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How to edit your iPhone photos

Hello again! Michelle here and today I’m talking about Photography and making the most of your iPhone photos. I know that you probably have thousands of photos that mean the world to you on your phone right now… I currently have 11,244 photos and 525 videos!!! omgoodness and I have to admit that those are all from this past year!

I use two cameras every single day. My Canon 5D Mark iii and my iPhone 6 (I’m holding out for whatever amazing phone comes out this fall). There are so many apps and filters and resources for photography on the iPhones of today, but I wanted to share with you my process for my iPhone images. There is a fine line between being obsessed and taking 40 shots for that one awesome image… or just taking a couple good images and still being present and involved in the activity that is happening around you. My goal is to never become so involved in getting an image that I’m not present with my family. There is of course a time for both instances of course. There are times that I become a little crazy and my family lets me know. So….. what do I do from taking a photo to posting it on my Instagram account?

First and most importantly, come follow me on Instagram


I use the built in camera of the iPhone to take my photos. I use the “photo” setting. I’m a wide angle kind of girl and I love to get as much into the frame as I can. I feel like the square setting limits a lot of what I can pull into the frame. There are camera functions within many of the photography apps, like VSCO, Instagram and countless others that you can use as well.

Taking Your Images

I look for light when I’m going to take my photo. The most beautiful photos include natural light, whether they are outside or inside my home. Turn your subject so that the light is most flattering on them. Avoid very harsh light and raccoon shadows in the eyes.

Editing Images

I try to be spontaneous with my picture taking on my phone and not focus too much on editing them. I also keep my edits simple and clean. I have three favorite apps that I use for editing.

My first go to app is Photoshop Fix. I use this for the most irritating issue… that angry 11 between my eyebrows or a pimple, scratch, or jelly goo on one of the kids’ faces. Use the healing brush, click and poof it’s gone! If you are a Lightroom user, there is also a Lightroom app.

Next I use an app to edit the look of my image; color, contrast, brightness and sharpness, etc. My favorite app to use is VSCO. I use some of the VSCO presets in Lightroom when editing my photos from big girl camera, so there is some consistency when using the app. VSCO gives you a wide variety of tools to use for your images, including the vertical and horizontal tilt of your photos… for those people who for some reason can’t always take a photo straight. That would be me! Here are two examples and my settings in VSCO.

This morning we ventured to the awesome donut shop in town and this little guy was overwhelmed with the cookie monster in front of him.

How to edit your iPhone photos

All of my color images were edited with the A7 preset and I used the X2 preset for my black and white edit. Once I choose my preset or the filter that will be on the image, I then make the fine adjustments that are found under the tools. For the above two images I made the follow adjustments. Clarity +1, Shadow Save +1, Sharpen +1, Fade +1, Highlight Save +3, Tint +1, and Skin Tone +1.  Most of my adjustments were very minor. The only difference on the black and white version was a little added in grain of +2

How to edit your iPhone photos

This image is one that I used on Instagram to show what my car office looks like when I’m waiting for the kids at rehearsals and practices. This image was also the A7 preset with the following adjustments: Contrast +1, Highlights Save +3, Saturation +1, Sharpen +2, Clarify +2.

How to edit your iPhone photos

I’m a huge sucker for sun flare. Some avoid it like the plague, but I love love love a beautiful huge sun flare. This image was also done with the A7 preset. I went a little more drastic with my adjustments to bring out the sun flare more dramatically. Shadows Tint +7, Temperature +1, Highlights Save +6, Clarity +6 and Saturation +1.

I will also use Pic Tap Go for a quicker edit and also Instagram. In Instagram, I typically don’t use the filters at all but instead use the tools similar to VSCO to edit the images. In the end, the goal is to make your image look as close to real life colors as possible while adding a little extra oomph and interest. Avoid filters that make you look like an oompa loompa or an alien. Scroll through the multiple filters and find your favorites. Using consistent filters for editing will give your photography a consistent and clean look.


Since I have 11,244 images, backups are essential. Make sure that your iCloud is up to date and is backing up your images continuously. I’m terrified of a crash. I also use my external hard drives to periodically backup my images as well as an online backup system. I pay a small $3 fee each month with iCloud for an increased amount of storage.

I hope that you have fun doing quick and consistent edits of your iPhone images… and remember to be present and involved in the activities and get in those photos! Come visit me at Michelle Lea Creative.


How to edit your iPhone photos

Running Belt

My husband runs. He doesn’t like to be called a runner, but he does run. Last year while training he was faced with a problem – he liked to run with his phone, but hated all the armband cases. He said the phone was too heavy to have on his arm, I said he could run with his old iPod Nano. He said he relied too much on a running app on his phone to leave it at home.

What to do, what to do?

Then one day he sent me a link to a running belt and asked if I could make him one.  It didn’t look too difficult, so I picked up some Spandex and gave it a try. He loves running with it, so I thought I’d share instructions in case you are stuck in the same predicament.

