5 Important Things to Consider When Editing Your Photos for Social Media

icon May 10, 2022

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Social media photos tell a story—your story. They capture moments in life. It’s important to be intentional about whatever you post online. You want to think through your posts, and their implications. 

Sometimes it’s to your benefit, and that of society, to drop a “funny meme”. And sometimes it can be worthwhile to have a serious talk. Sometimes you just want to show the world what life is doing for you, and that’s quite important as well.

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Your discussions with others, whether lighthearted or serious, add information to the worldwide neural network savvy tech professionals use to advance technology as a whole. Everything you do online initiates a domino effect, the full extent of which can’t be known at the moment.

For pictures, though, there are a few things you want to consider. Then your photos look their best on the majority of social media platforms and have their intended effect. We’ll explore how you can augment social media photo editing for the best results here.

1. Content of Social Media Photos

You can get the lighting perfect, hold your mouth right, assure proper aperture, use the best possible digital camera in existence, and if you take a picture of something nobody cares about, it won’t matter. The perfect picture of a blank wall just isn’t interesting. Before editing photos, you need to edit the subject matter you capture with them.

Animals, sunsets, families, beaches, forests, big events, historical data, and photos that just look cool—are the kind of things you should focus on for photographic content if you want to see engagement and build influence. Also, remember the value of humor.

2. Filters and Augmentation

Photoshop can put your face on the body of a mythical beast, or just your favorite celebrity. Enhancing can help you make pictures look almost perfect. There are filters that can be applied to the footage as well—“deep fake” videos work like that. When you’re posting pictures on varying online social outlets, using filters or other augmentation can be fun and engaging.

3. Shadow, and How to Handle It

Lighting and shadow can really rain on your parade if you don’t take them into account beforehand. Still, even as there are apps that can augment what you’re doing, or enhance it, there are those designed to help fix common errors in photography. For example, you can use Facetune to remove shadows from photos.

4. The centrality of Focus: What’s the Subject?

There’s a thing called the rule of thirds which pertains to how you classify photos via subject. You want to have the subject in one-third of the photo. Whether you’re going with the middle, left, or right third. Sometimes you may deliberately eschew the rule of thirds, and this is also something to keep in mind as you capture pictures.

5. Horizontal and Vertical Styles for Pictures

Most reading this will be taking pictures with their smartphone, which has the ability to take wide or tall pictures that don’t match conventional “letterbox” film or photo design. Accordingly, viewing the photography or video you capture can be a bit of a challenge on diverse hardware.

If you want the largest number of people to have the opportunity to interact with your pictures, or your video, you want to be sure you choose a “lane” and stick with it. Go vertical, or go horizontal, and primarily stick with that orientation on your photos.

Making Your Social Media Pictures Look How You Want Them To

Horizontal pictures, vertical photos, and centrality of focus represent important features of social media photography. Another very important aspect of photos you’ll share on your social media will be associated shadow. You want to be sure you’re not occluded, and that if you are, you’ve got apps that can help you fix the issue.

On that note, photo filters and other means of augmenting pictures you’ve captured can be worthwhile in a variety of applications. This is especially true if a picture has the content you didn’t intend, and could fix with a little digital editing. That said, for editing generally, you want to assure the content you capture matches your overall intention with associated photos.

Hopefully these editing tips in terms of photo capture and augmentation help you get the best photos for your social media.

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