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I thought I would do a quick and easy guide on how I take and edit travel photos. I am the most normal human being there is for photos but I wanted to share the things I do because I feel like in 2 minutes you can change a photo completely. For reference I use an Iphone 8 plus to take and edit my pics and just use the tools that come with the Iphone camera. I have zero experience in editing apps and who even has the time?!
I am first going to write about how I take my pictures when I am travelling as I normally travel alone. I used to be so nervous to ask others to take my pictures but now I have just understood that most people will be in the same position! However, for days when I just want to get on with my day I rely on a tripod. I know it probably looks so strange to see a random tripod set up in the middle of a busy plaza, for example, but I try to wake up early and head to areas when it is relatively quiet still. In these situations I just use a self-timer on my phone and snap away. My tripod comes with a BlueTooth switch connection so you can take photos without having to use a timer but I have never used this switch! I have also started to prop my phone against anything I can find if I don’t want to take a tripod with me everywhere! Trees, bags, rocks, you name it. If you aren’t in a hurry this can actually be enjoyable as you get some real artsy shots when the props fall down lol
If I am taking a photo of something up close then I also use a mini clip on ring light which just attaches to my phone. It is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand and doesn’t require any batteries which is a win win situation. I got mine from Amazon for around 20 British Pounds.
However, using just your phone is fine! If you have an Iphone my best tip is to go to settings in your phone and under the “camera” tab, turn on the photo grid! This puts a grid on your camera when taking pics so that you can position your object or main focus slightly to the left or right which I think always looks better than straight in the middle!
Now let’s get on to the edit side…..
I am gonna insert two pictures which show the difference:
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As you can see, there is a subtle difference. On the left there is the original and on the right there is more of a “Travel” type of editing if that makes sense. I wanted to talk about a few tools which really elevate a photo. In no particular order . . .
- Brightness- This tool is what I fiddle around with the most. I have to be honest and say I actually prefer to turn the brightness DOWN rather than UP like most photographers do. When I am in a hurry turning down the brightness is all I do.
- Contrast- Another tool which I like to use often. I only go up contrast by a little so something like up 10 or 12 or anything along those lines. The contrast just makes colours pop that lil bit better.
- In this photo I have also used the temperature tool. This is THE REAL WINNER on photos as I find blue toned photos work better in terms of overall aesthetic. There is no right or wrong so just play around with what works best for your style of photos! I don’t like my photos to look too yellow so I turn down the temperature which makes the photo appear more cool toned.
- Sharpness- This is really only used when I want to make the photo look cleaner and more precise, especially when my photo looks a little blurry. I don’t like my photos too sharp as then it looks like something from a comic book!
Honestly with just these 4 tools you can see such a difference as per the left and right demonstration photo. These tools are so easy to use everyday and show you don’t need to be a pro at edits. The best part? It all took me less than 2 minutes.
Thank you for reading guys, until next time!