How I Edit My Instagram Photos | 2018


One of the questions I get asked most frequently on Instagram is how I edit my photos. The funny thing is that it’s actually SO simple! Mostly because I’m lazy lol. But, I decided to share my process anyways in case it helps some of you out a bit. ;)

Step 1

I take a photo. I normally just snap my photos using my iPhone SE.

Step 2

Throw the photo into the free Lightroom app and apply a preset. I bought the Mandi Nelson Mobile Preset Pack in July for $30 CAD - it includes two presets: 'Black & White' and 'Everyday.' I use the 'Everyday' preset on all my photos.

Step 3

After I've applied the 'Everyday' preset to my photo I stay in the Lightroom app and do a few more edits. First, I click on 'detail' > 'sharpness' and depending on what the photo needs I increase the sharpness by +20 or +30.

Next I click out of the 'details' tab and move over to the 'Effects' tab. I click on 'Effects' > 'Clarity' and increase the clarity by +10 or +20 depending on what looks best on that particular photo.

And that's all I do in Lightroom. I make sure to save it to my camera roll before exiting out of the app.

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Step 4

Now I open the edited photo in the Instagram app. Under the 'Edit' tab I use the 'Adjust' feature to move the photo around and choose my preferred crop.

Next I slide over to the 'Sharpen' tool and increase the sharpness by +10 or +20. Again, it just depends on what the photo needs.

And that's that!

Step 5

Lastly I write a caption, include any tags and click 'Share!'

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I like to keep the photo editing as minimal as possible. I want my photos to look crisp and cohesive, but I also try really hard to keep the 'insta' in Instagram. I find that the Instagram accounts that bring me the most joy tend to be the ones that are more candid and warm, so that's naturally what I lean towards in my own content.

Do you have any photo editing tips to share? Let me know in the comments down below!

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