Through The Lens: From iPhone To Instagram


Welcome to part 3 of my Through The Lens series! I love Instagram and I always spend some time on my photos before I upload them to Instagram! So, today, I thought I would share how I edit my photos!

Today, I took a pretty basic photo that I want to upload to Instagram and I'm going to show each step so you can see what I do, and then I'll share a before and after! I have a number of photo editing apps on my phone that I love, (I'll do a separate post on that), but today I'm just going to use the app I've been use the most recently - Afterlight! I downloaded this app based off a recommendation and it has since become my number 1 go-to photo editing app!

So here is the photo I took, unedited, as it was originally taken on my iPhone (5S if you're wondering).


I took this photo from the car window on the way to The Trafford Centre. As you can see it's pretty bland, there's a big black line at the top of the photo where I've got part of the car in frame, so let's open up Afterlight and see what we can do!


So this is what it looks like when we open the app. As you can see there is a few different buttons along the bottom but we'll see more of those as we get into it. The first thing I want to do is get rid of the black line at the top. If I press the 2nd to last button, that will open up my crop tool.


I'm choosing the square size to crop it so that it stays prefect size for uploading to Instagram
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So I'm happy with how that looks now, so now I'm going to choose the 2nd button to adjust the photo. As you can see, this highlights a selection of things we can change to improve the photo. So I'm going to start with the first tool, the one that looks like a magic wand. This adjusts the clarity of the photo. I'm going to select that and turn it up to 100.


As you can see, the photo looks so much better already! However, it's looking a little bit dark so now I'm going to adjust the brightness. 


I've changed turned it up to 65 because it makes the photo clearer, without washing out the clouds too much. Next thing I want to do is adjust is the contrast. Sometimes I like to turn the contrast all the way down but for this photo, I wanted to turn it up just a little bit to give the photo a bit more definition.




I decided to turn it up to 20 because that gave a nice subtle boost. Next thing is the saturation. Usually, I only turn the saturation up a little tiny bit because some photos look too artificial when their really highly saturated. However, I decided that this photo was still looking a bit dull so I turned it all the way to 100!


Now it's looking good! If I wanted to continue adjusting this photo, I could just change the exposure levels, the intensity of the highlights and shadows, the colour temperature and the image sharpness. However, I'm happy with this photo so far, so I'm going to start looking at filters. I hardly ever use the Instagram filters anymore, I've been enjoying using the filters on this app instead, so let's have a look!


So as you can see, when we select the round coloured button, that brings up a collection of filters we can use. Original, guest, seasons, wander and fusion. All of these collections contain a number of different filters for different styles of photos. For photos like the one I've taken, I like to use either the original filters. So I'm going to choose open up that folder and find a filter that works.


I've chose this filter called frost which I think work's really nicely for this photo! As you can see, you can adjust the amount of filter on the photo. Also, you can see that the clouds have been washed out again in the photo, so if you're not happy with that, you could go back to your adjustments and play around some more. However, I actually like it like this so I'm going to keep it! So now I'm ready to upload this photo to Instagram!


As you can see, I can upload the photo directly to Instagram from the app, and that's everything! So as a reminder, let's look at the before and after photos.

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I think this looks a lot nicer! However, this is just one example of what you can do by just adjusting a few settings, so I thought I'd share a few more photos I've edited in this same exact way, just so you can see the difference!

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And that's everything for this week! I hope you enjoyed this post and all the photos that came along with it. I love playing with photo editing apps but before we edit, we need to take good photos to begin with! Stick around for part 4 of Through The Lens next Thursday, until then, you can see these photos and more over on my Instagram!

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