How I Edit My Instagram Photos

May 12, 2017 , In: Lifestyle , With: 3 Comments

Recently I have been trying to use Instagram more, especially since I’ve moved to London and have taken SO many incredible photos.  So I thought I would share how I like to edit my photos!  Now I’m no expert, and there are so many amazing Instagram accounts out there with beautiful pictures and cohesive themes (here are some of my favorites!), but I still like to make sure my photos look nice when I post them, so I typically just filter all of my photos the exact (or almost exactly) the same way, so they all have a similar feel to them.

I basically use 2 apps to edit and plan my photos for Instagram.  The first is VSCO cam.  I love this app and have been using it for years, but basically there are so many cool ways you can use this app to edit, and I just googled which filters to use and found tons of results (like this one).  I pretty much just looked through these options until I found one I liked, and now I just use that on pretty much all of my photos.

Sometimes, I will adjust it slightly if the photos is lighter or darker, or just needs to be edited a little differently, but for the most part, I stick to this formula:

First I use the A6 filter.

Then I adjust the brightness and contrast +2 (sometimes only +1 or +1.5, I choose whatever looks best for the photo)

Next I add highlights +6.

Then I adjust the temperature -1.

And finally, I adjust the fade +3.

Like I said sometimes I have to slightly change these numbers depending on the photo, but for the most part I stick to this filter, that way my photos all come out with a similar look.

Then I like to use an app called Preview.  And this app just has all of my photos laid out in a grid (just like they are on Instagram) so I can see how a new photo will look once I put it into my feed.  I believe you can actually sync this app up with your Instagram account and use it to schedule posts and things like that, but I don’t really like to use it for that I just use it as a way to see what new photos will look like with the ones I’ve already posted.

And that is how I edit my Instagram photos! It’s pretty simple, I don’t really do too much, like I said I’m no expert, but I do like to post pretty pictures, so I hope you guys enjoyed!

How do you guys like to edit your photos? What are your favorite Instagram apps?

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    • Liv
    • May 12, 2017

    I love VSCO cam too, the filters are really nice.Your instagram is so pretty!
    Liv xx

      • Rachel
      • May 14, 2017

      Thanks so much! I absolutely love VSCO cam it makes editing so easy! 🙂

  1. You have great pictures! VSCO is definitely my go-to app, as well.

    Kathryn •

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