Editing time! We love a little bit of editing. It's the way to make the photos as awesome as things looked in real life!
For those of you that don't have iPhones, hopefully you have found yourself a similar app to do your editing in. The controls won't be exactly the same, but if it's an app that is worth using they will be pretty similar.
For the rest of you, if you haven't downloaded this wonderful app yet, then head here now and click purchase! It will be the best $1.29 you have spent! Click here to go to Afterlight in the Apple Store
We always shoot with the built in iPhone camera on full frame (not square) and with no filters. Then we open up the photo from the camera roll in Afterlight to edit. It is possible to shoot in the app, but it's best not to, as it slows down the photo taking process and it won't let you shoot a whole bunch of photos at once.
The way we edit in Afterlight is to first rotate and crop, and then go through most of the adjustment controls from left to right and adjust in little increments until our image is looking as close to how we saw it in real life as we can get it (we never want to make our photos look too fake, it's all about capturing real beauty, not making things look cool by slapping filters on them). Once we have things looking pretty good we pop a filter over that at a medium opacity, never 100%
The easiest way for us to show you is in a series of little video walk throughs...
1. Click the Rotate and Crop button in the main menu
2. Next click this button. Then just adjust the slider until the line you want to be straight is as straight at it will get. Often we are only straightening by + or - 0.2 degrees. Click tick to apply.
In the same set of tools is the Crop button. Click on that, then change the highlighted option to Original. This will make sure your Aspect Ratio stays the same, so all your photos are cropped to the same dimensions. We always keep photos at the 4:3 ratio that the iPhone shoots in, as we find it a more dynamic image than a square photo and we like the breathing room it gives you in instagram. If you prefer square, that's cool too! To crop, just pull in the dots at the edge, and hit tick to confirm.
1. Click on this button to take you to the Adjustments tool set.
2. The first tool we use is the Clarify tool, it adds clarity to the image. It makes clouds look really intense in a not-so-great way, but it can be good for bringing out detail in the scene. This is one a light touch is best for, or sometimes nothing at all.
Instead we use the Temperature tool to adjust the tone of the overall image. Usually iPhones shoot a bit cool, so we move the slider to the right to warm things up a bit.
At any point in editing, when you are in the Adjustment Tools main menu, you can toggle the photo from edited to unedited to see where you came from. Just make sure you are on that main Adjustment tools menu and hold down on the photo with one finger and it will toggle back to unedited. Let go and it will go back to how it looks now. If you find that you have gone too far, you can always revert what you've done by pressing the little circling arrow button next to the Adjustment Tools button. Once will undo the last step you did, and the second click will take you all the way back to the start.
1. Click the Borders menu button
2. Choose Original
3. Pick the one with the two little lines.
Filters time! This bit is pretty fun! It is where you can get a bit more arty, but we try not to go too arty. We don't want our photos looking like they were taken in an alien planet.
This is where you will find all of the filters. There are fun options within all four filter groups, have a play with them all until you find a look you like. We find we have our go-to faves that work well with specific moods or lighting situations. We always use the filters at low opacities, somewhere between 30-60% is a good zone to be in.
Saving and Posting to Instagram
When we are done we always save a full sized version to the camera roll. You do this by clicking done then choosing Max resolution then clicking on the camera roll. You can then post straight to Instagram by choosing Medium resolution and clicking on the Instagram button.
Let's Watch a Full Edit
Note that we skipped over some things that this particular photo didn't really need? After practicing you will get a good feel for what photos need in editing.
Edit a few of your fave photos you took over the course so far and upload them to Instagram. Hashtag them with #thephotoschool so we can check them out!