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.
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?