One of the most important decisions to make about your mobile photography is which mobile editing software to use. There are several major contenders, and they all have different features.
Priime, a San Francisco based company, developed their app in collaboration with some of the world’s top photographers. What does that mean? It means editing tools that were designed by very the people who use them!
We asked several of our favorite photographers who use Priime to give their recommendations for how to maximize the app’s potential. So here’s your crash course in Priime editing:
While I adore the complex concept behind Priime’s suggested filters, I’ve found that saving the filters I’m always utilizing to my Favorites has reduced my editing time significantly. I’m able to quickly select the look that best fits the style or mood I’m trying to create with a particular photograph, or with my photography as a whole. As a result, I often use Chris Ozer’s Bouquet, Dan Cole’s Lighthouse, or my own Cathedral filter.
What I love most about Priime is that not only the styles — but even the tools — are developed by photographers to be more intuitive. On the Crop tool, tap the dimensions to quickly toggle between orientations. You can also zoom in and out from library view, which saves time when deciding which image to edit.
Having high-quality, beautiful images is only half of the battle. Ensuring that your feed has a curated “flow” will draw potential audience members at a significantly higher rate. To do this, your photos should have similar characteristics, like open backgrounds, single dominant colors, and consistent editing. Priime is my favorite editing app because you can copy and paste previous edits onto an unedited image. At minimum, try to keep the Fade, Black Point, and Contrast consistent across all images. Those edits will be the most noticeable and abrasive to the eye if done haphazardly.
Priime has so much going for it when it comes to editing. Besides the fantastic preset filters, the Structure and Sharpening tools are my favorite. I love how fine the tuning is when using both of those tools. I used the Analog filter on these photos, but it was too soft. So I was able balance the Structure and Sharpen tools to counter this. These tools even allow you to make colors seem more vibrant without increasing the saturation of the image.
Before making any edits to my photos, I make sure to check the “Suggested” tab within Priime. This function suggests styles based on Colors, Brightness, Orientation, and more. Each style comes with a description, so you know how it’s being applied to your image.
I love pulling out details in the Highlights and Shadows, while retaining Contrast in the mid-tones for that “pop”. Here’s how — after choosing my filter style in Priime, I switch over to the Adjustments and tone down the Contrast a bit, before bumping up the Structure. The way Priime is set up to fine tune this entire process is perfect for my personal aesthetic. I use it every time.
For my architecture photos, I prefer black and white, and with this style, tone and contrast are everything. When editing in Priime, my first priority is that the Saturation of the photo has to be set all the way to -6.0. Next, I will usually set the Brightness to +3.0 and the Highlights to +5.0. To make it look crisp and clear, my next step is adding or reducing Shadows and Contrast accordingly.
I really like using Highlights to create extra light in my photos. Some ways I use the Highlights tool are to: overexpose some or all of the sky, improve white balance on my images, and/or give more life to landscapes.
Temperature is a very important decision in the editing process. Generally, the scene itself helps photographers decide how to adjust the temperature. As a preference, I’m normally drawn to warm scenes. Priime’s temperature control tools are not the only way to manipulate this. The Journey filter is one of my preferred presets for adding warmth.
There are two sure ways to change the entire mood of a photograph, and that’s with Warmth and Shadows. The temperature of an image will change all the tones towards blue or yellow, making a photo cold or warm respectively. Shadows work in tandem to create dynamic black tones that force your eyes across the composition. I tweak these first, then add a small amount of the filter Cobalt for the complimentary blues and golden oranges.