How to Edit a Photo

3 Things EVERY Picture NEEDS

So, you’ve figured out your camera settings and captured that all-important image you’ve been waiting for. What’s next? This is where iPhotography step in and shows you how to edit a photo, with 3 changes every photo you take NEEDS.

The purists amongst us might say that we’re done, but editing even takes place in a darkroom, so there’s no harm in us adjusting our images to give the viewer’s the optimum outcome in our photography. After all, a little bit of editing goes a long way.

If you’ve never touched editing software before, don’t worry. This isn’t a complicated process, and anyone can do it! The 3 things to look at if you don’t know how to edit a picture (or at least things to consider) below can even be achieved using iPhotography’s free Pixlr Editor. There is no need to splash out on any additional software. 

Where Do I Start? Cropping!

Firstly, when you’re learning how to edit a photo, let’s take a look at the crop.

Now, we’ve got a whole guide dedicated to crop, as it can change the overall look of the image. But for now, let’s just focus on getting our main subject in the frame.

This may be chopping off bits of trees creeping in at the corners, making sure we’re not cropping any people at joints or perhaps just straightening up our horizon. Cleaning up your crop can amplify the story of your image as your viewer’s attention is being directed exactly where you want it to go.

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Contrast Levels

Secondly, when looking at how to edit a photo we consider adding a little bit of punch to the image. We can use the contrast slider to adjust the texture, colours and tones all at once.

Adding a gentle amount of contrast to any image can start to separate your subject from your background more, whilst boosting the vibrancy. Don’t go too mad with this slider as there is such a thing as too much contrast.

A happy medium is where we want to be! Contrast is a handy little tool that works for all styles of image.

Could it be Sharper?

Lastly, when thinking about how to edit a photo, we’re going to add a little bit of sharpening, especially if you’re planning to upload your image to the iPhotography gallery.

Uploading images to any website will automatically compress the file size so we want to be sure that our images are still being viewed at their best.

Adding a little bit of sharpening, whilst adjusting the noise reduction at the same time can add a pleasant, sharp touch to our shots.

Having said this, it’s important to resize your images before uploading them online too.

If you upload a huge file of around 6000 pixels wide, all of that data is being squashed together to fit into the website’s preferred ratio.

Top Tip – Instead, resize your image to around 1500 pixels on the widest side in an editing software so it can intelligently combine the pixels instead.


We hope this article has been helpful and you’ve taken your first on how to edit a photo. There really is a wealth of customisation you can apply to your images, but getting started is the most important. Photoshop, Lightroom and Luminar aren’t as scary as they may look – especially after taking an iPhotography course in them!

As always, the iPhotography tutors are at hand if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing your images in the gallery soon!

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