I´ve had Instagram for years, but it´s only this past year where it has really taken off for me (thanks to so many of you guys!) and naturally I´ve started putting more time and effort into it. Instagram is my favourite social media account; I love working with pictures, photographing and editing… I´m not a total pro, but I´m getting there! Read on for my top tips and what works for me…
I seldom leave the house without my Olympus Pen camera, which has pretty much changed my life when it comes to my Instagram and blog. Not only does it look good; it takes great pictures, it´s compact and easy to carry on-the-go, and it´s got a genius function of which you can send pictures directly to your phone! You can also adjust the settings for square format, so it fits perfectly within your Instagram frame.
When I don´t have my camera with me, my iPhone 6 Plus takes pretty good pictures. They´re not always as sharp and bright as my Olympus, but that´s when photo editing comes in handy!
Gone are the days of using regular Instagram filters (although, there´s nothing wrong with that if you do!) – I just find that more specialised photo apps works better for my photos and I much prefer not using any filters at all, rather manually adjusting the brightness, colours, etc. I think it makes the picture looks a lot more ´real` and I´d rather just enhance what I already have, instead of changing colours and adding any effects.
I´ve been using various editing apps, from Snapseed to VSCO – but my all-time favourite is Afterlight. It´s so simple to use and I think it gives the best results in terms of brightness, clarity and tone.
Step-by-Step Photo Editing:
1. I amp up the Brightness to 100%, and often higher, if the photo needs it! What I like about this app, is that after each adjustment, the photo saves and you can go all over again (i.e if you want to brighten it even more).
3. The right colour is important to your picture (especially if you want your feed to look consistent and tonal), so I always use the Saturation. If you’ve followed my feed for a while, you might have noticed I went through a period of having very bright and colourful pictures. That´s when I was over-saturating them (a bit too much in hindsight). Now, I´m all about de-saturating my images, making the photos look that bit paler (and prettier, in my opinion). Again, depending on the picture, I do this between -5 to -20%.
5. Lastly, I lower the Temperature slightly, which just makes the overall picture look a bit cooler (this is especially useful if your picture is in a warm light setting or just looking a bit too yellow!).
You might have heard of Facetune (or not) – but contrary to the name, it does so much more than make your face and body beautiful! It´s a popular app for smoothing out your skin and wrinkles (it works pretty well on crinkly bed linen too!), whitening teeth and reshaping… I like to use this app to just make the last finishing touches to my photo – be it through smoothing out the background, or enhancing an object or some text that I want to highlight, by using the Details function. You can also Blur the background here, making the item you want to focus on, pop out even more.
…and that´s pretty much it in a nutshell! I´m still finding my way and constantly learning and discovering new tips and tricks. I would love to hear from you if you have any other recommendation or apps you use!
Follow my journey over at @annelibush.