With the rise in popularity of social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, post processing is a skill that is slowly becoming a necessity. Specially for bloggers who write on niches that require attractive and quality photos.
Since both my blogs are heavily based on photographs, I too spend a considerable amount of time post processing my pictures. I don’t like complicated stuffs and prefer to make things easy for me. A reason why I never use my husband’s DSLRs for my travel blog and instead have invested on a good phone with awesome camera. Easy to carry, easy to use 🙂
All my photos below have been taken using my phone camera and processed using apps/softwares that I find easier to use.
Let me start with the simplest of all – the Instagram App. It provides a whole range of filters which I rarely use. But the other edit tools are pretty cool. Specially when I need more contrast and highlights.
The below picture was processed using only Instagram.
Note: Wondering on how to store the photo without sharing? It’s easy. Make sure in your settings you have turned on – “Save Original Photos”. Now switch off your internet connection, process the pictures and share it. Now go to your timeline. You will see a “Photo Wasn’t Posted’ alert. Press the three dots/ellipses on the right (it is called Kebab menu in technical UI world). Select “Discard post”.
I am sure a lot of bloggers swear by Canva. It is indeed an awesome tool, specially when it let’s you create photos for a particular medium, with correct height and width. I have started using it create images for my Pinterest board – like the below picture for a travel post.
Now this one is for all the quote and poetry lovers. Remember by post on 10 sad poems? I made those images using InstaQuote and Be Funky apps.
InstaQuote is a simple app with few features, just enough for me write and format the image according to my liking.
Be Funky allows you to add Texts to your pictures, it has three options for alignment and a lot of funky fonts.
I love Lightroom. It can do magic. But it’s not free 🙁
As travel blogger, my focus is to show a place in as much authenticity as I can. The processing that I do for my blogs is different from the kind of processing I do for pictures on Instagram or Twitter. For the latter I experiment more with colors, vibrance, clarity and contrasts levels.
The below picture was captured using my old Motorolla phone. It added all those violet hues to the picture and I was really disappointed by it. Fairy Bower Beach looked so perfect on that day, but my phone was throwing all sorts of tantrums.
And then, Lightroom came to the rescue.
I did the unforgivable, I cropped out my husband 🙂
Please do share in the comment section your favourite photo processing app/software. 🙂
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