Who isn’t obsessed with a cohesive Instagram feed?! During my 4 years of blogging I’ve learned quite a bit about photography and yet the biggest lesson I’ve taken to heart is this: Editing is everything. Seriously. You can take pictures at random places, on a not so pleasant street and still have it be your picture of the year, with the right editing, of course!
If you have been following me for a while you have probably noticed the changes on my Instagram feed, as well as on my blog. My pictures are now brighter and a lot warmer. During the winter my pictures had a rose gold tone to them (check this picture out for reference) and now that it’s warmer out I’ve decided to create a new preset on Lightroom and change the theme on my feed completely.
I LOVE Lightroom. I’ve purchased it 2.5 years ago and learned how to use it via Youtube and years of practice. It may look intimating in the beginning but trust me—it’s really easy to use! But let’s get to the fun part. To achieve this ‘warm’ preset you’ll have to make sure that your temperature is really warm. In Lightroom this would be your very first window in the “Develop” section. I have mine on + 41 (which is on the warm, i.e. yellow side) and only move the tint to a -1. I also bump up the exposure since I want my images to appear bright and warm. However, to do so you need to make sure to shoot underexposed otherwise your images will be extremely bright. But remember every picture is different so you will always need to adjust your overall exposure. Next up is Hue which I also adjust. You can see your primary colors listed and in the yellow tab adjusted it to +4. And last but not least I love a little grain in my pictures hence my setting on the grain is around 17. Once done in Lightroom I will then airdrop to my iPhone and use the following apps to get the final look!
I’ve been using VSCO for the last 2 years. It’s an awesome app if you do not want to create your own presets. Their filters are pretty amazing. My favorite to this day is A4. You can also adjust exposure, contrast, etc. and add grain if you want to do so.
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Click on this picture to see an example of an image I edited with Afterlight.
Afterlight is a great app if you want to add something ‘extra’ to your photos, like the light beam I added in the example picture or if you want to create a vintage vibe to your photography by adding a ‘dusty’ film to them. It’s truly fun since you can get really creative with it!
What are your favorite Instagram editing apps?!