Taking photos is easy these days. However, editing them on your mobile device can be challenging if you don’t know what you’re doing or don’t have the right resources at hand to do it with. In fact, you may think that editing your photos on your phone may be too difficult – and in some cases, impossible – without having the proper software installed on your computer first. But what if I told you that with just 7 basic steps, you could edit your photos from your mobile device like a pro? Read on to find out more!
1) Use Your Camera
Although smartphone cameras have come a long way in recent years, they aren’t a replacement for good photography. After you take your photo, use editing tools to tweak it so that it looks its best. The iPhone has built-in editing tools, and Android users can download apps like VSCO Cam or Snapseed.
2) Filter Apps Are My Friends
I don’t know about you, but I use Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook to post photos. But what if I want to edit those photos? Even though they each have filters, they don’t always work for every photo. That’s why I rely on mobile apps that let me edit my pics like a pro. Here are my favorites
3) Don’t Be Afraid of Color
One of my favorite parts about editing with mobile apps is experimenting with colors. Color is all around us, yet most people only associate editing with black and white. If you want to play it safe, edit your photo in black and white—but if you’re more interested in taking risks, use color to set a mood for your photos.
4) Practice Makes Perfect
You can become a master at editing on your mobile device by practicing. The more you practice, the better you’ll be able to edit photos and get great results. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen over time. Start practicing by playing around with various filters, settings and edits that appeal to you and try to mimic similar styles in your own photos as often as possible.
5) Cut Out Unnecessary Items
When taking photos on your phone, it’s easy to grab an object or person in your frame that doesn’t need to be there. This clutters up your photo and makes it more difficult to focus on what you actually want your audience to see. Don’t let extraneous details get in the way of a great shot.
6) Get Creative With Lenses
This is a really cool, one-of-the-kind effect that uses you and your friends as characters in a photo—and it’s super easy to do. Open a new photo, then tap on Photo effects and select Live effect. Choose Characters from the list of options, then position yourself or your friends within both circles that appear on either side of your frame.
7) Use The Right Tools For The Job
Just because you want to edit your photos on mobile doesn’t mean you have to use your phone’s default photo-editing app. There are plenty of high-quality photo editors available as apps in Google Play, and Apple’s App Store. Adobe Lightroom is a great example, offering features including color balance, curves editing and color temperature adjustments. Plus it has been specifically designed for mobile devices.