Hello everybody! Even though I actually don't have a huge following on Instagram, once in a while I get asked about my editing. I thought that sharing a few tips on the blog might be a cool idea. Before I get into the list of things I do, I want to say that for me it doesn't matter what I take my photos with for Instagram. I could take it with my dSLR or iPhone and as long as the quality is how I want it to be then I can work with it. Also I want to say that, I truly enjoy social platforms where I can lose my self in creativity and isolate myself from the world a little and that is what Instagram has been for me.
My Editing Process
1. After taking a photo I open it up in VSCO to start editing. The app offers a lot of features from filters to other things like brightness, contrast etc. It comes with a couple of free filters which in my opinion are some of their best ones.
2. If my photo is underexposed then I will bring the exposure up because I like to have that brightness that I couldn't achieve when I first took the photo. And I like to have at least a bit of contrast because I like the sharp look it gives. If the exposure of my photo is how I like it then I don't play with it at all. It's just a matter of when and where I took the photo. If I need to go more into detail with editing brightness, contrast etc. I open Snapseed. Snapseed is another cool editing app which allows you to choose an area and just work on that part which is a great feature to have.
3. Then I choose a filter on VSCO. Recently I have been mostly using A6 which is a free filter and J5, J2 from The Minimalist Collection which I purchased a few months ago. The other filters I sometimes like to use are HB2 and SE3 which are also free filters. I like to use the same filters for all my photos because I like to have a certain color scheme for my Instagram feed.
4. After choosing a filter I do a bit more adjustments if needed and then check the temperature of my photo. I usually like cooler colors so if a photo is too warm then I'll bring the temperature down. I definitely don't overuse this feature because I don't want anything to look unnatural.
5. When my editing is done I save my photo to my camera roll and then publish it to Instagram!
Which editing app or programs do you use mostly?