In the hustle and bustle of today’s world most people tend to work from their mobile phones whilst they are on the go, doing as much as they can so that, only the finishing touches have to be added via a PC/Laptop. Since smartphone companies caught up with this realization and made phone cameras almost as definitive as a digital camera it has made it easier for photographers, photojournalists, bloggers, and photo editors to still deliver the same quality of work with less equipment. To do this effectively and be able to complete a job you should have access to a photo editing app on your phone to ensure, that you are providing the same quality of work as to what you would should the work be completed from your laptop or pc.
In this article, we will discuss some of the best tips for editing photos on your smartphone.
Taking the Photo:
First things first, when having your smartphone as your only accessible tool at that moment you should start by ensuring that you are not only relying on the editing to make the photo look good. The trick would be to take a good photo originally which just needs retouching, defining, or some minor changes. This will then make your job a whole lot easier.
Using the Correct App:
Deciding which app to use when editing your photos on your smartphone would be the next important step. Most smartphones now have photo editing software installed already on them, although they will cover only the basic editorial needs, you should look at these apps first and see if they are something you can work with. Should your photos need any further editing it is worth reading the reviews of different apps before downloading and installing them on your phone – most apps offer a ‘free trial’ or ‘limited free access’ and expect you to pay the ‘pro’ version to access all features. You do not want to make the mistake of paying for an app that doesn’t provide you with all of the features you are looking for.
Display on your screen:
Once you have taken the best shot you can on your camera and chosen the app best for you, the next step would be to check that your screen settings are optimized. Although many phone screens originals settings are true to life, should you have changed any of them or they have automatically changed due to your surroundings this will affect how you are seeing the photo but not how the photo is actually displayed? This could cause you problems when it comes to the accuracy of your editing.
Purpose of editing:
What are you editing for and what is the format of the photo are you editing from? These are two questions you should be asking yourself when editing photos on your smartphone. If you are editing from a RAW photo taken by your digital camera then you should be sure to use an app that allows you to do this without compromising the original format of the photo. If you are editing a photo and it does not matter which format it is saved in then most of the available apps should be fine.
Compromising on Resolution:
Of course, you should beware that editing on your smartphone does change the resolution of your photos and this should always be kept in mind. If you are editing for a magazine or a printed version of your photo, then it is advisable to do this only on a PC or laptop. If you are editing for an online display, then most smartphone apps should remain true to edit. If the sizing of your image is important for example you have to email the photo as an attachment then it is good to know that editing on your smartphone generally makes the file size smaller than those edited on a pc or laptop.
Do Not Over Edit the Photos:
Awareness of your editing is the best tip to give. When editing on your smartphone it is very easy to make the mistake of over-editing since the screen on your smartphone does not hold the same resolution of those on a pc or laptop and the camera’s megapixels are not as high as a digital camera. You may find yourself making the structure effect to high or the shadows too dark and this will display incorrectly on the pc or laptop. It is always advisable to check where possible of the work that you have already completed before submitting or sending it to where it needs to go.