Out of all social media platforms, Instagram is by far my favourite. I love seeing all the creativity that is put into making sure your feed looks good, your pictures show personality and being able to engage with your followers in such a great way. I’ve been on Instagram with a personal account for years, not really being too careful with what photo’s I posted. Most of them were of holidays or pictures with friends. When I opened my more “professional” account, I started to carefully choose and edit the photos for my profile. Over the last 6 months, I feel that I’ve found my “own” Instagram personality in my photo’s and I’m super happy with the way it looks. Because lots of you have asked me this on Instagram, today I’ll share how I edit my photos!

This is the starting photo I took with my DSLR camera. I don’t always use my camera to take photos, my phone takes about half the photos you find on my Instagram, but I like using my camera every now and then to create more professional images.


I mainly edit my photos in the free app VSCO. I did buy a couple of extra filters but apart from that it’s 100% free to use and I love using it. It’s super easy and once you start to understand the basics, you can edit any photo in it the exact way you want. I don’t use the same filter for every photo, it depends on what looks best. My favourite filters are HB1, HB2, G3, F1, A7, and A8.

Even though I love the way the filters look, I think they’re a bit too strong when you put them on. This is why I usually put it down to about 9 or 10 out of 12. The sharpening tool is very good on the app and I always make sure to sharpen the image. Especially for Instagram, you can’t get away with anything blurry.

The next little changes may seem very unimportant as they don’t make any big changes on their own. I do think that they all add up to making the image look even better and brighter. First I edit the highlighter, usually around 3 or 4, depending on the image. I always use the tint tool, it makes the image look a little bit more pink, which fits great with my feed. The temperature helps to make the colours look just a bit nicer and I use exposure to lighten up everything just a little more.


After that, I export the photo to Instagram where I edit it just a little more. The highlighter tool in Instagram works surprisingly well for me. I always light it up just a little more. Adding a little more pink with the colour tool. For me, it works best to add a very tiny bit (only 2 or 3) of pink on the shadows, but feel free to play around with this. I add a little bit of warmth for the colours and that’s it!

After editing, ready to post!

And there is it! The finished photo! Obviously, I don’t use the exact same numbers for every photo, but I do use the same tools and filters. In creating a feed that looks whole instead of random photos put together, I think using the same kind of tools and filters helps massively. It ensures the same kind of vibe and colours in your pictures.

Let me know what apps you use to edit your pictures and leave your Instagram handle in the comments so I can check it out!

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39 comments on “How I edit my instagram photos”

  1. Ziet er ontzettend goed uit! Ik blijf altijd maar prutsen met deze app haha. Maar het resultaat mag er altijd zeker wezen als ik het zie.

  2. Mooie foto, zowel voor als na het bewerken! Ik pas eigenlijk alleen de belichting aan op mijn foto’s over het algemeen, zodat het er niet grauw uitziet.

  3. I followed you on Instagram just now and I have definitely fallen in love with your feed! You can tell how much effort goes into the creation of every photo, so well done to you! I definitely need to download VSCO, it seems to be a blogger staple but I’ve yet to experiment with it! Thanks for sharing your advice!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Thank you so much Abbey! Definitely try out VSCO, it takes a bit of time to get used to it but it’s worth it πŸ™‚ Thank you for the kind words about my feed! I followed you back ^_^

  4. Thanks for sharing, these are some awesome tips and I use a similar process x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

  5. I absolutely love VSCO, I used to use the filters and HB1 and HB2 were my faves too, but now I just change up the brightness, sharpen them etc. exactly the same way for each photo to create my Insta ‘theme’ <3 Great minds think alike πŸ˜‰


  6. Thank, this was very useful. I deleted instagram due to mental health 2 years ago, but the editing advice is great for blogging pictures too. Didn’t know about this app before so thanks for sharing!

    • I totally understand, I don’t really like scrolling down my personal account… But since starting my blogging account I just follow people with nice and pretty pictures that make me feel good ^_^ But even if you don’t use instagram, VSCO is such a great app to edit photos in general πŸ™‚ All my blogging photos are edited in VSCO too!

    • It’s definitely an app you need to learn how to use haha! I was very confused at the beginning, but once you get to understand what options work best for your style, it gets a bit easier ^_^

  7. VSCO is my favourite too! It’s grest because when I first downloaded it they had a ton of filter packs in the store for free, so always worth checking it every now and then! I never thought about messing with the highlights for a bit of subtle brightness – I’ll definitely try that next time.

    Alice x | invocati

  8. This is so useful! I’m slowly trying to grow my Instagram account and I’m always looking for advice on how to better my photos.
    I think using a similar filter for each photo does help to create a more aesthetically pleasing feed.
    My instragram is: lovedbyabbiechic

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