Editing DSLR photos on a Mobile

If you’re regularly posting a mixture of phone and DLSR shots to your Instagram, you might find that it can be difficult when it comes to editing and the look your feed has. Side by side in your gallery they can ook very different – in both quality and resolution, but also in the editing which is the important part when attracting new followers or showing off your chosen style. However much you try and stick to consistent tones and values, it’s almost impossible to replicate the phone app presets on your desktop, or vice versa.

Plus nobody likes to boot up their computer and opening Lightroom or Photoshop just for one quick post, this time can be spent doing more productive things, Who wants to make more work for themselves? am I right?

There is a quicker way and I will show you below the results you can get too in just a few minutes.

When it comes to Instagram, I edit all of my photographs on my phone – even RAW files. I still store and organise all my photographs on my macbook, and edit professional commissions (and sometimes blog photographs) in the Adobe suite. But for my daily Instagram posts, or any times when I need a fast and efficient workflow, I use my phone instead.


– To keep a consistent look to your Instagram gallery

– For a fast and easy workflow

– So you can edit and share your photographs wherever you are

– Because apps tend to have a similar interface and be less complicated to use


Depending on your camera and phone, there are a few ways to get the image files across.

1. If your camera is wifi enabled
, you can just beam them directly to your phone. You don’t need to be on a wifi network to do this – it just means the camera broadcasts the pictures wirelessly. Check your manufacturer’s manual to find out if your camera does this, and how. It usually requires a free app, in most cases.

2. Get a smartphone card reader, like these, for around £30 for a offical adapter. but you can find Android and other IOS ones on the market for cheaper. It can also be used to back up or copy your photo library from your phone to a memory card, too!

3. Send from your computer. The slowest of all the methods but simple is to just import your photos as usual to your desktop, then send them to your phone the better and quicker method is via a file sharer like Google drive or Dropbox – I have the app installed on both my mac and my phone, and they sync instantly and automatically. You also then have a back up of the files should you ever look them.

Editing Apps

Once you’ve got the files onto your device, you need an editing app that can handle large file sizes. I have a couple of faves:

VSCO – Vsco is my go-to app for editing all my phones, Mainly because love the presets they have and have been using it for so long? That says it all really.. VSCO can handle raw files and large file sizes without issue, and save them in the same format, if needed.

Adobe Lightroom app is the simplified version for phones and tablets, but still has a wide range of powerful tools. A little more pro than VSCO, this is great for fixing issues and making more detailed edits to your shots. If you have Adobe Cloud, you can also sync your files back to your desktop too or even port ones over you have saved on the cloud. The great part about that is you can pick them up and tweak later in the full Adobe suite if needed. If you have any custom presets saved to your full version of Lightroom, these are also available via the app over the cloud. Read how to load your presets to Lightroom mobile

The Results

I’ve used my trusty VSCO app using a variety of filters and some slide adjustments on shadows if needed on the edits. for all images shown it roughly took me about 3 minutes.

So as you can see from the results it is easy to make an image pop with just a preset and a few tweaks on shadows and exposure if you want.

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