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iPhoneography: Editing with your iphone.

In today’s edition of iPhoneography, I want to talk about editing with your iPhone. Specifically with VSCOCAM. My favorite photography app.

Most of the photos in my instagram feed are edited with VSCOCAM.  And really, I don’t do a lot with it, but the trick with editing photos with an iPhone app is to enhance the photo. Not overwhelm it with filters and special effects.

Take this photo right here.

Vscocam app


I had a vision of how I wanted this to look.  I wanted to capture that light coming through the trees and bathing the scene with that golden light.  I took the photo with my native iPhone camera app.  And while I caught the light, I wasnt’ quite able to capture the colors that I wanted. The colors that are there in real life, just unable to be captured within the limits of JUST using my iPhone.

So after taking the photo, I bought it into the VSCOCAM app.

The first thing I did was go and apply my  favorite filter C3/Vibrant.

Vscocam app

Next, the photo is underexposed. So I upped my exposure to +3

Vscocam app

Photos that have a lot of haze/light usually do well with a little bit of contrast. I added +1

Vscocam app

Then, to capture that warmth that I felt, and saw, I adjusted the temperature slider to +3

Vscocam app

Last but not least, I sharpened it just slightly +1

Vscocam app

And saved to my camera roll and uploaded to instagram. Here is the final photo

Vscocam app

And that took me maybe 5 minutes.

Amazing what your phone can do!


What are your favorite photography apps? What’s your workflow like?








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  • Reply
    November 5, 2013 at 5:24 am

    And this is why I want an iPhone. LOVE these shots!

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    November 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I don’t have an iphone but I do use picsart app for my droid other than that I edit on the computer save in my dropbox and share on social media

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    November 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I love this workflow! It’s simple and straight to the point. I agree, I like to enhance the photo, not add a lot of filters to it, unless I’m in a silly / playful mood. I’m trying to move away from taking pictures with my iPhone, but this just makes me want to play with it a bit more!

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    November 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Love the changes you made with some simple editing on your iPhone! I need to find a similar app for Android because I would love to enhance versus use a lot of filters.

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    Reginia {}
    November 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Aww, a quick photo class. 🙂 Yes.

    I totally see the difference after the temperature change. I have to download this app to try it out.

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    Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    November 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    wow that is amazing. The pic was brought all the way to life, that was a lesson for me so thank you!

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    November 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing how easy editing with your iPhone can be. I need to download this app, as my pictures usually do not look that great when I use the native camera. I need something to spruce them up with like you have done here.

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    Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest
    November 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    That is so awesome what you were able to do with just that little app! I just switched back to an iPhone and I think this might be one of the first apps I download.

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    November 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I haven’t been using any photography apps on my phone. It’s something I need to spend a little time exploring.

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    Janeane Davis
    November 5, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I do not use Apple products, but I still enjoyed reading this post because I can apply these ideas to the technology I do use.

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    Stacie Connerty
    November 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Wow! what a difference that app makes. I am going to have to get that app so I can enhance my pictures. I use my Iphone all the time to take pictures.

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    November 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Nice! I don’t use anything fancy, but I have gotten the hang of instacollage. I’m no photograph editor but I do use it when I want to send a cute text of my little guy to the grandparents.

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    November 5, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Wow, what a brilliant difference. That looks fantastic!

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    November 5, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    LOVE these tips! You would never know that was taken on your phone, great pic!

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    November 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Wow, what a great pic! Amazing!

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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    November 6, 2013 at 2:06 am

    What a difference! I’ll have to check it out.Is that a free app?

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    Taylor @ Pink Heels Pink Truck
    November 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    What a difference! I love your changes!! Beautiful photo (both before and after!)!!

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    November 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Wow, that is gorgeous! I had no idea I could do it all from my phone!

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