If you are following me over on Instagram, then you are probably well aware of how much of a total Instagram nerd I am, I love it. I love taking my own photos, editing them to look pretty and then sharing them, but also having a good old scroll down my feed and having a nosey at everyone else's photos too! I get asked fairly often how I edit my photos and with which apps etc. so I've put together a detailed post dedicated to the whole process, with any added extras too!
I generally like to take my photos with more of a white background as it makes everything look lighter and brighter, and it helps to make the object of the image the focus of attention.
I take my photos using my iPhone 6 camera, I would love to have a proper camera but my makeup addiction basically makes me poor, oops. To take the photo I always use the actual camera app for the iPhone, instead of taking it in the Instagram app. It has a couple of features on it that some people may not have even realised about! If you tap on the image with your finger it will focus on the part that you have tapped, and then you can move your finger up and down to adjust the brightness of the image. I always do this as it makes the original image so much brighter already before I've even edited it! I'm also not afraid of taking multiple shots just so I know there's at least one good one, although this is how I end up having an absolute hoard of pictures on my phone of the exact same thing haha.
Original photo | Exposure | Brightness
Highlight Tone, Red | Mid Tone, Blue | Filter, Brook
If you've taken a good picture, it won't always need much editing, sometimes just a few small adjustments. To edit, I use the app Afterlight, which is my absolute favourite because not only does it have a range of really lovely, natural looking filters, but you can also play around with lots of different settings to create your own filter as such.
Starting with the original photo I adjust the Exposure and the Brightness. These are the most useful settings if you like nice bright, light photos.
I add a little bit of a Red Highlight Tone as I like it when my photos have a slight pink tone to them. I also pop on some Blue Mid Tone as I feel like it compliments the pink tones.
I haven't pictured here but I like to up the Saturation to make the colours brighter and more vivid and then if I feel like the photo is a bit too warm toned, I will turn the Temperature down a little. For me it's all about tiny adjustments, a little bit of each helps to create a more natural looking edit rather than shoving a whole load of each setting onto the picture, especially when it comes to filters.
I never put a 100% filter on my photos, I only pop a little on top as I've already adjusted the photo enough. My favourites to use though are Magnolia and Brook which give a nice light soft filter. Magnolia is more cream toned and Brook is more pink toned, I used to use Magnolia a lot but I find I'm using Brook all the time instead now. I usually put around 10 - 30 on.
I up the Sharpness a little bit so that the picture looks more focused and crisp and then I add a thin white frame to my picture and voila!
I don't always edit my photos in the exact same way, for example, sometimes the picture is particularly dark so I add more Brightness than usual. Or the picture is fairly warm toned already so I don't add much Red Highlight Tone or Saturation etc. I just do what I feel makes the picture look best.
Bokeh | Sparkles
ExtrasNow for the sparkly added extras! Sometimes I feel like a photo just needs a little something extra to make it complete. I use the app PicFx to add the little bokeh effect and Lenslight to add tiny sparkles to the photo. Repix is also a good one for adding little bokeh/bubbles!
I also like using VSCO purely because you can upload your photos to a grid (without publishing them) so you can see what your new picture will look like next to all your other Instagram photos.
What are your favourite editing apps for Instagram?