Thursday, 21 January 2016

How I Edit Instagram Photos


Instagram... One of the most influential social media platforms of this generation. You're either obsessed or you hardly touch it, there's no in-between. Along with Instagram comes the dreaded themes. An Instagram theme changes everything. Generally, they increase traffic and are more appealing to the eye, meaning more followers for you... But I'm not babbling on about that today. 

For me, I personally like the "themes" as I enjoy things that are aesthetically pleasing and hey, they never hurt anybody. Today I thought I would share with you how I take my Instagram photos because I actually tend to forget what I do to edit my pictures, I'm a muppet I know. 

* FIRSTLY, Take a clear photo!

It is absolutely essential that the photo is clear for me personally. I really don't enjoy looking at pictures that have too much going on. I mean, it's an Instagram photo not 'Where's Wally?'. It usually takes me roughly 10-20 attempts to get the perfect angle and composition. Yes, I take it very seriously.
Good lighting, clear backgrounds and light/pastel colours are what I tend to go for, not a grainy photo in sight.

* SECONDLY, The editing!

This is the part where I get confused. So many apps, so many filters! It can be overwhelming to say the least. I actually only use two photos, sometimes just one if I'm not feeling a filter.

PS Express - If you haven't heard of this app already, it's basically Photoshop for your phone and totally free! PS Express is great for altering the exposure, contrast etc. of the Instagram as it still keeps the quality of the photo, it's my fave. 

Afterlight - For when I'm feeling spontaneous and fancy, I head to Afterlight for filters. I usually just use the filter 'Russ' but to be honest, I'm trying to step away from the whole filter side of Instagram. I'm over it. 

(Before and after of a photo edited through PS Express)

* THIRDLY, Post it!

That's all there is to it really. I always shoot my photos in the square frame on my iPhone so no cropping is necessary. Things get a little tricky if I want to use a picture taken on my DSLR but I ensure everything fits in the perfect, little Instagram square. 

What are your thoughts on Instagram themes?

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  1. I'm always interested to see how bloggers edit their Instagram and blog pictures. I've found that I'm happy with added brightness and a bit of sharpness in mine.

    Lovely post.

    Emma Louise // owlsandstags.wordpress.com

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    1. I'm interested in that too, I always wonder what goes on behind the scenes!

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  2. *Goes and downloads PS Express* Your Instagram always looks lovely!

    Jordan | JordanCourtney

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    1. It's such a good app, you won't regret it! Why thank you, as does yours. :)

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  3. i love posts like this! I'm also moving away from filters, i just tend to brighten things up with apps before i post!

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    1. Me too, I'm just aiming for a bright "theme" at the moment with lots of light colours which is proving difficult in the crappy lighting!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this idea.
    The result looks so nice.

    Akane
    www.humancat.co

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  5. I use PS as well as VSCO :) I have nothing against instagrma themes, but I am not sure I would be able to hold onto one :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. I'm trying to stick to one but it's pretty darn hard!

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  6. Sometimes I will use a filter to lighten up the image, but generally do it with many different apps. lol.

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. You use lots of different apps just to lighten the photo? :O I can just about cope with 2 haha!

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  7. I love Instagram themes but I find it so hard to stick to one!! I always use VSCO to edit my photos, it's such a good app! :)

    abittersweetdiary.blogspot.pt

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    1. SAME! It's so frustrating isn't it? I'm not too keen on VSCO Cam, too many filters and things to choose. I like simple apps haha!

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  8. Your Instagram feed is goals, so thanks for sharing how you edit your photos! I love reading these kinds of posts to try out new apps

    Emily xx | emilyclairewrites.com

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    1. Oh my gosh thank you! I love reading these posts too, I always wanna know what apps people are using, especially for photos :)

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  9. I totally know what you mean by being over the filter side of instagram, but I just can't say goodbye to my favourite vsco filter :(

    Holly | www.thekittyluxe.com

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    1. Girl your Instagram is fab you keep that filter! Haha xx

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  10. Oh I didn't know you could download a free photoshop! Just had a look and chose Lightroom instead because I'm more used to those quick fixes haha. Damn, I'll definitely be using that from now on. Always an interesting thing to see - I love your feed!

