One question I get asked often is what apps I use to edit my pictures. So I figured I’d share them all in a blog post with a full breakdown of my thought process when I do it! One thing I can NOT stand is an overly edited photo. It literally makes me cringe when I see it. You should never feel the need to edit your picture to the point where you no longer look like yourself. Embrace your beauty flaws and all and don’t be so hard on yourself! My editing style is to strictly enhance the quality of the image. Whether it be lighting, removing unwanted things in the background (like in the image below), or to just keep my pictures looking aesthetically cohesive. So if you’re ready to up your picture game, let’s dive right into it!
Okay first and foremost, it’s important to aim to get a quality pic in the first place. Meaning, be mindful of when, where, and how you’re taking the photo. Know what kind of scenery you’re going to want in the photo. (Ex. in the neighborhood, parking garage, nature, etc.) Have your photographer shoot from a bunch of different angles and use different camera settings if using your phone, like portrait mode, so you have a variety of images to choose from. Switch up your poses, facial expressions, etc., every few shots. This will help you determine which angles, expressions, and poses you like best!
PRO TIP: Always be sure the sun/light is in front of you and not behind you. Having the light behind you will create a dark shadow across your face and front of your body. So just make sure you are FACING the sun, window, or whatever lighting when possible.
So here is my raw image. As you can see the light was beside me which created a shadow on the right side of my face and body. But in this case I preferred it because I really liked the building behind me lol. The trash on the ground behind me was distracting so I started by removing that first!
I don’t use this one often unless I need to remove things (like trash) from the background. I feel like it’s easy to go over board in this app so just be cautious if you choose to utilize the smoothing or details tool! The tool I’m going to be using is “patch” and I’m literally just taking a “patch” of the ground that doesn’t have trash and placing it on top of the trash to cover it. I just do this repeatedly until it’s all covered completely. See my screen recording for a demo!
Next, I want to fix the lighting and the shadows on the right side of me so I go into the second app I’ve been loving!
I love Lightroom because it has SO many adjustable settings to fix lighting issues, shadows, color correction, etc., as well as a ton of great presets! There isn’t one particular preset or setting that I use, I just play around with it according to what I’m wanting to correct in the image. Here are the main tools I utilize.
I have a ton of presets that I alternate between depending on lighting. Some that I created myself and some that I’ve purchased. But no matter what preset I use, I always go and adjust the image further with the tools I mentioned above. Leave a comment down below if you’d be interested in me designing my own custom preset to share with y’all! 🙂
I don’t use Tezza for EVERY photo I edit but if I’m in the mood to add a little extra or do some creative editing, Tezza is the go to! They have a bunch of cool presets that give the image a fun aesthetic. The one I use all the time (and used in the picture above) is called Vintage! I LOVE that Tezza allows you to adjust the intensity of the preset so I always go in and bring the intensity down so it’s not overly edited. They also have settings to adjust brightness, contrast, etc., but I still prefer to just do that in Lightroom.
Tezza also has cool features like “Dust”, which I’ll show an example of below, that gives your image an old scrapbook feel. Another one they have is called “shimmy” which allows you the image to move in whatever direction you choose (up/down, side to side, circular motion, etc.). You can check out my IG @angelaxrene for an example of this one. It’s just fun to play around in the app and let your creativity flow!
If you happen to use any of the apps or tips I mentioned above, be sure to tag me on instagram @angelaxrene so I can check it out! Also, let me know if there’s any other photo related things you’d like to see next, such as posing tips! I’m happy to share whatever y’all would be interested in! Love you all! 😉