I always get asked what filters I use for my Insta photos, I honestly have quite a long process as I edit everything on separate apps, I never use actual Instagram filters. I thought I’d share my editing process, this may produce a few eye rolls but I like my profile to have a bit of an aesthetic to it and I need something to do on the tube to and from work!
Usually I literally take about 80 photos before I’ve settled on one I like, I am such a perfectionist. Honestly, it’s all down to lighting. You can not take a good photo in bad lighting. The worst type of lighting is light that comes from above, this is why we all look horrendous in Topshop changing rooms. Light that comes above creates shadows on your face, not cute for those eye bags! The best lighting is light that comes directly at you, which is why the new H&M changing rooms are the best for selfies. Personally, the best lighting is natural lighting which is why I usually take all of my selfies in front of a window.
Flat lays are the trickiest photos to take, I think you’ve got to have a really good eye for composition and angles. They’re always best taken from birds eye view but getting that spot on is quite hard. All my flat lays are taken in square mode, it helps with the composition. If you add a grid onto your camera/cropping mode where the 4 lines cross each other, they should sit on key areas of your photo. The human eye is naturally drawn to those 4 areas so this will create focal points for your photo. You can also use those lines a guide to lay out your props.
HOW I EDIT
I use 2 apps to edit my photos, FaceTune and VSCO Cam. FaceTune you usually have to pay for but I’ve got a free version from the app store, VSCO is also free but you can buy extra filters. They do offers all the time so you can build up a collection easily, the only filter I use is HB1 from the HYPEBEAST pack.
Firstly, I go into FaceTune and whiten the whole background on my image, this just makes it look better with the filter. Then I use the Glow feature to go over my outfit/key parts of the image, it just enhances the colours in the image and makes it look a bit more high res.
Then I load the photo into VSCO and add my filter, I never have the full filter on the image, usually on a 6 or a 9. Then I sharpen the image to a 3. If needed, i’ll adjust the exposure but only to a 1.
Then FINALLY it’s ready for the gram! Yep, it’s a longer process than most people but it literally takes me 2 minutes to do I’ve done it so many times. Other good apps to edit photos on are Afterlight, Square Ready and Snapseed.