Photography | How I Edit My Photos (simple changes that made a big difference)

Hey guys!
Lately I’ve been working on improving my Instagram and what to do to make my photos more… appealing. 

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I was taking quality photos, making sure not to over edit them and everything else the pros suggest but my photos just weren’t turning out like I wanted and even when I got good photos I still wasn’t satisfied. They were just decent, but I wanted something that was wow, because after all, my photos are representation of me and TUT (and they’re both, wow, bomb, insert your adjective– if I may say so myself…)
So, I kept feeling like I could do better and then I was playing with editing tools one day and BAM I had a crystal clear, quality non-faded, non-washed out photo and when I posted it my friends and bloggers/instagrammers I looked up to were like “That’s what’s up”.
So I decided to share what I did that way maybe it’ll help you out too!


Editing app: Polarr
My edits consisted of (this is not my exact method but just the general tools I used) exposure, shadow brightening, temp (cool), tint (purple), saturation and then I’d just play with the HSL a little to bring the saturation on some colors back down a bit and my photos looked like this:

Good photo, bright enough for my feed’s theme but not super clear and it looks kinda faded and washed out… It’s not rich at all right? I know.
Anyway, while editing the photo I wasn’t happy so I decided that instead of just not liking it, I’d play with the tools until I found something I liked (to put it simple, I decided to stop being lazy (#beingme) and actually do something about it).
Starting over I used the vibrance tool instead of the saturation, brought the exposure down a little, upped the clarity (a major plus, I’m just saying…), added a bit of contrast and viola:

See the difference? Just as bright but clearer and more defined.
The best part, I’ve been using a free editing app the whole time… I actually learned about it when I first started my Instagram. Najida from Life As Najida wrote a blog post on really good editing apps she had. I legit tried all of them but Polarr became my best sidekick.
Of course I have to tune each picture a little, but my base filter is:
Exposure: +75
Contrast: +44
Vibrance: +25
Clarity: +50 to +100*
Temp: -1 to -10*
Shadows: +5 to +31*
Tint: +6
(*depending on photo)
I hope this helped!
How do you edit your photos? Which app do you use? 

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  1. Iโ€™ve never heard of that app before!! Definitely going to try it out though ๐Ÿ™‚ Also there was such a big change from the 1st photo and the 2nd!

      1. I found the post! It was from July 2015 and I discovered it new and I really liked the filters. I said it’s really similar to Avairy. I probably deleted it because of how similar they were๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’•

          1. Yeah I was like, wow I was reading your blog posts like really far back ๐Ÿ˜‚ But yeah totally it’s no problem! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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