How I edit my Instagram photos

How I edit my Instagram photos


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!


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. šŸ™‚

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

-Heather šŸ’›šŸ™ƒšŸ„





  1. 15 Ways to Improve your Instagram EngagementĀ 

This is such a well-written post. I had been feeling a little discouragedĀ lately with Instagram (as a lot of people were) and it inspired me to take some tips and step up my game. Interacting with others on the app is such an important thing to do!

There were also some tips about your feed and how you should behave on Instagram. It gave me some excellent insight. Really well done post!

2. Blueberry and Lemon Thyme GalettesĀ 

So, recently we bought way too many blueberries, and it’s something that I do very often. I’d been looking for a good blueberry recipe and this one looked perfect. Blueberry and lemon go together in the most lovely way. Recently, I made lemon cupcakes with a strawberry frosting. This has got me thinking I should have used blueberries instead!

This blog never disappoints, and this time she really delivered an excellent recipe. It looks so delicious in the gorgeous and crisp photos!

Lately I’ve been into the more “rustic” recipes as well, so this really did it for me. Hint of Vanilla is such a wonderful blog that I also encourage just browsing through the rest of her recipes as well. It really makes me want to get my life together and make some pastries. The photos and writing are beautiful. Seriously check this out!


That’s all I’ve got for this “Discoveries” section. I can’t wait until fall starts picking up and I can share the wonderful things across the blogosphere that are celebrating. As for now, I’ll be getting my scarves in order. I know that it’s only August! But autumn is so close. I am itching for it to finally get here.