How I edit my Instagram photos

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Since I have been editing my Instagram pictures the same way now for a little while, I thought I would share on here how I do it!

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First Tool: VSCO

I upload the photos I want to use onto VSCO (found in app store) and choose a specific filter. The filter I’ve been using lately (that you can see if you look at my current feed) is the HB2 filter, which I only use +5 of. The HB filters come form the Hypebeat x VSCO presets, which you can find if you go through the VSCO store. HB2 is the perfect level of mood and desaturation for me.

After using HB2 +5, I go into the other settings and fool around with them. I usually bump my grain to about +3. This gives a gritty look which I enjoy and I think looks a bit vintage. I lower my exposure quite a lot, as I was going for a darker look lately. On very bright photos, I’ll lower it to -3, but for most I will go anywhere from there to 0. I also bumpy the contrast one point up to +1.

Lastly, I fiddle with the S. tint and H. tint. For S. tint, I use the orange to increase +1. For H. tint, I take the magenta up to +3.

After that, I save it to my phone using the largest size.

Second Tool: Filterloop

I use Filterloop (found in the app store) on about a third of my photos. The only thing I use this for is to put film scratches and distortions onto my pictures. This gives it a vintage feel. I use the “Texture” tab and then use the “Dust” filters. I use all different ones depending on the photo, and I just play around with them before saving it to my phone. Then I upload to Instagram, and all is well!

 

Let me know what your tactics are for uploading to Instagram! I am currently playing around with some new filters to use on my feed, but this is the way I’ve been uploading for awhile. I tend to change things as seasons change. πŸ™‚

If you want to see what else I’m up to, check out my Instagram and Tumblr!

-Heather πŸ’›πŸ™ƒπŸ„

Sometimes the smallest light shines so bright | An unexpected book store

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I visited the Montague Bookmill in Montague, MA, and these were some of the treasures that I found.

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As someone who lives a pretty stagnant life (as in, I work and a library and write in my free time, staying away from parties and roller coasters) I enjoy a little adventure once in awhile. Coming upon this little book mill was completely unexpected and absolutely satisfactory. I was lucky enough to go on a rainy day (as I love the rain) and the cosiness of the environment was at an all-time high. There were creaky floorboards, old windows, and the sound of rushing water from the river behind us. Plants overtook surfaces and books were scattered in disarray. I secretly wondered how difficult the process of getting married here would be.

It was one of those places nestled in the middle of nowhere that is delightful and stays somewhere safe in the back of your mind. I am thinking back to it now, happy that the experience was full of inspiration, and nothing can touch it.

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And I did end up buying books (of course) and one of them was a book I already have a copy of (of course).

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Please leave any comments if you have been to this magical place or if you have suggestions for more magical places like this that I can explore!

 

“You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and

paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge

and power. They are, simple put, the best of places.”

-Jen Campbell

Tea Time | Gardening, Writing Groups, & Poetry Blogs

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Hello Everyone,

I am writing this as I sit outside on our back patio. It isn’t necessarily warm, but it’s not cold out either.

I started thinking about how it’s almost been a year since I graduated from college. That is a strange feeling, as I wish that I had done a little bit more or had a more accomplished job by now. It started feeling like things were exactly the same as they were a year ago.

But, I got a new job, I’ve been published twice, and I’ve given my first official talk at a bookstore, so I am feeling slightly productive at this current moment in time.

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Some of my ventures for the summer to keep me moving forward are:

  1. Start and maintain a successful garden
  2. Go to more writing groups in my area
  3. Start my own poetry blog

Let me know what your summer resolutions are, and I will be back here soon!

-Heather

Today I Felt Anxious, So I Took Photos of Donuts

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Photography can be an ailment. With lots of things going on like allergies, taxes, and bloating (oh my!) I needed an outlet. So I took some pictures of this delicious chocolate glazed donut.

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Did this magical donut take away any of your anxiety? Well, I hope so. If anything, maybe you feel more hungry.

If you want to see what else I’m up to, you can check out my Instagram and Tumblr!

-Heather

We Are Okay

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Hello Everyone,

I had the pleasure of reading one of the most beautiful books this past week. I’d been in a reading rut, and I couldn’t seem myself getting out of it. I kept seeing stellar reviews of this book by Nina Lacour, and I finally went off to the bookstore to buy it. I read it in two days (and I was trying to pace myself).

Here’s what I have to say about this book: I could not put it down. It was tragic and excruciatingly beautiful. There is a quote on the back that says something along the lines of “This book is so beautiful I could barely breathe.” That is 100% how I felt about it, and I would pick it up and read it again right now. If you are needing an emotional read about friendship, love, and loss, I suggest getting emerged into this book.

My one warning is that this is very sad, possibly the saddest thing that I’ve read in the last six months. But it was really relatable from an anxiety-ridden person’s standpoint, and the journeys that the characters go through in a matter of 3 days is astonishing. These characters, themes, and symbolism was hands-down perfect.

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Book Description:

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

Obviously, this is a teen book, so it’s easy and pretty simple. But that does not mean it lacks any substance, and I truly mean it when I say I cried my way through the end.

Talk to you very soon!

-Heather

Lighter Layers

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I’ve broken out the lighter jackets. And I am finding that I am totally in love with leather. I loved taking photos of the details in this jacket that I can finally enjoy.

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Details:

Shirt: TJMaxx

Jeans: Target

Shoes: Keds

Jacket: Guess

 

Are you finally getting some sunshine where you live? Let me know what your usual outfit has been this spring. The days vary so much that my closet is living in limbo. At least it keeps things exciting. πŸ™‚

“Everything has changed and yet,Β 
I am more me than I have ever been.”

-Iain ThomasΒ