Editing Edification:

Most photos require editing to look their best.

By editing I don’t mean photoshopping women into Barbie dolls.

I do mean recovering the colour, tone, contrast and detail  that are already present in your photos.

Not to mention having loads of FUN with iPhone/iPad apps that quickly turn your snaps into art (and back, if you decide you’ve added one too many degrees of crazy.)

Photo editing software: (Great news – you already own it!)

Most photo-related programs provice basic editing tools that help you boost contrast and colour and also to recover very dark or bright areas. Which is often all you need.

Here’s my video on magically bringing back shadows using iPhoto – if you’re not a Mac person you can do this in Picasa or whatever program you use.


iPhone/iPad editing apps:

Yeah, tons of iPhone/iPad apps available. Snapseed was recommended to me and even though it’s not free ($5) it’s one of the better ones. It certainly does a lot of great things – but the reason it stands out for me is eae of use. Onscreen intructions help you learn each feature very quickly (hate apps that leave you completely in the dark).

You’re really up and running and getting creative in no time and you have to love an app that can do that.

Here’s an iPad shot of one of Brooke Batchelor’s trays in action (brookebatchelordesign.com) – before and after I’ve edited in Snapseed while stting around at the hair salon. (No trashy mags for me!) I enhanced colour and detail, and used the ‘Centre Focus’ feature to create the nice blur bringing the focus onto the food and the tray. (For more on the difference between ‘good blur’ and ‘bad blur’ and ‘really, really bad blur’ in your photos – consider attending one of my workshops!)

Original iPad shot

Another note on Snapseed, it’s also available for your Mac or PC ($20) so you could use it for all your editing if you want a little more than iPhoto or Picasa etc.

There are many other apps, and then of course there’s Instagram and their excellent photo sharing service – but those will be the subject of another post.

Don’t bother with:

Apps that let you ‘zoom in’ – your iPhone or iPad does not have a zoom lens although you can buy them – but then you might as well use a camera – right?

You are better off focusing properly by tapping the screen on your desired subject and then cropping in later. Just my two cents . . .