I get asked about how I edit my instagram photo's quite often, so I thought I would share! I am not a professional photo editor by any means, but this is how I like to edit them! I will show what apps I like to use and how I use them! Curating an instagram theme is not an easy task, but if its something you want to do heres some ways I try to keep mine going!
To see how I edit my instagram photo's, read more!
The "instagram theme" // an art
So firstly, what is an "instagram theme"? An instagram theme is where each photo in your grid has a similar aesthetic in that they all match - matching in colour, tone (warm or cool), or photo orientation. Theme's can be pretty much whatever you want, but it should easily reflect who you are. Idea's for a theme can be a travel grid (where all photos are of locations or travel experiences), colours (all blue tones, yellows, pinks, or an ombre of colours fading from one to another [which is super hard]), or a particular subject (fashion, food, art etc - mine is my life).
My theme is cool tones (mostly blues and cool browns) and the subject reflects what I talk about in my blog - fashion, lifestyle, and things that I love!
An instagram theme takes a commitment to only posting photo's that match the rest of the photo's already posted, so this means that sometimes amazing photo will, sadly, never see the light of instagram.
how i edit my photo's
This is my normal go to app for starting out with a photo, although a little intimating, its a really great app! (it's also free) .
There are A LOT of tools in snapseed, but the few that I use are "Tune Image", "Details" and (my new fav) "Brush"
1. The first step is "Tune Image" where I brighten the photo, cool off the photo using the 'Warmth' tool and lowering it, I will also sometimes reduces the shadows or contrast is the photo is super vibrant.
2. The next step I do is use the "Details" tool and then I sharpen the image.
3. Next step is a new fav of mine! The "Brush" tool allows you to select a subject (like walls) and lower the saturation - this is handy when the background is too vibrant or doesn't match the theme (such as the lovely brown walls in my house that don't match my theme)
VSCO is more than just an editing app, its a social platform on it's own - and its awesome! One of the best features on VSCO is the filter's and the ability to lower the filter. I keep mine usually around a 3/4 so that it's not super dramatic and "looks edited".
1. I start with adding the A5 filter and then lowering it
2. I brighten the exposure by 0.2 just to add a bit of light, then I lower the contrast to -0.4(ish) to take away the vibrancy, then I lower the temperate until the photo looks a little blue.
Planoly allows you to see what a photo is going to look like on your feed before you add it! This is super helpful if you are trying to get an instagram theme!
potential photo's can be seen with the rest of your grid to see if the aesthetic matches or not - example below!
> brightness ++
> contract -
> sharpen ++
>>>> A5 + 4.00
> exposer + 0.4
> temperature - 0.4
> Add to grid to match
Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! My edits are by no means perfect or completely the same each time, but it stays pretty much the same with each photo so that they all match! I always love learning new techniques for photos, so if you have any apps you love comment them below!
Happy editing luvs!