Missing your long-awaited Cape Town trip is a sad event for sure but it does give you time to prepare for the next one. If you’re one of those people whose holiday snaps never come out the way you imagined they would? Keep reading.

Here’s how to imitate those professional shots that are the envy of every newbie photographer.

It’s All Smoke and Mirrors

It’s a known fact that professional photographers spend hours at a time achieving those picture-perfect images of landscapes and iconic places. Yet, did you know that only a fraction of that time is spent on actual photography?

Most of the magic takes place behind closed doors well after that last holiday sunset has faded away.

While most professional photographers use Photoshop to improve their photos after the fact, this program is expensive and difficult to master. Fortunately, there are a host of online apps to help you reach photographic excellence quickly. The best part is they’re all free.

The Best Apps and Tips for Better Photos

Try some of these free downloadable apps to practise your photo editing skills while you’re stuck at home:

Gimp is almost as complicated as PhotoShop but at least it’s free. While you’ve got the time, try out some tutorials to get the hang of this advanced editing software. You’ll be so glad you did. It has most of the functionality of Photoshop and is compatible with photoshop plugins.

Ashampoo Photo Optimizer 2019
This free tool is an excellent resource for creating beautiful landscape shots. The optimisation tool is automatic, and you fiddle around with the previews until you get the results you want. It’s perfect for all those stunning scenic seascapes, mountains, 
waterfalls and wineland shots you took on your last trip to the Mother City.

Canva is an easy-to-use free app that allows you to play around with sharpening, adjusting brightness, saturation and contrast until you get the professional look you’re after.

It works on all kinds of photos but it’s especially great for those action pics. So, open up all those high-energy shots from your last action-packed adventure in Cape Town and get started.

Whether it’s watersports, skydiving, or mountain biking, Canva will help you make the most of those memorable moments.

While using these apps the main thing to remember is that the best photos make use of colour to emphasise the beauty hidden within the shot. Focus on increasing the saturation of the most striking hue and you’ll be amazed at the results. You can also play around with focus to draw the eye to the subject of the photo. 

Start Planning Your Next Cape Town Trip

As you become more familiar with how to bring the best out in your snapshots, you’re bound to find yourself wishing you’d taken more photos. Next time, capture some more scenes from the top of Table Mountain, snap away at glowing sunsets and sunrises, and let rip with action shots galore.

Read the rest of our blog for some more idea on what to do and see in Cape Town and take a peek at our luxury Cape Town accommodation so you can start planning your trip.

Image credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/table-mountain-landscape-morning-4430922/

Sources: https://www.techradar.com/best/free-photo-editor-2020