I’ve been playing around with a few new Instagram apps recently and changing how I’m editing my photos and video so I thought I’d pop in today and share what I’m loving.
1 | Videoleap
When I make videos for Instagram stories and I know it’s going to be long, I often record it with my phone camera, instead of right in stories. This process does take a bit longer, however if it’s part of a product pitch and I need to mention certain things, recording it outside of Instagram makes it easier to avoid skipping things.
I’ve used two other video editors in the past (Splice + InShot), which worked pretty well, but paying for Videoleap has been such a time saver because the tools are more refined and removing small sections of video is SO much easier.
Here’s how it works:
Tap on your video to show the white outline and you’ll see a second set of tools. Slide the tools to the left to find the split tool and then use the arrows on the ends of the white box to adjust where the split is. (Finding an exact spot is much easier in Videoleap than the other two video apps I’ve used!) Make a second split where the clip should end and then scroll all the way to the end of the tools list for the button to remove that section.
This app isn’t free, but it’s worth paying for if it means I’m able to edit faster and show up on video more!
2 | Lightroom
I’ve been using VSCO for the past couple of years (and still love it), but I’ve recently switched to Lightroom for editing my grid photos.
Lightroom includes a few more tools for getting those bright photos without cranking the brightness and contrast which can make details harsh or completely disappear. I happen to like my freckles thank you very much!
Lightroom provides more flexibility with shadows and highlights (editors like VSCO and Instagram only go in one direction for some reason). And has a button (under optics) to fix that weird lense issue that comes with iPhone photos.
It also allows you to edit a photo and then save those edits as one preset, kind of like making your own filter. (Click the three dots in the upper right corner to create a preset). I often take photos inside my apartment where the lighting is similar for every photo. Creating a preset means I only need to do minimal editing and all my photos end up looking similar without using a bunch of filters.
3 | FaceTune
Yes, FaceTune makes it easy to create a totally creepy, fake version of your face. However I prefer to use it for two things: removing a random zit that has decided to invade my photos and blurring the background to keep the focus where I want it. This is helpful if you’re standing in front of a cluttered background or outside with lots of stuff to steal your spotlight. (Or eaten a ton of gummy bears even though you know they make you break out 🙈)
I use the patch tool for zit removal (works like the healing brush in Photoshop) and the defocus tool to quickly go over the background. The slower you go the more out of focus the background will become.
Now, I’m all about a cute grid and bright photos, but one little reminder before you spend hours editing…CONTENT is always queen!
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