Posting photos to social media is a part time job. First you have to find the right photo out of the hundreds you took. Then, you have to find the right filter, which can take multiple apps to uncover, and then you have to actually post the picture with a clever caption. Posting photos to social media consumes a lot of time and energy, and many of these photos are selfies. The trend to take your own photo has skyrocketed, and is now being blamed for a rise in plastic surgery. Doctors are seeing more and more patients that want to change things about their appearance based on what their ‘selfie’ looks like. It’s not just selfies, people are sharing more pictures than ever via social media. The truth is that most of these photos are edited in some way before they are shared.
The Renfrew Center Foundation surveyed 1,710 US adults 18 and older and found that 50% admit to editing photos before posting them to social media. These ‘edits’ run the field, ranging to include red-eye fix, removing blemishes, changing filters to look more tan or even making physical adjustments to hips, waist, etc. Yes the last one is very possible you just need the right app. 12% of adults admit they edit their photos because they are not happy with how they look. A whopping 70% of women edit their pictures before posting them online, while a little over 50% of men edit their photos before posting. Mom and dad are just as guilty, with 32% of parents with children under 18 editing their photos before publishing for all to see, comment on and like. Regardless of demographics, age, gender or any other factor, all types of people are obsessed with posting perfect photos, even if that means resorting to Photoshop—hey, all of the celebrities do it! If you are looking to amp up your Instagram photo game you’ve stumbled upon the right blog. Here we break down how to take and edit the best Instagram photos.
Before we get into the best apps for editing your photos, it’s even more important to take good photos. Taking photos for Instagram is a little different than traditional photography because pictures are forced into an unusual square. Don’t hate on the square, just embrace it and make the best of it with these top tips for taking great Instagram photos.
Don’t use the Instagram app to take your photos. The Instagram camera may use the same lens attached to the back of your phone but it doesn’t offer all of the same features. Instagram camera can’t zoom, it automatically crops your frame so you can’t even save a normal sized copy, and it doesn’t always look as good either—but maybe the last one is just me.
If you do want to take photos in square, you can do so using your iPhone camera, simply swipe to the right when your camera is on and you will see the photo view alter.
When people view photos on Instagram they are almost always on their cell phone, which doesn’t offer the biggest looking glass. Work with this by using up every last inch of your photo (or at least a good majority of it) so that the photo pops out at the viewers, and the subject doesn’t become lost. In many standard photos the subject is often in the background or a smaller part of a larger shot, but this luxury isn’t available on Instagram because the photos are so small. Remember, all edges of your photo will be chopped off to fit anyway. This means a lot of detail must be axed and more attention brought to the actual subject of the photo.
Steady yourself as you take photos, you don’t want the pictures to come out blurry. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds. It’s helpful to find a bench, tree or something to help steady yourself before you start-snapping photos.
If you are struggling to focus your picture or if it doesn’t look very clear right before you take it, you can use the handy dandy ‘focus’ tool to help. Once you have your picture in the camera, click on the center of the image and you will automatically see the camera enhance the clarity of your image and focus better before taking the photo. All Apple and most Android phones have this same feature. https://www.yahoo.com/tech/five-tips-to-take-better-more-beautiful-instagram-81410374906.html http://iphonephotographyschool.com/square-composition/
Once you have a great photo it’s time to post it to Instagram, but first… does it need a filter? Instagram has added many new filters you can use, but if you’ve ever tried the filters offered by other apps you know there are far better options than Willow and Mayfair. Adding filters is only part of the fun, many people are taking their photo editing to new extremes with some of the many apps made to change way more than the hue of your photos. Here are some photo editing apps worth checking out for Apple and Android devices.
The Perfect365 app has gotten a lot of mixed reviews, as many people hate everything it stands for. Others swear by it because it allows you to transform a pretty weak selfie into something worthy of posting. You can use a variety of filters, remove blemishes and say goodbye to dark circles. Plus, you can even add makeup like eyeliner, eye shadow, blush, bronzer and more.
This app has over 568,000 reviews and a solid 4 out of 5 star rating. Download For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcsoft.perfect365&hl=en Download For Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/perfect365-one-tap-makeover/id475976577?mt=8
Facetune is going to cost a few dollars ($3.99) but it does a lot of cool stuff. A friend of mine clued me into this one and I have played around with it a lot ever since. Compared to other photo editing apps the main leverage this one has is its red eye fix. It allows you to pick eye color prior to fixing red-eye, offering a much more natural look. So many apps just turn red eyes into white eyes.
This app is also known for its ability to smooth out imperfections and even change the shape of things, including your figure. Not that this is recommended. Usually, it’s fairly noticeable when someone takes in their waist or thighs because other parts of the image become distorted. Even big-name celebrities (cough, cough Beyoncé) are getting caught left and right touching up photos to the extreme like this. Out of 30,052 reviews the Facetune app scores a 4.5 rating. Download For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lightricks.facetune&hl=en Download For Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facetune/id606310581?mt=8
Photoshop makes a great app called PS Express that offers a number of nifty filters. My favorite feature of this app is the ability to naturally enhance photos. With one click of the ‘wand’ icon located at the top of the screen horrible, dark photos are transformed into something so much better. This easy to use app also offers blemish removal, red eye fix and a few other nifty tools. There are many borders and frames to select from as well to help add some unique style to your images.
Out of 351,289 reviews this app has a solid 4 star rating. Download for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adobe.psmobile&hl=en Download For Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-photoshop-express/id331975235?mt=8
If you want to add words over your pictures then Quick or Textgram, depending if you have an Apple or Android phone, is the perfect app download for you. Say whatever you want wherever you want on your photos. Adding words to a photo can make it stand out a lot more, and even completely alter a photo’s take away meaning. This is great for businesses as well as personal Instagram accounts.
Both apps scored a 4.5 out of hundreds of reviews. Download For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=codeadore.textgram&hl=en Download For Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quick-add-text-to-photos-fast/id574443485?mt=8
I have been using ‘Instaframe’ (Now Known As LiPix) since long before it transformed into LiPix, and it is a great app for making multiple photos appear in one Instagram post. There are tons of different options for arranging photos, and you can add as many as 9 photos to one collage. You can also add text, and share directly from the app with one click. I really like how this app does not advertise itself on your final photo collage. Many other app brands put their tacky logo right in the corner of your photo, which kind of ruins things in my opinion. LiPix keeps it fresh and simple. The LiPix app has over 330,068 reviews and an average 4 star rating. Download Here: http://lipixapp.com
This app is among the most popular options for editing photos. You don’t have to be a photoshop expert to figure it out and successfully use it. Snapseed has a number of essential components, like filters to change colors, textures and brightness. You can apply these looks in single layers or stack up different filters for a more dramatic look.
Filters change by simply sliding your finger across the screen to increase or decrease intensity. Previous versions of the app did way better in terms of overall reviews. The current version of this app may need some updates with 223 customer reviews and only a 2-½ star review. Although, all versions of this app earn a much more favorable 4 star review from 7,692 customers. This app is only available for iPhone and it is free. Download For Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/snapseed/id439438619?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8
As more and more people edit their photos, the pressure increases to do so yourself. After all, you don’t want to be the only one who doesn’t look picture perfect in your photos. Is this healthy for society? Most definitely not. A touch of editing can take a good picture and make it a ‘wow’ picture, but if you go too extreme with edits people might not even recognize you in real life. Remember that no matter what your real selfie is the most beautiful of all!