Even though I’ve only had a (public/blog) Instagram for a 1 month and a 1/2, I’ve gotten many requests to share how I edit my Instagram photos! Along with that I’ll share a few tips to take better photos 🙂
This is my “feed”, I honestly don’t care too much about having a specific theme, I kinda just post photos that I really like!
Here is a photo before editing that I posted a week or two ago. It was an attempt at a golden hour photo…
My favorite filter is probably HB2 (vsco) but I’ll share later on some other filters I love cause I mix it up. This filter can be too strong, so I’ll turn it down to about 6/12.
Then I’ll boost the contrast a bit more to make everything stand out. I usually boost it from +0.5 to +1.
I find that boosting the sharpen tool makes the picture look so much more precise and higher quality which is always great! I usually do around +5.
Next I’ll boost the clarity a tiny bit, I never go past +1 or it will look crazy! This gives a lot more depth to photo and show texture more.
I don’t always use highlights but for this photo there was some weird highlights because of the sun, so I bumped it up to around 4.5.
Finally I will use the skin tone feature to warm up the photo a bit because it was looking too cold toned.
Here is my finished photo, you probably can’t even tell the difference but I can!
I will also use the filters on the app “Darkroom”, I love P100 for a slight cool toned tint.
I’ve been using L100 in a lot of my recent blog posts since it’s pretty subtle 😉
A110 reminds me of HB2, just a little brighter so I use this if the photo is already kinda dark.
Lastly, A100 is a perfect summer filter since it makes the photo bright and saturated.
Anything can be a background! Try marble tiles (from the hardware store), scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, rugs, bed covers, clothes etc.
Add small props to boring photos like fairy lights, succulents, flowers, books, products, any room decor, clothing etc.
Try to always take photos by a window for better and more even lighting
Angle things in photos so they’re not too straight and set up. This will also make your photos look more artsy.
I hope these tips and ideas help you out with your photos!