Instagram Photography Tips & Tricks: @jess.andco
Tell us a little about you.
Hi, My name is Jess. I live in Sydney, Australia. I’m a full time SAHM to my 3 & 4yr old.
How did you get into photography or photo-taking? When did it all begin for you?
I can’t recall a specific moment that I fell in love with photography I just remember always being drawn to beautiful photos and craving a camera of my own.
I remember as a child my Dad taking lovely photos of us and having this really cool camera that he would take great care of and let me take a photo with his guidance every now and then. When I was in year 11 at school they offered photography. I so would have loved to do it but felt too guilty to ask Mum and Dad to pay for it. Unfortunately I have fallen in love with an expensive hobby.
I had several compact camera’s over the years but always coveted a lovely big camera to have more control over the final image. My now husband, but boyfriend at the time bought me my first DSLR and I was like a woman possessed. Over the years I have been learning as much as I can and improving with practice.
With the evolution of camera phones over time and all the terrific editing apps out there it’s so easy to experiment and find your style. I find myself using both iPhone and DSLR. The iPhone is so convenient as I always have it with me so it tends to be my most used (especially for Instagram).
The introduction of Instagram was so exciting. All that visual inspiration is intoxicating. I just love seeing all the work of these very creative and clever people.
Instagram really helps to provide me with a creative outlet to explore and share.
What do you love taking photos of most?
If you look at my Instagram you will see flowers and our home are a major source of inspiration and love for me. My other favourite subjects to photograph are my children. They are growing up with camera’s in their face.
I love Snapseed’s brush and dodge/burn tools and their selective tool. The healing tool is terrific if there is a little blemish you want to get rid of.
I have fallen in love with ColorStory and find I am using it the most of all apps at the moment. I have created my own custom filters (it’s so easy to do) and it helps me get a fairly consistent look and feel across my photos. I find myself using different methods from time to time but always trying to achieve a light, bright and happy photo.
When editing my DSLR photos on my laptop I use lightroom.
If a photo is not quite working in one app I’ll use a combo of a few apps or will try it in another app. I’m not afraid of a little trial and error.
Can you share a recent favourite photo of yours – and take us through how you edited it?
I took this photo with my iPhone 6S and took it on the kids IKEA play table. I use it for all my white backgrounds.
I imported it into ColorStory and used one of my saved filters. It wasn’t quite bright enough so I played around with it a bit in Curves. Then I upped the clarity slightly and cooled the temperature down a bit as it wasn’t quite cool enough.
I always sharpen my photos a little at the end but didn’t need to with this one as the saved filter I used had already applied it.
There were a few marks on the table (thanks to my children) so I imported the photo into snapseed and using the blemish tool I edited them out to get a nice clean background.