How I Edit My Instagram Photos

I thought it was about time that I write an updated post on how I edit my Instagram photos because it’s been a while and my process has definitely changed a bit. So for those of you wondering how I keep a consistent aesthetic and make my pics look the way they do, keep reading! 🙂

My personal style has always been simple, neutral and classic (in my opinion) in terms of clothing and accessorizing, so all that has changed since my last post is my style of photography and editing. I’ve transitioned to more professional photography rather than iPhone and switched the filter that I use. I really love the filter that I currently use on VSCO, M5, because it gives me the ability to create either a warm or cool image and it’s very natural looking.

Let’s dive into this editing process!


Step 1: Capture the shot with my Olympus E-PL8 and 17mm f1.8 lens. I love using this camera and lens for flatlays and close up shots because it really captures full details and textures. For farther away shots, landscape or interior shots I like to use my 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 lens! Occasionally I will shoot with my iPhone 7 Plus, but only if there’s proper indirect daylight (never in shadows or direct sunlight). Using my camera for majority of my photography really helps with keeping consistent quality imaging on my page.

Step 2: Use the Snapseed app to edit brightness, ambience, highlights, shadows, structure and sharpness of the photo. I don’t have a specific number for these tuning edits because I believe each image is different and because I have a natural(ish) looking page I like to edit depending on what the raw image looks like.

Step 3: Use VSCO to add filter M5 and sharpen. I use this app to simply filter and pull out further details in the image. I don’t use the tuning options in VSCO because I feel that the image ends up being grainy most of the time. By using the same filter on every photo, my feed stays consistent and cohesive. I usually keep the strength of the filter between 5-8 on my images.

Special Apps 

Photoshop Mix: Occasionally I will need to photoshop out a garbage can or person in the background, so for that I use the “Fill” feature on the Photoshop Mix app. It’s super easy for tiny removals!

Facetune 2 (free version): If I ever need to de-colour something bright in an image I use the Black & Whitening feature on Facetune. I love this feature because I can choose the strength of it which comes in handy if you just want to make a colour dull rather than grey.

AirBrush: If I need to remove small things like cigarette butts or dirt on the ground of an image I use the “Acne” feature on AirBrush to remove it! I find it more convenient than using Photoshop Mix because it’s such a tiny task.


This is my full editing process so if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments!

xoxo,

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The Blog Series: How to Naturally Grow Your Following

This past week someone asked me if I had any advice on how they could grow their Instagram following, so I thought it would be a great topic for my blog series this month!

All of these points below relate to both Instagram and a personal blog because in a way they are very similar platforms. They’re things that I’ve done to grow my own following and increase engagement on both platforms too!

#1 Post consistently!

If you want people to know that you’re there then you have to show them! On Instagram you should aim to post at least once everyday or every other day because people forget about you quickly when you’re just starting out. For blogging I would suggest that you post at least once a week. This isn’t difficult if you plan and write ahead of time.

#2 Engage your existing followers!

You can keep your audience engaged by asking questions in captions or at the end of blog posts, replying to their comments, commenting back on their own profiles and sharing about your daily life through Instagram stories!

#3 Always reach out to people who inspire you!

Instagram is a place of discovery in my opinion, therefore you should always be on the lookout for other accounts that inspire you. If you see an account that you absolutely love then like and comment on a few of the pictures or give them a follow! Not only does this introduce yourself to that person but it introduces you to the rest of the people scrolling over that page.

#4 Quality over quantity!

Once you start posting just to post, you will definitely lose a few people. Your account could eventually be seen as a spam account if your posts are not up to par with people’s expectations of quality. I consider quality to be the image itself as well as what your caption offers. A single emoji caption just isn’t engaging enough! Unless you’re a famous celebrity 😉

#5 Give back!

Show love to your existing followers as well as the people who may not even be following you yet! A great way to do this is through a giveaway. I don’t do them very often but if I have the opportunity to then I do. My goal is to eventually be doing monthly giveaways because I know how important it is to show an audience that their support is truly appreciated.

#6 Build relationships with people!

A lot of messages come through Instagram (sometimes emails linked to blogs too) and it can be overwhelming but answering even just a few of them really helps to create a relationship between you and that person. Developing relationships with your followers is important because it shows them that you are a real person, not just someone on Instagram. It also helps with spreading the word about your account if that person decides to tell friends or family about you!

Do you have any tips for growing a following? I would love to know what you think so please feel free to share below in the comments! <3

xoxo,

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