Editing tools can breathe life into your photos, and memories. Here’s what to download
Travel and photography go hand-in-hand. And in this day and age of photo editing tools, you can take as much pride in your phone camera snaps as the DSLR-equipped traveller. Beat the tricks of light and shadow with Mumbai-based Natasha Hemrajani, formerly the photo editor at Grazia magazine, who shares her favourite photo editing tools for smartphones and laptops.
Snapseed: This app has every possible photo processing feature built into it—from exposure, colour, cropping and straightening adjustments, to creative filters. But Hemrajani likes the option of selective masking the most. “It means, instead of applying an effect on the entire photo, you can select a portion and lighten, darken or add shadow to that area locally,” she explains. With Snapseed 2, you can also keep a record of the number of edits you have made, and undo them.
Available for Android, and iOS. Details:support.google.com/snapseed
Hipstamatic: If you like old school photography, look up Hipstamatic on your iPhone. It applies various analogue and lens combinations to your image, and the result is similar to what a vintage or a traditional film camera would’ve produced. The classic mode lets you use multiple exposure settings to shoot multiple images at a time. The ProMode, on the other hand, lets you manually control the focus, white balance, exposure, shutter speed, ISO and aspect ratio. The Darkroom Suite offers 20 adjustment tools and a dozen signature presets.Available for iOS. Details: hipstamatic.com
Photoshop: For those in no hurry to Facebook or Instagram their snaps on the go, there’s nothing like sitting with good ol’ Photoshop. But you can do one better. Hemrajani tells us, “Photoshop has a licensed version. You can pay `500 a month and get the latest updates. It’s very reasonable.” Look up features like the sharpening filter, camera shake reduction, shape and vector selection, and editable rounded angles in The Adobe Photoshop CC 2016. Details: adobe.com/photoshop
—As told to Barkha Kumari