{"blog_navigation_items":[{"id":1,"label":"Interiors","description":"\u003cp\u003eInteriors\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","description_heading":"Our Favorites:","url":"/lifestyle/category/interiors","blog_navigation_links":[{"id":1,"label":"Home/Room Tour","url":"/lifestyle/category/interiors/home-room-tour"},{"id":2,"label":"DIY Design","url":"/lifestyle/category/interiors/diy-design"},{"id":18,"label":"Tips \u0026 Tricks","url":"/lifestyle/category/interiors/tips-and-tricks"},{"id":21,"label":"Design Direction","url":"/lifestyle/category/interiors/design-direction"}],"blog_navigation_blocks":[{"label":"Design Direction: Decorating with Parker III","url":"https://www.graymalin.com/lifestyle/gray-malin-at-the-parker-for-every-room","id":14,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/014/original/Groundskeeper-in-room.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Home Tour: Step inside photographer, Monica Wang's home","url":"https://www.graymalin.com/lifestyle/home-tour-monica-wangs-pgJ-w","id":19,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/019/original/CaprideLuigi-fireplace1.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Tips \u0026 Tricks: ‘Bon Voyage’ Series, Styled 3 Ways","url":"https://www.graymalin.com/lifestyle/how-to-style-bon-voyage-series","id":21,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/021/original/844A0071-Recovered_(1).jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Home Tour: An Aussie in Los Angeles","url":"https://www.graymalin.com/lifestyle/sophie-lovejoy-of-sant-and-abel","id":27,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/027/original/687A3285_1.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"}]},{"id":2,"label":"Travel","description":"\u003cp\u003eTravel\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","description_heading":"Our Favorites:","url":"/lifestyle/category/travel","blog_navigation_links":[{"id":3,"label":"Jetset Journal","url":"/lifestyle/category/travel/jetset-journal"},{"id":4,"label":"Travel Guide","url":"/lifestyle/category/travel/travel-guide"},{"id":5,"label":"Out of Office","url":"/lifestyle/category/travel/out-of-office"}],"blog_navigation_blocks":[{"label":"Travel Guide: Surfs up in Montauk","url":"https://www.graymalin.com/lifestyle/travel-guide-montauk","id":8,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/008/original/844A9298_(1).jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Jetset Journal: Road Tripping Italy","url":"https://www.graymalin.com/lifestyle/behind-scenes-italian-aerial-collection","id":6,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/006/original/rivazzurra-beach.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Out of Office: The Most Colorful Towns in the World","url":"https://www.graymalin.com/lifestyle/the-most-colorful-towns-to-visit-across-the-world","id":24,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/024/original/Screen_Shot_2017-06-02_at_12.54.11_PM.png?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Travel Guide: Mexico’s Valle De Guadalupe Wine Region","url":"https://www.graymalin.com/lifestyle/mexico-s-valle-de-guadalupe-wine-region","id":7,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/007/original/Baja-California-Wine-Tasting.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"}]},{"id":3,"label":"The Art of Having Fun","description":"\u003cp\u003eThe Art of Having Fun\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","description_heading":"Our Favorites:","url":"/lifestyle/category/the-art-of-having-fun","blog_navigation_links":[{"id":6,"label":"Sips \u0026 Snacks","url":"/lifestyle/category/the-art-of-having-fun/sips-and-snacks"},{"id":8,"label":"Pop The Bubbly","url":"/lifestyle/category/the-art-of-having-fun/pop-the-bubbly"},{"id":9,"label":"Shades of Gray","url":"/lifestyle/category/the-art-of-having-fun/shades-of-gray"},{"id":10,"label":"Happy \u0026 Healthy","url":"/lifestyle/category/the-art-of-having-fun/happy-and-healthy"},{"id":13,"label":"Gray's Musts","url":"/lifestyle/category/the-art-of-having-fun/gray-s-musts"},{"id":22,"label":"Out of Frame","url":"/lifestyle/category/the-art-of-having-fun/out-of-frame"}],"blog_navigation_blocks":[{"label":"All Dressed Up: Sperry x Gray Malin Styled 5 Ways","url":"http://bit.ly/gmxsperrystyled","id":23,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/023/original/844A6791.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Sips \u0026 Snacks: Paleo Surf and Turf Skewers","url":"http://bit.ly/paleo-surf-turf","id":10,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/010/original/IMG_7645.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Happy \u0026 Healthy: Gray’s Diet Plan to Slim Down for Summer","url":"http://bit.ly/GMSummerDiet","id":20,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/020/original/844A6045_1.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Out of Frame: 5 Favorite Photo Filters","url":"https://www.graymalin.com/lifestyle/my-5-favorite-photo-filters","id":28,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/028/original/HEADER.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"}]},{"id":4,"label":"Latest \u0026 Greatest","description":"\u003cp\u003eLatest \u0026amp; Greatest\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","description_heading":"Our Favorites:","url":"/lifestyle/category/latest-greatest","blog_navigation_links":[{"id":14,"label":"Brand New","url":"/lifestyle/category/latest-greatest/brand-new"},{"id":15,"label":"Behind the Scenes","url":"/lifestyle/category/latest-greatest/behind-the-scenes"},{"id":16,"label":"Read All About It","url":"/lifestyle/category/latest-greatest/read-all-about-it"},{"id":17,"label":"You're Invited","url":"/lifestyle/category/latest-greatest/you-re-invited"}],"blog_navigation_blocks":[{"label":"You're Invited: Celebrate Sperry X Gray Malin in Charleston","url":"http://bit.ly/gm-charleston","id":22,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/022/original/844A0419.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Brand New: Gray Malin at the Parker III","url":"http://bit.ly/Parker-III","id":17,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/017/original/Chef's_Table.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Read All About It: Your Chance to WIN a Summertime Makeover","url":"http://bit.ly/Pool-House-Makeover","id":5,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/005/original/front-living.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"},{"label":"Behind the Scenes: The Making of Gray's Parker I, II, \u0026 III","url":"http://bit.ly/GMparker1-2-3-BTS","id":16,"image":"https://graymalin.imgix.net/blog_navigation_blocks/images/000/000/016/original/IMG_8534.jpg?ixlib=rails-2.1.3\u0026w=1000\u0026q=50\u0026auto=compress"}]}]}

