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!




The Blog Series: My Favourite Photo Editing Apps

Editing photos is a very personalized activity and depends solely on the aesthetic that you’re trying to capture and create. With that being said, there are tons of apps out there that can help you achieve the look that you want, but it can be difficult finding the best ones for you so today I’ll be sharing which ones I love!

My editing process has changed quite a bit since my last post on this topic and also throughout the growth of my Instagram page, which I think is due to changes in my own personal style and aesthetic. What’s great about these apps though is that you can really do whatever you want with your photos. If you want to change up your Instagram page or blog, it’s as simple as a tap or swipe of a button!

At this stage I would describe my Instagram page as neutral, warm and simplistic. I always use the same filters but the editing process in regards to brightness, ambience and all other aspects differs from photo to photo. Let’s get started!

Before & After

Step 1: Snapseed

I use this app to adjust the little details of a photo such as brightness, ambience, highlights, shadows, structure and sharpening. Out of all of the apps I’ve tried, this one seems to be the best in terms of quality of the image after all of the edits have been completed.

Step 2: VSCO

This is the app that I use to adjust the filter and temperature of my images. Right now the only filter I’m using on VSCO is M5 which gives a nice warm and natural look. I usually create a preset of this filter along with the desired temperature so that my photos look the same.


Step 3: Afterlight

This is the app that I use to apply the dusty look to photos. I don’t use it often but when I do I test out all of the dust filters to find the one that best suits the photo!

Voila! My image is complete! If you have any questions about the process or these apps feel free to comment below!



How I Edit My Instagram Photos

The post you’ve all been waiting for! How I Edit My Instagram Photos is a very popular topic in the blogging world and something that is definitely learned and improved over time. It takes a few tries to figure out what contrast, highlight, shadowing, and clarity is perfect for your feed, but with the right apps and tips you’ll get there in no time!

Everyone is different in the way that they filter and edit their photos, however this tutorial will revolve around my style of editing and photos. It won’t be hard to grasp because I only use three apps on my iPhone 6S Plus!

1: Take the Photo

Taken with an iPhone 6S Plus.

2: Open “Adobe Photoshop Lightroom”.

This app involves the most editing so the captions in the photos below will explain. It’s a FREE app and very user friendly.

First I adjust the “Exposure” to brighten up the picture.
Next I remove some of the shadow for a clearer picture.
Finally I bump up the clarity to really make the picture stand out.

3: Open “Facetune 2”.

This is also a FREE app and I only use it to do one thing: make things WHITE. If you wonder how my photos get so bright and white, this + light editing is why! Take a look at the photos below to see how I edit on this app.

By using the “Whiten” tool, I’m making the sand lighter so that it doesn’t look so dull and grey on my feed. I often use this tool to whiten backgrounds and walls as well.

4: Open “VSCO”.

This app is the holy grail of preset filters, so if you don’t have it head over to the app store and get it now for FREE! I know a lot of people use a bunch of different filters, but personally I stick to the exact same one every time so that my entire feed is cohesive. The filter that I use on photos is called “A6”. Here’s a before and after of the filter:


If you have any other questions about how I edit my photos please leave them in the comments section and I’ll be happy to answer!