Finally!! The long awaited blog post of how I edit all my Instagram photos! 90% of all my photos that I post on Instagram are shot on my beloved iPhone 7 plus. So here we go, if you have an iPhone then you too can have a beautifully curated feed just like all the Instagrammers out there! I will give you all my tricks that I’ve learnt over the past three years of how to make your photos beautiful!
I should point out that fashion is my thing. If you have an Instagram or social media presence where your followers are far more interested in the subtle composition and exposure of your photography, you’ll be calling me a fool by now! But when my audience wants to how to pair a blazer, shorts and heels like a rockstar, the finer details of the photo aren’t going to leave them too distressed!
iPhone 7 plus. You can use any smart phone to take your photos, and I know that Samsung and Sony have amazing camera phones, but if you’re in the Apple ecosystem then, trust me, the best so far is the iPhone 7+. If you are serious about Instagram then it is probably a good thing to invest in one!
The reason why I love this so much is because it has dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus – it uses two separate cameras to address any flaws – it has one 12-megapixel camera with a 28mm f1.8 lens and another 12 megapixel camera with a 56mm f2.8 lens. Mumbo jumbo aside, it just has a really kick ass camera!
Here are the apps that I use on a regular bases:
Facetune 2: Most of you are already familiar with Facetune 1 but Facetune 2 has made my life so much easier. Hahaha. It’s true! It has so many cooler functions like removing shadows from your face, Lightx, anti glare, mattifying and so much more. IMPORTANT: I’m all about a healthy body image so by using this it’s not so you can change the way you look or your size. Don’t be turned off by the name of the ‘Facetune’ app – it has come a long way since it launched, and I would never use it to ‘tune my face’!!!
VSCO: I have been using VSCO for years!! I still love it, but not as much as when it was free… They have just recently started charging you for the service, which is $19.95 a year. There are so many other apps that you can use for free. Just have to find the right that you love using, but I’m a creature of habit so I persist with this one.
My favorite filters are: HB1, HB2, A5.
I mostly use these three filters. If you want your feed to be uniform, I would recommend for you to try and use 2-3 filters at the most. This could be your Instagram filters or filter in your apps. Otherwise your feed can come across a little too inconsistent.
Snapseed: I use Snapseed if i need to put in specific saturation or de-saturation. For example, if there’s a bright red stop sign behind me, this can be very distracting so I normally just go in there and use the brush tool to de-saturate the colour to make it a neutral tone so it’s not distracting for my followers when they look at a picture.
This is pretty much it!! So let’s go through some samples of how I edit from start to finish!
- Here is my original photo that I took with my iPhone 7 Plus. Note that the more filters you use while editing, the lower the quality of the photo. For Instagram this is totally fine, but if you are using it for a blog post, I would use Adobe Photoshop instead on a desktop and ensure that the image is not compressed every time I alter it.
2. The first thing I do is to put this into VSCO and I used HB1 for this photo and this is what it looks like! I probably increased the sharpness by a bit and also add a bit of tint for a blush or pink tone. I pretty much do the same thing for every photo that I edit.
3. I think the photo looks quite good already but for more of a dreamy effect, I put a little pink tint in the sky with Facetune2 Light FX. Just a very subtle change to the photo to make it look a bit more dreamy. So here is the FINAL PICTURE that I posted! As you can see, when you blow it up on a blog you can see how the colours have become grainy (our legs), so it’s best just for the little pics in Instagram.
- Here is a shot that I took yesterday from Coppa club. It was raining like crazy so the sky is quite grey! But I was there and having fun and I had to make it work. So here is the Original photo in VSCO.
2) I then put filter HB1 on it in VSCO. I think it looks much better than the original photo already.
3) I then go on and increased the saturation as well as tint to make the purple and pink pop!! I love brightness in my photos so I always just increase the saturation a bit – but not too much, you don’t want it to look like a cartoon. When I only want to increase the saturation to a specific area (in this case the wisteria) then I put the photo into Snapseed and use the brush tool to increase saturation.
4) Lastly I put this into Facetune 2 and used Light FX to put a bit of Sunshine in here for a bit more dreaminess!
5) Here is the finished photo that I posted!! Despite the rain and the greyness, the photo is bright and quite airy!
People always ask me what’s the best camera??!! To me is the best camera is the one that is on you! The one that you can just grab and shoot. As much as you I love my DSLR, I often don’t carry it around with me all the time because it’s so big, but I do carry my phone with me all the time!
So there you go guys!! I hope this can help you edit your photos on the fly. Just create your own personal style of editing and try to stick to it so your photo has a consistent “vibe” to it. I would love to hear about what you guys use to edit your photos!! So please leave your comments below!
Also I would love to know what you would like to see more of on the Miss Gunner blog. Anything you need help with? I want to try to make this interactive and beneficial to you guys. Again, thank you so much for reading and for all your support!