A Less Than 5 Minute Trick to Drastically Improve your Photos

And it doesn’t require a better camera, nor a fancy piece of software

There are lots of factors to take into consideration to create a beautiful image. Of course, composition matters a lot, so do the settings of your camera, the lighting, and the editing.

While most people only focus on these factors, there is an extra trick that will take your photos to the next level.

The great thing about this trick is that it doesn’t even require you to own an expensive camera. You can improve pictures taken with your phone. You don’t even need any fancy software. There are free apps that allow you to do it, even on your phone or iPad.

It seems a little too good to be true, right?

So let me give you the secret to improve your photos: removing distractions.

But what does that mean exactly? It means that you should remove everything that will distract your eyes from the main subject of the image.

Not only you have to work on that when you frame your shot, but you should also take it further by removing everything that looks distracting in your shot. It can be anything like a stain on the ground, a few leaves in a tree, pieces of hair on a T-shirt, anything that is not the main subject of your shot.

Here is a before and after removing distractions to show you more of what I’m talking about:

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Shot on a Sony A7III. Before removing distractions (top) & after removing them (bottom).

As you can see, I removed the stains on the glass table, I cleaned up the cast iron ramequin, and I removed a few oil stains here and there as well as a few herbs.

Of course, all these adjustments could have been made before taking the shot. But in reality, this photoshoot happened in a restaurant, different items of the menu were coming out of the kitchen consistently for an hour, so I couldn’t go in this level of detail by making sure that everything looked nice and clean before I could take a picture of it.

When you compare these two shots side to side, the difference is massive.

This shot was taken with a professional camera. But let me show you the kind of results you can get with just an iPhone:

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Shot on an iPhone 11 Pro. Before removing distractions (left) & after removing them (right).

This picture was taken with my iPhone, edited on Lightroom Mobile, and then the distractions were removed directly from my phone. The entire process didn’t take me more than 5 minutes. The final image just looks a lot more professional than the original one.

How To Remove Distraction

You can use the correction tool of Photoshop. Or even the one in Lightroom.

However, I’ve found that using Photoshop Fix on my iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil was the quickest way to edit it. The app runs very smoothly and is very reactive, and being able to modify all these details with the Apple Pencil makes the process a lot faster.

If you don’t have an iPad, you can even do it with your phone and use your finger to point out all the small elements you want to get rid of. It works just as well, and you can drastically improve your pictures in under 5 minutes. Trust me, this swift edit is straightforward and quick to do, and it truly improves your shot, making it look a lot more professional.

I know that other apps can do the same thing like TouchRetouch, for example. I haven’t tried them since I am fully satisfied with the way Photoshop Fix runs on my iPhone and iPad Pro.

The truth is, it doesn’t matter which tool you are using, the point is for you to give a try to this technique. It can change your photos from the “cool family photo” to a crisp professional-looking shot.

What about you, do you have a simple tip to make your photos look better?

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