Five Easy Steps to Edit Your Instagram Photos

If you’re like me, you take a lot of pictures with your phone. Today, I am sharing five easy steps to improve your Instagram photos.

Most of us take photos with our phones and post them on Instagram without editing them first. While this sometimes works, other times the photo could be improved with a quick edit. So next time you snap a photo, follow these simple tips and make it look great!

We all know that having good photos on Instagram is important. What many of you might not know, is that the photos you see on my Instagram feed don’t look like that when they are taken on my camera. The truth is that I edit every single photo before I post it on my Instagram. Fortunately, the editing is easy as it happens in five easy steps

I first need to explain why I edit my photos. I edit photos because often they don’t look like the room I am photographing. They come out darker and more yellow than the room actually is. When I edit my photos, I lighten, sharpen and desaturate the color in them. Occasionally, I straighten the photos too. My biggest reason for editing is to make them look more like the actual room and make them easier to see. I lighten them so you can see more details in my photos. I sharpen them so they are clearer. The camera also often yellows my photos so I desaturate the color in all of my photos to achieve a cooler value.  That is why when you look at my Instragram feed, the photos look similar as they have the same amount of lightness and color in each one.

Editing my photos is a very simple process. I use a free app on my phone and it’s called VSCO. You can download it from the app store.

This is a photo I took on my iphoneX of my living room yesterday afternoon. Obviously the room isn’t actually this dark in the middle of the day. So it needs to be edited. I am going to show you how I edit it before I post it on Instagram.

I uploaded it to the app VSCO and selected the editing option.

These are some of the editing tools you can use with your photo. I only use three: Exposure, Sharpen and Saturation.

Step #1

The first thing I adjust is the Exposure. I move the lever to the right until the photo is bright enough. Be careful not to move it too far. And note that every photo is different so you will have to determine how much light to add to each photo.

Step #2

Next, I sharpen the photo. I move the lever to the far right as it gets clearer. Most photos are at about the same level of sharpness.

Step #3

The next thing I do is decrease the color Saturation. This cools the photo and takes out the yellows and warmth.

Step #4

Here is the final photo. Notice how much easier it is to see the details in the photo, especially in the dining room. I probably could have straightened the photo but there are a lot of conflicting lines and it gets tricky. Quite often I use the straighten tool on my photos when needed.

Step #5

At this point, I save the photo and save it to my Camera Roll on my phone. It usually takes me about one minute to edit the photo with VSCO.

There are lots of other apps you can use to edit your photos. I use VSCO because I like how the photos look and it is easy to use. I know Adobe photoshop can edit your photos in batches so I will likely look into that someday. It just might save me some time. But for now, VSCO it is.

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  1. This is great info! The lighting in my home combined with the saturated blue on my walls makes getting a good photo very frustrating. I’m going to give this a try. : )

  2. Thanks so much for being honest and sharing how you edit your beautiful photos i have the same problem I’m finding my room doesn’t look like it does in actuality I am totally going to try this I am new at the decor blogging so I am really Excited to try this tool ???????? I love your home and look forward each day to seeing your posts you’re such an inspiration ????

  3. Thank you for sharing …I need all the help I can get when it comes to technology…I am learning so much from you ????

  4. Thanks so much for your advice! I just finished reading through all of your Biz of Blogging posts and then this one, as well. SO helpful. I just started my blog about 6 weeks ago so I appreciate the advice!

  5. I never knew this. I always take pictures but have to explain the colors are not true to color!! Now I understand why.
    Thank you.

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