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Perfect Your iPhone Editing With These Pro Tips

Right now business owners, individuals and even pro-level photographers are taking snaps with phone-cameras for posting their daily lives to social media. And alongside professionally-shot images, phone-camera shots can add an element of authenticity and real value to your online presence - But they still need to look decent. So we’ve put together a basic run-down for you on editing those quick snaps to perfection. Let’s have a look at a few basic tools we use, and how you can master them straight from your phone:

1. Exposure

The first question you want to ask yourself is this - “Is my subject properly exposed?” You probably already know what proper exposure looks like - (Basically you don’t want too many blown-out highlights or shadows obstructing your subject). But knowing to expose for the subject is what’s key here. Sometimes your exposure varies drastically across the shot. If you have a shadowy face and a bright sky, the more you try to expose for one, the more you lose detail on the other. So what do you do? The answer is this - Revert back to rule #1: “Is my subject properly exposed?” If the focus of your shot was the sky, then great! Expose for that, and let the face fall into shadow. If the focal point was the person, vice versa. It’s okay to lose some detail to over/under exposure on your pic, but avoid having it on the subject. Unless you’re creating a silhouette of course.

Some Extra Tips On Exposure:

If you take a snap of a person wearing a white shirt, how do you expose for both their face and their outfit? Inevitably their face will be darker than the shirt. And both of those elements are the focus of the shot, right? You can use the ‘Highlights’ slider to bring down the brightness of the white shirt, and then lift your overall exposure incrementally. That way your entire subject is properly exposed without losing any detail to blown-out highlights. Tip* You could also use your ‘Shadows’ slider and work backwards to lift the darker areas of your image. If parts of your pic were completely white when you snapped it, you’ll never be able to bring that detail back as it was never recorded. It’s always best to take your pics slightly darker and then lift them later. Tip* When taking a snap, tap on the brightest part of your subject on the screen to tell your phone-camera to expose for these areas. A lot of detail is preserved in the shadows and you’ll be able to brighten these up later. Tip* Adjust your ‘Noise’ slider to lessen the appearance of speckling caused by lifting shadows. #TooLongDidntRead: Make sure the focal point of the image is properly exposed. Use ‘Highlights’ ‘Shadows’ and ‘Noise’ sliders for fine adjustments.

2. White Balance

It takes a good eye and a lot of practise to be able to read and adjust colour temperature. I have a little trick that I’ve used for years to help me with this. This is how it works - If you look at a white area on your photo such as a bright highlight, the white will be tinged with the colour temperature of the shot. For example, images with a warm