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!
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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