iPhone Photo Editing

After and Before of the same photo, taken with and edited on my iPhone.
outfit details:
top c/o Sail to Sable (this year’s version of same top) | white jeans (old J.Crew, these are similar) | sandals (old Lilly for Target) | Caroline’s romper (only $13 and one of my favorites) | Caroline’s striped bow

It seems like many of the bloggers/influencers that I follow have recently shared some of their photo editing tips and I love getting an inside look on how they create cohesive Instagram feeds.  I attempt to plan my photos and create a cohesive-looking feed, but honestly I’m not great at it (although if you scroll through my feed you’ll see that I’ve gotten a bit better since I read/watched some of the tutorials below).  I love my DSLR camera and use it when I can, but these days most of my Instagram photos are taken on my iPhone 8+.  The videos and blog posts below were eye opening to me!  Using the things I learned in the first and third tutorials listed below (the second one came out after I edited this) I was able to transform this iPhone photo below into the photo directly below it.  Pretty incredible, right?  

outfit details:
bib | bloomers | ruffle top | bow

It’s probably a little overexposed and I should have turned down the highlights a little bit, but the end result looks way better than any of the photo editing I used to do.  Here are three tutorials that will help you get started if you’re interested in upping your iPhone editing game too:

1.  Learn to Edit Using Only Your Smartphone.  I watched this youtube video by Nicole Digiacobbe (@thedigigirls on Instagram) about 4 months ago and it totally changed how I edit photos.  I had no clue that you could edit photos so well on your phone so it’s neat to see all the little tweaks she does and which apps she uses.  This has really helped me fine tune my technique and I’m so impressed with the capabilities of Lightroom, Snapseed and FaceTune!

2.  How I Edit My Photos by Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam.  I think that Julia has one of the most beautiful blogs and Instagram feeds out there.  Her photos, which are mostly taken by her husband, are stunning, so I really enjoyed reading about how she edits all of them.  She shares how she edits for her blog and how she edits on her phone.  I never totally understood VSCO but now realize it’s essential when it comes to creating a feed that looks cohesive, so I’ve finally started using it too.  (I’ve also been playing around with A Color Story after editing in Lightroom because the filters fit a bit more with my aesthetic.  I’ve been using “mimosa” and “palm springs” in the “Good Vibes” pack and then tone it down over half way.)    

3.  This Darling Little Life.  I follow Tricia on Instagram and she takes some beautiful photos of her daughters sleeping.  The photos I take when I’m standing over Caroline always end up with crumpled sheets and lots of shadows, so it was interested in seeing how she does it.  If you go to her Instagram profile she has her instructions saved as “Editing” in her Highlights.  This tutorial really helped me understand the capabilities of Snapseed and I’ve incorporated many of her tips in my photo editing.

Do you have any photo editing tutorials that have totally changed the way you edit?  Please share because I’d love to check them out!  I never realized I found all of this stuff so fascinating, but apparently I do. 

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Katie Vail
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  1. June 4, 2018 / 12:18 am

    That YouTube video was SO helpful! I have all of those apps, but obviously, I haven't been using them correctly!

  2. June 4, 2018 / 12:23 am

    You're very welcome, Alejandra! The youtube video was eye opening to me too so I had to share it with everyone. It's crazy because I didn't even have any of those apps until watching it. I'm still amazed at how much you can do with a phone! Thanks so much for following along and for taking the time to comment!

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