iPhone Photo Editing Tips and Tricks

Photo Editing on the iPhone

Meet Charlotte. She’s my new buddy. She dropped by the other day and now we hang out together regularly.

She’s lovely, huh? She sports a pretty yellow polka dot frock and her legs go on forever. 🙂

So we did a little photo shoot with my trusty iPhone, and of course I had to do some post-processing to do Charlotte’s beauty justice. For this photo editing I only used the apps Snapseed and VSCOcam on my iPhone; who needs fancy schmancy software when you can get everything done with a few favorite apps?

One of my favorite iPhone photo editing workflows features Snapseed followed by VSCOcam. I start with Snapseed and then put a few finishing touches with VSCOcam. Easy peasy and fun, too!

Anyway, I’ve told Charlotte all about you, and she thought I should share my iPhone photo editing workflow with you. She’s a giver, she is.

Without further ado, here you go.

iPhone photo editing tips. The complete mobile photography editing workflow.

  • Oh hello new spider friend outside my window. 1 of 10

    I like the clever zig-zag on your web.  And your zippy yellow spots complement beautifully the orange on your legs. Thanks for setting up your home outside of my window. I just had to take a photo of you and your pretty self. 

  • I shall call her Charlotte. 2 of 10
    Photo Oct 16, 7 54 37 AM

    The photo doesn't do her justice. So I opened it up in Snapseed and started by adjusting the contrast; this is the relationship between the light and dark parts of a photograph. I bumped it up quite a bit, which made the brights brighter and the darks darker. 

  • Because she worked so hard on that spiderweb… 3 of 10
    Photo Oct 16, 7 54 51 AM

    I sharpened up the image a bit. This makes everything more defined...kind of like adjusting the focus. Look at how her zig-zags shine! 

  • Now I bump up the structure. 4 of 10

    See how it makes the details pop? Charlotte is going to love how those spots of hers really steal the show!

  • Charlotte and her zig-zag web needed a little ambiance. 5 of 10

    This gives her even more POP off of the background. Ambiance control is like helps balance the light in an image. Since she was getting a lot of light from behind her, I added ambiance to help to reduce the flatness in the image.  

  • And now we’re done with Snapseed. Onto VSCOcam! 6 of 10

    Open up the VSCOcam filters by clicking that little paintbrush.

  • Have you never been mellow? 7 of 10

    Charlotte is no garden-variety garden spider, so she needed a little mystery added to her photo. VSCOcam's F2 filter did the trick...a bit of mellow. Perfect for hanging around.

  • A wee bump on the highlights. 8 of 10

    Just to brighten it all up a tad.

  • And the slightest punch on the shadows. 9 of 10

    Those long legs needed to be emphasized.

  • Tada! Beautiful Charlotte. 10 of 10
    Snapseed and VSCOcamp iPhone

    My new buddy. All prettied up by Snapseed and VSCOcam and my trusty iPhone.


Here’s a before and after-

iphone photo editing tips. photography workflow

What’s your favorite photo editing app? Share in the comments!


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