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Editing Your Holiday Images

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Sadly, the holiday season is ending but the memories captured with your camera is everlasting. Here’s how to quickly edit your photos for your holiday album.

 

Snapseed allows quick editing that is acceptable for social media. It has various tools to improve the images you have taken while on the road. IMAGE: Wilson Wong

 

 

#1: Landscape 

 

Landscape generally covers all types of images but primarily is about the physical location of the visit.

Step 1: Correct the horizon using the rotation tool

Step 2: Correct the colour using White Balance

Step 3: Sharpen with structure (if there’s pattern in the image). Use ‘Sharpening’ to make the subject pop out.

Step 4: Use ‘Ambiance’ under the ‘Tune Image’ menu to darken the sky slightly and brighten the foreground

 

There will be times when you need to level the horizon and the ‘Rotate’ tool corrects that. IMAGE: Wilson Wong

 

Under the ‘Tune Image’ tool box there’s the ‘Ambiance’ slider that realigns the relationship between the bright and dark areas of the image. A simplier way to explain is that it improves the dynamic range. IMAGE: Wilson Wong

 

#2: Nightscape

 

The night scene especially in places such as Las Vegas, Paris and Tokyo can be beautiful despite the colourful neon lights. There are also night markets that you can capture in places like Thailand and Taiwan.

Step 1: Correct the horizon using the rotation tool.

Step 2: Correct the colour using White Balance.

Step 3: Sharpen with structure (if there’s a pattern in the image). Use ‘Sharpening’ to make the subject pop out.

Step 4: Lower the exposure using the ‘Brightness’ slider under ‘Tune Image’ menu. Smartphones and cameras tend to over brighten the image of night scenes even with night mode in smartphones. This will create a more natural looking image.

 

‘Vignette’ is a tool that recreates old lenses that failed to brighten the corner of the image. Having dark corners actually draw attention to the subject in the middle of the frame. IMAGE: Wilson Wong

 

#3: Portraits

 

Portraits are images of the person who you have taken the image of. The difference this time is to capture your loved ones at the place of visit so the focus is really on them.

Step 1: Correct the horizon using the rotation tool.

Step 2: Correct the colour using White Balance.

Step 3: Sharpen with structure (if there’s a pattern in the image). Use ‘Sharpening’ to make the subject pop out.

Step 4: Use the vignetting tool to darken the edge of the photo more so your subject pops out a bit more.

 

In the ‘Temperature’ tool, it is to correct how a scene looks like. You would want to add a bit of warmth to a sunset scene for example. The correct colour makes your image more realistic. IMAGE: Wilson Wong

 

#4: Food with Friends

 

Sometimes it is hard to shoot because you want to feature friends and family at the dining table. Focus on your friends and family rather than the food. 

Step 1: Make sure you do not use the widest aperture for such shots as you would want both food and person to be in sharp focus.

Step 2: Correct the horizon using the rotation tool.

Step 3: Correct the colour using White Balance.

Step 4: Sharpen with structure (if there’s a pattern in the image). Use ‘Sharpening’ to make the subject pop out.

Step 5: Use the vignetting tool to darken the edge of the photo more so your subject pops out a bit more.

 

#5: Food

 

Food shots are basically the same as portraits. In short you are really shooting the portraits of food. Highlight the main ingredients and always find the brightest spot in the restaurant when shooting food.

Step 1: If you are using a camera, make sure the aperture is at least f3.5 to make sure the image is sharp enough for the whole plate. 

Step 2: Correct the horizon using the rotation tool.

Step 3: Correct the colour using White Balance.

Step 4: Sharpen with structure (if there’s a pattern in the image). Use ‘Sharpening’ to make the subject pop out.

Step 5: Use the vignetting tool to darken the edge of the photo more so your subject pops out a bit more.