My Instagram account is now at just over 4900 followers. It took me some time to really get going on Instagram, because I wasn’t effectively editing my pictures and I had no idea how hashtagging worked and what I needed to be doing with it. I thought I would share some of my tips and tricks with you to apply to your account.
Remember, when you’re taking pictures for Instagram, try to start off by taking the photo in the best light available and by an open window.
I never use a pre-made filter for Instagram, so leave the picture on the Normal option. First, I adjust the picture if it needs it–zoom in and/or rotate. Second, I go to Highlights and punch that sucker up to 100 (caution–unless it watches your picture out). Next, I choose the Brightness option and adjust it as high as it will go without washing the picture out. Now, the next steps depend on the state of the picture. Sometimes no further editing is needed. If some detail, such as the plaid on my shirt or the burnout bows on my pants, isn’t showing up enough, then I lightly adjust the Shadows option to the right. Once again, use caution, because this can really degrade picture quality if over-applied. Also, if my skin or another area of the photo looks really pale, then I will utilize the Warmth option by adjusting it to the right until my skin no longer looks like thin gray paper.
When it comes to editing pictures for the blog, I always use Photoshop Elements. If I’m editing pics for Instagram, then I edit via the Instagram app itself. And sometimes, if I can’t get the lighting just right for a blog picture with Photoshop Elements, then I send the pic to my phone and finish it off with Instagram.
I hope this helps you to edit your photos on Instagram!!!
By the way, did you see my very 1st video I filmed for the blog about how to style a blanket scarf??? If not, you can check it out here!