How I Edit My Instagram Photos

Tuesday, February 27

There's two questions I frequently see in my messages or posts: how do I edit my photos and can I make that into a wallpaper.
The second is easier than the first.
The first has required this post for months but there's one problem. I've mentioned before that I'm a neat freak and with that comes organization. A place for everything and everything in it's place.  I love my photos, I love capturing certain moments, but I don't need thirty-five photos or edits of the same one. I keep the final or the one before I post to Instagram (they reduce the resolution + size). So as much as I want to re-create the steps, the original picture is long gone from my device. I know I'll capture others, I know there'll be other moments so I don't get as attached as I used to. Losing photos would upset me before. I recently did in an iCloud backup that didn't workout in my favor but meh.. it happens. My cats will do other cute sh..stuff.

Based on that, I had to change my images and long written step by step because the corresponding photos were in my phone. - my bad - These are taken with iPhone. No need for fancy sh..stuff.

After this, is just a collage of screenshots because it seems easier. Screenshot it and save it into your phone, if you'd like. Also, this is just for my Instagram photos because anything I post here, a wallpaper or DSLR photos get the royal Lightroom treatment.


1. You've heard this one 300 million times - get good lighting. Natural is easier to work with.
2. Enable the grid on your iPhone camera
3. Don't move your subject around, move yourself around it.
4. For moving subjects or moments - Burst Mode (hold the shutter down) - It's seldom the first or second photo, you'll have dozens. The more you take the more you have to choose from.
5. HAVE FUN WITH IT. These are examples of my personal preferences but don't limit yourself to only these. Tinker with everything and you'll soon find what works for you.

I lean towards warmer edits. Except with wallpapers, I've noticed.


Since I lost my photos, I dug through an old iPhone 7 Plus backup and found this unedited one. (portrait mode)

vsco and textures

a color story
A walk in the park turns into magic

That's all folks! Enjoy and let me know if you try any of the above combinations.