I had to stumble upon a good friend who uses Instagram a lot and was surprised she didn't know about the 'Edit' option in Instagram apart from the filters.
I understand people use Instagram to apply a filter and upload. As you would have noticed by now, I personally do not prefer applying filters, unless I wish to make creative or an artistic picture. If it is towards photography like travel, street, product, landscapes, I keep it #nofilter.
This photo which I'm going to show you how to edit is an early morning sunrise shot at Coonoor, Tamilnadu - India. The photo was shot directly into the sun. Due to the strong light, the foreground and other areas tend to become dark due to exposure. Watch me edit bringing out the details from the dark areas. I must say or agree that the details will not be recovered intact, it tends to add noise but it's worth a try!
WATCH IT ON INSTAGRAM:
EDIT A SUNRISE USING INSTAGRAM:
Launch Instagram and open the sunrise photo you may have and click Edit.
Tap the Lux option on the top. This is a very useful option introduced by Instagram in it's 2.1 version. If your photo is underexposed it automatically fixes it and adds a nice contrast. You can also move the slider to see what happens to the photo.
Tap Highlights. I usually prefer to reduce highlights. You can move the slider and see what suits your photo best.
Tap Shadows. I usually prefer to increase shadows to throw light into the dark areas.
Tap Contrast. Adding a bit of more contrast can add a punch to your photo.
Tap Saturation. Increase colours in your photo.
Tap Warmth. Since it's a sunset photo, increasing a bit of warmth (sunlight colour) to add some drama.
Tap Brightness. Increase a bit of brightness in your photo.
Click Done, and click Next and post the photo on Instagram.
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