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aa text to instagram photos

A question I get asked a lot is this: “How do you add text to your Instagram photos?

If you wonder the same this tutorial is for you!

If you have Photoshop it´s a great program to use. It´s easy to add FREE fonts to play with and your possibilities are endless.

But what if you are not a Photoshop-geek and you just have an iPhone?

The way to do it is by using apps – some are free and some cost a little. And as with most things you get more options if you choose a paid app.

My favorite app to use for adding text is PicLab. Priced at $ 1.99 but gives you plenty of creative freedom. You can find it in the app store right here.

I like this app because not only can I add text, but also artwork, light leaks, textures and photo filters + I can do basic adjustment to my photos.

In the beginning it takes a little practice to figure out how to create nice designs, but once you know how, it rocks.

The great thing about PicLab is that once you open it, it gives you the option to click a on a link named “inspiration” which will take you directly to their Instagram feed and here you can view tons of creative ways on how to add text. This is helpful to boost your own ideas.

PicLab

But what if you have taken a beautiful photo with your big-girl-camera in stead of your iPhone, wish to add text to it and share it on Instagram?

Option One:

When you are on your computer, email the photo to yourself. Then when you are on your iPhone again, open the email and save the photo to your photo album on the phone. Open up the text app you wish to use and add the text – then share it on Instagram. Easy right!

Option Two:

If you have a Dropbox membership on your computer, you can sync it with your iPhone. Simply download the Dropbox app to your phone (it´s free), log in with your username + password and give it time to sync with your computer.

Make sure that the photo you wish to use is already in your Dropbox folder on the computer – or else move it there. Then open up the Dropbox app on your iPhone, let it sync for a few seconds, select the photo and download it to your photo album on your phone.

Now open op the text app you wish to use and choose the photo from your folder – then let the fun begin and add text. Easy peasy!

More great apps to use for adding text:

Have a great day,

Blessings

Christina

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Lightroom Mobile

Finally Photographers are able to free themselves from the computer and edit photos on-the-go.

The new iPad Lightroom mobile app automatically syncs with Lightroom 5 on the computer. This will come in handy next time I´m sitting on a three hours train ride to Copenhagen (which I often do).

Now I can simply prepare a collection on my computer for me to edit when I´m on the move with the iPad. When I open up the app on my iPad the photos from my computer will be there – even the RAW-files. Pretty clever!

To use it you will have to be a Creative Cloud subscriber, own an iPad 2 or later to run the software, and be on iOS 7 or later.

How to get started

Start on the Computer:

Lightroom Mobile

  • Open op Lightroom (only for Creative Cloud users)
  • Choose “Help” and choose “Check for Updates”
  • Download and install the latest software
  • When the download is successfully installed close Lightroom to re-fresh, then open it up again
  • On the left top corner look for “Connect with Mobile”
  • Choose “Sign in” and sign in with your Creative Cloud membership ID
  • Create a photo collection (See photo below)

Then move on to the iPad:

  • Search for Lightroom mobile
  • Download the app (it´s free)
  • Open the app and sign in with your Creative Cloud membership ID

You are now ready to get started. To move on go back to Lightroom on your computer.

Create a Collection of photos ready to edit on the iPad:

Lightroom Mobile

  • Inside Lightroom pick out some of your favorite photos to edit later on the iPad
  • Click on “Edit” and choose “Select all” to mark your selection
  • Click on “Create new collection” on the left side panel
  • Name your Collection, fx: “My iPad Photos” (Lightroom will now create an album with all the photos you picked).
  • Now find the little sync sign right next to (left side) the name of your collection and click on it. Lightroom will now sync with your iPad.

Grab your iPad again and do the following..

Start editing on the iPad:

  • Open up the Lightroom app on your iPad
  • Wait until iPad sync´s with your computer (a few seconds). You will then see your Collection “My iPad Photos” when it´s ready.
  • Start editing and have fun

NB: It´s not yet possible to get the app for iPhone, but it should be ready soon.

Happy Editing On-The-Go!

Much Love,

Christina

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Finding the RIGTH light will take your photos from okay to outstanding!

It’s important for me to say that not all people find the right light easily at first. I know because I used to be one of those people. It´s been the most difficult thing for me to learn in photography.

I didn´t understand what “finding the light” really meant. Honestly I was clueless – yes, you can laugh and find it funny, but for some people learning to find the light is a process. For some it comes naturally, but for others not so much. I remember the first time I gave my daughter a camera, she came back with perfectly lit images. My mouth dropped because I had struggled with this myself for so long!

If you are a beginner in photography, you might know what I mean and I hope this blog post will help you in the right direction.


The key is, never to give up. If you find it difficult to find the right light, keep pushing.

The best way to learn how to find good light is to look around you before you take the picture. Take a moment to investigate the room or the area.

Look for soft EVEN light. Avoid harsh sunlight + avoid dark shadows. Look for something in between – but to the bright side.

If you are photographing inside make sure to photograph near a window.

If there is too much bright sunshine coming in, dark shadows will appear in your photos which in most cases are not very flattering. If so, cover the window with white fabric (a curtain or a bed cover) to diffuse the light and make it softer.

If you are Photographing outside, look for open shadow.

“Open Shadow” basically means that you place your subject in the brightest area of a shadow or in a place that’s not facing the sun directly.

The best time for beginning photographers to capture portraits outside is on overcast days, when the sun is lightly covered by fluffy clouds. Then you can place your subject just about anywhere, as the soft clouds will diffuse the light and flatter your subject.

Never be afraid to experiment. This is the best way to learn about light.

Devote a few days to taking test shots (you can always delete them).


TAKE ACTION:

Grab a teddy bear or an object you can move around easily. Place it in various spots to see how different light works.

When you see something you like, take notes about the circumstances: how you found that light and what you did to get that particular picture.

As you get better, test it on a person. The more you take time to practice without putting pressure on yourself, the faster you will find the perfect light. :-)

Happy Shooting!

Much Love

Christina

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