How I Edit My Instagram Photos


Happy weekend friends! As many of you know Instagram is my favorite social media site, and over the past few months I’ve been posting more regularly. I wrote a post all about how I take my Instagram photos, and I thought I would share with you my process of editing them. I like to keep it very simple and easy, so here is a look at how I edit my Instagram photos!

I use VSCO cam to edit my photos. I have been using this app for over a year now after switching from Afterlight. I love using VSCO cam to edit my photos because it’s extremely easy, has a variety of tools to choose from, and I can see how my photos are going to look on my Instagram feed. Side note- I still haven’t updated my app since they changed the layout, so that is why I can still see it as how my feed would look.

Although I have switched between many filter over the year I’ve been using VSCO, the filter I now only use for my photos is F2. I love how it’s not too overpowering of a filter but still gives a nice effect. I usually turn down the filter to 8 or 9 (75-85 now with the new update) and brighten my photos at least 1 (5-10 with the new update). You can also buy extra filter collections (which I have done), but if you’re just starting out with VSCO I would recommend using the free ones they give you. They do have a few free collections you can download as well, so I would just play around and find a filter you like! If you are going to buy a collection I would recommend the S-bright and clean one.

I thought I would show you how I edited one of my most recent Instagram photos above. I took the photo using my Canon T3i with my 18-55mm lens. I then uploaded it to the VSCO app and used the F2 filter, which I brought down to 8 (66 with new update). I next brought the exposure up to 3 (50 with new update), cropped it to a square, and uploaded it to Instagram!

And that is how I edit my photos! I try to keep it very simple and minimal. I also like to make sure my Instagram has a variety of photos. I always try to space out the different types of photos I post to keep in more interesting and not repetitive. You can follow along with me on Instagram here, and be sure to check out my other Instagram posts! (How to organically grow your Instagram, Instagram Hashtag guide, How I take my Instagram photos)

Also, I’d love to know how you edit your photos!

8 responses to “How I Edit My Instagram Photos”

  1. Simone says:

    I also love VSCO! Great feature to edit my photos. I have not bought any extra collections so far as I do get along very well with the free versions at the moment. Simone from Zurich, Switzerland

    • Kara Callahan says:

      It’s my favorite photo editing app I’ve ever tried! The free filters are amazing, and it’s so easy to use x

  2. I never heard off the VSCO app. Certainly going to try that! You’re pictures are really pretty! I love minimal photo’s.
    I usually search a filter on instagram or use no filter at all.
    Thank you for the tip ^^

  3. Rachael says:

    Love this post. I find it so interesting how other people edit their Instagram photos. I don’t have a theme to my Instagram but I always use the same filter on the a beautiful mess app.

    Rachael xx.

    • Kara Callahan says:

      Thank you Rachael! I too love finding out how people edit their Instagram photos. It’s so interesting to see each persons process! x

  4. I’ve been using Afterlight for years now even though I’d downloaded VSCO first. I couldn’t really get the hang of it but lately I’ve been using it more than afterlight. I feel like I’m slowly going to transition to this instead of my beloved hahaha.


    • Kara Callahan says:

      I use to use Afterlight and loved it. When I discovered VSCO I loved how you could save and see all of your photos. I find it makes keeping up with Instagram easier as I can edit photos for the week in advance x

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