I'd like to say my editing style has evolved since I last made a post about how I edit my iPhone photos, but to be perfectly honest, my process is pretty much the same. I come to you today with a more detailed step by step guide on how I achieve my final photo. Let's jump right into it and start with the original picture:
I've popped this photo into VSCO cam, which is really the only app I use when it comes to editing. My first reaction--just how horrible the overall tone of it is.
Adjusting the exposure of my photo is almost always my first step. Here I've upped it up quite a bit. It's not usually this extreme, but I think this photo calls for it.
Next up is the contrast. This varies from photo to photo--I usually don't like super high contrast-y photos and I actually end up reducing it the majority of the time, but this photo was already so washed out that it really needed some help in that department.
I'm not too keen on super warm photos so I almost always decrease the temperature a little bit. Warmness vs. coolness however, is definitely just a personal preference.
I don't always adjust the clarity of my photos, but when buildings and structures are my main subject I usually increase it just a bit. I think it brings out some really nice textures that help enhance the photo.
Last but not least, the filter. I almost always use A6, which has a nice vintage feel to it. I also think that unlike other VSCO filters, it’s more natural and subtle.
And the final photo! Tweaks not mentioned here include cropping, straightening, de-saturation (I don't like a too overwhelming photo) and slight sharpening.
I hope that this step-by-step was somewhat helpful. My process is never the same, and I usually just play around with a little bit of everything until I get what I'm looking for.
Please leave any questions you have below, and until next time,