As summer has essentially come to a close, you’re no doubt gonna want to relive those sunny vacay moments and backyard BBQ photoshoot sessions with a weekly #TBT upload. Obviously you’re gonna share those shots so your friends and family will see ’em and like ’em. But you’ve got to make sure what you’re sharing is quality content — you do want likes, right?

What if the science-based Instagram tactics we recently uncovered weren’t enough to result in a spike in your like count? Luckily Wimdu, a smart hotel alternative, compiled eight photo editing tricks to help you improve your snaps to keep the double tapping action strong all year long, allowing your budding social media empire to flourish even more.

photo editing tips

The helpful infographic below highlights eight ways in which your photos can be improved upon. From photo editing apps and desktop tool suggestions that are suitable alternatives to a Photoshop investment to tips on how to give your photos an edge on the visual competition (i.e. cropping for composition, following the rule of thirds and not cropping at joints), these photography practices are sure to transform your Instagram account from basic to baller.

Looking for more suggestions? The visual aide also shares ways to properly bring colors to your snaps by adjusting saturation, vibrance and color temperature, how to properly fix the lighting of shots by fine-tuning the levels, highlights and shadows and even recommendations for adding effects like a vignette or a filter to give your images more of a memorable feel.

Check out the full infographic below, then get busy improving all your DSLR and/or smartphone photography STAT. Your sure-to-be-ever-improving social media clout will eventually thank you ;)

photo editing tips infographic

What photo editing tip do you think is the most useful? Let us know in the comments.

(Infographic via Wimdu)