How I Edit my Instagram Photos

Saturday, 12 March 2016


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.




20 comments

  1. I love a good nose at how others are making such pretty images. Never heard of snapseed but I'll have a nose, I've just reentered the world of VSCO cam and it's pretty awesome isn't it?
    Thanks for the tips
    M X

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    1. I discovered it through a twitter chat about Instagram and everyone was raving about it so I downloaded and i'm obsessed! It's so good that you can edit parts of a photo not the entire thing I love it! Definitely check it out

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  2. I've just started really getting into Instagram for my blog. Currently I just use the settings within the app to edit my photos, but I've heard so much about VSCOcam that I might have to try it out and see how it compares.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I think the settings within Instagram are pretty good to be fair, I often use them as finishing touches. The more you get into it though the more fun it is to experiment a bit, so definitely look at VSCO Cam but I'd really recommend Snapseed too

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  3. Great tips, I stick to natural light and brightness and contrast! I never got on with VSCO cam. I love Instagram, it's probably my favourite social network.

    Natasha Kendall

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    1. Yeah natural light is definitely the way to go! It's definitely my favourite social network too, if I could only use one for the rest of my life i'd hands down choose insta

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  4. Your Instagram feed is so pretty! Definitely going to give VSCO cam a try after reading this :) x

    Darling Jordan

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    1. Cheers love. It's definitely worth a play with for sure..

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  5. I love VSCO cam! It's deffo a fave :)

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  6. Love how you edit your photos :) VSCO cam is the best xo

    Emily | emsalice.com

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  7. Snapseed is such a great app! And of course VSCO cam. I recently got the Fujifilm XQ2 and I love it! It's not a dslr, but it's small, light and takes a pretty decent shot. If you're after a DSLR I'd definitely recommend Canon!!
    Love your Instagram feed :)

    Hannah xx
    www.hannahemilylane.com

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    1. I can't get over how long it took me to find it, i've only been using it like a month but i'm obsessed.

      Thank you Hannah, i'll look into those cameras!

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  8. Followed you on Instagram lovely !! Love you feed too .. I must give these apps a go! I use Photoshop Express and I find it so easy to use!

    Saira
    www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    Xxx

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    1. You babe, ditto! Yeah give them a go they're so good. I've head alot about the photoshop app too actually maybe I should look at that...

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  9. Your feed is soooo pretty!! I feel like I edit my pictures just like you but mine just aren't as lovely haha. I've given you a follow :) I'm at velvetandvibranium if you fancy a look.

    In terms of cameras, if you're looking to get a DSLR, I have the Canon 600D, and I absolutely love it! All of my blog photos are taken on there, so you can have a look to see the quality if you'd like. It's an entry-level DSLR, so it's not too expensive (as they go) but the quality is really good. I'm not actually sure if it's still on the market, but the 700D is basically exactly the same camera, just the upgraded model, so if you can't find the 600D that one's worth considering. Hope I could help! :)

    Kelly // Velvet and Vibranium

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    1. Thank you Kelly!! I had a nose at your feed its lovely! Followed you back!

      Thanks for the camera suggestions, I'll definitely have a look into those

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  10. I used to do the same as you, i used Afterlight now though its so much better in my opinion that is. You should give it a try!

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    1. I've heard good things about Afterlight, i'll have to have a look into that! Thanks Helena

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  11. Thank you for sharing. Your article once again confirms the fact that all people are different. And their methods are also different. I edit my photos in another way. I edit here https://macphun.com/noiseless. I like this software anymore. To each his own.

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