How to Edit and Take Instagram Photos like a Blogger/Influencer
During the past few months I radically changed the way I edit my Instagram pictures and I really noticed a growth in my audience. Furthermore, a few of you guys have been asking me via DM (follow me, btw!) about the new method I use to retouch my pictures so, in this post I would like to share some tips I use to take and edit pictures the way I do.
It is important to take a few things into consideration before actually taking the picture. Here are two important keys:
From my point of view, natural lighting is the best. My fav moment of the day to take a perfect photo is during the first hours of the morning or the last hours of the daylight. Try to avoid hard light and direct sunlight.
We all know that the perspective can change the whole game that’s why I take the same photo from different angles and perspectives. Try this trick and select your fav one later, sometimes more is more! 😉
Phone or camera?
The iPhone has a pretty dope camera so, when I’m outside and I see something that catches my attention I use my phone. If I plan a photoshoot I obviously use the camera but if you don’t have one, don’t panic! Tons (I would say the most lately) of my photos were took with an iPhone.
Regarding to the lenses of my Sony camera I mainly use two: Sony 16-50mm f/3.5 and 7Artisans 55mm f/1.4.
I am specially in love with the 7Artisans. I’ve been looking for a 50mm during the past months but the prices were really high for my budget so I decided to order this manual lens (which is only 100€!) and the results are incredible and stunning. I have compared it with some of my friends lenses and…damn the 7Artisans lenses are amazing. It is perfect for details and portraits. I must confess that I’m going to order a few more lenses from the brand. I am totally in love with the brand.
If you are interested in high quality and cheap lenses visit the 7Artisans online shop.
The secret (not so secret) is to use a professional software for editing your pictures. I mean, it’s nice to use apps such as VSCO or Afterlight but using a software like Lightroom will change your editing game forever. Most of the professional bloggers and influencers use this software to edit their photos. We will learn more about it in this section. You can find the mobile app (Lightroom Mobile) and the desktop version (Adobe Lightroom).
I mainly use the desktop version because you can use more options and your edits will be much more accurate.
How to edit?
Lightroom is a profesional software so it’s not as easy to use as a mobile app. Do not panic, it’s not that complicated! When you first open it you will feel lost but no worries, it’s way easier than it seems.
With this software you will be able to manipulate lights and colors in a very detailed way.
After several months playing with Lightroom and learning how to use it properly I created my own presets/ filters (so did most of your fav influencers/bloggers). This means that I no longer need to edit every detail of every single photo I take. I just simply apply the filters I previously created and slightly modify it in order to achieve the result I want in the picture. This saves A LOT of time. I can now finish a photo within 5 mins.
Before I knew about this, it was really hard for me to create a feed– the color thing was driving me crazy! Now that I created my own filters in Lightroom it is super easy! Almost every picture suits my feed.
The main key for editing the photos like I do is to make them bright with low contrast, desaturate greens, saturate oranges and reds.
Since I just started this INSTAGRAM TIPS section and in this post I only wanted to tell the «secret» about good Instagram photos, I was thinking about creating a full tutorial on how to use Lightroom depending on the kind of feed you want to achieve (moody, pastels, bright…). I’m even considering selling my own presets (filters) so you only need to press a bottom and voilà , the magic is done with no effort involved! Would you be interested? Let me know in the comments.
I hope you found this post interesting, this is only the beginning of the INSTAGRAM TIPS section. I will be sharing a lot of content about photo editing and Instagram growth. Stay tuned!