Hello, today I thought I would share with you how I edit my bookstagram pictures. Thank you to Kate (InfinitelyNovel) for requesting this post. I take my pictures with my iPhone 6s and so whilst the quality looks okay on phones, if you are reading this on a computer or laptop then the images probably look slightly blurry.
I don’t do too much to edit my pictures, but I hope you enjoy this post anyway!
This is the picture in its unedited form. I always wait until I have good, bright lighting to take pictures. The light in my room can be very dark blue, darker than it is here, and so I sometimes can’t take any pictures. It drives me crazy. I find that the lighting is best if it cloudy but bright outside or if there is snow (which hardly ever happens) as that makes everything very bright. I don’t do a lot of editing, but I like to brighten my pictures and improve the quality.
The first app I use to edit my pictures is Afterlight. You can download it from the app store for £0.79 and it’s definitely worth paying for. The first thing I always do is adjust the brightness, I don’t use a specific %, I just increase it until it looks good. Then I use the clarify tool and sometimes the sharpening tool to improve the quality, especially as brightening sometimes blurs it.
The next app I use is called Snapseed. I only recently discovered it and it’s great as it’s free to download. I firstly use it to increase the saturation as my brightening on Afterlight can wash out the colours in my pictures. I do often end up using their brightness tool as well, especially if the lighting was dark when I took the picture. Snapseed is good as it lets you brighten certain areas, blur things and do more specific editing which Afterlight doesn’t allow.
Here is the picture once I have edited it on both Afterlight and Snapseed. You might not think it looks very different, but to me it looks so much better. Everything is much brighter and the book’s cover looks much more vibrant. Even the tea looks much more appealing!
My final step is always to upload the picture to Instagram so that I can compare the colours to the rest of my feed. Sometimes it looks completely different and so I have to change the brightness or start again. I can be very picky and so often I do this over and over until I end up giving up. I think it always helps to get a second opinion so often I ask my sister or some friends on bookstagram what they think of the colours. I am trying not to be as picky and to not worry too much about colours being exactly the same, but it’s a hard habit to break.
I hope you enjoyed this post, I had a lot of fun making it!