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Learn the editing secrets needed to take your photos to the next level

We’ve mentioned the iPhone Photography Academy a number of times before, and it remains an excellent resource for learning how to take incredible photos with nothing but an iPhone. But did you know its founders also run the iPhone Editing Academy, which teaches the apps and skills needed to fine-tune your photos after you snap them?

Before and after some light editing

There’s a reason professional photographers touch up their snaps before sharing. It’s not cheating to make edits – it’s an essential part of the creative process. Editing can take a photo from good to amazing in a surprisingly short time, if you know what you’re doing.

And despite what you might think, you don’t need to be a Photoshop whiz to do it. You don’t even need a computer. iPhones and iPads are so powerful these days, with so many great apps to choose from, you can do almost anything you imagine to your photos in just a few minutes.

According to academy founder Emil Pakarklis, the iPhone camera rarely delivers perfect shots without editing. That’s because it’s designed to work well across a huge range of conditions rather than specializing in any specific environment. Though the iPhone makes it exceedingly easy to take a half-decent photo, it needs a helping hand to really maximize the potential of your shots.

Messing around in the Photos app is a good start, but fully understanding the tools at your disposal can help you get that stunning finished image every time. That’s where the iPhone Editing Academy comes in. The course teaches workflows for various types of photography and which editing apps you’ll need to create beautifully polished end products.

Portrait mode is cool, but knowing how to do these effects yourself gives way more control

Getting to grips with the foundations of photo editing is like a superpower. You’ll feel like you have the perfect home-made filter for every possible image. (And you can finally move on from the same half-dozen Instagram filters everyone else already overuses.)

This weekend only (February 26-28) you can get access to the entire course for a whopping 85% off. But even if you don’t want to spend any money, it’s worth checking out the iPhone Editing Academy website – their free blog posts and guides are really insightful for any budding photographers or editors out there.

It’s also worth checking out the founder’s Instagram page for inspiration – it’s hard to believe all these pictures weretaken and edited on an iPhone. For more information on the paid course (or to read the free guides) follow the link below for your 85% discount.

iPhone Editing Academy

Of course, you can also learn plenty of editing smarts right here with Tips & Tricks. Though we don’t claim to have the same level of expertise as the iPhone Editing Academy team, we know the Photos app inside-out. Getting to grips with the core editing tools is a good place to start – see our in-depth guide.