How I edit my photos

Hey everyone! Today’s post is all about how I edit my photo’s on insta! I get quite a few questions about this (shoutout to Ellie) so I thought I’d write it all up in a succinct (hopefully) blog post for ya! These are the apps I use; Afterlight, VSCO, Facetune & Snug. Snug basically lets you plan your Instagram layout (legit this is only if you’re a psycho like me and a) find this fun and b) like your Instagram to have an overall vibe…it’s so not necessary) so you don’t have to upload and then delete…let’s not BS, everyone does this. 

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Here’s the original photo we are going to be working with…



Ok so first thing. Yes facetune is the app that has come under a lot of fire as some people have used it to edit their bodies. This is not what I use it for and it’s actually a great editing app. First thing I do is soften any bags (third year life, am I right) – this can start to look a little crazy and incredibly photoshopped so just Facetune responsibly kids.


Next step is adding detail in just to make parts of the photo ‘pop’. I tend to do this with any jewellery I’m wearing and peoples eyes. It’s subtle but I’m a bit of a psycho with photo’s and I like the difference.


That’s it for Facetune. On to the next app, my personal favourite…VSCO.



The first filter I apply is ‘F2’ it’s ‘mellow’ as it says above and adds a nice cool tone to the photo which I like. Next, you need to save that pic and then re-upload it into VSCO.

Then I tend to gravitate towards 3 different filters.



A6 at +7.3 with the saturation at +0.3


A4 at +6.7


B5 at +12.0

Some other uses on this app I love are exposure (brightens photos) and sharpness (clarifies more subtlety than contrast).unnamed-4unnamed-2

The final element of VSCO I like to add is ‘grain’. You can totally do you here, some people hate it and the feel it gives people, I personally really like it so there ya go. But just have a play and see which vibe you like (I alter it for each image).


That’s where I left this particular photo but sometimes I like to then use Afterlight to add ‘light leaks’ into photo’s. Keep reading for a tutorial on those.


The light leak icons look like this:


There’s lots of different types but here are some random examples;


You can alter how strong the effect is using the slide at the bottom and the tint of the leak using the ‘1-7’ scale circled above. Light leaks when done well (just to clarify, the above example is not done well) add a more 3 dimensional element to your photos.


Here is an example of it done well (in my opinion lol).

The last thing I do when adding this effect is to just add a bit of clarification so the details we added earlier don’t get lost in the light.


Here’s the final result! Like I said at the start, you don’t have to do this by any means and all of these elements are totally interchangeable. But this is just how I like to edit my photo’s, I enjoy the process and to be honest, although it doesn’t seem like it – these apps literally make the process so fast, as in 2 minutes fast.




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