The X Files: Instagram Addict's Guide

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Let's be real here, we are all more or less obsessed with Instagram. We need a bit of filter to correct the colour and brighten that shadow. For the past one month, I started receiving emails asking for image editing tips, though let me be honest, I'm no expert, not even close. But because you asked, I'll try my best to answer. So here we go, my unprofessional guide of go-to photo editing apps. 現在社交平台興起,除了 FacebookInstagram 也是大家愛用的分享平台之一。除了攝影本身的技巧,製圖和調色似乎也是必經的過程。這一個月來,陸陸續續收到幾封希望我分享 Instagram 製圖過程的電子郵件,所以這幾天就把自己愛用的軟體整理出來與你們分享。不過這些都只是我的個人喜好,因為我也不是專業的嘛(笑)

Snapseed

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Snapseed is the app I use the most, I love the 'selective adjustment' function. Like the left image of the Lobster noodles (which tastes amazing, btw), I get to increase the plate's brightness without loosing detail of the food itself. And as for the photo on the right, I only choose to brought up shadows under the skincare products, so that I wouldn't darken the other parts of the shot. Snapseed is extremely useful when it comes to flatlays. 

Snapseed是我最常使用的軟體,我非常喜歡它的「部分編輯」功能。像是最左邊的照片,我提高了盤子本身的亮度,但卻不會影響食物本身的細節。又或是最右邊的照片,我只選擇在產品附近的加深影子,這樣才不會讓讓照片偏暗。我覺得在拍俯拍類型的照片的時候,snapseed 真的是非常實用。

Lightroom

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I didn't start using Lightroom on my phone until last month. I use it all the time on my laptop for my camera photos, though. I find this produces more realistic results. My most favourite function is the clarify tool-which is a lot more powerful comparing to the built in one in Instagram. The colour presets also give you a quick and semi professional fix when there happens to be too much yellow light, or in my case, where I prefer cold tones than warm ones. The contrast is a lot more detailed in the Lightroom app, everything seems more balanced and sophisticated. 

You'll need an Adobe Creative Cloud account to use this app, which you probably already have one if you bought any sorts of Adobe software-aka photoshop.

Lightroom是我近期才開始使用的手機軟體,平時在電腦上編輯照片的時候就有在用,不過經過身邊的攝影師朋友推薦才知道他們早就推出了手機版呢!Lightroom 比起許多其他軟體,可以做的調整也比較精細,我覺得這很重要,因為有時候調色過度,照片會看起來很假。我最喜歡他們的 clarity 功能,可以稍微彌補手機相機畫素不足的小缺點,照片也會看起來比較深,不會太扁。程式裏頭也有許多預設的風格和模板,對於調整黃光和色調的非常有效。

使用 Lightroom 需要申請 Adobe Creative Cloud 的會員,不過假如你們本身就有在使用 photoshop 或是任何 Adobe 的軟體那你們就已經有會員了喔!

Iphone filter: Fade 

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I will admit this is my inner voice speaking, due to the fact that I'm so in love with the 'fade' filter from iPhone. This filter gives a whitewashed sense, where everything seems less contrasted, and lack of red (its just my personal preference). I use this filter mainly for street views and travel photos. And it actually does a reasonably good job. 

好的,最後這個濾鏡是我的私心(笑),我很喜歡 iphone 裡本身內建的 fade 濾鏡,長期在看我的照片,你們應該不難發現我喜歡偏冷色調的色系,另外,我也不喜歡照片裡有太多的紅色和綠色。這個功能基本上就是將照片刷白,降低對比。我個人覺得這個濾鏡在很適合在分享 instagram 旅遊照片的時候使用,整個頁面會給人一種很舒服寧靜的氛圍。

Okay, there you have it. My top secret photo editing tips, well..not so secret (wink). 

好的,這就是我比較常用的手機照片編輯軟體,希望你們喜歡。假如有任何問題,歡迎在臉書或是部落格留言給我唷。