Running Belt Supplies

You’ll need Spandex for the belt. The stretch allows the belt to fit snuggly around the waist, and hold the contents close to your body to prevent bouncing.

Running Belt Cutting

First, cut a 14″ width piece. Spandex comes in 45″ width, so I fold it a couple times so it fits on my cutting mat.

If you can find thick spandex you won’t need this wide of a piece. The spandex I’ve found seems thin, so I double fold it to help hold everything tight. For thick spandex cut 6.5″ wide and skip straight to step 2.

Running Belt Measurements

Next, you’ll need to know the size of your waist. Measure where you plan to wear the belt. If you plan on wearing the belt lower on your hips, then measure there.  The chart above will give you a good idea of how long to make the belt, although there will be some differences depending on the type of Spandex and how much it stretches. I always err on the side of making it bigger because it is a lot easier to cut more off at the end than it is to add extra back on.

Cut the 14″ piece to the desired length (add a little extra for the seam allowance).

Once your Spandex is cut to size fold it in half and serge along the edge. If you don’t have a serger you could try using an overlock stitch or a zig zag, don’t use a straight stitch because it won’t stretch with the spandex. If there is any way you could beg a friend with a serger to help you out I think you’d be a lot happier with the results.

Running Belt Pinned

Then you’ll fold it in half again, and leave an opening for the pocket. The 2 pins are marking where the pocket will be, so I’ll serge up to the pink pin, and start again at the green pin.

Running Belt Turning

Then turn the tube right side out.

Fold in half length wise and serge the ends together, making a loop.

And just in case I’ve totally lost you, here’s some rough drawings that may help:

Running Belt Illustration

How to Make Your Own Running Belt

I tease my husband that this is the new fanny pack. Only it’s way cooler, sleeker and definitely doesn’t scream “tourist”. Although I think it would work just as well at Disneyland as it does at the gym.


The world of apps is huge and we all know our phones are capable of more than Candy Crush–but how do you know what apps are worth downloading? Today we’re sharing some of our favorites and would love for you to share your faves in the comments!




Disneyland Explorer

My kids love this app. It has been the fun flavor of the month. Their favorite part is finding the yeti on the Matterhorn!



 Kid Chatteroo


My Job Chart

This app has been so helpful in getting my girls motivated to help around the house.  Each night they login and mark off what they have done.  Sometimes they want the points and will run and do something they may have forgotten to do. Love it!


nike Nike+ Running

I’m not a runner, but it works for walking too ;). I love that it keeps track of distance, route, time, and pace. And it let’s us have a friendly competition amongst family.


Rhonna Designs

Take your Instagram pictures to a whole new level with Rhonna’s app. It’s like scrapbooking on your phone!


This is my #1 fave app. Microblogging at its finest. 😉


I love taking pictures with my iPhone, so I love PicTapGo which is an awesome photo editing app. You can edit your phone pics with a few simple touches, save your favorite editing “recipes,” and even open right in Instagram without cropping your photo to the default square. It’s my favorite way to brighten up my phone pics.


Happy 1st of February! Here are some new wallpapers for your iPhones and iPads. They don’t scream Valentine’s Day, but still convey love. Click on the links below to download. If downloading on your mobile device the image will open in a new window, hold down on the image for a few seconds and then save to camera roll. From there go into settings and choose as your wallpaper.

EDIT: If you don’t have an iDevice, you aren’t completely out of luck. Readers have let us know they have downloaded wallpapers and they work on HTC phones as well! If you try and have success on other phones/tablets let us know!


iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad


iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad


iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

More wallpapers: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Enter our All I Want for Christmas Part 2 giveaway.

I went bright and cheery with these Christmas wallpapers for your iPhones or iPads. They may not be traditional, but they sure are merry! Click on the links below to download. If downloading on your mobile device the image will open in a new window, hold down on the image for a few seconds and then save to camera roll. From there go into settings and choose as your wallpaper.

iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

Papers and trees by Crystal Wilkerson.


Is your Halloween wallpaper still on your phone like mine? Here are some new ones for November!

To download straight onto your device, click the link, then download, which will open up the image. Click on the image to save to your camera roll and then set as your wallpaper.

Dresden iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

Gratitude iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

Thankful iPhone 4, 4s, iPod Touch / iPhone 5 / iPad

 A big thanks to Crystal Wilkerson for the use of her Color Combo 4!

How about some Halloween decor for your mobile device!

Instructions: Select either the iPad or iPhone option below, download, save to your camera roll, and select as the wallpaper under settings on your device.


iPad, iPad MiniiPhone 4, 4S iPod Touch /iPhone 5



iPad, iPad Mini / iPhone 4, 4S, iPod Touch / iPhone 5

Happy Halloween

iPad, iPad Mini / iPhone 4, 4S, iPod Touch / iPhone 5

Happy Halloween!

All papers and scrapbook elements are from Crystal Wilkerson