How I Edit My Instagram Photos

My non-blogger friends think I'm crazy the way I go above and beyond for my Instagram photos. While most people snap from their phones and upload onto their feed, I have an entire process that involves computer editing (shout out to my blogger friends who are in the same boat!) If you are a beginner photographer and what to up your Instagram game, here are a few tips on editing that I'm happy to share with you:
  1. Take the photos with a quality camera and edit them on a computer first: I use a Samsung NX1100 and it takes very decent quality photos. It came with Photoshop Lightroom which I use to fix the lighting, add sharpness and vibrancy, etc. You don't necessarily need Photoshop though, I also happen to use Picmonkey a lot (and it's free!)
  2. Email it to yourself: I send the edited photo to my email. I'm sure there are other ways to get that photo to my phone but this is the best way I know how. If you have a better way, though, I'd love to hear it!
  3. Open up A Color Story app: I used to use VSCO but I've recently discovered A Color Story and it's been a game changer! They not only give you filters to use, but also effects like adding sunflares and bokeh! It's quite beautiful and it's free to download! 
  4. Post on Insta: That's it! Easy enough, right?
Do you have any tips on Instagram editing? Share them in the comments below!


  1. I have not heard of that app as I am a die hard VSCO fan :) But I will definitely check it out based of your reccommendation since I always switching things up and trying something new!
    The process I go through to upload an Instagram picture is pretty similar. Though, at the start of the summer I upgraded to Samsung Galaxy S7, therefore, I am able to take pictures with as well as the quality is insanely good!

  2. Often my instagram photos are photos from my camera too! Although I don't edit them first my camera has wifi to send the pics to my phone so I can crop and stick and instagram filter on them. I'd probably edit my photos more if I knew how to, haha! I'm happy with the instagram filters for the moment :)

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  3. Dear Deborah, I'm not surprised you are even very conscious with your Instagram pictures. And I think in the end your effort surely will pay off! Thanks for sharing the details and enjoy your weekend!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  4. My process was VERY similar (I did use A Color Story but switched to Fotor for a favored filter), emailing and all! I kind of lost steam with that though and then tried a mix of Canon G7 X photos and iPhone 6 photos. I'm still stuck in a mash up of the two cameras, and am trying the new "curated" Instagram feed. When I see something as a creative hobby, rather social media which is what it is, my brain starts overthinking things and that makes me very unhappy. Hahah! So silly, Instagram. Insta.. Not so instant for creatives!! ;) Much LOVE!!


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