One of the things I always wonder about while I’m scrolling through Instagram is– how in the world do these people edit their Instagram photos? I’m hoping I’m not the only one that wonders this on an almost daily basis. There’s so many different photo editing apps that it’s almost overwhelming. I know some people choose to edit their photos in multiple apps all before finally uploading them to Instagram. That’s cool and all, but I prefer more of a one-stop-shop editing experience. And that’s where AfterLight comes in. The app is only 99 cents– such a steal for what you get. (Disclaimer: I’m not 100% sure if it’s available for Android as well at this point.) To edit my phone photography, I simply upload them to AfterLight, brighten them up a bit, slap on a filter, crop it and then upload it to Instagram. Voila! Easy as that.
Here’s how I almost always edit my photos and get them Instagram ready. First I start with my photo, fresh from my camera phone. And it looks a little something like this…
one | Brighten
Depending on how bright my photo is, I’ll click the second button from the left after uploading a photo and click the sun to brighten it. If the photo still needs to be a little brighter after that, I’ll brighten it one more time. I try not to brighten it anymore then two times or the picture starts to become a little fuzzy.
two | Filter
After my photo’s all brightened up, I choose a filter that helps to brighten my photo even more, but also softens it. The one I’ve had the most luck with getting look I want is “Captain”. It brightens my photo just a smidge more and gives the photo a bit of a glow as well. “Captain” is under the “original” filters if you’re searching for it!
Another filter that I’m really digging right now for black and white photos is “Ash”. I like the matte finish it gives my photos, while also brightening the photo slightly and evening out any (for lack of a better word) fuzziness in my photo.
three | Crop
On Instagram, I prefer to show the full frame of the photo whether it be horizontal or vertical rather than crop it into that 600×600 Instagram square. In order to do this and not get that annoying black border, you have to use an app to crop your photo. The thing I love about AfterLight is it’s a truly all-in-one app. To crop in Afterlight, you just have to tap the last little picture on the right on the bottom of the app screen, then tap “original” and then finally choose which frame you’d like to use. For simplicity’s sake, I just use the 3rd one in that creates the perfect frame for Instagram.
There you have it! That’s how I like to edit my photos and get them Instagram ready! If you’re a fellow Instagrammer– you can check me out on Instagram here!
How do you edit your photos for Instagram?