Recently I’ve had quite a few questions aimed at my Instagram account on how I take my photos and what I use to edit them. I’d been planning on doing an updated post on my favourite Instagram accounts too so I thought I’d lump them all in together. It’s really satisfying when you figure out your preferred method of photo taking and editing, so hopefully it will help at least a handful of you!
So let’s get started with the “HOW“… I’ll admit that some of my photos are latergrams – working full time means that you don’t always have time or anything of interest to put out there, so I’ll save random little snippets from the weekend (usually flowers or cake) for later in the week. The majority of these are taken on my iPhone 4S. I usually take them in square mode so I don’t have to bother cropping.
Sometimes if I want to promote a blog post or video, and I don’t have a photo on my camera roll I’ll take one of my blog post photos off my computer and put it on my phone to Instagram. You can do this using a cable, email, or (my method for everything) dropbox. If I’m taking photos on the go, I always try and make sure I’m stationary and out of direct sunlight – avoiding a fuzzy or over exposed image.
Then there’s the “WHAT“… I get so many questions on how I edit my photos. Until recently I used nothing but the standard Instagram filters, but recently I’ve branched out a little more. My favourite app is Vsco Cam which I use for making photos brighter and the occasional filter. I use Picfx for hearts and other bokeh effects and finally Afterlight on the odd occasion for various effects.
And finally, “WHO“(this is the best bit)…
These are my favourites who I’ve found completely via Instagram, without finding a blog first. I’ll be updating my blog roll in a few weeks so I’ll go a little more in depth about other blogs and their various other social media accounts that I love, but for me these five make my feed a little bit more special.
Edit: So apparently a fair few of you don’t follow me on Instagram already – I’m @hellooctoberxo if you fancy coming over and saying hi!