How I edit my IG photos
Hey, everyone! So far, I have received a couple of dm’s asking me how I edit my IG photos and if I would kindly show it to them through IG story. I realized I could do that as well but I had to update my blog posts too πŸ™‚

So, in this post, I’m going to be sharing you how I take and edit photos for Instagram. Stay still in your screens!

1. Taking the photo

I usually take photos through our camera which is a Canon 7D Mark I, shot with just the kit lens. But lately, I got lazier and just took photos through my phone. I have an iPhone 6 which is super fine for me when it comes to the quality of the images.

I usually take several photos during shooting so I wouldn’t have to shoot every night.

I take inspirations from IG bookstagrammers like @pollyflorence and @stefiereads. They both have awesome IG feeds and are both really good at flat lay photography.

Next thing I do is to import the photo/s to VSCO.

2. Tuning the image

Before putting any filters in my photos, I make sure that I’ve tuned the image first.

I usually lower the exposure so that the lighting isn’t that harsh. I mostly shoot at night in my room because I always have a busy morning.

Lowering the exposure gives that window-lighting feel to it πŸ™‚

3. The Contrast

I also lower the contrast because if you’re anything like me (a night-shooter hehe) you can lose many details in your image. And we don’t want that.

4. Cropping the image

Next thing to do is to crop the image to 4:5 so it fits the IG ratio.

5. Sharpening the image

I use the sharpen tool to about 3-5%.

I’m going for that grainy vintage feel to my photos so sharpening them can help give off that look πŸ™‚

6. Clarity

The clarity tool in VSCO is almost like the HDR tool in Snapseed so I take advantage of that a little.

Although unlike the sharpen tool, clarity tool messes up with your exposure and contrast a little bit so I’m a little careful on this.

7. Temperature

I increase the temperature to about 5-10% so it gives off a nice autumnal look to the image.

8. Skin Tone

I mess up with the skin tone slider to the right so that the yellow, orange and red hues become more yellower.

If you slide it up to the left, these hues go to the shade of red.

It all depends on your preference but I like it my images smoother to the eye.

9. Grain

I also slightly increase the grain to about 1-3%.

10. Filter

I always use M5 filter on my photos so they are consistent when looked at as a greed.

I go from 3-5% with the filter.

11. Rendering

Lastly, I save the image on its actual size and upload it πŸ™‚


The key to perfecting your IG feed is all about consistency πŸ™‚

From the colors of your subject to the filter you’re using to the pattern of the images on the grid.

If you think about it, all IG feeds that are good to look at are the most thought out ones.

So that’s it for this week’s blog! I hope it was valuable for you. Until then, keep smiling!