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!