Tuesday, 15 September 2015

How To: How I Edit My Instagram Pictures.

One of the most common topics I get asked about is Instagram, especially about how I edit my Instagram pictures. So today I thought i'd give you all an in-depth talk through of the entire process from original photo to submitted Instagram post! 

Before Editing

For starters, I use the Iphone 5s' camera or for my blog posts a Digital SLR camera. Before Instagram enabled portrait photography I always shot my photographs in the square crop, however now I find myself shooting in the original size. Occasionally I shoot in the Fade filter which is found through the Iphone Camera. I almost always shoot my images in natural lighting. If there's one thing that is important when it comes to taking nice images it's good lighting. I usually photograph my pictures inside with all the windows open before lunchtime or outside in the morning or late afternoon. I like to use light, white and airy backdrops for my photographs. When shooting flat-lays I recommend using either a white sheet, white cardboard or a clean desk. I like to keep the interiors and the background minimal and the colours consistent to the aesthetic of my feed.

Time To Edit

Okay now to edit! I start off by using VSCO-Cam. VSCO-Cam is a free-to-use photo editing app that I cannot get enough of. If I could only use one editing app it would be this one. Firstly I tap Import and pick the image want to edit.

For this post i've chosen one of the images I took for my Marble Tray post just to open up the apps. If you'd like to see some before and afters please let me know. Perhaps i'll do a Before and Afters post for you all. VSCO-Cam is fantastic at storing images and also allows you to view your collection in squares, so as to mimic your Instagram feed so you can decide what fits and what doesn't.

Now for filters. VSCO-Cam provides you with a great selection of free filters and affordable filters to choose from. The filter I use in almost all of my posts is SE3. I tend to use this around the 5-8 mark depending on how contrasted I want my image to be.

 I then click onto the editing tools and select Saturation. As you can probably tell, a lot of my photos are de-saturated to a point. I tend to use the -2 level.

That's all for VSCO-Cam! Now onto Afterlight.

 I always play around with the brightness of my photo first in Afterlight. I tend to brighten the image up quite a lot as I like having airy, bright images. The best thing about Afterlight's Brightness function is that you can swipe left to right and change the brightness with extreme detail. Though I use VSCO-Cam's Exposure function at times, I find that Afterlight's Brightness function is much more subtle if needed.

Onto contrast. I tend to up the contrast just a little, say 20% or so.

When it comes to images like this, I usually up the highlights and lower the shadows ever so much. It's always fun to play around and see what works best.

And with that, i'm finished and the photograph is submitted to Instagram!
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