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.
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.
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!1