How I Edit My Instagram Photos (Jan 2016)

instagramphotosHow I Edit My Instagram Photos

We all love a good ‘how to’ post – especially when it comes to instagram.

Lately my instagram has been pretty on point (if I do say so myself) and I’ve seen my follower count rise quite steadily. So, I thought I’d share some of my little tricks for editing my instagram feed.

I’ve also included the (Jan 2016) in the title just because I’m 99.9% sure that I’m going to have to write at least a million more of these posts as the years go on. No one stays the same forever!

Camera: I take the majority of my instagram photos on my iphone 5s. Some are taken on my camera, if I’m already taking camera photos or if my phone makes something look awful, but seriously, the iphone camera really is good enough for instagram. I always take my photos in square mode. Always.

I don’t have a specific theme when it comes to the subject of my photos. I love grey architecture, bicycles and flowers, but I also take shots of the classics like coffee, outfits, selfies and food. Basically anything that takes my fancy. Its in the editing that everything comes together.

How I Edit My Instagram Photos (Jan 2016)

How I Edit My Instagram Photos

Editing: All of my editing is on my phone because who actually has time to upload onto a computer, edit, and then put back on a phone to post. This also allows for more spur of the moment posting, rather than a set theme of things that I post steadily throughout the week.

I used to edit all my photos with the iphone’s standard editing tools in photos, and it worked pretty well for what I wanted. I would always recommend it to anyone. Now, however, I use the marvel, the wonder, the slight cliché that is VSCO Cam.

How I Edit My Instagram Photos

I’m going to use this picture of the Louvre on a particularly grey and gross December afternoon to show you my typical editing steps. I start by shoving a generic filter on there, my normal choice being HB1. Its a kind of bluey grey filter and fits my cold, grey theme perfectly! It looks particularly brilliant on architecture!

Next I up the contrast to get some nice light and darks, up the temperature just a tad to make it a little more cheerful, and then boost the exposure as high as I possibly can without it going a bit grainy. On this particular image I went for about +3 but +4 looked okay too. Personal preference and all.

I adore VSCO because you can see what your images look like on your instagram feed before you upload them. I’m forever taking photos that I think will fit, editing them and then realising that they actually look completely ghastly!

How I Edit My Instagram Photos


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  • I started using VSCOcam recently and love it! So handy to make those dull pics actually instagram worthy. Loving your instagram! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Sam says:

    I definitely love a good how to post as well, and agree that your IG is on point right now! I use VSCO cam too (who doesn’t?!) but I do like the way you edit yours so I’ll keep it in mind xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  • I am a new convert to VSCO Cam – one of my New Year’s resolutions is to up my Instagram game!

  • Caitlin says:

    I’ve just started using VSCO and I have no idea why I posted pictures without using it before. So great and love your Instagram pics!

    xx, Caitlin

  • Katie Louise says:

    I actually use a very similar process to you – I do love the preview on VSCOcam. Haven’t been loving my feed lately though. Need to get out more and actually do stuff haha. I’ve been loving your feed!

  • Tania Jayne says:

    Such a helpful post! I’ve dabbled with VSCO, but not found a way I’m happy with using it yet. I’m definitely going to go back & have another play. I haven’t found out how to see how photos will look on my Instagram feed, which I know will be really helpful so that’s going to be the first thing I try to do! Thanks for sharing! Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

  • Yasmina says:

    I have been using VSCOcam to edit my images for ages, I think it’s so amazing how there’s so many filters that you can play around with. Similar to you though I do tend to keep to the same effect and just adjust the numbers according to the images. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

  • Aimée Julia Cottle says:

    I’d never even heard of VSCO cam, but I’m going to have to start using it, I think, for editing my own Instagram photos! Thanks for the advice 🙂 x x

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