How I edit my Instagram Pics

Since signing up on Instagram I’ve been going through different phases on how I edit my Instagram pics.  I remember how I was so excited back in 2012 to try out each and every filter and it was just cool if the pictures clearly showed that a filter was used (now I’m cringing at my first pictures lol). As I changed and especially since starting my blog my way of editing my Insta pictures has changed too. So without further of due here’s:

How I edit my Instagram pics

Do you know the app VSCO? If not – where have you been?! It’s the best app ever – like literally. This is the main app where I edit my photos. So I take 90 % of my pictures with my DSLR (Sony Alpha 58). Then I upload the pic into my app VSCO. My fave filter and the one I’ve been going for the last couple of month is HB1.

After applying the filter I up the brightness and the saturation but I never go up more than +2. This just depends in which lightning the pictures was taken. Often I need to crop the picture but other than that, nothing needs to be done to my pic.

I bloody love this app. It makes my life so much easier and helps me keep my “non-theme” theme for Insta. And that’s that. Sometimes I up the brightness again on Insta something between 10 and 20. You see I like my pictures bright. Whats left to do, is to hit the upload button and enjoy the likes.

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Now you know how I edit my Instagram pics. To see the difference I have here my unedited picture and the final version ;).

I think the change is quite subtle. I see it as enhancing just what has already been there. Over the years I’ve been through a lot of filters etc. but now I’m at a point where I’ve found my dream filter. It’s working with all the styles of my pictures and I like to think it keeps my Insta pics more or less natural looking. And anyways who has time to edit your pictures for hours. I rather keep it real and it saves me so much time. (If you wanna know how feel about Instagram in general click here.)

I hope this has given you some new ideas on how to edit your Insta pics. But please don’t just copy what I’m doing (nobody likes a copy cat). I just thought it might help to find your own style and which apps you should try out etc.

Let me know what you thought about my blog post down in the comments down below. And if you already use the VSCO app which one is your fave filter? And don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin’.

Have a lovely evening beauties, xx

Lea - A Snippet of Life


44 responses to “How I edit my Instagram Pics”

  1. Johanne says:

    Haha, I don’t remember why but I actually deleted the VSCO app. I see everyone using it, but it just wasn’t for me…can’t put my finger on it as to why though…

    • Lea says:

      Not everthing is for everybody ;). I too had some apps I deleted that everybody seemed to like but they just weren’t for me… xx

  2. Heidi says:

    VSCO is definitely my fave photo editing app! Found my style because of that too. I don’t have any theme with my photos either, I’ll just post photos at I really enjoy and filter that I use, goes with every photo 🙂

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  3. Sarah says:

    Dear Lea,

    great blogpost! I love reading “how I edit my Instagram pics” at the moment. Your Instagram feed btw is soooo cute – loving it!

    Maybe I should write about my process 🙂

    Xx Sarah

    • Lea says:

      Thanks so much Sarah ! I love reading them too, so I thought I would do my own one ;). Oh I would really like to read how you edit yours ! xx

  4. Jenny says:

    Such good ideas! Your photos look very pretty very inspirational

  5. Claire says:

    I tried using vsco, but it was a bit difficult for me. Maybe I will try again. 🙂 Love your feed!

  6. Carrie says:

    You have a beautiful feed. I love the color scheme and cropping. You have a great eye!

  7. Melissa says:

    I use VSCO too. Loving all your pictures! I’m following you on Instagram now!

    xx, Melissa

  8. jessica says:

    absolutely loved this! following you on insta now

  9. Bridgette says:

    These pictures look great! You have a good eye. Also your blog layout is amazing!

  10. Gillian says:

    I am a big fan of VSCO. I have a library of settings on a Pinterest board.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve heard of the VSCO app and have it on my phone, but I rarely use it. I really liked the HB1 filter too, so I’ll have to use it more often.

    • Lea says:

      I didn’t use it at the beginning that much but now just to help me get a similar look for all my pictures it’s amazing. I know I love that filter. xx

  12. Amakeda says:

    I have vsco on my phone but haven’t used it. Thanks for the tips can’t wait to find my favorite filter and use it for my next post.

  13. HAHA It’s funny. I’m all about HB1 on VSCO as well! I was on A6 for a while, but moved on. I am also using LR now 🙂
    Awesome tips!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

    • Lea says:

      It’s such a good filter isn’t it! I used to be all about the F2 one but since I changed I can’t imagine going back ;). xx

  14. Stefanie says:

    Vsco is the best!!

  15. Maya Maceka says:

    Seriously Lea these are some beautiful images! I usually just use Lightroom to edit my photos but I might have to try VSCO!

    • Lea says:

      Thanks so much Maya! Oh I wanna try and work with Lightroom too, just have to download the program first ;). No doubt you’ll find something you like with the VSCO app and even if it’s just to play around for yourself. xx

  16. Alvin Lau says:

    I’ve heard of VSCO, but I’ve never actually used it! Great tips for Insta photography!

  17. Joscelyn says:

    Love, love, LOVE VSCO! I use it for every insta pic and I use the HB1 filter too! Your feed is beautiful!

  18. Mary Yowell says:

    I loved this post! I love to see how everyone edits their pictures I use vsco too!

  19. Jenn Worrell says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous. I downloaded Snapseed to play with this summer. I may need to try VSCO, too!

  20. I use VSCO every so often and I mixed it in with snapseed. You have such a GORGEOUS insta feed, I love it X

  21. Tereza says:

    I’ve always said that your editing is very unique and I love watching you develop it further. I don’t think you’re doing it on purpose but whenever I look at your photos, the way the cool tones are much more prevalent, I always think of Switzerland! Just the mood of them and everything reminds me of when I lived in Aarwangen. Everything is just so crips and kind of chilly ha! x

    • Lea says:

      This is so cool how you see my Insta and yes I do love the crisp look but never thought what it could reflect to others like ;). xx

  22. Wow, these are great ideas! I haven’t yet been able to crack the Instagram code for my blog, so I’ll have to try some of these tips. Thank you!

  23. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the tips! I’d heard of the app but didn’t know how good it was for editing photos so I’ll give it a shot (pardon the pun!!) x.