August 17, 2016

Instagram Photos + Editing 101

Instagram was one of the very first apps I downloaded when I got my first iPhone. 
In fact, I got an iPhone because I wanted to take good quality pictures in college, since I didn't bring my Canon with me. As I started to learn more about aesthetics and themes, I was immediately overwhelmed with all the options. But I have finally narrowed it down and am working on one that represents me and what I like. I eventually want to get it to a white, black, gold, marble filled feed.
This post was actually highly requested, and since this blog is to inspire you, without further ado here are my not so secret editing tips. 

What Do I Shoot My Instagram Photos With? 
 I shoot, edit and upload all of the photos on my iPhone 6S, I use the camera's regular photo mode. Occasionally I might upload a pic from my Canon, but I don't like to get in the habit of doing that because I'm all about trying to keep consistency, and photos often differ from the iPhone and Canon.

What Kind of Photos Do I Post? 
I post a variety of pics, mainly fashion, coffee, and general life shots. I like the bright, clean, and simple style. But I also like posting unique inspiring shots, so I have become more selective in what I post. Of course by doing this, you are no longer just posting photos of what you're doing in your day, but sometimes more posed and scheduled shots. This is the main reason bloggers especially have two accounts, one personal and one for the blog.

What Editing Apps Do I Use?  
I start out by using Facetune to make the photo whiter. Since I'm going for a white clean looking theme, Facetune is AWESOME for getting the background, flooring, or whatever that is in the picture whiter. By using Facetune, you create consistency in your photos if you are wanting a theme. 

Before and after Facetune

How Do I Edit My Instagram Photos On VSCO Cam?
This is the combination I use for pretty much all my pictures, but sometimes you might need to adjust slightly, either the exposure or saturation to again, make all the photos consistent. 

I want to see YOUR feed, so go ahead and follow here if you want to see more pics edited like this.
What are some of your editing tips? 


  1. Great post! Instagram can be difficult to play with photos and editing, I take all my photos on my canon and edit in photoshop, it takes longer but it is what I started with and I am a photographer so I am obsessed with like super clear images from my canon haha! Love your feed!

  2. I have Facetune too! I really need to use it more since it's a great app! I love the editing tools in Instagram also.

    xoxo A

  3. Great tips! Love the before and afters!

  4. I love vsco! I use the same combination in every photo!

    Greta |

  5. Love me some Facetune and VSCO. Thanks for these tips!

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

  6. I typically just stick with Instagram's editing features, but I've used VSCO before!
    -Anna |

  7. I need to work on creating a theme for my Instagram, it's just so hard to do in college!


  8. I am such a huge fan of facetune I use it ALL THE TIME!

    Sarah ||

  9. I don't really edit my photos too much so I don't have any tips to share. Love taking pictures on my phone that I can share on instagram

  10. Love knowing how others edit their photos! I always make everything whiter in facetune and cool down my images in vsco cam!


  11. You have such a gorgeous aesthetic! I love how consistent your feed it, I just followed!

    La Belle Sirene

  12. Such helpful tips! I am always looking for ways to step up my Instagram game!

  13. This is great! I'm really focusing on growing my insta this month!