How I Edit My Instagram Photos

Hello loves! Today I'm going to show y'all how I edit my Instagram photos. I posted about this a while back, but since I changed blogging platforms, the post was I decided to redo it for y'all today! This post will not cover how I take my photos, but simply how I edit them. I know these steps will seem really unnecessary to some people, but I love having a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing Instagram feed, and these steps help me to achieve that. For all my visual learners out there, I also made a video to show EXACTLY what I'm doing. I'm using my latest Instagram post as an example, so be sure to check it out if you haven't already. Enjoy!

I use three different apps to edit my photos: Facetune, Snapseed, and VSCO. I use each app for a specific purpose and I always use them in that order. 


I use this app specifically for the whitening tool.  I love taking pictures in front of white backgrounds, and I use this tool to make the white appear brighter and less yellow toned. I will occasionally use the detail tool if I want to enhance something, but I didn't do that in the example photo.


This is an extra step I added recently and I love the difference it makes! I use the tonal contrast tool, select mid-tones, and turn it down to 25. It makes the images appear slightly sharper and I absolutely love it. (p.s. Sometimes the tonal contrast edits aren't extremely visible until after the filter is applied in VSCO).


I use VSCO for the bulk of my editing. I first apply the A6 filter (I do not adjust the intensity of the filter) before doing any other adjustments. I use this filter on every single one of my Instagram posts to create a consistent feed (side note: when I first started focusing on my Instagram theme I used the HB2 filter on VSCO so that's another one I love!). After applying the filter I crop the photo into a square. I then adjust the exposure (I lean toward a brighter photo), temperature (my theme is more warm toned than cool), contrast (between 0 and +9), sharpness ( between 0 and +9), skin tone (I take it in the negatives but it depends on the photo), and tint (between 0 and 2). Of course, all of these adjustments will vary slightly depending on the original photo but this is what I generally do. 

I hope y'all found this post helpful! Be sure and follow me on Instagram if you haven't already. Also, let me know if you would like to see more photography posts.


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