How I Edit My Instagram Photos | AD

Thursday, March 22, 2018


Flatlay featuring Tanya Bakes cook book
There's so many blog posts out there that explain how bloggers edit their Instagram photos. So many, that I wanted mine to be different. Believe it or not, I've actually had this post in the pipeline for the best part of a year! Ever since the Queen of Insta, Little Miss Katy, and so many other bloggers I love to follow, asked me where I got my beautiful wooden background from.

So when Panasonic* got in touch and asked if I'd like to collaborate with them alongside their brand new 4K Wildlife and Sports Cameras, I thought what better way to bring you this post and share some of my top tips on how I edit my Instagram photos!

Now I'm not saying I'm some sort of Instagram genuis or that I edit my photos in a special way because I'm not and I don't but for as long as I can remember I've had a big interest in photography. Whether it was film photography and the excitement of waiting for the film to be developed or digital photography we all know and love today. 

Fun fact: I studied graphic design at college for 5 1/2 years and before my place on a National Diploa course was approved, my course lecturer tried to convince me that I should take photography for 2 years instead. I didn't and needless to say I now wish I did!

I've had more cameras than I care to remember and a far few of those have been Panasonic but believe it or not theses days I tend to use my iPhone to take the majority of my photos, espically my blog photos. Most mobile phones come with such incredible cameras these days -look at me sounding old- and for sheer lack of laziness, I find it so much quicker just airdropping photos from my phone to my laptop.

The days of editing photos with preset instagram filters have gone. There's no more crazy polaroid frames or overuse of the vignette filter we've all been there! now it seems to be the brighter the better. The most minimalistic feeds are my favourite and I try very hard to keep my Instagram feed clean, sharp and bright.

"But how do you do that?" I hear you ask.

Well, believe it all not but my beloved wooden background is actually 4 sqaure laminate floor samples I purchased from B&Q a few years ago. Each sqaure cost me £2, so in total I spent £8 for my beautiful wooden background and yes, that may seem a bit pricy to some bloggers and there are much cheaper backgrounds out there but needs must, hey?!

ItsJess Instagram Feed
ItsJess Instagram Feed

It doesn't tend to take me too long to get the "framing" I really like. I wouldn't say I've "mastered" flatlays go over and check out Katy's feed! She is the queen of flaylays but it is something I really enjoy creating. 

If I want a bit more of a "cosy" feel to my Instagram photos I tend to scrap my wooden flooring and replace it with my super cute Ikea bedding which I managed to bag for an absolute steal on eBay many moons again! I tend to team it with a light green bottom sheet for a pop of colour and feel it works really well for an Insta background.

ItsJess Instagram Feed

Now for the app/s I use to edit my photos. I say app/s because I've tried soooo many different ones but I've never fallen in love with an app unlike I have with VSCO - I know a lot of bloggers use it and I can totally understand why, it's incredible and so easy to use!

I find myself sticking with the HB1 filter, which is a free downloadable filter you can "purchase" from the VSCO shop. There's many other really cool filters to download too, and so many awesome preloaded filters.


Before and After shots
Before and After shots
And there we have it, that's how I edit my Instagram photos!

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, as I've already mentioned it's definitely one of my most requested posts and I'm so happy to finally get round to sharing this with you all. 

If you have any questions whatsoever, please do leave them in the comments and I'll be more than happy to answer them for you. Also, if you have or know of any other awesome apps I should edit out to take my Instagram photos to the next level, be sure to leave all your recommendations in the comments. I'm always on the look out for new apps to try! 

As always a huge thank you to Panasonic* for getting in touch and working with me on this post. It's been an absolute pleasure as always. If you'd like to check out my previous post with Panasonic please be sure to check out my 5 programs I'll be watching this autumn blog post.

- This post was kindly sponsored by the lovely guys at Panasonic -

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