#13. Filter Wisely (or not at all)
Photo filters on different photo apps like Instagram and online photo editors can be fun. They can also enhance the look of your images in a positive way. But use them judiciously. Unless there’s a reason to turn the white rice blue or fade the color in an image, take it easy on the filters. If you are creating art or have some reason to use them, awesome. If it is part of your creative style or you just want to do something unique, rock on! Otherwise it looks amateur!
This goes for filters on your camera as well. The photos above are added with editing software. The pictures below are from an in camera "filter". It's sort of the dumbing down of food photography because it tries to replicate a process that narrows the depth of field. As you see, it does a terrible job. If you enlarge the photo by clicking on it you will really see how bad it is. Don't get sucked in with amateur tricks!