Especially for Bloggers but also for every other Instagram-Addict it is extremely hard to stand out of this huge crowd of other seemingly much better Social Media Performers. A good Instagram feed is key to start increasing traffic and awareness. But how do you achieve a flawless, unique feed that stands out and looks good? Well, it’s actually quite simple if you stick to the same editing routine throughout your photos.
I will show you three super simple and good looking ways to edit your photos for an amazing Instagram feed!
(*Please don’t confuse this with me telling you that you have to have a pretty feed. Social Media is a totally overrated tool but being part of it is not always easy. This tutorial is just a guide to good aesthetic features if you like editing photos and maybe work in the Social Media business.)
The Tumblr Inspired Grunge Feed
To achieve this grunge/tumblr style edit it’s important to focus on the hue of the photo. Colder, faded colours and not too much saturation work quite well with this kind of theme.
To start, I open my VSCO cam App (with which I personally work all the time!) and select the P5 Filter, which in my opinion looks a lot like all those Tumblr photos. I usually bring it down to 10, or leave it higher than that. If you bring it down too much the effect will not be very visible and your theme is not going to look fluid.
Second, I bring the brightness up by 1 point. Usually when applying a more grungy-theme I would bring the brightness down and make it slightly darker but this photo was naturally taken in a quite dimmed light so there’s no need to do so.
As you can see, it always depends on the natural light setting and colours of a photo when editing a photo, so there’s no general rule on what number each setting has to be set to. But keep in mind that you want to keep your picture quite dark and not too bright.
Next, I bring the contrast down by 2. A lower contrast is also very typical in more grunge-like themes.
As I mentioned early it’s important to keep the saturation low to achieve the look you want.
Also the temperature should be slightly turned down for a bit of a colder blueish hue. Again, it always depends on how the temperature was before editing. In this example it is already quite cold, so I only had to turn it down a little bit. When a photo is very bright and yellowish turn down the temperature even more.
And the last tweak is to let the whole thing fade slightly. This is very characteristic for Tumblr photos and will give your feed that overall put-together look if you continue fading your photos.
The White ‘n Bright Classic Feed
You’ve probably seen this white theme all over the web already, yet so many people still want to achieve that white n’ bright feed as well. And that’s for a quite plausible reason: Bright photos seem more attractive to people because of their clean and neat look. So here’s what you have to do:
Probably the most important step to achieve a very light and white look to your photos is to brighten it up. But you have to pay attention that you don’t brighten it too much, so that there are no shapes and creases noticable anymore, because that’s just going to look overbrightend and unnatural.
Talking about natural: When using a white theme I usually don’t use a filter, which makes the pictures look a lot more natural and appealing instead of overedited.
The next step is to add some more contrast to your picture to enhance the dimension. This makes darker spots appear even darker, which in turn leaves the lighter spots peeking out and seem brighter.
I also like to sharpen some of my photos which just makes the object better visible in all that white background.
Usually at the end it’s crucial for a white theme to whiten the already white parts even more. Therefore I use the App “Facetune” and I basically just go over the already white parts and make them even whiter. This adds a clean and fresh white tone to the photo instead of leaving the white too yellow or blueish which often is the case.
The Tinted Colour Theme
A more unique Instagram theme is the tinted one, where all of the photos have a special hue to it. I personally like those themes very much because, for one, they are mostly rare, and also because I like how put together the whole feed looks like when every photo has the same colour tone. Another good reason to chose this theme: It definitely looks harder to edit than it actually is!
Starting our pinky theme, I use the filter C1 in VSCO cam, which has a very pinkish tone to it already. The thing about that is that you mostly can’t see that when using a picture which isn’t naturally very white. If you want to test this, just upload a photo of something with a clear white background and apply the C1 filter and you’ll see that the white background will turn quite pink already.
Because we want our photos to look really pink, so the colour theme is very well noticeable, I use the filter at it’s full 12 points.
Because this photo has quite dark spots, especially with the filter I brightened it up to +4. This step is very vague though, because it highly depends on the natural lightning. The base line is that it shouldn’t be as bright as you would make it in a white theme but still make it seem light and clear.
A very important step in achieving a tinted theme is to add some saturation. This also depends on the saturation and colours of the photo itself, that’s why I only brought the saturation up a little, but this is basically the step in which you make your C1 filter visible if you used a photo without a bright white background.
The next few steps concern the colour only. So you can play around a little and see what you like and how intense you want your colour to be.
When adjusting the colour and you go in the positive direction it makes your photo more red and pinkish.
To finish the look of tinted photos is to also colour the shadows. There are several options which colour you can choose, which in this case would be purple, and bring the coloured shadow up until +7. Again, here playing around and trying is key.
The last step is to intensify the colour of your photo even more. As with the coloured shadow, there are several colour options for the colour of the light and background. I again chose the purple one and brought it up only by 1 because my picture looks quite tinted already.
What’s your favourite feed style? Comment down below and also leave me your instagram name so I can stalk you and check out your theme!