The Art of Having Fun

Out of Frame: My iPhone Photo Editing Tips

If you didn’t catch it on our homepage, we’ve just released brand new iPhone cases as of today, and it got me thinking… I get asked all the time about my photography editing techniques both with my prints and shots on Instagram, so to celebrate our newest product release I thought it would be fun to answer some of those questions. Or, to be more specific, today I’m sharing my go-to editing steps for iPhone photos that you can do right on your own phone!

As you can probably tell by my @GrayMalin account on Instagram, I love vivid colors and snaps with a lot of personality, but also favor a very “clean” look that pops off of the page. If you’re interested in knowing just how I achieve that look, then keep reading for my secrets to creating gorgeous, high quality iPhone photos to share on social media. Enjoy…

Gray Malin's iPhone Editing Tips | GrayMalin.com

1. Create a Clean Foundation

The key to achieving a clean and professional look in your photos all starts with the background. If it is too cluttered or includes distracting elements, then you’ll want to remove them before you even jump into color correction. I always start by importing my image into Facetune (which, believe it or not, is super useful for editing more than just faces!), and then clean up the photo by removing unwanted things in the background using the patch tool. Next, I use the reshape tool to push in any unwanted features for an even cleaner image.

Gray Malin's iPhone Editing Tips | GrayMalin.com

2. Focus on Filters

While I don’t like to “over-filter” my photos, using filters is obviously an easy way to correct colors and create the exact mood you’re going for. After I’ve cleaned up the background of my photo, I save and import it into VSCO for coloring. For images on my @GrayMalin Instagram account, I use the filters A6 or C8 to make colors pop and give them a fresh quality.

Gray Malin's iPhone Editing Tips | GrayMalin.com

3. Brighter is Better!

Of course, not everyone prefers to have light and bright photos (i.e. if you’re going for a moodier tone), but I personally love the fun and airy look of a bright image. Sometimes the photo is already light enough that I can skip this step, but if the image is darker than I would like, I up the exposure in the photo editing section of VSCO, and hit a final “save.” Next step: share away…

Gray Malin's iPhone Editing Tips | GrayMalin.com

That’s it! Easier than you thought, right? I hope these tips help you create some gorgeous photos that you love, and if you have some other iPhone editing tips that I didn’t mention here I’d love for you to share them with me.

P.S. Don’t forget to shop our three new iPhone cases in the GM shop here!

xx GM

Photos: Gray Malin, Nicholas Scarpinato
Popup beach
Psst...We like you!

20% Off Your First Order!

A code will be emailed straight to your inbox for you to use immediately!

{"id":null,"number":null,"item_total":"0.0","total":"0.0","ship_total":"0.0","state":"cart","adjustment_total":"0.0","user_id":null,"created_at":null,"updated_at":null,"completed_at":null,"payment_total":"0.0","shipment_state":null,"payment_state":null,"email":null,"special_instructions":null,"channel":"spree","included_tax_total":"0.0","additional_tax_total":"0.0","display_included_tax_total":"$0.00","display_additional_tax_total":"$0.00","tax_total":"0.0","currency":"USD","considered_risky":false,"canceler_id":null,"display_item_total":"$0.00","total_quantity":0,"display_total":"$0.00","display_ship_total":"$0.00","display_tax_total":"$0.00","display_adjustment_total":"$0.00","token":null,"checkout_steps":["address","delivery","complete"],"bill_address":null,"ship_address":null,"line_items":[],"payments":[],"shipments":[],"adjustments":[],"credit_cards":[],"promotions":[],"total_shipment_cost":"$0.00","permissions":{"can_update":false},"use_shipping_for_billing":true,"use_new_ship_address":true,"use_new_bill_address":false,"selected_ship_address":null,"selected_bill_address":null,"display_completed_at":null,"item_count":0,"subtotal_minus_promos":"$0.00"}