Today I’m doing something a little different! I’ve had several followers who have asked that I share how I photograph my papercrafting projects. Truth is, my photographing is probably no different than your own, but I’ve fallen in love with 2 apps that I wish I’d had my whole life. So to honor that I’m sharing which two I use and exactly how they work. I hope this encourages some of you to take the extra step and edit your papercrafting photos like a pro!
My go to editing app is Afterlight 2! I truthfully wish I had purchased this app long ago! It was literally the best $2.99 I have ever spent! It was so easy to use, and unlike many photo editing tools, it includes a curves feature and selective saturation which are crucial for papercrafting projects.
When I was photographing this project, we had not had sunlight in a week, and you can clearly tell in my unedited version! You also get a nice shadow from my hands and phone, because all I had on hand was an overhead light at the time. That’s one seriously bad photo; I’m a little embarrassed haha! Editing to the rescue!
There you have it ladies and gentlemen; with a few easy adjustments, you have a bright pretty photo! I personally like to first crop and straighten my photo. I then adjust curves, selective saturation, and lower the shadows.
The final step is to add a white border around the edge! I have fallen in love with Whitagram for 12×12 layouts especially, but even this 8 1/2 x 11 page needed a little white space for the perfect Instagram photo. Best part is, it’s free! This app is a no brainer for all your Instagram needs!
This app is totally self explanatory, so I won’t give you a rundown on it. Just do yourself a favor and download it!
Can you believe the difference?! I’m still surprised every time I go from a poor photo like this one to the end product. I’ll be honest most of my photos aren’t this poorly lit and poorly photographed, but for demonstration purposes, I thought it was a perfect example!
Here is another example of the dramatic effect minimal editing, a drop shadow, and white border can make for a 12×12 layout!
Let me know if you guys decided to use any of the apps? Or feel free to share some of your favorite photo editing techniques!