Instagram is one of the main platforms where I get new inspirations, and such a lovely place full of art for me. As a fashion blogger and picture junkie, of course, I try to post only the best pictures possible to represent my aesthetics and style. Behind every professional Instagram account there is a lot of work (and probably a lot of advanced photo editing knowledge). Today, I would like to share 10 tips and apps with you that I discovered over time, and found very useful in improving my Instagram game. Follow me there @_thefashionrose and leave me your user name in the comments! 🙂 I love to check out new accounts.
Are there any more tips and apps you can recommend?
1. Edit pictures on your computer first
Of course, there is not always the time to do this, and especially when you are on the go it is often not possible – but, whenever I can I edit my pics on the computer first. Programs just as Lightroom or Photoshop offer you a lot more editing options than the best phone editing apps. Plus: You see your pic on full screen which makes it easier to see the details.
After editing the pics on my Laptop I will use filters on my phone to get the specific look I want for my Instagram pics.
Natürlich ist das nicht immer möglich und insbesondere wenn man gerade unterwegs ist, bleibt oft keine Zeit dafür – aber wann immer ich die Möglichkeit habe, dann bearbeite ich meine Bilder vorher an meinem Laptop. Mit Programmen wie Lightroom oder Photoshop hat man einfach viel mehr Bildbearbeitungsmöglichkeiten als mit der besten Handy-App. Plus: Man hat das Bild auf dem vollen Bildschirm und kann die feinen Details besser sehen. Erst nachdem ich die Bilder an meinem Laptop bearbeitet habe, benutze ich Filter auf meinem iPhone um den bestimmten Look zu kreieren, den ich für meine Instagram-Bilder möchte.
2. Adjust colors first before using any filter
If I don’t have the possibility to edit the specific picture on my laptop, I will adjust the lighting and colors with my standard iPhone photo app first – before using any filters. The goal here is simply to make your pic look natural and remove weird yellow or green undertones which are often the results of bad or unnatural lighting. With your standard photo app this is such an easy thing to do!
Falls ich keine Zeit habe ein Bild am Laptop zu bearbeiten, dann passe ich – bevor ich irgendwelche Filter benutze – zuallererst das Licht und die Farben an. Das Ziel ist hier einfach das Foto so natürlich wie möglich aussehen zu lassen und hässliche gelbe Farbstiche zu entfernen, die oft durch schlechtes oder unnatürliches Licht entstehen. Mit meiner ganz normalen iPhone Foto App geht das ganz einfach.
3. VSCO Cam
Now your picture looks natural – then comes the right filter! Almost all bloggers I know use VSCO, and it is probably my favorite picture editing app! No one uses Instagram filters anymore, they are simply not beautiful (actually they are pretty ugly). You can get VSCO for free and it offers a wide range of filters and editing options (you can sharpen your pics, add contrast etc.).
Apart from the basic filters you can also buy more advanced ones for a few dollars. I bought the “Contemporary Collection” which only cost like 3 USD. I mainly use the N or the F series. They make my pics much brighter and add a natural contrast as you can see on the pic above. But still: Don’t overdo it! I rarely use the “full” filter, but instead only a percentage.
4. Photoshop Express
Photoshop Express is basically Photoshop in a very simple version for your phone, and it is for free! I use this app for editing the fine details – you can even do photo retouching there. I also love the “Bueno” filter which I sometimes use after editing my pic in VSCO to give it a little bit more clarity.
This one is a life safer for tired and no make-up selfie days. The free app automatically detects your face, and with just one click you can make your skin look flawless, remove dark under-eye circles and even put make-up on your face. When I used it the first time I was kind of shocked what an app is capable of doing!
This app costs only 0.99 USD and offers a wide range of additional filters. I only use it do put a little touch of pink over my pics though using a small percentage of the “Brook” filter.
MyPics is an app I just recently discovered, and I couldn’t imagine my Instagram life without it anymore! It is so important that your Instagram feed looks consistent in terms of the colors and shapes of your pictures. With this app you can easily arrange and rearrange your pictures to see whether the picture you want to post fits to your current feed. Before discovering this app I took screenshots of my Instagram feed before posting a pic which was pretty annoying and complicated. This app is so much fun, since you can experiment with your pictures and see what works and what doesn’t.
8. InstaSize, Layout & Dipitic
From time to time, we all struggle with the squared size requirement of Instagram. Since the end of last year you can post pictures in any size, but in your feed it often looks weird, since your picture is cropped in a weirdo way. Some pictures are easily cut in square, others simply don’t look good! InstaSize adds a border to your pictures with whatever color you like – in that way your actual picture still stays in square.
With the free app “Layout” you can easily put multiple pictures together into a squared collage. A lot of bloggers use this to put two outfit pictures next to each other when the actual single picture isn’t in square.
If you decide that you want to put a frame around your pictures for more consistency in your feed, then Diptic is a very cool app for that.
9. Latergramme for scheduling your posts
When you have a busy week ahead, and already know beforehand that you won’t have the time to write a caption and select hashtags at the specific time you want to post, then Latergramme is the app for you. You can insert your pics into the app, write the caption, add the hashtags, and then schedule your post for a certain date and time. The app will automatically remind you when your post is due and all you have to do is click on “post now”.
10. Phonto for quotes
If you like to post inspiring quotes on your Instagram, you can be creative with Phonto! You can upload your own pics and write quotes on them with different fonts and colors. You can also just use a monochrome color as a background instead of an actual pic.