With over 2 billion active users, the photo-sharing app, Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms.
Getting the most out of this platform means that you should be sharing the best photos you can.
So, how can you go from amateur to pro in no time? We’re here to help with our editing tips for your photos!
1. Get Rid of Unwanted Objects
The first step to taking a great photo is to get rid of any unwanted objects. This includes anything that is distracting or takes away from the subject of the photo or a background perhaps.
If there are people in the background of your photo that you don’t know, ask them to move. If there’s a trash can in the shot, move it. If there’s a power line running through the middle of the photo, a background remover will do the trick.
The goal is to have a clean photo that is focused on the subject.
2. Choose the Right Filter
Filters can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Used correctly, they can enhance a photo and make it look more professional. Used incorrectly, they can make a photo look fake and unnatural.
There are a lot of different filters to choose from, so it’s important to know which one to use and when.
3. Adjust the Brightness and Contrast
Another important setting to adjust is the brightness and contrast. This is especially important if you’re taking a photo in low light.
You don’t want the photo to be too dark or too light. The goal is to find the perfect balance.
4. Use the Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is a simple compositional rule that states that the subject of the photo should be in a third of the frame.
This means that if you’re taking a photo of a person, their face should be in the top third or the bottom third. If you’re taking a landscape photo, the horizon should be in the top or bottom third. You may need to crop your images when you edit to endure ethics rule is met.
5. Create Leading Lines
Leading lines are lines in the photo that lead the viewer’s eye to the subject. They can be lines in the landscape, lines created by the way someone is standing, or even lines created by the way you frame the photo.
6. Don’t Over-Edit Your Photos
There are a lot of different ways on how to edit photos, but the most important thing is to not overdo it.
A good rule of thumb is to only edit the things that you don’t like. For example, if there’s a blemish on someone’s face, you can remove it. But if you start to edit too much, the photo will start to look fake.
Apply These Photo Editing Tips Now
If you want to edit your photos like a professional, there are some easy editing tips that you can follow. Invest in a good-quality photo editing app. Take the time to learn how to use all of the features and editing tools.
Practice, practice, practice! And finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you get stuck.
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Amanda Byers is a graduate of Columbia, where she played volleyball and annoyed a lot of professors. Now as Zobuz’s entertainment and Lifestyle Editor, she enjoys writing about delicious BBQ, outrageous style trends and all things Buzz worthy.