June, 06
by Mo Houston

Resolution Revolution.

Don't rely on filters to save your photos because everyone else is. Being a successful social media influence demands a better photo from the start.

Resolution Revolution.

Socially, we are quite visual people. And although the sharpness of your photos might seem irrelevant with your smartphone taking Instagram-able ready shots...those pictures could be swiped past when lined up in the grid-style search page. Especially when the eye compares the image with the other thousand 1x1s that have loaded. And done so with a resolutiont that is quite crisp. This doesn't mean that you must invest in a DSLR to be a prominent voice in the social media realm. But, it also couldn't hurt. 

If you want to stick with that 5 mega pixel camera you carry around, or your photo capable cell phone, do remember your light source. It is a crucial factor in the success of your photo taking. You should be aware of where it is coming from and utilize it. Poorly lit photos will ultimately look grainy no matter the adjustments you make later with contrast and brightness settings, which will only take the white balance and intensify or weaken it. It won't add a new sun or make that sun set. Also, consider your lens' distance from the shot you're taking. Your camera phone has a digital zoom, which means the lens itself is not adjusting. Rather, the image on your screen is just becoming bigger. Get physically closer to the shot. Move feet. Not fingers.This also signigies importance of editing. It is useful, especially on free sites such as PicMonkey. But, pixels are permanent and no amount of sharpness increasing and and clarity adjustment will produce more picture to better define the details that the original shot lacked. Get the best image possible when the image is being taken. Editing is a privilege best utilized by an already successful photo.

Social Media does love its filters. Instagram filters are quite fun. They are in fact enhancements to your image. They infer tone and ambiance which can capture emotion. There is an adjustment with each filter, a long scale that allows the image to be tinted with a controlled percentage. These adjustment should be fooled around with, even if Ludwig looks bright every time, it might not be emphasizing what the focus was supposed to be. Filters react to specific qualities in the photos they're applied to. If an image has low contrast, which is the percievable range of dark and light, then applying Inkwell will result in a black and white image in which the objects look consistently defined and frankly, equally important. Take the time necessary to choose a filter that emphasizes why the photo was taken. If the filter encompasses the shot so that the image looks more like an example of what it is that Ludwig or Valencia do to a picture. Scale back because your a picture taker with a purpose that isn't to promote Instagram filters and the qualities they possess. 

On a no shame note: The filter screen can be skipped, editing is an option, and photo captions are the Poor Photos savior.

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