Do you spend hours editing your Instagram photos in Lightroom or Photoshop? Would you rather spend the time doing something fun?
I edit most of my Instagram photos with my iPad mini which is small enough to carry around and yet really powerful. There are hundreds of good photo apps out there and even Adobe has some good mobile versions of their popular software. My project #366seconds2016 has made me post new photos daily and that’s why I like to keep the editing simple so that I’d also have time for something else. I’m shooting the project with my LUMIX FZ300 in 4K Photo mode and after I’ve selected the frame of the day in camera I transfer the file to my tablet with Wi-Fi and open my favorite app for mobile editing called Afterlight.
My tips for editing photos in Afterlight
Before-After comparison of a 4K photo shot with LUMIX FZ300 and edited in Afterlight
Start by choosing the filter for your photo. There is a lot of choice but you’ll quickly find your favorites.
After you’ve found the best filter, move the slider to adjust the effect. Don’t go too crazy with the filter. Less is usually more.
Now it’s time to adjust the photo with the extensive set of tools. Remember you don’t have to use every tool for a good result.
Clarify tool makes your photo pop but if you use it too much you’ll end up with some HDR vomit.
If your image looks dark, add some brightness. Simple.
More contrast makes your photo look fresh and more dramatic.
Slightly add some saturation if you want your photo to be more colorful.
Increasing exposure brings up both the highlights and shadows.
You can bring down the highlights to balance the overexposed parts.
Show some detail from the darker areas by bringing up the shadows.
Separately adjust the highlight, mid and shadow tones of the photo.
You can adjust all the Red, Green and Blue channels to balance the photo.
Move the slider from side to side to see what color your photo needs.
Correct the white balance or add some mood with temperature.
If you’re photo is blurry there’s not much to be done but every photo can use a tad of sharpening.
Darkening the edges of the photo brings attention to the subject in the center.
Crop the photo to an Instagram square or whatever. You might also want to save the edited photo before cropping.
If you’re dealing with a bigger file you can save it in different sizes but always first save the biggest size.