How I Edit My Instagram Pictures

I have a love-hate relationship with Instagram. On one hand, it’s the most magical app (especially for bloggers, vloggers, and biz owners) – there are so many amazing accounts, ways to promote your shit, and so many people to creep on. On the other hand, editing pictures and having a “theme” is stressful AF. Who’s with me? Today, I’m going to share with you guys how I edit my Instagram pictures and hope that it helps with your Instagram stress!

How I Edit My Instagram Pictures

I first start off by taking a photo (typically in square mode) with my iPhone 6 and uploading it to Snapseed. In the app, I only use the tuning tool to edit the brightness, contrast, ambiance, and the other options that come along with the tool! Once I get the photo how I like it (these are gradual changes!!), I save my masterpiece to the photo library on my phone.

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Once the photo is saved, I open my VSCO app and upload the photo. My edits in VSCO are quick an easy are always the same no matter what the photo is – exposure +1, contrast +1, clarity +1, sharpen +1, saturation +1. For the filter options, I always go with HB2 but tone it down to about +4 (this varies on the photo but I always use HB2!).
Once my VSCO edits are complete, I save the photo an export it to the photo library on my phone before I complete my final steps – uploading it to Instagram.
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In Instagram, I will adjust the alignment of the photo if need be (definitely needed in this photo!) before making any more edits. 
Edits I focus on: Brightness, contrast, structure, saturation, and lux. 
How I Edit My Instagram Pictures
I love a good white tinted photo with some pops of color so it’s important to increase the brightness and the contrast to still get those structured colors to appear. By increasing the structure and saturation, you don’t lose the definition of the photo and the decreasing the lux makes the white tints softer. 
How I Edit My Instagram Pictures
How I Edit My Instagram Pictures
As you can tell, even though the changes I made along the way seemed small, in the end the photo looks completely different. This set of stairs was dreary and dark because it was taken in terrible lighting and slight rain but now it matches my Instagram theme!
These edits might seem like a pain in the butt, especially going from app to app making the littlest of changes but after doing it a couple of times, it’s a piece of cake! 
How do you edit your Instagram pictures?


  1. August 31, 2016 / 8:58 AM

    Wow, I love how you don’t even need a pro camera. But then again, the IPhone 6 camera is superb.

  2. August 31, 2016 / 10:22 AM

    I always love posts like this – everybody has their own editing system for Insta pictures! I’ve actually been pretty happy with the editing tools right in Instagram itself, but I also like Afterlight!

  3. August 31, 2016 / 9:30 PM

    HB2 on VSCO is my go-to as well! Love that overexposed, under-saturated look!

    Stephanie |

  4. September 1, 2016 / 12:22 PM

    I totally get your love/hate relationship with Insta! I hate that it stresses me out.. like, it’s an app… hhaha. Love getting to know how other people edit their photos and def got some new tips on how to edit mine! Hope you have a great day!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  5. September 1, 2016 / 9:58 PM

    Totally with you on the love & hate relationship. Who even came up with the whole theme, it can sometimes be such a stressful thing.

    Love VSCO and how you edit your pics. Super cute!

    xx, Jamie

  6. September 7, 2016 / 5:15 PM

    I love the way you edited these photos! I always focus on the brightness and contrast settings too – I love to make my images really pop!

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