How I Edit My Instagram Photos

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Hello Beauties! I hope you're all well and your Tuesday wasn't too bad. I always think Tuesday is way worse than Monday as you've lost all hope of the weekend and you've still got another four days left until you can chill out again - but we made it! One question I get asked a lot is how I edit my instagram photos to make them bright and airy, so today I thought I'd spill all of my insta-secrets and hopefully some of it may be useful!

Most of my Instagram photos are taken on my Canon 700D or my trusty iPhone 5s (there really is so much you can do with an iPhone now) and then edited in around 2-3 different apps before they eventually make it to Instagram. The first app I like to use is Afterlight - one of my all time favourite photography apps. I use Afterlight for a number of purposes - firstly I'll use the brighten tool to lighten my photos, and then turn the contrast down a little to balance out the new brightness of my image. After that I'll adjust the saturation, as some of the colours often get lost in the brightening process, and then finally sharpen my image slightly so that the areas I want to stand out. 

You'd think I was probably done at this point, but now it's time for filters. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I love a good filter. I like to theme my Instagram, and one easy way to do that is to use the same filter combination on your photos. I also use Afterlight to add some filters on, as the app comes with a whole load of insta-ready filters. My favourite one is Captain in the 'Original' filter folder, as this adds a bright pink-toned tint to the image, and then add Magnolia from the 'Seasons' folder to brighten up my image a little more. Once this is done, I save the new image to my photo library and go on to add in the finishing touches. 

You've probably noticed that some of my photos have sparkles or bokeh over the top, which is what I get the most questions about. To add the sparkles, I use a free app called LensLight. LensLight has loads of lens flares, bokeh and sparkles which you can position on your photos to give them that extra something special. You can also use LensLight to add Bokeh, however I much prefer PixFX for this, as it comes with some extra bokeh options and allows you to rotate the bokeh to get it just right for your image. 

Then my image is ready to be saved and uploaded to Instagram! I don't currently use any of the Instagram filters, as I think I've added enough to my photo by this point, but if I was going to, Valencia is definitely my favourite.

Hopefully this post has been helpful and inspired you somewhat to get out there and get snapping! If you have any more questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I'll try my best to get back to you pronto!

Lots of Love,

Becky xo


  1. Your instagram feed is just stunning! I to use my iphone 5s or my camera it depends what im doing haha
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

  2. Such a cute Instagram feed!! Thanks for the post!

    Adele-Marie | One Girls Obsession With Makeup

  3. Thanks for the great advice!

    Pretty Polished

  4. Yay! Your pictures are gorgeous. And thanks for the heads up about LensLight. Literally going to look for it now :)

  5. I love your photos, such an interesting post. I love seeing how people edit their photos x

  6. i love these shots and your instagram is very pretty! I dont limit myself to a theme, I just post whatever I feel like :D
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  7. I just love posts like these and I find your feed o pretty so great seeing your process.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  8. i'm soooo in love <3


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