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How I Edit Instagram Photos

agosto 9, 2018 13 comments

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.

 

 

BEFORE STARTING

It is important to take a few things into consideration before actually taking the picture. Here are two important keys:

Lighting

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.

I took this picture at 7:30 am so the lighting was perfect and the place was not crowded

 

Angle

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?

I personally alternate between my iPhone 7 plus and the Sony Alpha 5000. It’s not a must to have a professional camera to take good pictures. It obviously helps a lot but it’s not a requirement.

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.

 

I took this with the 7Artisans lens

 

Took this picture for my friend using the 7Artisans lens

Took this photo with the 7Artisans lens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE EDITING

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.

This is my current Instagram feed:

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!

Rubén

13 comments

M. agosto 9, 2018 - 4:04 am

I also started using Lightroom and I love it!
Yes, sell your own presets! 😍

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bella amanda agosto 9, 2018 - 5:40 am

Thank you for posting it! I will try it out~ ^ ^

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jodie filogomo agosto 9, 2018 - 7:06 am

These are great instructions, Ruben!!
XOXO
Jodie
http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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jane agosto 9, 2018 - 9:42 am

Love all your tips dear.
Thanks for sharing.

Much Love,
Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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Lovely Amusan agosto 9, 2018 - 11:39 am

I have started using Lightroom too and am still learning, your pictures look amazing and you should sell your presets!

xoxo
Lovely
http://www.mynameislovely.com

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Rena agosto 10, 2018 - 1:34 pm

Thanks for sharing your tips!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

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My lovely people agosto 11, 2018 - 5:12 am

Thank you so much for this amazing information. I’ll bookmarked this post because I thing is really useful and interesting.

Thank you so much for sharing.

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Rena agosto 14, 2018 - 3:06 pm

You are really a pro!
xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

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Daria agosto 14, 2018 - 7:10 pm

Such a cool and interesting post! I also use Lightroom because it creates unique and personalized pictures.

XO

Daria

https://www.dbkstylez.com

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amely rose agosto 15, 2018 - 7:18 pm

Thank you for this helpful post, I addore to see how others edit there pictures.
Nice tipps my dear.

take a look at my BLOG and my INSTAGRAM

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Katya agosto 16, 2018 - 1:55 pm

The photos are all amazing, you have great talent in editing. I actually find the software very effective. Thanks for the tips.

StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

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Marian agosto 24, 2018 - 12:59 am

Un post genial, me ha encantado.
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Juliana Ferreira agosto 30, 2018 - 12:51 am

Great instructions, your feed is amazing

Kisses
http://www.pimentadeacucar.com

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