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London and Copenhagen

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I’m very happy that March started a bit different than other months. It started with a trip. If you follow my Instagram feed you’ve probably noticed that I visited two great capitals, London and Copenhagen.

London is my favorite city and it felt amazing to walk its streets again. Meeting with some friends that live there was just another cherry on top. London literally feels like home.

On the other hand, Copenhagen was something new. Language not even similar to those I already know, a great choice of organic food in every grocery store and breathtaking interior design. One of my dreams came true when I entered the Hay House. There wasn’t enough time to visit the Normann Copenhagen shop and Tivoli was still closed but at least I have a reason to come back in the summer.

I love trips and I don’t care if they’re for pleasure or just for business. Only the thought of going somewhere new thrills me. This spring and summer that follows are going to be great and interesting. Although I’m not blogging a lot about my adventures, you can follow them on my Instagram feed. See you there!

gif photos on facebook and instagram

Since Facebook allowed to post little animated files, GIFs became very popular. This sort of file is actually very old (first introduced in 1987) and I remember it already from my Windows era. GIFs with only a few simple frames are very easy to make. With some feeling for motion, you can easy get it done.

Although in this post I’m not going to write how to create them but how to post them on Facebook and Instagram since this two procedures slightly differ. Because I’m using Adobe Photoshop for creating this animated files, the following instructions will be referring to this program.

When you’re satisfied with your result, you have to save the file properly. In the menu panel search for File and then click on Save for Web option. In the file list choose GIF and click Save. Now that you have a file saved on your computer, you can post it on your Facebook Timeline or Page. Before you do that, you have to upload it on any server you have.

Facebook allows posting only GIFs from other internet sources. Which means that you can’t just upload them on your Timeline like photos. When the animation you want to share with your friends is successfully on a server, write it’s ULR in the Facebook post and wait that GIF appears under it. Now you can share it with the world.

Posting such files on Instagram feed is a bit easier because you don’t need a server or other source to do that. Just the right file and your phone.

Go back to your GIF in Photoshop. In menu panel search for File, Export and then click on Render Video. This step is different than one written above. The reason is that Instagram doesn’t allow uploading GIF files, only mp4. So we have to do our saving process properly.

When a new window opens write down a name of your file and select a folder where you want to save it. Now you have to transfer the file to your phone. For this, you can use Dropbox or iTunes if you have an iPhone. But there are also many other ways to do that. Just find one that suits you best. When the mp4 file is on your phone, you can post it on your Instagram feed.

And we came to the end of our Photos On Social Media Series. I really hope that all these tricks were helpful and educational. If you have any question or you are familiar with any other tricks, don’t hesitate to write them down in a comment. I’ll be very happy to read them.

apps for retouching mobile photos

There’s a plenty of different apps in App Store for retouching mobile photos. But which one to choose? Reading an app description is not always enough. Learning from our own experience takes time and sometimes also money. Why not learning from someone else’s. I’ve tried many different apps and most of them were deleted for good. But here is a list of five that are my all time favorites:

I’ve already written down a whole review about this app in one of the previous posts. I’m using it all the time and for me, there’s no better app on the market for retouching mobile photos. Unfortunately is still available only for iOS users.

Generally, I avoid uploading vertical photos on Facebook because I don’t like how they are presented on my Timeline and in the News Feed. I rather use horizontal ones or I crop them into a square.

VSCO is a great free alternative for Enlight. I would recommend it to anyone. It’s also available for Android users and it offers many great presets. Its user interface is very easy to understand.

Adobe Photoshop Express is a very similar app to VSCO cam. A good thing about it is that you can directly access the photos in your Dropbox account. I was using it way before Enlight was available for purchase. I liked that it includes Blemish Removal tool which VSCO doesn’t. If you work a lot with Adobe Photoshop on your computer, you’ll love it.

AntiCrop is the app that uses an anti-cropping algorithm. With it, you are able to create the impression of more background by expanding the margins of the photo. It’s very good with simple compositions and a bit limited with complex ones. Although I really love it.

The feature of this app is pretty much given away by its name. It enables to make photos with longer shutter speed. Because a shutter control isn’t already an option on our phone cameras this app is a great solution for anybody who wants to create photos with long exposures.

Now I’m curious. Which is your favorite app for retouching photos on mobile?

great photos on facebook

I’ve bought my first DSLR camera way before phones with lenses were a common thing. Although I already had one when Facebook became popular, I shared only photos made with my Canon. At first, Facebook was just for fun and for staying in touch with people living far away. But slowly I started using it for sharing my work. Compression that Facebook made on my photos bothered me more and more. Some photographers told me that this is what Facebook does and that I can’t do anything about it. Wrong! After months and months of frustration and bad mood, I knew I had to end this. With a help of some great blog posts and my own photographic knowledge, I found out the way that works best for me.

Here is how I prepare my photos to post them on Facebook:

After the photos are shot I upload them on my Mac and retouch them in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop (mostly I combine both). Before I make the next step, I save high-res versions. Then I adjust the longest side of images to 960 pixels and resolution to 72 dpi. Pixel dimensions and resolution are very important. If you won’t adjust them properly, you won’t get the right result! Next I add some sharpening with Smart Sharpen tool. When I finish with this, I save the photos for web in a png file and post them on my Facebook Timeline.

Generally, I avoid uploading vertical photos on Facebook because I don’t like how they are presented on my Timeline and in the News Feed. I rather use horizontal ones or I crop them into a square.

Although I mostly post photos captured with a DSLR camera, from time to time I also post something shot with my iPhone.

Like I’ve already written down in my previous post in Photos On Social Media series, I use Enlight app for mobile photography. The retouching process for Facebook is similar to the process I use when posting on Instagram. There’s only one difference. I usually don’t crop photos in a square for Facebook even though I think it would be better because of its’ presentation. And do you know what I’m never ever going to do? Use an Instagram tool with which a photo is uploaded on Instagram Feed and on Facebook Timeline at the same time. Why? Because I realized that such photos on Facebook are lower in quality than the ones uploaded separately.

It’s so incredible how we can improve a quality of visual material that we post on social media just with a few easy changes. If you have any question or you know any other trick, just write it down in a comment. And don’t forget to stop by next Thursday when I’ll share a list of great mobile photo apps.