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    1. I didn't either until a few months ago! Oo I haven't heard of Lightroom, I'll have to take a look at that one.
      Thank you! :)

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  11. I suck at Instagram! But these tips are great! I haven't heard of that app so maybe I will try it out and it will get me back in the swing of things x lovely post as per usual x

    http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/5-seo-tips-for-complete-beginners.html

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    1. I suck at it too, don't worry. I love your pictures though, you always have fab compositions! x

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  12. I always rely on Afterlight to edit my pictures as I find it is absolutely amazing! Definitely the best money spent on an app ever. I love all your Instagram photos, love, thanks for the useful tips!

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    1. Thank you! I agree with you, I think Afterlight is worth the money too. I get a bit overwhelmed with VSCO Cam haha!

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  13. I LOVE reading tips for Instagram ... I am really trying to up my Insta game this year .. And I definitely want to try the PS express app!! Thanks for the tips lovely lady!!

    Saira
    www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    Xxxx

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    1. Happy to help ;) I hope you love the app as much as I do! x

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  14. Great post, I only recently got Instagram so this is really helpful! I often find it decreases the quality of my blog photos so will definitely download some new apps to edit them. Would love if you could check out my recent fashion post? :)

    The Fashion Road

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    1. I have the same problem! What I do now is upload all my blog photos to Photobucket on my computer, then I have the app on my phone and I just save them onto my phone from the app if I want to use one for Instagram. It's a real help!

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  15. Heard so much about Afterlight- need to try it!
    Jabeen x
    http://www.spilling-the-beans.co.uk/

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  16. I´m on the anti-filter side as well. I only tend to use them rarely now, only if it really enhances the picture! I need to get a few good editing apps for my phone. I´m still used to taking all pictures on my small digital camera as my old phone had such a crappy camera. So I usually edit them on my laptop and then schedule them via latergramme. I also find typing hashtags on my laptop so much easier, haha.
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

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  17. I love knowing how other people edit their photos and the apps they use! I use VSCO Cam It's amazing! I've never tried PS Express so I will have to try it! Great post!

    BLUSH & NOISE

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  18. Love your instagram because it's themed but still personal!! I need to sort mine out, I just dont know what to do hahah hard times!! XX

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  19. Really amazing post, hon! Loved the "Where's Wally" reference - so true! Busy pics are overwhelming but then again, if I like the blogger/instagrammer I'd most likely LOVE everything they have to share. I have been awful with keeping up with my IG lately so this post came as a good reminder to go ahead and visit one of the loveliest blogger babes - Chapters of Kat <3 I mean every word :)
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/

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  20. Oh I couldn't agree more about clarity and themes! It's SO important! I love posts like this, I hope you can do more of them!

    http://www.sophiefossil.com

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  21. +1 for good lighting but it's so hard at the moment, I can't wait for some sun!

    Amy - Four Cats Plus Us

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  22. Hi, Kat!
    Thank you for introducing me to 2 new photo editing apps! :)

    Well, my Instagram doesn't have a theme.

    About themes, I think it depends what the theme is. Because it is cool that the pictures look reaaaaly nice together, but if the picture doesn't stand out in the feed, because it "had to look good with the others.." I think in that case, the theme is just a burden.

    But aside from that, your Instagram looks lovely. :)

    And I love have you showed the before and after photo in this post. Love that kind of insight! :))

    Madara
    lookforsmile.com

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  23. Thanks for the tips never heard of that app before but going to give it a try :) not every photo has to be cropped anymore, you can add portrait and landscape images now too which im impressed about since the a hare used to drive me insane baba!

    Love Hannah xx

    HannahHawes.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. I've used the same way for editing photos, but few month ago my boyfriend present me macbook air and now i can use https://macphun.com/intensify for photo editing. Great software, sad that it's work only with Mac.

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