Let’s take a moment of silence for those who remember me when I overused vsco cam filters… you’re a true homie.
I’m not ashamed to say I’ve come a far way in terms of my instagram, and you know why? IT WAS A LOT OF WORK. I’m not being dramatic. Instagram themes are so big now, and everyone seems to have their thing. While I’m still figuring mine out, I think I’ve figured out my filters pretty well. I get messages from people a lot asking how they can improve their Instagram. They tell me things like “but I use vsco cam like you!!” and “I edited it to make it more colorful!” I’m not bashing on anyone here, but figuring out a good Instagram feed, especially for a food blogger, is more than upping the contrast. Today I’m sharing my tips on how to get the best results for what you want with Instagram. Everyone is different, but these are my tips!
I personally love using vsco cam, as it seems to have all the filters and appliances I need! I’ve used it for years, but I recently invested in some filters. I believe that while the filters they provide are GREAT, the ones that go best with what I want are ones I have to purchase (if that makes any sense). But, they have great free filters, as well as things like exposure, saturation, etc all for free.
I will admit that I’ve invested in quite a few filters (#basic), and it took a while to find the ones the work for me. I’m one of those people that takes their feed VERY SERIOUSLY (on my personal account as well 😉 ), so having consistency is key for me. I use S3, which you can purchase in the “limited edition collection” in the shop section. I believe the set was around $6, but you get so many filters out of it that’s it’s worth it!
Now onto how I edit my photos! This is what works for me but of course you can adjust it to fit your theme.
1.) Pick a photo
For me, I need to take LOT’S of photos to ensure I have one that I like. My vsco cam library is full proof of that (no shame).
2.) Once you have the photo, decide on a filter
Like I said, I like using S3, and I’ve been using it for months now. You wanna pick a filter that doesn’t over power the photo and take away from the food (or whatever you’re photographing). Strive for simplistic filters that you can adjust, or ones that enhance the photo in a good way. That’s why S3 works for me, since it brings out the brightness in my meals without over powering it.
3.) Adjust the photo to fit your needs
Shown above is what the photo would look like if I just used the filter and didn’t adjust it. While that is very bright, I don’t want the photo to be as contrasted. In vsco cam, when you tap on the filter, a tool should come up that lets you adjust the intensity of the filter.
I like to turn the intensity to a seven or six, depending on the lighting that day. I still get the effects of the filter, but it’s not as overpowering.
Next, I like to turn the exposure and contrast up a little.
Once I’m satisfied, then I’ll save the photo to my phone!
Find consistency in your theme & voice
If you couldn’t tell, I like my theme to be bright and happy. I feel like a theme is almost a way for people to see your personality through images. If you enjoy happier tones, then maybe this theme works for you too! It’s all about consistency, and it will take time to find. As for voice, don’t go copying other instagrammers. Think of it this way- how would you text your friends? If you’re not one for crazy emojis, then why start inserting them into your captions just because a famous instagrammer does? I write my captions like I text my friends, and I find that works for me!
That is my key tip! Finding a theme that works for you will take time, so don’t fret if you don’t get it on the first try!
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