The question I get asked most often is how I edit my Instagram photos, how I keep a feed like this.
To be really honest, it took me sometime to decide if I was going to share about this. You see, when I started blogging, the bloggers I looked up to had already established the look they wanted and I struggled to find mine.
It wasn’t easy. In a world where everybody is obsessed with aesthetically pleasing feeds, it is hard to put and leave a mark.
Most people do not waste time looking and checking out what you have to share (even if you put your heart into the writing) when you don’t have a good eye for aesthetic to pair it with.
As a newbie blogger back then, i found it difficult to establish my own brand. Being the newcomer in the industry was challenging, not everyone me was willing to help or guide me. It was a tough lesson I had to learn by myself. But now, I understand why many people in this industry are kind of protective of their craft.
I now understand why there’s always a limit to what they share.
See, behind every beautiful photo they post online are hours, days, weeks, maybe even months of brainstorming, trial and error, effort and time. Bloggers, more often than not, are their own photographers, they are their own gaffer and lighting assistants, they are their own creative directors, they are their own post processor and editor, their own copywriter, they are their own social media manager. You can only imagine the actual time spent to create just one post. Plus, as artists (whatever kind you are), it always sucks to see your work being copied by others without credit, or even at the very least, permission.
I’ve always been a creative artsy fartsy woman and amongst all the social media platforms available today, I’d say Instagram is my favorite. (Okay, Twitter talaga. But for photo sharing heavy social media platform, it’s Instagram.)
What made me decide to finally share how I do my feed is the thought that maybe, I’ve already established my mark- my look online. After all, it’s been more than a year since I’ve been doing this feed. Maybe it’s time I share it to everybody.
So how do I edit my Instagram photos?
Straight up answer: A mix of Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, VSCO, RNI Films
I know what you’re thinking right now.
YES, my feed takes a long process to create but NO, I don’t always use all of those apps and software for all my posts.
I am a graphic designer by profession and I find a little more easing to lean on using ADOBE software than cellphone applications. Plus, I have always been that type who likes putting a personal touch on everything I do!
Don’t leave yet. I know “ADOBE” sounds intimidating, but there’s more to it than that so keep reading!
For photos alone, I use either Adobe Lightroom, VSCO or RNI Films. It really depends on my mood. For vintage looks, I recommend RNI Films. I use VSCO when I want my photos to look uniform, or at least the color scheme.
Adobe Lightroom is probably my most used software amongst these three.
I like it because I can customize everything- as in everything.
I can create my own filter here. There is an iOS and Android app of this that you can download, although the filters and functions are limited.
As for the “scrapbook” theme, I mainly use Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop. I create my own vectors, draw my own patterns, and do the entire layout there.
So yes, I edit most of my posts on my computer and transfer it on my phone. Some may say and think it’s a lot of work just for online posts and it is! But hey, I got food on my plate tonight! 🙂
I am aware that not everyone is knowledgeable in Adobe Software and some of you may not even have the time to do what I do for my feed. So here’s the secret…
Go to your App Store.
Type in “Studio Design”
Look for this icon:
Hit Download and start playing with it 🙂
You may not be able to cop the look I have on my Instagram feed exactly as it is, but you are sure to achieve that “scrapbook” theme like mine using just your smartphones!