HOW I EDIT MY PICTURES FOR INSTAGRAM | PART 1 (FOOD)

The long long longgggg over due and highly anticipated post is here!!! One of the questions I get asked very frequently is how I edit my pictures for instagram and which apps I use. I planned to do a video tutorial answering these questions so many times, but they were an epic flop! LOL. So instead, I decided to do a pictorial to show you guys how I edit on my phone. Now, before we get into this tutorial, I just want to let you guys know that I use different editing methods depending on the picture I’m working on and depending on my mood. I also only use my phone to edit pictures I take on my phone. For my professional pictures, I use Photoshop!

I have different editing styles for each type of picture I take, so I’m breaking this down into a series. This series will consist of 5 PARTS!

How I Edit My Pictures For Instagram | PART 1 (FOOD)

How I Edit My Pictures For Instagram | PART 2 (PORTRAITS)

How I Edit My Pictures For Instagram | PART 3 (SELFIES)

How I Edit My Pictures For Instagram | PART 4 (LIFESTYLE)

How I Edit My Pictures For Instagram | PART 5 (FLATLAYS)

How I Edit My Pictures For Instagram | PART 6 (ABSTRACT)

Now to answer your questions………….

Q: WHAT APP DO YOU USE TO EDIT YOUR PICTURES?

A: I USE SNAPSEED!

*this post is not sponsored by snapseed*

 

Q: HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PICTURES?

A: Here’s how….

                           

                                                              BEFORE                                                    AFTER

1) The first thing I like to do most times, is add a filter to my picture. For this one, I used X02 from the grainy filters collection. I turn down the grain to 0 and then reduce the style strength to a number that best suits the picture. (In this case, -68)

  

 

2) Next up, I darken the image in curves because I follow a dark theme on my Instagram!

    

 

3) After I darken my picture, I move on to tune the image (contrast, brightness etc). I usually play with the settings until I find the numbers that I’m satisfied with.

     

 

4) Then I use the brush tool (dodge and burn on -5) to darken some parts of the picture that are too bright for me and (saturation on -10 to colour some parts of the picture black&white to draw more attention to the food.

Tip: When using the saturation brush to remove colour, be careful and precise not to stain other parts with the brushing. If by chance that happens, use the erase tool to clean it up. And remember, good editing takes time and patience if you want your pictures to come out perfect!

   

   

 

5) Sometimes if the picture is too saturated, or isn’t edited properly, I’ll go back to tune image and change some things. In this case, the image was too saturated for me so I reduced saturation a bit. And also went back to the brush tool and darkened the table a bit more.

 

6) Next I use a tool called “selective”, you can edit some precise parts of your picture with this tool so it’s really helpful. For my editing, I used it to reduce structure on the table.

  

 

7) Almost done… I move on to “vignette” and I reduce both the outer and inner darkness of the picture.

   

 

8) Lastly, I add structure to the entire image to make it pop more and that’s it!

   

                                                                                                       FINAL EDIT

I really hope this post was helpful and you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for Parts 2 – 5 of this series. At the end of the series, I will give my tips on how to get the best out of snapseed and how to maintain an aesthetically pleasing feed. If you found this helpful, please like, comment and share. Also follow me on instagram: @kaykayonyeobi if you like my editing style! See you soon, have a lovely week guys x

 



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