Post Processing Your Smartphone Pictures
Some smartphones nowadays have top notch cameras, but even still, some pictures don’t always come out as good as you’d like, so I’m going to let you in on some tips I’ve used to improve pictures after they’ve been taken.
The very first thing you have to do is download Paint[dot]net (don’t worry it’s free!), it is just a stronger version of the Paint you will see installed on all PCs, once you’ve done this, just stick the picture you want editing onto that.
Go to your effects tab, noise and then reduce the noise in the photograph, move the little radius to full and then change the strength setting to around 0.40, this should straight away make your picture seem a little prettier.
From here you need to sharpen the image by going to effects, photo and then sharpen. You will want this amount set to approximately 2, give or take; this normally tightens the image up but doesn’t make it look blatantly altered.
You then need to edit the saturation of the image to approximately 110, this can be done by going to the adjustments tab, and then heading to hue/saturation.
This setting changes the amount of light that was in your picture, effecting the general brightness and quality. If you feel like you need to change this by more or less, you will be able to do so to meet your needs.
The last thing that you will then need to really make the picture stand out is to adjust the contrast, this needs to be flicked to around 5 in the settings.
This is also done in the adjustments tab, and again if you feel you need more or less, don’t be afraid to fiddle with it a little bit, but overall this should make the colours stand out well, without washing out or overpowering the picture.
Now, if you compare the new image to the old one, the general picture quality should be much better than before, again without really making the picture look massively edited.
Of course, different pictures can be tweaked slightly differently with different light settings etc. so just settle with what looks best from your point of view.
From now on you shouldn’t need to worry yourself too much over whether a picture looks good enough when you first take it, because you can always edit it later on without risking washing out the image too much.
Always remember though to save the picture under a new name so you can always revert back to the regular version of the photograph, in case this editing advice doesn’t quite work out how you would like it!
Once you get to grips with editing your photos in Paint[dot]net you may like to use the magic wand tool. Here you can select an object in a picture, like a plant or bush, and alter the colouring of just that item in the photo.