Have you ever appeared through your Instagram feed and wondered how some people make their photos look just so good with just a smartphone and a free app?
Whether I’m looking at mouth-watering photos posted by food brands or adorable photos of cuddly Instagram superstars with four legs, I’ve had my share of photo envy.
When it comes to posting on Instagram, photo quality is everything. And if you take great photographs and edit them exquisitely, I promise: you will be much closer to amassing the thousands of adherents you’re hoping for.
But we have good news for you: Editing photos well on Instagram doesn’t take a whole lot of period, and it doesn’t require you utilizing a fancy camera or software. It’s all about taking great photos and learning which filters work for which types of photos — all within the Instagram app.
In this post, we’ll help you turn unedited photos — like the one on top of a Peruvian desert — into ones that are much more compelling, like the one below 😛 TAGEND
How To Edit Instagram Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide
1) Start with a great photo.
No amount of editing will fix a photo that wasn’t shooting well in the first place. When it comes to posting something awesome on Instagram, it’s all about photo quality — and that starts with a photo that’s great even before you adjust it in the app.
You don’t need to be a photographer to take great photos for Instagram. All you really require is a smartphone and the willingness to learn some key tips-off for how to utilize it. Start by reading through these 18 tips for taking great photos with your smartphone. This blog post will teach you how to line up your shots utilizing the principles of the rule of thirds, find perspective, and take advantage of symmetry, patterns, and more.
2) Upload your photo to Instagram.
Now that we have a photo we’re ready to work with, it’s time to upload your photo to the Instagram app. To do this, open the Instagram app and click the plus sign at the bottom centre of your screen.
From there, select the photo you’d like to edit from your photo album. By default, it’ll go into “All Photos, ” but you can click the downward arrow next to “All Photos” at the top of your screen to open a specific album if your photo is situated somewhere specific.
Pro Tip: Instagram will harvest your photo as a square by default, but if you want to change it to its original thicknes, simply press the “Expand” icon( two outward facing arrows) in the bottom left-hand corner of the photo once you’ve selected it.
Click “Next” to begin editing the photo.
4) Pick a filter.
Here’s where it gets fun. Now that you’re in editing mode in the Instagram app, the first thing you should do is pick a filter. Usually, I click through onto each and every filter, in order, and take note of which ones I like. Then, I’ll go back and forth between the ones I like until I settle on one of them. How’s that for scientific?
While slapping on a filter because it looks good is one way to do it, it is helpful to play around with each filter and get an idea of its specific purpose. From Lark to Crema to Valencia to Nashville, each filter has its own personality and hues that drastically changes the photo — not only how it looks, but how it feels. Take a look at these examples to ensure what I mean 😛 TAGEND
Here are a few of my favorite Instagram filters and how they change the look and feel of a photo 😛 TAGEND Lark: A filter that desaturates reds while pulling out the blues and greens in your photos, thereby intensifying it. Great for landscapes. A filter that desaturates reds while pulling out the blues and greens in your photos, thereby intensifying it. Great for landscapes. Moon: A black-and-white filter with intense darkness that’ll give your photos a vivid, vintage appear. A black-and-white filter with intense darkness that’ll give your photos a vivid, vintage look. Crema: A desaturated filter that gives your photos a creamy, vintage appear. A desaturated filter that gives your photos a creamy, vintage looking. Valencia: A filter that warms the colours of your photo, giving it kind of an antique look without washing out color completely. A filter that warms the colorings of your photo, devoting it kind of an antique look without cleaning out color completely. X Pro II: A high contrast filter that induces colours pop and adds vignette edges, devoting photos sort of a dramatic effect. A high contrast filter that builds colors pop and adds vignette edges, giving photos sort of a dramatic effect. Lo-Fi: This filter adds high saturation, rich colors, and strong darkness to your photo. Great for photos of food. This filter adds high saturation, rich colours, and strong darkness to your photo. Great for photos of food. Hefe: This filter adds a vintage look to your photos with a darker border, and the yellow tone attains landscapes appear dramatic and other-worldly. To turn on airplane mode on an Android device: Swipe down from the top of the screen. Then, swipe from right to left until you see “Settings, ” and then touch it. Touch “Airplane Mode” to turn it on.