Hey guys, We have made it through the halfway mark of the school year! That means that we only have about 4 more months left. That also means that this is my third installment of this blog this year. For this one, I will be talking about my workflow when I am editing pictures.
My whole process starts when I get home after a photo shoot. I plug my SD card into my iPad using an adapter and download all of the pictures to my iPad. Once I have them all in a spot where I can view all of them, I go through and look at each picture and pick out my favorites. After I have added my favorite pictures to a folder, I move into my actual editing process.
When I am editing, deciding what apps to use depends on the type of photo that I am editing. For a normal photo shoot, such as senior portraits, I use four apps to edit my pictures. I use VSCO, Facetune, Afterlight, and SKRWT. If I am editing a photo for my horror surrealism, then I add one app to my workflow. The a that I add is called Affinity Photo. It is basically a photoshop equivalent for the iPad.
The process for both of them is the exact same, but for the horror surrealism, I go through Affinity first to make the composite. You can check out one of my earlier blog posts to learn how to create a horror surrealism composition. Now that you have your composition, let’s move onto the next step. If you do not have to go through the process of making a composite image, then you will just start here.
The next stop is VSCO. I love this app because it has a wide variety of filters and photo editing options. It also has a social aspect to it. You are able to post photos and videos to your board. That aspect of it is very similar to Instagram. The standard version of VSCO has a lot of filter options, but you can pay for a yearly membership and have a much wider variety or filters.
Now that you have completed the editing your photo in VSCO, you can move on to Afterlight. I normally do not do much in Afterlight, but it has a few more options for tinting and shading certain highlights and shadows in your photo.
After you finish in Afterlight, we can go into Facetune. I really like this app because it gives you some of the photoshop features, but in a simpler form. My favorite tool in Facetune is the patch tool. It is the same as the clone stamp tool in photoshop. You are able to copy certain areas of the photo and paste them to other areas. This is great for removing blemishes or unwanted objects in your photo.
Now, for the next to last step in this workflow, SKRWT. This is probably not an app that you would normally think to use in your photo editing process. This app allows you to adjust the angle or perspective of your photo. I like to sometimes adjust it to make it look like I took the photo from a different angle or add some interest into my photo.
The last stop on this journey, is Instagram. I like to post most of my photos to Instagram because it is a great way to show the world my work. If you turn your account into a business account, then you can see a lot of data about your page and your posts. You can see how many people view your page, your posts, and also what time and what day people are most active so you can schedule when to post your photos. It is good to post during or right before the peak viewing time to to try and get more people to see your stuff.
I hope that this helped you or inspire you and your workflow for photo editing. These are things that I have learned over my time of being a photographer. My workflow is not the only one. It helps to try out many different things to find out what best works for you. Thank you for reading.