How I Edit My Instagram Pictures



Instagram is such a HUGE part of the blog world! At first, my blogging account was all recycled images of blog posts and that was it.  But last year I really started to focus on creating content that was more than just blog photos. I wanted you guys to have a glimpse into my life.

So today, I’m going to walk you though my editing process. Because even though I was totally against it in the beginning, having a “theme” works. It not only makes editing simpler it also makes your images recognizable.

BUT, don’t let that stop you from posting a picture of some scrumptious food your having. I wanna see it!!


This is the main app that I use and I absolutely love it! Afterlight offers SO much when it comes to editing. In this app I turn up the brightness, contrast, highlights and shadows. I know that a lot of other apps offer these options but I find that when I turn up the brightness in Afterlight, it’s doesn’t completely was out my picture. I will occasionally turn down the temperature if the picture is a bit too warm but it’s not too often that I do this.

Keep in mind that while the process is the same the amount of brightness or contrast that I add will always vary due to the lighting. I like my pictures to be really bright and white/clean looking, so I try to keep with that theme.

how I edit my Instagram pictures


I use this only for the filters. My Favorites are A6 and F2, both filters give a nice white/cool tone to the picture. I also love that you can control the intensity of each filter, I always turn mine down to 5 or 6. Also, if I need to, I will adjust the horizontal or vertical perspective. Sometimes a photo can look a little pushed back in some areas so this helps to bring that forward. I used this edit in the photo below.



While this is a great app I don’t use it as often, but when I do it’s only for two options. First, the selective edits. If I have a particular stubborn spot in a photo, the selective edit works great to pin point that spot and edit it rather than your entire image. Second, the dodge brush. Since I usually take my photos on a “white” background the dodge brush really helps to brighten the background even more without messing with your entire image.

So that pretty much sums up how I edit my Instagram pictures. Nothing fancy but it works for me! If you would like to follow me, you can do so here ! :)


I always use natural lighting! I almost always use my iPhone 6s+ to take my everyday type pictures and I shoot in square mode, that’s just the old school Instagramer in me. If I’m shooting at home, I use a white poster board to reflect the light.

If I forget to snap a photo while I’m shooting blog photos, I will post a non square photo and those pictures are usually taken with my Sony A5000.

What apps do you use to edit your Instagram pictures?

  • Kelly

    Thank you for these tips! Loving your instagram pictures!

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

    • Leticia | Thee Limited Edition

      Thanks Kelly!! :)

    • Leticia | Thee Limited Edition

      Thanks Kelly!! :)

  • Bernadette

    Awesome post, i found this really helpful. I definitely find that adding the brightness to a photo makes a major difference.

    • Leticia | Thee Limited Edition

      That’s great!! I’m glad you found it helpful!

      It really does!! A nice bright photo definitely get’s my attention! :)

  • ninz

    VSCO is one of the best. Your images look awesome! Thanks for the tips, lovely! x

    • Leticia | Thee Limited Edition

      Thank you love! :)

      I do love VSCO! There is so much you can do in it!

  • DIY Just Cuz

    My photos are ALWAYS so dark! I definitely need to try Afterlight!

    • Leticia | Thee Limited Edition

      It’s such a great app! I have many others but Afterlight has been my goto for years!

  • Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

    VSCO is my fave! I usually always use f2 at half strength and then I adjust the brightness, saturation, etc., in the Instagram app. A few tweaks before posting makes a big difference!

    • Leticia | Thee Limited Edition

      It really does! I think I need to play around with VSCO, I know a lot of people who use it as their main editing app! :)

  • Alina

    I don’t use anything to edit my photos apart from adding brightness, etc in the actual instagram app but will definitely check these out soon x

    Beauty with charm

    • Leticia | Thee Limited Edition

      I will sometimes use the Instagram tools to add a bit more at the last minute but I definitely love using these apps all the time! :)

  • Alina

    I don’t use anything to edit my photos apart from adding brightness, etc in the actual instagram app but will definitely check these out soon x

    Beauty with charm

  • Leticia | Thee Limited Edition

    I really want to start using my camera as well! They look so much clearer!