I think I mentioned before that, when I'm traveling, more often than not, I take photos with my phone. The idea of carrying my heavy DSLR for a day of shopping simply doesn't appeal to me. However I'm a big proponent of editing photos before sharing them, after all back in the day nobody ever saw the negative rolls either... people only got to see the finished photograph. And in my opinion the same should go for iPhone pictures.
So I know there are a million and two editing apps out there but quite frankly, I don't want to put my pictures through several different apps to get just the right exposure, color, sharpness (which, btw. should be taken into consideration before the shot anyway ^^) etc. so I'm using only one and that's VSCO. Don't need more than that. 🙂
So the picture above of St. Paul's Cathedral in London actually looked like this (see below) straight out of 'camera'. Not that nice, right? The weather that day was horrible, a dark, cold and windy February day and definitely not the best time of day to take nice pictures. Below a few easy adjustments I made in VSCO that got me a way nicer result. (Obviously everybody has different preferences but I like my pictures to have a clean and bright look.)
Just like Instagram VSCO offers plenty of presets (in IG they call it filters) but I only ever go with HB1 and never ever at full strength. Generally speaking I try to make as few adjustments as possible, however in this case I had to take the brightness way up (picture 1) as the picture in itself was extremely dark. Also I like my pictures to have a slightly cooler undertone, so I always take the temperature down a stop (picture 2) and subsequently crop the picture the way I want it, keeping in mind the rule of thirds (picture 3).
Most of the time I also make adjustments to contrast and saturation as well as sharpen the photo a little.
Keep in mind the better the picture looks straight out of camera the less adjustments you have to make in post. 🙂
Do you edit your iPhone pictures? Which app are you using?