This blog post is the last part of my iPhone photography series, and in this part, we are going to talk about editing your photos in under one minute.
If you have missed out the previous posts, you can find them here:
- [PART1] How to capture professional photos with your iPhone camera
- [PART2] The 5 key elements you need for capturing better iPhone Photos
- [PART3] [UPDATE] How I edit my Instagram photos with Snapseed + Free reference sheet
- [PART4] You are here now 🙂
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Let’s talk about editing…
One of my favorite parts of the process of taking photos is to edit them. But have you ever done something you like for too long that you started to dislike it? Think about listening to your favorite song on replay. There will be a moment you start to dislike/hate it.
Even if I love editing my photos; I am starting to become less excited if I have to edit 50 photos in one session. Imagine you are spending 15 minutes per photo. That would mean it would take you 12.5 hours to complete this job. And I understand that you have more to do than editing, even if you LOVE it.
That is why I have a hack for you so you can edit all of your iPhone photos in under one minute. In this way, you can still pursue your love of editing, but because you are doing it fast, you will also save a lot of time to do other things, or to edit more photos.
For this, we need my favorite photo editing app: Snapseed. Snapseed is a photo editing app that gives you so many possibilities. And to make it even better: It’s FREE!
If you haven’t tried Snapseed yet, but you want to get a jumpstart, I have some helpful blog posts for you:
Start with the regular editing:
I use Snapseed most of the time to edit my Instagram photos. To get advice on proper editing, I suggest you read this blog post >> [UPDATE] How I edit my Instagram photos with Snapseed + Free reference sheet
Save your look:
After you edited, it is time to save your settings/look. A look is the settings you used in your photo editing process. You can save your Snapseed look in two different ways.
Save the look in your Snapseed app
Tap the stack with the arrow symbol, and press ‘Save look…’ A pop-up will appear with the heading ‘’Save this look’’. Give your look an easy name to remember. For example Bright. But remember; You can only use up to 8 characters to name your look. So make sure it short and sweet 🙂
Save it as a QR-Code
I thought QR codes were somewhat dead, but I was so wrong. You can save this look like a QR code so that you can scan it. This is ideal if you want to share your Snapseed presets with your friends/audience.
In order to achieve this: Press the stack with the arrow symbol again and click on ‘QR look’. Then press ‘Create QR look’. If you click on ‘Create QR look’ there will appear a preview of your own custom QR code. From there you can choose to cancel this QR code or Share this QR code. If you share it, there will appear a lot of options about how you want to share it. Since there is no shortcut to save it to your camera roll in one step, I choose another method. I always save my QR looks in my notes, and after that, I save them from my notes to my camera roll.
Apply the look
The same with editing, you can implement the look in three different ways. To use the look, I recommend you to choose a photo you haven’t edited yet, to see the results, and to review if it turns out the way you wanted.
Apply last edits
If you just edited a photo with the presets you like, you can use the presets from the last photo you just edited without saving your look. I usually don’t recommend this, because I always keep looks that I like. But if you find this easier, that is entirely okay.
To achieve this: Tap the stacked symbol with the arrow again, and press ‘Apply last edits’ and voilá. Your settings are used. Off you go.
Apply the saved look
Remember the look you just saved? It’s time to implement it to your photo. Tap the stacked symbol with the arrow again, and click on my looks. Search for the look you just saved, and click on it to apply your look. If you already made some edits on your photo, but you don’t want to overwrite them, then press the three-dotted symbol and click on ‘Append look to the image.’
Scan the QR Code
You can also apply your look with your QR code. For this go again to the stacked symbol with the arrow, and press QR look. This time, press ‘Scan QR look.’ Now your camera will open, and you can scan your QR look. It is amazing how fast Snapseed scans your code!
After that, you can export your photo. Just tap Save> Export, and you are ready to go.
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But before you go: I have a free photo editing guide for you so you can edit your photos easier in Snapseed. This guide is ideal if you want to take your photo-editing skills to the next level.
Lots of love,