The Per­fect 10

Know how to ace mo­bile photography with these sim­ple edit­ing tools and fil­ters. By Nidhi SiN­gal

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Go­ing by the num­ber of sen­sa­tional pic­tures posted on so­cial me­dia net­works to­day, it ap­pears that ev­ery­one is a pho­tog­ra­pher, and a good one at that. Pro­duc­ing flaw­less, frame-wor­thy pic­tures is no longer the priv­i­lege of SLR cam­era own­ers alone. Although click­ing out­stand­ing pic­tures re­quires ex­per­tise, a de­cent smart­phone cam­era and edit­ing apps can skil­fully add fi­nesse to most pho­tos.

If you’ve said “wow” to too many of your friends’ pic­tures, it’s time to wow them now. We have picked out a few apps that can in­stantly add a ‘pro’ touch to your pic­tures and videos. Down­load them, get click­ing, and un­leash the (pro­fes­sional) pho­tog­ra­pher in you. can crop im­ages, ro­tate, ad­just ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal per­spec­tive, ad­just white bal­ance and curves, ex­pand the im­age and much more. The Tune im­age tool al­lows you to man­u­ally ad­just bright­ness, con­trast, sat­u­ra­tion, am­bi­ence, high­lights, shad­ows and warmth. The Heal­ing tool re­moves un­wanted spots with just a tap or brush. The Lens Blur fil­ter cre­ates a blur area around the sub­ject quite well. You can ex­per­i­ment with a va­ri­ety of fil­ter ef­fects such as Glam­our Glow, HDR Scape, Drama, Grainy Film, Vin­tage, Noir, Frames and Dou­ble Ex­po­sure, among oth­ers. There is a spe­cial tool for edit­ing faces – au­to­matic and man­ual spot­light ad­just­ment, skin smooth­ing, eye clar­ity, op­tions to choose skin colour be­tween pale, fair, medium and dark. Its new­est ad­di­tion is the Pose tool that al­lows you to tilt or pan the face to a cer­tain de­gree. It also lets you to con­trol the in­ten­sity of the sub­ject’s smile SnapSeed: This is an easy-to-use app by Google of­fer­ing a range of edit­ing tools and fil­ters. You

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