I think it's pretty safe to say, I love Instagram! I find it really inspiring scrolling through and finding new talented people to follow. I also love taking pretty photos, editing and improving them and looking back on my own little photo album. Here's a little bit about how I edit my photos.
First off, it's worth mentioning I take all my photos using my iPhone 6, so I don't have fancy equipment but I am looking to invest in a decent camera soon, so if you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments!
So given that I take all the photos on my phone, I edit them in apps on my phone. Whilst I do like to keep them looking fairly natural and I always try to use natural light where possible, I do feel they need a bit of enhancing to make them prettier. My favourite app for editing photos is VSCO Cam, this is always the first place I take my photos to edit them.
A lot of people do use the filters within VSCO Cam but I tend not to, I just go directly to the settings, I'll up the exposure, contrast and sharpness a little, I immediately feel like this improve the look of my photos and makes them look higher quality, like the camera has absorbed more light.
Depending on the underlying colouring of the photo (green, yellow, blue or red) I'll alter it accordingly. If it's a bit green i'll add a tint, if it's to red or yellow, i'll cool it or if it's too blue i'll add some warmth to neutralise the colouring.
Once I'm happy with how things are looking on VSCO Cam, I may put it straight on Instragram if I feel everything I want to enhance about the photo has been achieved.
If not, I'll move onto Snapseed for more intricate editing. Snapseed is great because you can select different parts of the photo to enhance, either a single colour, or brush over a certain part. You can add lens blurs and things which really give the illusion you're using a high quality camera.
I start off by tuning the image, it's the same sort of things you'll find in VSCO Cam, brightness, contrast, saturation, highlights, warmth etc. I make minor adjustments to further enhance what i've done.
I mostly use snapseed for the selection tool. You can select a single part of the photo to enhance the brightness, contrast or saturation. So you might have a bunch of flowers where you want to enhance the brightness of the photo, but often that mutes the colours, so you can select the flowers and increase the saturation and contrast of them which will make them pop!
Then they go up on Instagram, I might make some final adjustments using the in-app editor but nothing major.
So there we have it.. how I edit my Instagram photos! I love discovering new beautiful accounts to follow so do leave your links for me in the comments!! Feel free to go on over to mine @sarahaannn if you fancy more of a nose.