) is great. I often use 17mm full frame for my wide interior work.
Tip 3: Sufficient indoor and natural lighting are both important. Light up the room. If there is good natural light coming through the windows, use that as well. Adjust the overall feeling of the lighting to a balanced and optimized level.
Tip 4: Find the best angle. Take time to explore different angles to shoot from. Decorate the room with small artistic items, plants or anything you like to add a bit of creativity. We can’t all afford a tilt-shift lens to keep perspective in check, so it’s a really good idea to shoot with the camera at or slightly above mid-room height. This means you can keep the camera aimed out straight to keep the walls vertical. While the perspective distortion you get can be corrected in post-production, it’s much easier to get it right in camera. This is another reason to use a tripod as well.
Tip 5: Use post-processing software, e.g. Photoshop or Lightroom. You should bring the Highlights down and open up the Shadows. Next bring the Blacks down to ensure that the contrast lost from opening up the Shadows doesn’t impact the image too much.
Tip 6: Go vertical for staircases and other special feature. This is also important if you want to share the pictures on the web, as most images are horizontal in the interior photography world. Some vertical images could light up your portfolio. Verticals usually mean letting the eye fill in gaps, so make use of the composition to show hints of the room.
Learning the art of photography is fun and fascinating at the same time, photography is now much easier than what it was back in the days, when photographers need to expertise a lot of technical knowledge about photography before they can actually start, but now with the advance photography equipment and accessories, you can just start clicking images anytime, though at a later phase you will learn techniques that will fine tune your photographic skills further.
In this article we will discuss the essential photography tips for beginners:
The first question that every photographer has is “How do I take a great picture?”
1. Make mistakes: “Every expert was once a beginner” remember this one line before starting. When you are new there is nothing to lose, make as many mistakes as you can, but don’t get frustrated with your mistakes, learn from them and develop your skills further.
2. Get as close as you can, to your subject, try to fill the gap around your subject by approaching as close as you can to him, this will fill the frame of your picture with the subject only, you will see the difference between the pictures clicked from a close distance than when you clicked the same subject from a far distance. You will see the fine detailing of your subject.
3. Click as much as you can: We all know that “practice makes a man perfect” this can be said rightly for all the new photographers reading this article, if you are a new photographer, click as many pictures as you can, of the same or of different subjects to find your masterpiece with different angles. This will help you in mastering technical skills of photography.
4. Use the light: If you learned how to take advantage of a light source and utilise the source of light whether it’s a natural source like the sun or an artificial source of light like a lamp or something, you can make an ordinary picture look extraordinary.
5. Using flash: If you are a new photographer, you might think that you only need a flash when it’s too dark or when you are clicking pictures indoor, but this is not true. You might have come across a very common problem of uneven shadow patterns, those have spoiled your shots, when you were taking pictures in the bright sunlight, to resolve this issue you need to on the flash of your camera and put extra light on your subject, this will help you in getting rid of those shadows.
6. Invest in books: Read about the experts in the field of photography, as you can learn more about the techniques used by them and get inspired by their great work. Merely having an expensive camera and accessory won’t guarantee you great pictures; if you have the right technique you can even click extraordinary pictures with the help of a simple Smartphone