This post has been a long time coming, but I’ve finally found the time to actually sit down and write it. So grab a pen, a notebook and some coffee as you read through my tips on editing an Instagram feed!
First things first, a good camera always helps! I currently only use my iPhone 7 (which is insane) but I am also saving up for an Olympus Pen E-PL7. The Olympus E-PL7 just a blogger’s dream and I’m obsessed with the way it looks, the quality of photos it produces and how multi-functional it is. It also helps to have a good eye for everything visual. There is nothing more frustrating than using a good camera but having no perception of lighting, angles, all that jazz etc.
Secondly, editing apps. I tend to use Snapseed, VCSO Cam and Colour Story. I always begin by using Snapseed to tune my images. I focus on increasing the brightness, contrast, ambience, and highlights before finally decreasing the shadows and warmth. If I want my photos to be a bit whiter and crisp, I will use the selective tool and play around with the brightness and contrast before adding a bit of structure and sharpening the photo.
Once this is done, I take my images over to VCSO Cam where I use the A6 filter and I take this down to level 6.5. This helps me to make sure my images are cohesive and my feed is maintaining a certain tone. I tend not to use Colour Story as often as the other two apps as I like to make sure all of my photos are taken in bright, clear spaces. However, if I’m stuck with an image that is too dark, Colour Story is the perfect app to adjust curves (it’s basically a mini Photoshop on your phone – total lifesaver)!
Last but not least, the third stage of my Instagram editing always happens in the app itself. Once I am happy with an image, I bring it to Instagram to upload and select the filter Ludwig. It can often make a photo too clinically white or densen the shadows so I take it down to between 15-20.
If you are into a clean, white feed like me – other filters I suggest for step 2 in VCSO Cam are HB1 or HB2 and I would just follow the steps exactly the same but increase the saturation a little bit more as it can often skew your skin tone.
Hopefully, this post will have not only given you all an insight into how I edit my Instagram feed, but also inspired and given you a few tips and tricks on how to curate your own feeds! Let me know what you thought of this blog post and feel free to ask me any questions.
Love, Aysh x