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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?