I’ve always really enjoyed photography, blogging and creating social media content, but I’ve not always been particularly good at it. Over the years, I’ve picked up quite a few new skills, but it’s very much a process, and I’m always trying to learn and improve. This year, I’ve challenged myself to improve my blog and social media photography. As photos are a big part of Vegan MoFo, I thought it would be fitting to share how I use my favourite editing app, A Color Story, designed by blogging legends A Beautiful Mess!
The above example gives an example of how the app can transform a mediocre flatlay into a bright, airy photo that makes colours absolutely pop. I’m a big fan of bright images with light backgrounds and clear contrasts and A Color Story has played a huge part in helping me achieve that. The app works by combining two different elements: filters and effects, such as light leaks, and general photo editing, such as brightness, contrast and tint, and, most uniquely, curves. Curves tools are usually reserved for more complex desktop editing software, and having this option in the app is almost like having a mini-version of photoshop on your phone.
The options in A Color Story are endless, but there are a few things that I’ve found work really well for me:
- I’ve read multiple times that you should apply filters before doing any correcting. This seems kind of counter-intuitive to me, but it gives really good results, so I roll with it.
- I can count on one hand how many times I’ve used a full filter. I almost always tone them down to at least 75%, sometimes even to 50%.
- Once I’ve chosen my filter, I head straight to the curves tool. I almost always pull the middle anchor up and the highest and lowest anchors down and in. These are not technical terms. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing). This gives me the vibe I like to go for in my photos, but the curves tool is really worth experimenting with! I only ever use the general setting and don’t touch the individual hues.
- Adjusting the curves usually does all the correcting I need. However, if I feel I’m not quite there yet, I add a little more brightness and a little more contrast. I also like reducing the warmth setting.
- At present, I really enjoy having adding a little bit of a pink tint to everything. It adds warmth into my images without making them look yellowish, and it makes everything look more alive. To do this, I nudge the tint tool up just a little bit.
The A Color Story app itself is free, including all the editing tools. There is an option to buy additional filter packs, which vary in price. I have purchased a few of them, and I do really thing they’re worth the extra few pounds. My favourites include Seasons for outdoor photography and and Fresh for food photos. Organic really lends itself to those everyday life photos that you love but never really know what to do with.
Overall, I’m really pleased with A Color Story and I’m glad I decided to give it a go. It’s transformed my somewhat haphazard photography into something much more presentable. It’s also a really fun way to get more familiar with a range of photo editing functions. I’m excited to see what it can do for my Vegan MoFo posts!
Are there any photo editing apps that you couldn’t do without? I’d love to explore more options!