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How To Edit Pictures: Improve, Engage, Enjoy

How To Edit Pictures:  Improve, Engage, Enjoy

When I learned that my flip phone had a camera, I thought it was weird.  This was circa 2003, and I thought:  what’s the purpose of having a dumb little camera inside the phone and how to edit pictures inside the phone?

And more importantly, how would the photos get out of the phone and into something useful — like a website or a printer?

Fast forward to 2011, when I bought my first Android smartphone, the HTC Droid Incredible, with an 8 megapixel camera.  The data plan allowed for emailing and web browsing, and WHAM! I suddenly became a camera phone addict.

Then came the Android version of Instagram in 2012, and I was really hooked.

Though Instagram isn’t the first or even best photo filtering app, it’s certainly the most widely known method of how to edit pictures.  Some of its filters, like ‘Rise’ and ‘Valencia,’ have become well-known.  We now realize the ease — and sometimes, importance — of how to edit pictures before sharing.

(Sometimes I forget that photos used to be blurry, dark, overexposed, and make us look fat.  I miss those days.)

We at PurpleSlate have added photo editing features to the app because we wanted people to enjoy the app.  But beyond how to edit pictures by adding filters, we have some other suggestions to make your event and photo-taking experience more beneficial for all, enhancing the experience during and after the event:

Beyond selfies. 

I’ve written on selfies before, and though we all like to take and share photos of ourselves, instead focus on objects or symbols to remember or find significance in the event.  For example, why not take a photo of a beautiful bouquet of flowers near the entrance to the restaurant, or of the candles or lighting fixtures?   Food photos are my personal favorite — no faces, hands or bodies in the photos.  If a friend is wearing an interesting outfit, try photographing the design, buttons, or fabric for an intriguing subject.

How to edit pictures – Beyond filters. 

Think angles or positions.  Think moods.  If you are going to use filters, try and match the filter with the angle or position of the photo. Exaggerate certain dimensions but understate others.  The point is to have fun!

Unleash your inner artist.  You want your photos to be memorable after the event.  And who knows, perhaps you will be known among your friends as ‘the photographer’ — and get invited to more parties and get-togethers!

Sign up to explore PurpleSlate’s fun photo editor first! It is coming soon!



Posted by Jake Wengroff on July 16, 2015.

Jake WengroffI have served as the Founding Chairman of the Social Media Strategies Summit, and have written for publications such as and InformationWeek. I have been quoted in Time, Reuters, Bloomberg, and other publications on the topics of social media and marketing. If you enjoyed reading this post, join our email list to get free email updates.

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