Updated: How I Edit my Instagram Photos.

This has been one of my most requested blog posts for a while now! The last time I shared how I edit my Instagram photos was almost two years ago (see post here.) I still use a lot of the same editing methods that I did back in 2017, I just tweaked a few things to achieve more bold colors while still having that same bright and airy look that I've always loved. Down below you will find a step by step guide to how I edit my iPhone photos using the VSCO app and Instagram! I would love to see how your photos look using my editing so make sure to tag me on Instagram!

Before & After

First I open the photo I want to post in the VSCO app. I have been using the C1 filter because I love how saturated the colors look once applied. Here is my "editing recipe" for VSCO:

1.) Use the C1 filter and set it to about +5.5
2.) Next up the contrast to about +0.8
3.) Up the exposure to at least +0.8 (sometimes I do more depending on how dark the photo is)
4.) Sharpen the photo to about +1.3
5.) Next up the temperature to +0.4
6.) Lastly turn the saturation up to +0.8
7.) Save the photo to camera roll


After I edit the photo in VSCO I will tweak it a little on Instagram using the editing tools. Here I use the Gingham filter to soften the photo and I enhance the brightness even more. Down below you'll find my "editing recipe" for Instagram:

1.) Apply the Gingham filter to about 13
2.) Next up the contrast to +15
3.) Then up the brightness to about +10 (same thing as VSCO, sometimes I do more depending on the photo.)
4.) Using the color tool, add pink highlights to the photo at about +12
5.) Next adjust the highlights to +12 
6.) Then adjust the shadows to -20 (or less, again, it all depends on the photo)
7.) Next sharpen the photo to about +13
8.) Using the warmth tool adjust the photo to about -5
9.) Then up the saturation to +8 (or more)
10.) Next adjust the structure tool to +5
11.) Lastly adjust the lux to about -4

And voila! I hope you enjoyed this post, please don't hesitate to ask any questions! Here are a few last minutes tips to achieving a nice Instagram feed:

-take photos in natural sunlight
-try and edit all of your photos the same to achieve a cohesive theme
-change up your photo backgrounds and shoot locations for diversity
-be you! Don't try and copy anyones feed. Just have fun with it and use Instagram as your creative outlet!


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