How I Edit my Instagram Photos

One of the questions I get asked the most (especially on Instagram) is how I edit my photos and what camera I use. (A mix of iPhone7 and Olympus Pen E-PL7 since you’re asking). I thought I would bare my soul and let you in on a few of my secrets to get some great looking images for your blog and Instagram Grid.


  • The main app that I use for editing photos is VSCOCam. As a blogger you may have heard of this brilliant app already and if you haven’t you need to get yourself to the app store and download it. Like now! Not only is it free but it is also compatible on the iPad, which (if you’re lucky enough to own one) is a god save when you have to edit a batch of photos for a blog post.
  • There are over a hundred different filters to choose from (if you buy the add ons) so you will always be sure to find one you love.
  • I have also just been introduced to SnapSneed. I had downloaded it ages ago but didn’t bother to learn how to use it. It wasn’t until recently that I realised what a powerful tool it is. I use this to brighten my photos to really make the whites stand out. What I love about this app is that you edit particular areas of your photos that need them the most (ie: shadows!)



    Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

    Filters and Tools

    • When it comes to filters on VSCO, I like to stick to a theme and mainly flick between 04 and A6 mainly (I did have a love affair with HB1 & HB2 when I first started out though!). 98% of the time I crank the filter down to +9 and then the fun begins. I love experimenting with how I can make the photo look using the editing tools in the app. I almost always add contrast to at least +1 and then crank up the sharp to +2. I then add a little bit of clarity (no more than +1). I also normally play around with the exposure to however I feel the image needs. This obviously depends on the lighting in the photo though and the look I want my images to have.





    *Play around with the filters on VSCOCam to discover and create your own look to your photos


    *Snapseed selective tool allows you to edit specific areas of your photos

    My Tips for a Beautiful Instagram Grid



  • Stick to the same 1 or 2 filters to produce a theme to your grid. This is obviously a personal preference but I find a theme is more eye catching and visually pleasing.
  • Play around with free filters before you purchase any others. Although watch out for the freebies – VSCO sometimes have filters on special offer.
  • Don’t be afraid to use the Instagram tools to edit the image further before posting. I almost always use the LUX tool (but no more than +50) as it makes the images look a lot sharper.
  • You don’t necessarily have to stick to square images. Did you know on Instagram you can pinch photos down to make them their original size? This shows up when your photos are in people’s feeds but still show as squares in your grid.

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Follow me on Instagram @hannahandtheblog to see more of my photos. Do you use VSCOCam? What filters are your favourites?


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