My ultimate guide to taking the best travel photos, #4 editing – general editing and editing apps

Now I’m not a professional photographer, though through high school I attainted a TAFE Certificate in Photography, and took part in classes with professionals like Chris Bray to give me a pretty good idea of what to look for when taking photos. It seems that I’m only qualified to give these tips because I have a love for both travel and photography. So here they are…

General Editing
Sure, professional photographers might not need to edit their photos, but there’s nothing wrong with making a few little changes to make them even better – try out different things and see what you like. But don’t go overboard! I generally don’t edit my photos that much. Usually I will straighten my images, or up the saturation a little but I like to keep them quite natural.

Straightening & Cropping – PLEASE. Nothing gets me going like a wonky horizon.

Saturation – the amount of colour in an image. Saturation should only be used lightly, sometimes your first try will come out too vibrant – the more saturated it is, the colours begin to become almost fluorescent-like.

Brightness & Exposure – playing around with the brightness of an image can really help you out if your photo has come out a little darker than you’d hope

Editing apps

> Take photos on a camera and transfer them to your smartphone.

> Take photos outside of the app

> I generally edit my images outside of the Instagram app, though lately Instagram has been regularly updating with interesting filters. It has upped its game.

> This is the editing app I use most for my Instagram pictures, it allows me to change general settings like contrast, saturation, cropping and rotations, etc. but it also has filters. I usually only vary between 3 different filters that I am comfortable with, though I never use it to 100% so that my images still remain natural-looking.


> I am new to Mextures, and sadly it wasn’t a free app, but with it I am able to add a variety of lens flares and colourful filters – including rainbows!


> Snapseed is my favourite if I happen to take photo of something that’s become slightly silhouetted, this is because in Snapseed, you can select certain parts of the image to brighten, saturate or change the contrast without changing the entire image.


Over to you, what apps do you use to edit your photos?

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