Wednesday, March 23, 2016

How To Get Light & Bright iPhone Photos


I think it's an understatement to say that a big part of blogging is photography.  It's a HUGE part.  Pretty pictures will draw readers in and make them want to come back again, along with growing your following on social media channels, most specifically Instagram.  I'll be the first to admit that photography is not my strong suit.  I'm trying to step up my game and while it's still a work in progress, one thing that has made a serious difference in my iPhone photos was downloading the app Pic Tap Go.  If you want to achieve the light, bright, airy pictures that you see all over right now, this is the app for you!

I'd heard about Pic Tap Go on a few different blogs before I decided to check it out for myself.  It's $1.99 and currently only available on iPhones.  I had previously been using VSCO Cam and while I liked it, I never felt like I could get my pictures as bright as I wanted them (without sacrificing quality).  So I figured what the heck, I'll give it a try.  And a couple months later, I officially love it and only use it - I actually even use it to edit pictures I take on my regular camera, it's that good.

Remember this photo?  It was edited in 4 quick, simple steps on Pic Tap Go and I thought I'd share with you how I got there.


1. Open your Pic Tap Go app and select the photo you would like to edit.

2. I always start with the filter Lights On first.  Always.  And make it full strength.  It does the best job of brightening up pictures that I've found on any app.  

3. Next is Cool It Down.  I find that when you really brighten photos, sometimes they can take on a yellow contrast.  The Cool It Down filter reduces that and makes your photos look more crisp and clean.  I almost always do this one full strength as well.


4. The Shadows filter is up next.  Just as the name sounds, it removes any unwanted shadows/dark spots from your photo.  I use this in a lighter dose as it can start to make your picture look grainy if used too heavily.

5. And usually last is Air.  I also use this filter in a small dose for one extra brightening boost before I'm done editing.


6. Hit the Go button in the top right corner to save your picture.  I like that you can send it directly to Instagram/Facebook/Twitter or just save it right to your camera roll, along with a few other options.

And that's it!  Super easy, right?  I've used this on 99% of the pictures I've posted since January and I think it has made a huge difference.  There are about 20 other filters you can use in the app too but these are the ones that I try and stick to each time.  I think it's important to use the same filters on all of your pictures (or close to it) to create a cohesive look for your blog and/or Instagram feed.  

Let me know if you have any questions and - shameless plug here - make sure to follow me over on Instagram @ka5ohare :) Happy picture snapping!

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44 comments

  1. I love this app too! I always forget about it! I use afterlight all the time and snapseed a lot too. Thanks for reminding me of this app and good tutorial! Your pics always look great :)

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  2. Pic Tap Go is the only editing app I use!! I love it so much!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. I haven't used the Pic Tap Go app, but I think I need to!

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  4. Thanks for sharing all this! I hadn't heard of Pic Tap Go.

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  5. Thanks for the tips. I like to use Photo as well.

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  6. Wow that app seems awesome! Those photos are great! :)

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  7. I have that one installed but haven't really played around with it much. I like how it lightens it but doesn't blow out the pic. Great tutorial!

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  8. Such great tips! I downloaded lightroom on my phone and like it but may need to do this one too!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  9. I love this app! It's my favorite go to for picture editing.

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  10. I would be lost without pic tap go - my favorite!!

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  11. It is amazing what a little editing can do! I have struggled to find an app I really like..I may have to bite the bullet and spend two whole dollars on this one ;-)

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  12. Love these tips!! Downloading that app right now! Thanks beauty!!

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  13. Great tips! Your pictures always look so great!!

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  14. Its always about the editing that makes a picture go from night to day

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  15. Thanks for sharing - just downloaded it :) Excited to give it a try!

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  16. I've actually had pic tap go for years and my pics never came out so bright. Now I know exactly what filter to use to make them pop! Thanks so much! ♥

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  17. Thanks for sharing this - my iPhone pictures have been driving me crazy lately!!!

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  18. I always use Afterlight to brighten/sharpen iPhone photos. I will have to try out pic tap go!

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  19. Wait, can you use it on the computer too? Or you just share your camera pics on your phone then edit? Love this...great tutorial!

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  20. I don't have a photo editing app that i use on my phone. I usually just use the Instagram editor rather than the filers they offer. But I really like the look of your photos so I think I'll have to give it a try! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Pic Tap Go is my favorite! It really helps brighten photos!

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  22. THANK YOU!!! I cannot wait to try this app out. I'm at my wits end with trying to get decent photos and you are so right that photos are everything when it comes to blogs. Heart you!

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  23. Thank you for posting this, I have been trying to find a good app to make my pictures brighten on my iphone. This is so very helpful.

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  24. I'm so bad with pictures-- I've never heard of this app, but it looks awesome!

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  25. See ya later, Afterlight! Just downloaded this app!

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  26. Well, I'm downloading this app right after I type this. Thanks for the tips/tutorial, girl - your photos have been great!

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  27. Ooooh, thanks for the tip! I hope to someday have a fancy camera, but now just use my iPhone so I can't wait to download and try this!

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  28. I've never heard of that app, but I'll check it out! Thanks for all the tips :)!

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  29. Wow that's an awesome app! I always love your pictures - I'll have to keep an eye out for if it comes out on Andriod

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  30. I've never tried Pic Tap Go! I love how quickly you edited that photo! I'll have to buy that one. :)

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  31. I totally forgot I downloaded that and now I have to try it!

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  32. So many people love pic tap go. Did you know you can save your standard edits as your own "formula" of sorts. Might make the process quicker for you. I gave it a try, but didn't love it. I use VSCO for most of my edits and then brighten and sharpen in FaceTune.

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  33. I haven't even heard of this app before! I don't have an Iphone, but I'll recommend it to my friends who do! It makes beautiful photos!

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  34. Great post girl and thanks for the "cool it down" tip! I use this app too sometimes and it is a must for those bright, airy photos :)

    ... and now I want some of those mini eggs!

    xo, Kristina

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  35. Girlllll thank you so much for this extremely helpful post! I haven't quite gotten the hang of this amazing app yet, so I'm excited to try out your tips <3
    Green Fashionista

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  36. Love Pic-Tap-Go, but had no idea how to use as many of the tips so thanks! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  37. Do you ever use Afterlight, and if so, how would you compare the two?

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  38. fabulous! i have never heard of this app but thank you for explaining it so fully because now i'll definitely download it :)

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  39. Amazing post Katie!!! I suck at IG. I'll have to check out pic tap go. I've tried to use vsco, but it was way too complicated for me, lol!!

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  40. You've convinced me to download this app! I love the bright photos - sometimes I adjust in Instagram manually, but it can really blur out the backgrounds.

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  41. Seriously great tips! I'm looking into this app today! I love photo apps.

    liz @ j for joiner

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  42. Downloading this app now! I agree, I've been using VSCO and sometimes it's great but other times...not so much! Xo, Stephanie

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  43. Great tips! Never used this app before, I usually use Afterlight or VSCO!

    Emma | Seeking the South

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  44. Nice guide. I will try it! In two month i will take https://macphun.com/intensify or Photoshop and photo editing will not be a problem anymore :)

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