Friday, 31 March 2017

Getting light bright photos through editing

There's nothing worse than planning a huge photo taking session only to wake up that morning to a dull cloudy day, or to take a load of photos and realise that they just didn't turn out as bright as you thought they had on your viewfinder. I used to resort to deleting the photos and starting from scratch but this doesn't always have to be the case, this is how i salvage the photos that lack a little bit of light. (hint: its really simple too!)

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To do all the editing in this case i use the colour story app, i do use other photo editing apps as well but when I'm trying to add light to photos colour story is my go to. 
The three steps i take are seriously simple and the full edit takes less than a minute, it's just a matter of adjusting the curves of the photo and using my go to filter. 

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1) The first step is to adjust the curves, when you first enter the "curves" section (under tools > adjustments > curves) you'll see the line is completely straight; to get used to how the tool works i'd recommend playing around with the line and seeing how the look of the photo changes when you move the middle dot. Once you're familiar with how the photo changes depending on how you move the curve you can decide what level is right for you.

2) I like to just pull the centre dot in an upward motion towards the left corner of the photo, as you can see from the second photo the line is now slightly curved. I don't like to adjust the curves too much because i still want it to look natural, but like i said once you're used to it you can decide which level of lifting is right for you. 

3) Photo editing wouldn't be photo editing without a filter so the last thing i do is apply the "pop" filter (under filters > essentials > pop) in the colour story app. Although you've already brightened the photo using the curves tool, the pop filter helps to add vibrancy to the colours and add even more light to the photo without sacrificing the contrasting colours. 

This is the photo from the original file to the final edit:

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and another example because why not.. 

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I often find using a standard brightening tool to brighten photos washes out the photo and makes details appear less sharp, but this method means all the colours are retained but they still don't appear over edited. 

Okay so i know it's only a short one but it's just a little method i wanted to share, there's nothing worse than taking a perfectly positioned photo only to have the light let you down, so hopefully this might help if you ever find yourself in that situation! - Maria x

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  1. Might be a stupid question but is this app on your computer or phone? This looks like such a handy way of brightening photos :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. Not a stupid question at all! It's on my phone x

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  2. This is so helpful! Thank you for sharing! Your photos are so beautiful :)

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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    1. Aw im so glad to hear its helpful! Thank you!! x

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  3. This is such a helpful post! I'm downloading the app now :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    astoldbykirsty.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for reading, i hope its useful for you!! x

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  4. Hey such a useful post! Was just wondering if this was for Instagram or blog or both?xx

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    1. For both when I'm taking photos of products or i just need to brighten the image x

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  5. Really helpfully post, thanks for sharing.

    If you don't mind me asking what app do you use to get the arrow and numbers on your photos?

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  6. Love it. This looks like a great editing tool.

    http://ohduckydarling.com

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    1. Thank you for reading, it really is a very helpful app! x

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  7. Thank you for sharing! This looks an amazing app/technique...I'm downloading it now ��

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    1. No problem! I hope its helpful for you! x

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  8. You're such a lifesaver for sharing this, it's so frustrating when you take a whole load of photos and they don't end up how you want them to be. Currently downloading the app now! Thanks for sharing this again hah

    Dalal .. Monochrome Daisies

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    1. aw great I'm so happy its helpful! I know, its so annoying when you get a good picture but its just that little bit dark, hopefully this will help you out! x

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  9. Hey Maria! I love these photo tips!
    I also have another blog related question--how were you able to add your Google AdSense banner to your layout? I've tried for hours to set mine up but I can't seem to figure it out! If you could explain the process I'd appreciate it so SO much!
    xo Amanda
    Affordable by Amanda

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    1. Hi!! Are you using blogger? If you could send me a twitter or instagram DM @mariajblogs - they're linked at the bottom of the post, i'll help you out with it! x

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  10. I've been using color story but never have I ever thought of using only one apps to make a photo great. Do you buy any of the extensions pack or only use the default filter?

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    1. Its such a great app to explore, i only use the free options i never pay for any apps really when you can do so much with the free options available! x

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  11. Thank you for this! I often see very very bright photos with no color or contrast.
    also, I've already told you on Twitter that I love your blog, but I really do. And your instagram. also, this photo you have here is just great, I love the outfit. (do I sound like a crazy fan? haha)

    xo Honey - blog Royal Lifestyle - Twitter - Instagram

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    1. Yeah that seems to be a popular look at the minute for photos but I'm not keen on really editing out the contrast thats why i love this filter! Thats so kind thank you, i really love to get positive feedback it makes my day! x

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  12. I'm obsessed with your instagram photos, they're all so stunning!

    Thank you for sharing this Maria! <3

    xo, Becca
    www.15bex02.co.vu

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    1. aw thank you so much thats so lovely, thank you for reading! x

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  13. Never heard of this app before but it does amazing things! Will definitely need to give it a go x

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    1. Definitely give it a go, it works really well! x

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  14. Love this post & can't wait to try it! Thanks Maria J.!

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    1. Thank you for reading, i hope it works well for you! x

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  15. Thanks for this post! I'm always looking for ways to improve my photos, and this seems like an amazing app!

    Joanne | https://fung-shui.com

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    1. No problem, i hope the app is helpful for you! x

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  16. I just downloaded and it such an amazing app. Thank you for the tip.

    Michelle Morchella

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    1. Aw great! No problem, thank you for reading x

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  17. I've been googling everywhere on how to get a great photo! Thank you for sharing, definitely helpful!

    -Sophie xx
    Cherries & Perfume ♡

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    1. aw so happy you found this, glad it's helpful! x

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  18. You're a life saver! Thank you for this wonderful article this is really helpful!
    xo
    Michelle| www.brokebutflawless.blogspot.com

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    1. aw no problem! Glad you found it helpful x

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  19. this is great advise to all budding photographers. x

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  20. Amazing post! The examples are great, I'e always admired your beautiful pictures xx

    Elle du Jour
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    1. Aw thank you so much lovely, glad you found it helpful! x

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  21. Such a helpful tip! I struggle to make my photos bright and sharp. Will definitely use this app! Thank you so much

    Nhi Archibald | Life with Nhi Archibald

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    1. Aw great to hear, i really hope it works well for you! x

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  22. Thanks for this! I've never heard of A Colour Story app before, but I'm going to give it a try!

    Holly | holbol.co.uk

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    1. It's such a great app and really has some advanced editing tools for a free option! x

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  23. Love this! I've been looking for an app like this, I've just downloaded it now & I'm already converted! Fab post thanks chick!

    XO // itsmeshenanxo.blogspot.co.uk

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