How I Edit My Instagram Photos
If there's one social media platform that holds a special place in my heart, it's Instagram. It was the first app I downloaded from the app store back when I got my first smartphone (which was an iPhone 4), and I haven't stopped uploading photos to the platform ever since. I don't consider myself to be a very artistic person (I can't draw, paint, or sculpt), but I can appreciate beautiful photographs and try to emulate them with my iPhone camera.
Since I started my Instagram account 4+ years ago, my style of photo-editing has certainly evolved. I personally love my current editing style, which involves a lot of neutral and white backgrounds with occasional pops of color. Curious about how I edit my photos? Here's my step-by-step process:
- Afterlight: I use Afterlight first to crop my photo into a square (which is still my preferred aspect ratio). Then I use the clarify tool to add some depth and crispness, and I'll occasionally bump up with brightness with that tool.
- Facetune: After I've saved the photo from the Afterlight edits, I'll take it into Facetune, if necessary, to whiten the backgrounds of my photos using the whitening tool. I really only do this for flat-lays because it takes away the yellow- or green-tone cast that sometimes happens when you take pictures.
- VSCOCam: The final step (unless I want to make a collage) is this app, which has an intimidating number of filters. My personal favorite filters are HB1 and HB2, although I'll sometimes stray from those if the photo doesn't look quite right. Then I hit save and upload that puppy to Instagram!
- PicStitch: This is my favorite app for creating the occasional collage. I don't always use collages, but this app has a crazy number of layouts you can collect and utilize, if that's your thing.
What are your favorite apps for editing photos for Instagram? I'd love to know!