Five fast ways to make the photos you've already taken more amazing

If you are like me, you probably take a lot more photos than you used to. Many of us have cameras with us at all times because of smart phone technology. Digital shooting means you can take unlimited pictures without worrying about cost. As a collective society, we are producing a lot more photographs and they are better than ever. However, there are a few simple tips that will be helpful to any type of photographer. Here are five FAST ways to make the pictures you've already taken (and will take in the future) more amazing.

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  • Straighten them out. Have you ever noticed how many photos are crooked? Find a line that should be horizontally straight and double check it. If the photo needs fixing, there are a few super easy ways to straighten it out. Run it through almost any photo editing app (the native iPhone photos editor is great for this) or use a software program like Lightroom or Photoshop Elements to make quick work of the task.
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  • Apply basic auto correction or do some light editing. Again, a phone or tablet app is the quickest way to achieve this. Don't overlook Lightroom presets or Photoshop actions though. My best advice it to NOT get carried away with this. It's best to keep an original if you are going to heavily edit a photo. You might not like that trendy lens flare filter on all your pictures in the future.
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  • Careful cropping. And by careful, I mean avoid overcropping. Someday you might find that background to be very interesting and even historically educational. A good crop can greatly improve the composition of a photo and make it go from average to stunning. It also helps to get rid of fingers and other odd things that make their way into some photos. This seems to be an ongoing problem for me!
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  • Add the details. Write down a caption. Add some journaling. Or at least put some information in the metadata. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes more explanation is needed.
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  • Back it up somewhere (at least one place, preferably two). How does that make a picture better? Well, you won't be as likely to lose it! I like to use Google Photos and Dropbox, as well as an external hard drive. Here's a previous post about my photo organization process. The greatest masterpiece is of no worth if it can't be found! 
PhotographyKatie NelsonComment