How I edit my photos

How I edit my photos

HOW I EDIT MY PHOTOS

I have so much love for photography, I love to collect vintage cameras, take my own photos and edit them.  I'm constantly searching through the internet trying to find the latest cameras and up to date accessories. There are so many nice cameras out there, but I am currently lusting over the Best Compact Camera Panasonic which is the Lumix GX80.  With post focus simulation it makes it the perfect travel and blogging camera.  

The fact that you can take the photo first and then switch up the focus after makes me want the camera even more.  It's a compact camera which makes it perfect to take away for weekend travels and adventurous tours.  I also love the idea that you can take photos and videos in 4K so you can create high-quality footage for friends and family back home. 

My current go-to camera is the Lumix GF7, which is such an easy and reliable camera to use. I take it everywhere to capture the perfect travel photos, which is why I think that the latest Lumix Gx80 is going to be ideal for my trips.  I'll definitely be adding this to my Christmas list! 

 I'm not fancy at photography, I'm only an amateur but I love messing around with different edits. I don't use Lightroom or Photoshop. Instead, I use an app on my MacBook called 'Fotor Photo editor'.  Perhaps when I'm a little more advanced I'll play around with these other popular editing apps. But instead, this is a tutorial for amateurs and for those who don't really know where to start.  

I've recently returned from a trip from the Netherlands. I would normally have an excessive amount of photos to edit, but on this occasion I had bought the wrong charger with me.  Here are my before and after edits and how I achieve these edits for a worthy Instagram and Blog post. 

All of these photos are taken with Samsung NX mini and edited with Fotor Photo Editors

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Fotor Photo Editor

This is the free app that I downloaded to edit my photos.  What's great about this app is that it already has so many effects which makes it much simpler to edit photos with no experience.    

 

Exposure - With the exposure I tend to move the toggle to the top to about 45.

Brightness - I also tend to put the brightness quite high especially on a cloudy day, which is why the originals are quite dark. I normally put the toggle to 35.

Contrast - With the contrast I also turn the toggle slightly, most of the photos contrast are set to 36.

Focus - I also tend to use the focus tab and blur some of the photo to try and hide the objects that I don't like the look of. For example a building sign or a car.  Blurring the image allows you to focus on a particular area. With this button you can choose whether to have a circular blur or rectangle.    

SCENES: The exciting thing about this editor is that it has a variety of scenes that you can use on your photos. My particular faves are Theatre, Portrait, Sunset and Sand/Snow. 

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It's amazing to see what a little extra brightness or exposure can do to a picture.  Editing photos and capturing pictures is all about being fun and experimental. There are no rules and no right and wrong when it comes to your own photography. The reality is that you don't have to spend a fortune on editing apps.  The editor on computers and iPhones work just as well. 

Do you have any tips for editing photography?

This is a cheeky little sponsored post, but all thoughts are my own. 

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