My Instagram Editing Tips

If you know me at all,  then you probably know how personal Instagram is for me. I know it may sound a bit cheesy, but my kids are growing rapidly, and to capture them every day in their element is very close to my heart. To think of the technology we have been blessed [and sometimes cursed] with, blows my mind. The thought that a few generations ago you would be so lucky to have a portrait of  your children or family together, and now we have the ability to take as many pictures as we want of our kids, things we love etc. While I do get a little carried away sometimes, I try to stay reserved in how much I do photograph them. First and foremost I want to be all present with them every day, not just chasing them with a camera [aka my iPhone] to be present normally means putting the camera DOWN. Being a photographer, it may be a little challenging for me since I have to get just the "right shot" [it runs through my blood haha] I have received several emails and messages lately asking me how I edit my Instagram images, so I thought it would be easier to put it all in one post and share it with everyone. Hopefully this will help someone! Before I start with the Afterlight App, I will mention the importance of taking a well exposed image with the AE/AF lock [that my incredibly smart and of course handsome husband told me about] It has changed my iPhone picture taking life. You can find a simple tutorial here 

First I bring my image  into Afterlight, VSCO, PicTapGo, whichever you prefer [they all offer different options for editing though, I will stick with Afterlight for now]Instagram editing tips, Jenny Haas Photography, VSCO and Afterlight apps, AE/AF LOCK, Iphone 5

I crop my image first. You can choose 4x6, 8x10, or whatever you prefer...I currently prefer a square imageInstagram editing tips, Jenny Haas Photography, VSCO and Afterlight apps, AE/AF LOCK, Iphone 5You might argue that a good photographer shouldn't need to crop...but hey, we aren't all perfect all of the time :)

After I crop the image, I do minor editing such as adjust the brightness [sometimes dramatic if it needs it depending on the lighting situation] Since I post mostly images of my kiddos sometimes it's hard to get just the right lighting, especially since they are all over the place! Instagram editing tips, Jenny Haas Photography, VSCO and Afterlight apps, AE/AF LOCK, Iphone 5Once I adjust the brightness and contrast to my liking I then add a filter. I normally choose the same one because I prefer consistency throughout my feed. After I apply a filter [I normally pull the opacity back so it looks a little more natural] I then apply the sharpening tool. Not always but usually. Instagram editing tips, Jenny Haas Photography, VSCO and Afterlight apps, AE/AF LOCK, Iphone 5You can adjust your image any way you'd like. Obviously we are all different, and have different tastes, this is just what I like! Once I have adjusted my image I then save it to my camera roll or instantly upload into Instagram. Since we print out an album at the end of the year I always save the image to my camera.Instagram editing tips, Jenny Haas Photography, VSCO and Afterlight apps, AE/AF LOCK, Iphone 5And for the final image...Instagram editing tips, Jenny Haas Photography, VSCO and Afterlight apps, AE/AF LOCK, Iphone 5Another thought I might add is to be intentional. If you are taking a picture of an object, simplify the area around the subject and use a plain background. Buy a large white board, a piece of wood or find something that you have on hand. Maybe clear off a dresser, or table. Also be intentional about how you arrange the subject, and make sure to have plenty of light. When you photograph in front of white curtains it can give off a soft diffused light. [For this image I took a white piece of cardboard and laid it over a blue table I have set up in our living room. It really simplified the look and brings your attention directly to the subject.]Instagram editing tips, Jenny Haas Photography, VSCO and Afterlight apps, AE/AF LOCK, Iphone 5At the beginning of this post I talked about how Instagram is very personal for me. This is mostly the reason why, although I LOVE my job, I want it to be more of  a personal endeavor that isn't focused as much on my business but my children. I still enjoy posting bits and pieces of what is going on in my professional life, but try to limit it since you can find my professional images here on my blog. I like to think it's not in vain. My little instagram space. Last year Will printed me an 2012 album which is a record of our year. We plan on doing the same thing every year to document our families growth.

 I'd love to see you on IG! You can find me on Instagram here! 

I'd love to hear your tips and tricks on how you do things, or other apps you might use. Feedback is always great :)

I hope you all have a lovely Monday!