How I Edit My Instagram Photos

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“How do you edit your Instagram photos?” “Love your photos?” “What filters do you use?” The most popular questions I’ve gotten. Well, you asked, I answered.

If you scroll a few months down my feed, you’ll notice that my photos use to be very blown out, I would whiten every single background, even moody (love a good moody shot). I used to be very particular with my feed and how every single photo looked. I was OCD with the editing and filter usage. I kept my filters to a minimum (two I think), and it HAD to look perfect. “Now wait a minute… but my life isn’t perfect so why am I trying so hard?!”  Yeah, I know. Pretty silly right?… LAUGHING OUT LOUD.

My feed has changed since. Now, I just look at what looks best, which has lead me to use multiple filters. I love more natural backgrounds, still with moody/contrast tones as before. I just love that feel, ya know? I just post whatever looks and feels right to my liking… does that make sense? It’s not that I don’t care about what my feed looks like anymore, it’s more about liking how each individual photo looks rather than stressing if my feed looks consistent or if this photo looks ok next to the previous edited photo. I still think that my feed is cohesive and still remains somewhat of a consistency, however; in a more “go-with-the-flow” kind of way. I guess you can say that. I don’t know, it’s really difficult to explain it but you get the gist of it, right?!..

Anyways, moving on. I listed the apps and a quick rundown of the filters I use.

VSCO:

Want to know my secret? Ok, are you ready? I use EVERYTHING! Lol, just kidding – but I kinda do.

A6: Aaahhh good ol’ A6 – probably the most famous & most used filter bloggers have used or still do. I’ve notice I use this every once in awhile. Not as often as I use to but still great, especially for photos you absolutely think are trash. This filter has saved a lot of my photos that almost never made it to the gram.

C1-C3 & E1-E4: I always play around with these to get the right tones. I can’t really narrow it down because while one will work for one photo, it may not necessarily work for another… Does that make sense?! I hope so… moving on.

J1, J2, J5 & J6: These have been some of my favorites for sure. If you’re like me, and like moody, these are great.

SNAPSEED:

I use this app to control the brightness and exposure of my photos. You can also tap a specific area of the photo to change the tone, which is ah-mazing!

FACETUNE:

This is what I use to use to whiten out the backgrounds of my photos. I still use it from time to time when necessary. It’s great to smooth out any blemishes. I also use it to remove certain things, people, stains, etc. that are photo bombing my photo… yeah, this app can do that.

LIGHTROOM:

I just recently started using this app even though I’ve (for some odd reason) have had this app on my phone for years. It’s great for selfies. 😉

So there you have it ladies & gents. I hope this helped you out, and as always if you have any questions, just leave me a comment below or feel free to email or DM me on Instagram. 🙂

xo

Happy Valentine’s Day

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photos | Natalee Shale

Happy Lover’s Day! I know I’m a day early but couldn’t wait to share the Valentine’s Day shoot I did with my blogger boos Melanee and Crystal.

Happy Valentine’s day and happy weekend!

xo

SHOP THE LOOK:

Casual Outing

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Another casual and relaxed weekend with my Bare Rebel girl. Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

xo

Boots at the Beach

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I got to spend some time with my best Sandra (follow her new online store BareRebel.com that will be launching soon), watched the sun set, wore boots to the beach (that’s a first – especially in January), grabbed a macaroon and a delicious vanilla chai at a new place we discovered. Yup, this pretty much sums up my Sunday.

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

xo

Playing Dress Up with Urban 1972

Playing Dress Up with Urban 1972

Last Friday night was spent with these lovely blogger ladies playing dress-up. So much fun! Thank you Urban 1972 for the memories.

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Playing Dress Up with Urban 1972

xo

 

Recently on Instagram

Just a quick recap of what is happening on Instagram:

1. Got to meet the lovely Drew Barrymore at #luckyfabb.

2 and 4. Vegas was so much fun!

3. Shoe game with my blogger ladies at Luck Fabb.

Follow me @mel_twtgg!

 xo