You may all know that I’m a big fan of Instagram and that I’m constantly checking out people’s photos. In fact, I would love to have an amazing Instagram feed, which is why I always try to upload as much high-quality content as possible. Even though I think I still need to improve so many things about it, my feed is quite clean and I’m proud of it. Many of you really like it too and you’ve noticed the effort, which may be the reason why some have asked me how I edit the photos I post. What I normally do is sending a link to a post I wrote a while ago (here), in which I basically explain it all. However, the post is a bit outdated, as I have changed the way I edit them since I wrote the post. For this reason, I thought it would be a good idea to show you how I do it in a new post.
First of all, I take a good picture. This may seem very obvious, but it is important that the picture is already good or, at least, acceptable, because this will help you when editing them. Basically, you’ll get a better product if you use high-quality raw materials. You should really take this into account if you want to have a theme, as the photos should sort of fit your theme even before editing them.
Once I have the picture, I always whiten it because I feel like it looks better this way. Also, it helps me keep my Instagram theme aesthetically pleasing. In order to whiten the photo, I use Facetune. You may have already heard of it, as it is used by so many people, especially bloggers or influencers in general. It is not free, but I really recommend you paying for it, as I am sure you won’t regret it if you are planning to step up your Instagram game. I normally apply the effect everywhere and then remove it from those parts in which it looks weird. Basically, I do not apply it on greens, blues and skin colours. If I were you, I’d do the same, otherwise, you will look grey or maybe some objects won’t look as they should.
After that, I open the image on Snapseed. You may have also heard of this app, as it is quite popular too. It is probably my favourite editing app, and the best part of it all is that it is free. You definitely should give it a go, as it can be very useful even if you will only use it from time to time. What I normally do is playing a little bit with contrast, brightness, highlights and shadows using the Tune Image tool. However, there may be some cases in which I need to use a few other tools. My favourite one is its Selective tool, which allows you to edit specific parts of the image. Honestly, it is so easy to use and you can really turn any picture into a great one. In short, it is a sort of reduced version of Photoshop for your phone. Once the photo is edited, I save it to my camera roll.
Then, the image is ready to be uploaded, however, I should tell you that there is another app that I use before posting it, even though it does not have any editing purposes. It is called UNUM and it basically recreates your Instagram feed. This way, you can arrange the photos as you want in order to see which ones go better together and create a nice theme. If I like how everything looks in it, I post the photo on Instagram.
That’s basically all I do, and I really hope you like the result. You can have a look at my photos on my Instagram account (here). It would be awesome if you could give me some feedback so that I can also improve them, so please leave me a comment here or there with your opinion. Also, let me know how you edit your photos or if you are going to do what I do too.
Great post its always interesting to know how people choose to edit their photos.
Thanks! I personally really enjoy it x
Fabulous advice – thanks!
I use the same app and its really good 🙂