How y’all doing? I really did not think I would be blogging any time soon but I guess there’ll be a lot of sporadic blogging around here. haha. Anyway, I get quite a number of questions regarding my photography and what I do and how I do what I do etc etc. So here’s a quick-ish post with a few tips and my favorite apps for editing.
Always find the light: Lighting is everything with photography. Good lighting immediately transforms your picture just as much as bad lighting will ruin any picture. If you have a smartphone, tapping on your focus will pull the light in the right direction and I know that for iphones, tapping and holding will keep the light pulled in until you’ve taken your shot.
Steady hands: are so important. Shaky hands affect the quality of your photography especially when you do not have the luxury of a shake-reducing DSLR. The steadier my hands have gotten, the better my photography has become.
Straight lines and symmetry improve the aesthetics of a picture, so try to hold your camera in a straight line and ensure that buildings and any lines in your picture are straight and aligned.
Look at a ton of pictures! It’s kind of like writing or any other art form. You need to learn from other people, consciously or subconsciously. So feed your eyes. I particularly love the VSCO Grid which I was recently featured on! (whoop!) and instagram is always filled with so much talent! It is a feast. A data consuming feast, I know.
Take a ton of pictures: Because practice makes better. I started by replicating photos I had seen in other places and eventually started adding my own touch especially with regards to editing and simply having different surroundings helps too.
Edit, but not too much: I am very pro-editing, but only if it makes the picture better while letting it remain “true” or “real”. I don’t like pictures of the ocean where it looks an unrealistic hue because it’s been edited to look that way. I believe in editing to amplify but not completely change the way a person or place looks. I don’t think pictures have to look “perfect” because nothing is in real life anyway. I have no idea if I’ve made any sense but moral of the story: keep it simple. Here are some before and after pictures.
VSCo CAM: They have stunning filters and they give your pictures a “look”. I like the minimalist presets but you can always see a difference.
SKRWT: Oroma of ORR blog recommended this app to me. It is so useful for lovers of symmetry like myself and allows you to ensure that your pictures are straightened to perfection!
Diptic: Is great for outfit posts when I want to lay two pictures side by side as in the image below.
Adobe Lightroom: Is a simpler sibling of the almighty photoshop which I am still figuring out. I love how luminescent it makes my pictures.
There you have it, people! I hope you find an app or a tip that helps if you’re interested in photography. And for all the photography aficionados, any app suggestions? Pretty Please? And if you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask!