January is proving to be my blog catch-up month. It’s been so much fun to update it and begin to write again, this editing series I am picking back up after too long a gap. I posted an editing story of this beautiful red tree to my Instagram account late last year and I asked whether you would like to see the complete editing workflow. The overwhelming response was ‘yes’ so, a few weeks later, here it is!
I took and edited this image on my iPhone. I used 2 apps, and I will share the step by step how to below. I actually put all my iPhone images through photo editing apps, they do a perfect job and using the full editing suite on my computer seems like overkill for images I rarely use beyond Instagram’s tiny format!
I am just popping in to share with you a clever tool to see the colour palette of your Instagram gallery. Created by Stef, one half of the team at Makelight, you can generate a wheel of colour extracted from your gallery a little like the images below. With a dedicated Year of Colour website, I really recommend you have a go.
Aside from being such good fun, this is a great way to see how you photographs feel to anyone visiting your gallery. Whether they represent your brand (even if you aren’t a business, it’s fascinating to see how you represent yourself with colour) and perhaps if there is a new colour path you’d like to walk.
A little while ago I asked, via my instagram stories, whether you would be interested in posts on editing. And with a reply of almost 100% yes, here is the first of those posts with a few tips for editing tricky light.
I’m going to use a couple of photographs with different light issues, hopefully they will give you a place to start with fixing shadows and/or over exposure. As always, all images can be viewed full screen by clicking on them.
As you may have seen on my Instagram account, last month Nikon challenged me to try out one of their lenses for a landscape challenge. Now I’m going to be honest and say I thought long and hard about whether to accept the challenge as my usual DSLR camera is not a Nikon. It’s a Canon. And I felt a little loyalty to the camera I chose to use in my everyday work.
But then, why not try it out? I chose to buy a Canon camera 4 years ago and once the investment is made, switching brands becomes a very costly business. Especially if you have splashed out on lenses. However, Nikon offered to send me a camera body and lens to try and I thought, you know what, it would be amazing to be able to compare it because that’s not usually an option open to most of us. And perhaps it might be useful to others too, and so I agreed with Nikon that I would accept the challenge of lenses and landscapes, and what I write here will be entirely my own words, my opinion.