Instagram Photo Trends and Tips

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Instagram Photo Trends Tips. Started from the bottom now we’re here. Literally. Let’s just say my Instagram feed has come a long way. This post was inspired by @travel_inhershoes – an influencer I follow. As you can see from my feed above, my instagram wasn’t always so pleasing to the eye, in other words “pretty” or consistent. There wasn’t a story or a consistent flow. It was definitely all over the place – a hot mess. You see, I was blogging before Instagram was around, and Instagram was all so new to a lot of people and a lot of influencers. The point I’m trying to make is that it’s ok that you didn’t begin with a pretty feed. Although I’ve wanted to delete all these old photos on my feed, I’m glad I didn’t. I like that I can look back and see how much I’ve grown and how much I’ve learned being in this industry. It’s almost like a photo album or a yearbook. I love seeing my growth from the ground up. This right here reminds me that I should never compare myself or feel discouraged when I see other people’s feeds, because at some point, their feeds were not the prettiest… unless of course you’re new to instagram – and if that’s the case then, congrats. 😉

 

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I wanted to share this post in hopes to inspire and bring some light to other new influencers or anyone wanting to start a blog. If you ever feel lost or wanting to give up, just remember that not everyone started at the top, and there is hope, (take me for instance) lol. No, but seriously it’s all about finding the right filters or tones that work best for your feed and remain consistent.

I wanted to share how much instagram – or in my case my instagram feed, has evolved throughout the years.

In 2012, it was all about wrist/arm candy shots with this bubble dreamy filter effect.

 

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In 2013, from above shoe shots and flat lays of clothing items were so on trend.

 

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In 2014, collages and side-by-side shots of OOTDs were so in.

 

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In 2015-2016, whiting out, over editing the backgrounds and brightening the entire photo was very popular. Making sure there were no distracting objects beside you or in the background of your photos were very important.

 

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In 2017, we began seeing more natural tones, and leaving the backgrounds as is, with minor edits. Also, when Kim Kardashian returned to Instagram, everyone went wild with her vintage/grainy aestetic, or better known as HB1 and HB2 filters from VSCO app. We then started to see more raw and not-so-perfect photos. Not that people stopped caring about their feeds, it was just more acceptable to have an imperfect photo, which was nice. The grain tool was and still is very popular, along with the “dusty” editing tool on Afterlight app. Also, blurry and out of focus photos were most accepting and less frown upon than what they were back in the day, which I’m not mad about. Hyperlapse, Hype Type, 8MM, Boomerang and Kirakira were among other top apps.

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Today, we are still seeing similar trends from 2017, like blur and out of focus photos, the grain tool, and more use of Afterlight app, along with Tezza’s presets that I think had the world mad about. Mad in a good way. As much as I do like her presets, I think it is important to not just slap a filter on your photos because everyone else is using it or because it works for others. Chances are it won’t look the same, especially on different skin tones. If I can give a quick tip on editing Instagram photos, I would say to pay attention to your skin, and edit based off what is going to be more appealing and look best with your skin tone. I say this from experience because I use to up the brightness and highlight tool on my photos so much that I would forget about what my skin tone looked like. I look back at most photos and see how overly blown out my skin looked. For me personally, I like my skin to look as close as possible as it does in real life. Don’t get me wrong, when I’m not tanned, I do up the saturation or skin tone tool a bit, however; I make sure I don’t look too orange or oompa loompa-ish if this makes sense.

Again, this is my preference and believe that everyone has the right to edit their photos however they wish to. If looking orange or any other color is your thing, then by all means, do you boo. There is no right or wrong. I’m simply sharing this information based off my trial and errors and experience throughout the years, and I’m not saying I’m right. Just wanted to share my thoughts and tips. So please be kind in the comment section below. 🙂

I hope this information is helpful, and as always if you have any other questions, please let me know. Leave a comment below or DM on instagram @melrodstyle. I’m really curious to know what you guys think about this topic. Feel free to share.

Stay tuned, as I will be drafting a blogpost on my favorite instagram editing apps soon.

xo

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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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