My Instagram feed is something I take great pride in. I spend quite a bit of time on the platform. When I’m not blogging on here you can probably find me on my Instagram, replying to comments and interacting with the other fashion and beauty obsessed. I put hours into taking photos, selecting the best ones (many don’t even make it) and trying to fit them into my grid to the best of my abilities.
Before anything else, you have to know that lighting is everything! There is a reason why I post way less in the winter than in the summer. You just have to have that beautiful daylight to make a photo work. Otherwise it’s going to look all grainy and dull. No matter how fancy a camera or expensive an editing program available to you. So go outside or find yourself a big window to take your photos in front of.
I never take my photos on my phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 and the quality is just not up to part. I’m getting a new one soon though! But in the meanwhile, I use my blogging/vlogging camera to take all my photos. This is the Canon eos M. It’s a hybrid camera which makes it compact enough to put away in any bag, but it still produces amazing quality images. In addition, I also use a DSLR (Canon 100D) from time to time, but I have to borrow that one from my school library so I don’t always have access to it.
My photos go through several editing programs before they make it online. The first one is Adobe Photoshop. In there, I sort the levels out. This is basically a way of customising the contrast in your photos. I then fiddle with the color balance and make my photos as cool-toned as possible without making them look blue. Next, I adjust the vibrance, since the photos can look washed out after the previous step. So, I up the vibrance, but take down the saturation to not overdo it. I then export the photos and put them on my phone where I continue to edit them.
Once I put the photos on my phone, I import them into the VSCO app. On the app, I add the F2 filter, but take it down to +6. I then up the contrast by one dot and take the temperature down by one or two dots. Since the VSCO filters make photos blurry, I also use the sharpen tool.
Finally, I share the photo on Instagram, where I do the last bits of tweaking. *drumroll plz* The Instagram filter I use is Ludwig. Depending on the picture, I take it down about halfway. I then take down the brightness and up the contrast by one dot. Some last minute sharpening is done and the photo is ready for the world!