Why I’m Abandoning VSCO

Why I'm Abandoning VSCO

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here, I said it. I’m abandoning VSCO. The blogger’s Instagram editing app of choice for some time now has pissed me off to the point of no return. Quite frankly, I’ve had enough. The reasons behind this less than amicable breakup are numerous. I’m bored of the filters, the constant changes, the sudden need to pay for everything (??) and everything else to be honest. Sick of it.

I’ve been saying for some time now that Instagram has become really stale for me. My photos started looking really drab and the quality and love just wasn’t there. It was, and kinda still is, really blood you frustrating.

Because that’s the first issue that I have with VSCO. The filters and editing tools are spectacularly average. They work, sure. They make photos look edgier or whatever, and people (including myself) smash Instagram with them every day. But I can’t help but feel that they’re also just a little bit shit. 90% of them turn your beautiful snap too blue or too orange. They make the image a tiny bit grainy, or flat, or just a bit meh. Sometimes you hit the jackpot and your image matches a filter brilliantly. Most of the time you’re turning the filter way down and endlessly fiddling about with exposure to get that classic insta vibe.

I dosvovered A Color Story a while ago, but it took me a while to get used to. Again, the filters weren’t really my cup of tea/I couldn’t really figure out where everything was and what I needed. Aside from new filter packs (which I massively recommend) its fabulously free. Unlike the majority of VSCO stuff. Has anyone started getting that really annoying pop up about having to pay for membership or something when they try copying their edits onto other photos? Ridiculous. CS at least lets you save a load of custom presets so you can use the same settings over and over in loads of different ways.

Why I'm Abandoning VSCO

I’m so much happier with how things are shaping up over on insta, now that I’ve ditched VSCO. Here are two screenshots of my feed: the left is all edited over on CS, and the right is my old edit style on VSCO. While at first glance they seem pretty similar, and the subject matter obviously differs, there actually is quite a difference in style.

VSCO is a lot flatter, a lot darker and generally just a little drab. Sure I was in Durham so there was no beautiful sea to snap, but actually the sea kinda looked a bit shit using my classic presets. Everything is moody and boring, and the editing is crude. Each one took a while to perfect, and each is entirely different in what they needed to make them look passable.

On the left, however, is a series of photos that took about 5 minutes to edit, in total. Each has exactly the same filter on, on max, and each was taken using my humble iPhone camera. Some have a little bit of brightness added but that’s it. Look how much they pop! And just look at the sunset up there ^ – stunning with just a slight tweak. Easy peasy.

In short, VSCO has been officially deleted from my phone and iPad and I don’t think I’ll ever look back.


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  • Cliona Hill says:

    I had the same problem with VSCO! I loved it for about a year but in recent months it was making my photos look drab! It got to the point where I didn’t enjoy uploading to Instagram anymore. I downloaded A Colour Story a few weeks ago and my photos have drastically improved! VSCO has definitely gone down hill.


  • Natalie says:

    I used VSCO for a little while but then gave it up once I started editing photos on my computer and using my standard tool (Photoshop / Lightroom). I know I know, not really consistent with the whole point of Instagram, but I feel that has changed as well.

    Such a shame that VSCO changed for the worst and to be so money hungry…

    nat // dignifiable

  • Fiona Call says:

    I’ve done the same with VSCO, I got so annoyed when they stopped laying out photos in a grid! Looked so clunky. I’ve not heard of A Color Story, I’m currently using Snapseed for my Instagram pics and I really like it! I don’t use many filters but I can elevate my pictures quite a lot now without making them look overedited! May try out CS too 🙂

    Great post!


  • Erin says:

    I must admit, I have been meaning to try A Colour Story for ages, as I feel stuck in a rut with VSCO. I sometimes love the moody-ness and other times absolutely hate it. Your photos are wonderful and I can really see the difference between the apps 🙂


  • Emma @ The Happy Journal says:

    Would love to see a tutorial on what presets you use in CS!

  • Marie Frei says:

    I’m glad I stumbled across this post. It’s really interesting to see the difference!

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