One of the most frequently asked questions on Instagram is how I edit my photos, and also who takes my photos. The answer is not simple, so I decided to write it here.
SO let’s gram!
Who I shoot with and how I edit my Instagram photos…
I either meet up with other bloggers/Instagrammers to shoot each other’s content. This makes it easier, because it’s sociable, but also a way to make friends in the industry and it is free. My friends, Aliyah, Stav, and Savina, are amazing at helping me out too.
Sometimes I also use a tripod if no one is free and rarely do I shoot with photographers. Normally I use my Canon 750D with the 50mm lenses. I do have an iPhone, so I got an SD card reader by Apple.
You can check it out here:
After any photoshoot, I transfer the images using the SD reader. I recently started
saving them in RAW and using the reader allows me to import them directly into
VSCO in RAW format.
Importing in RAW gives you more freedom in brightening your
photos and editing.
There is always a ton of photos to go through. I go through them all ticking my favorites,
then I’ll go through the favorites again and un-tick any to reduce the amount.
Once I’m left with my selected 2-3 per look, I’ll edit these and then use 1-2 after
I see how they fit my feed.
I use Photoshop CC to edit some of my photos. I have the desktop version which I pay monthly
for the Adobe creative suite, and I also have the mobile version.
I only use the desktop version if I need to do heavy editing, as it does take a long
time transferring the photos. I prefer editing on my phone.
The apps I use on my phone are Snapseed and VSCO. I pay for VSCO yearly around 18 pounds
to be able to access all filters and editing tools.
With VSCO I love using C8, C9, and G9 filters. This is easy to use and gives amazing
results. It also allows you to import RAW directly from the SD card. Snapseed
also has a great option of tools and I use mainly the Selective tool to
increase brightness and lower saturation in specific spots in the image.
I always first, edit in Snapseed, and then I move to VSCO, to apply the filter last.
Here are some before and after’s. These photos have been edited in Snapseed and VSCO,
the top image is after editing.
my Instagram feed…
I love this part, but it’s quite annoying sometimes! I have two ways of doing this
with an app or without. The app I use is UNUM, which if you want a themed
feed, is amazing. You can
upload your future post images and move them around to get the right layout. I
like to have at least 1 week of content planned there. You can also upload your content to Instagram through the app, but it’s quite limiting. The second way of planning your feed is quite simple. Create a separate album and
name it Feed or however you want. Add your last three photos from your Instagram feed and all the future posts you
have ready for posting. Then
move the ones that are already uploaded on Instagram to the bottom and arrange
the rest of the images the way you like it. Ta-da! I hope that has given a bit of an insight in to behind the scenes! Check out my IGTV
for a step by step video on how to edit with Snapseed and VSCO. If there is anything you’d like me to blog about more, let me know in the comments. If one of you has a question, that means more people are wondering, so ask me away.