Since our last post on the life and times of Alessio La Ruffa (@alessiolr on Instagram), he’s been up to his fair share of urban snappin’, and if you missed his epic helicopter experience over the City of Gold along with some cherry-picked Joburg Instagrammers, do yourself a favour and check out the hashtag #vodawalk (warning: not one for vertigo sufferers).
Alessio also happens to run one of SA’s coolest Instagram-related online stores called Instageeks, offering a curated collection of iPhone photography accessories at the best prices (I’m literally kicking myself for paying so much for a clear iPhone case). Anyway, Alessio graciously agreed to share some of his IG know-how in the form of a photo editing tutorial – go go guest post!
ALR: how to edit your photos for Instagram using only Snapseed
You’ve taken a great photo, and you’re ready to upload it to Instagram, but you feel like it it could do with a bit of enhancement. With the multitude of apps available for both iOS and Android, it can be difficult choosing an app to edit your photos. I use Snapseed for iOS, which is also available for Android. Best of all, it’s absolutely free.
For this tutorial, I will be using the following photo:
I’ve opened the photo in Snapseed, and I’m ready to go.
Go to Tune Image, and adjust ambiance to +15, contrast to +10, saturation to +15, and shadows to +5. You’ll notice that the colours are brighter and the image is starting to look a little more crisp and clean.
Go to Crop and tap the rectangular box icon on the bottom left and choose the 1:1 square, which is perfect for Instagram. You can adjust the size of the crop box as needed.
Choose Details and adjust structure to +20. This sharpens the image. Anything more than +20 is overkill.
I want to focus on the person in the middle a little bit more. Go to Selective Adjust and tap the + icon. Tap the spot on the screen that you would like to adjust. Here, I’ve adjusted the brightness to +60, the contrast to +20 and the saturation to +20. The difference is subtle, but effective.
Go to HDR Scape and adjust filter to +20, brightness to +5, saturation to +20, and smoothing to +50.
Lastly, to create a subtle vignette, go to Centre Focus, adjust blur to 0, outer brightness to -40, and inner brightness to +20.
This is the final image. Six easy steps and a few short minutes is all it takes to turn a good photo into a great one.