How to Edit Food Shots on SnapseedSeptember 6, 2013
- Mylene ChungWords
Even once the lights are off, the kitchen’s been cleaned, and the studio is empty, my duties as a food photographer are still far from over. I still have to edit my photos in photoshop and I believe a great majority of photographers out there do too. I love editing photos and the process is an art in itself. There is so much a photo can gain by tweaking its color, contrast, hue, and a dozen other parameters. It has such a huge impact on how the final image will turn out that you can easily distinguish one photographer from another through their editing techniques. It’s basically like branding your photographs.
For those who’ve asked about my workflow after every food shoot, today’s your lucky day. This is a follow-up post on last week’s 5 Easy Steps to Take Better Photos on Instagram. This time, I’ll teach you how to edit your photos effectively using your smartphones. When editing, my app of choice on mobile platforms is Snapseed. It’s the closest I can get to Photoshop-level editing on a mobile device.
1. The Unedited Shot
We start with our unedited shot. This shot here is the output of my surprisingly productive Friday-holiday morning.
2. Snapseed Vintage Filter
I opened the photo on Snapseed and used Vintage Filter Style #3. I opted for Filter Style 3 as it has a very minor hue adjustment and only adds a thin low contrast vintage layer with some vignettes(dark edges) to the photo. Since the photo is made up of mostly the white surface, even a slight color adjustment is easily noticeable.
3. Drama Filter
Snapseed has another filter category called Drama, that adds another style layer to your photo. Based on what I’ve noticed, the drama filter increases a bit of sharpness and contrast while retaining the vintage film look we like.
I chose the Bright 2 drama filter preset, and decreased my filter strenght to +45 so the effect will be a bit more subtle. This filter desaturates your photo a lot, so I had to readjust the saturation to +34 in order to bring back the light browns of the chocolate.
4. Tune Image
I now proceed to my final adjustments to perfect the effect. I increase Ambience to +73. The ambience adjustment is similar to the saturation tool but this one not only increases saturation but also brings back some of the lost details in the photo. Take note of how the ladder became more defined after adjusting the ambience.
I also increased the brightness to make the word “crunch” more legible.
5. Final Output
5. Stack Another Filter (Optional)
If it were up to me, I would end at Step 5. However, I also want to illustrate how stacking filters can add more color variations to your photographs.
In this step, I added another Vintage Style Layer to the existing Vintage Style 3 layer in Step 2. This resulted in a nice mixture of yellow, green and blue hues. I had to minimize the style, contrast, and texture strength to maintain a subtle effect.
6. Final Output #2
Ta dah! (the sequel)
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