Instagram is by far my favourite social media channel and I probably spend way too much time on it.. But if it makes me happy, pourquoi pas? I'm not an Instagram pro and don't have a massive account, but I DO appreciate nice pictures and a cool Instagram feed! I love it when other people give some insights on their personal Instagramming-tricks, so I thought I'd do the same for you today! There are a few apps & tricks I always use to edit my Instagram pics; I'll tell you all about them.
Of course, no filter or effect can really make a bad picture good. So before I even edit a picture, I check if the lighting is good (natural sunlight is the best), the angle works and if it's generally a good picture. There are 4 apps I like to use for editing my Instagram pictures.
♥ Filters | It already starts when I take the picture with my iPhone. I very often turn on the 'Chrome' filter when I take pictures. I just think it makes pics look really good, especially food!
♥ Light | I always always decrease the 'shadows', increase the 'brightness' and maybe increase the 'contrast' a bit. This way my picture looks much brighter and lighter! If I want it to have a softer look I play with the 'Black Point' feature.
♥ Colour | I don't really like a yellow undertone in my pics so I always play with 'cast' and make the picture cooler. With food photos, I like to increase the 'saturation' a little bit for a more tasty-looking effect. If it's not food, I like to decrease the saturation.
I don't always use filter apps for my photos, but when I do, I use Afterlight. There's a big range of filters which work well for different kinds of pictures. I usually don't add any extra filters to food pictures because I want them took look simple, fresh and clean. But any other pictures can sometimes use a little filter! My favourite filters are Idaho, Bright Fire, Relic, Captain and Hedge. I never use the "maximum" amount of filter but only add a little bit of it. Light Leak is sometimes nice for cool light effects, but it can get a bit much so I don't tend to use it a lot.
This is also a photo app similar to Instagram but I only use it to check if the picture I want to upload will look nice in my feed. I've uploaded all my Insta pics to VSCO since I've started to use borders, so I have a nice overview of my feed. I basically use it only as a "preview" tool!
This is the app I use to create borders around my pictures. I like that it creates some kind of structure in my Instagram feed, even if my pictures/colours/edits are not consistent. The only downside to sticking to this structure, is that if you want to upload a landscape picture but the previous one was also landscape, you kind of have to save it for later ;) (yes, I care haha)
Why use borders?
I love colourful pictures, but I felt like my Instagram feed was looking a little “cluttered” with so many colours. So I decided a few months ago to add white borders to my pics, so there’s some kind of unity. I know some people use the same filters, the same colour theme (mostly white, or black or white etc.) but that feels too restrictive for me. I want to be able to post colourful pics, black and white, darker pictures etc. and not have to stick to a colour theme. So white borders were the perfect solution for me! The only “restriction” I made for myself is that the pics need to alternate (portrait or landscape), but I solve this by taking my pics both in landscape and portrait. And if the pic that I want to post in the moment doesn’t fit my border-criteria, I simply save it for a later moment! For me, an Instagram feed isn't less "real" if the pictures aren't always posted in real-time. If the pic is nice and it's yours, then timing doesn't really matter right?
So after applying the tricks I just explained, I wanted to show you some before and after pictures of my most recent Instagram uploads. Looks much better, right?