Hey everyone! So, I haven't gone over a week without blogging for as long as I can remember and whilst I know you guys don't mind, I still feel bad about it. I love updating my blog and I don't want you to think I'm neglecting it. The reason things have been a bit quiet around these parts is because I've just moved flat and my life has been nothing short of hectic. Not to mention having no internet in the new place for a few days. A bloggers nightmare, I know! Anyway, I'm back now and I can't wait to get back into the swing of things ...
If you follow me over on my Instagram account (follow me here if you don't already!), then I'm sure you all know I'm a bit obsessed with it and update it daily. I've always been a very creative person and I love photography so Instagram is the perfect app for me as it allows me to share my passions (beauty, fashion, food and interior design usually) in a creative way. I love styling beauty products in a pretty flat lay, sharing snaps of my latest recipe or taking a quick outfit selfie to share my new favourite piece of clothing. Pair this with the occasional sneak peek inside my flat and trips away and that pretty much sums my Instagram account up.
I often get asked on my Instagram photos themselves or in emails how I edit my photos and the apps I use so I thought it would be useful to put a post together with all the info. I'm not saying my account looks amazing or anything and it might not be to your particular taste but I'm often changing up how I edit my photos and as I like to get creative and play around, I have tried a good share of photo editing apps. I personally prefer following accounts that have a consistent 'theme' or look to them and that's where the apps I'm going to talk about come in handy. I thought it would be easiest to list them below with a little brief overview of each one and how I use it. All of them can be downloaded in the app store for free of a small cost! :)
This has to be one of my favourite apps as it's the one I use for filters. As well as being able to edit the standard things like brightness, contrast and shadows - VSCO cam also has a huge range of filters to choose from (some free and some you need to buy) so it's really easy to find a style you like. I tend to use either A5 or S2 at the moment as I feel the both make my images really bright and white. I don't like yellow toned images so that's why these filters are my preference!
Another favourite app and one I use a LOT alongside VSCO cam is Afterlight. This app again can be used to edit standard things such as brightness and cropping as well as adding filters. I do like some of the filters on Afterlight (Magnolia is a nice one) but the main reason I've been using it lately is to add borders to my images. I really like the effect of a slightly larger white border on Instagram and this app makes it so easy to do!
This app was originally known as 'Mirrorgram' and it's the one I use when I want to 'mirror' my images. For example - if I've taken an outfit photo - sometimes it's nice to flip that image and make it into a more square shape. This might not be to everyones taste but it's something I like to do from time to time. Here's some examples:
So this sounds a bit suspicious but I don't use it for its intended purpose which is to remove spots! The reason I downloaded this app is because I took a picture of a product and there was a black splodge on my dressing table that ruined the overall look of the image. I decided this app might help to remove the 'blemish' from the image and it worked a treat. I now use this if anything unexpected crops up in my photos that I want to remove. Of course it can be used for editing skin imperfections too if you feel it's necessary but I say it's best to go au natural ladies!
I don't use this app a great deal anymore but it's one I used to use all the time so I thought I'd include it anyway. This one can be used to add cute light effects to your images like the ones on the examples below. There's some nice filters on there too!
Frametastic / Frames
As well as mirroring images, it's sometimes nice to create a collage to show off different details of an outfit or beauty product. These two apps are the ones I use as they allow you to create a whole range of different collages so the possibilities are endless depending on the look you're going for! Again, here's some examples of this app in use:
A Beautiful Mess
Again, this is one I don't use all that much anymore but it can be used to add a cute font, sayings or doodles to your images. This is quite handy if you're announcing some big news, a blog milestone or a giveaway!
You may have noticed a new trend on Instagram recently where lots of blogger are adding blurred borders to the sides of their images and I spent ages trying to work out how to do this until my friend Anne-Marie came to the rescue and told me about Instazz. It's pretty self explanitary once it's been downloaded - simply upload an image and if it isn't a square, it will allow you to make the image look wider by blurring the borders.
As well as these apps, I also like to use Instagram's built in editing tools such as brightness, contrast, shadows and highlights. I usually always have a play around with those before I upload to make sure everything looks just right! I'm such a massive perfectionist!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and hopefully it's introduced you to some apps you didn't know about previously or it has answered your questions about how I edit my images. At the moment I tend to use VSCO cam and Afterlight the most but as I said earlier, I'm always changing my mind so I like to have lots of options, just in case!
What's your favourite app for Instagram editing?!!