flatlays part 5: how I edit my Instagram photos

How to edit photos for Instagram If you’re anything like me, after staging a little selfie or flatlay shoot you end up with about a hundred identical photos.

How to edit photos for Instagram The first step is you have to cull the ones that aren’t gonna make the cut. I usually will look at them as thumbnails first, because that’s the size that people are going to see if they’re looking under a hashtag you’ve used or they go onto your page. I choose the ones that are the best looking in that size or the ones that make you wanna click to see them bigger. Then I just pick my favourite out of those ones.

How to edit photos for Instagram I use Snapseed to edit all my pictures – the first step is I add my watermark. This is super important cause some terrible people like to steal your photos and this is the only way to semi-protect yourself from it (I mean, they’ll still do it, but at least you have a way to prove it’s yours).
I take my flatlays on the table (as discussed in my post about backgrounds) with one foot on the table and one foot on a chair so I can get the best angle. So, if I can see the edge of one of my pink fluffy slippers or the edge of my backdrop, I have to crop the image. 

How to edit photos for Instagram Then under “Tune Image”, I tap the magic wand to auto adjust and occasionally correct the white balance if I think the picture needs it. If it doesn’t look significantly better with either of these steps, I skip it. Less is more when it comes to editing.

How to edit photos for Instagram

I finish off in the Instagram editor, I usually go +10 brightness, +10 contrast, +10 highlights and -10 shadows. But this is about the extent of the editing I do. If I get the light right, I don’t need to do anything else.

I never use filters – I think that my feed looks much cleaner and nicer without them.

This concludes my series on flatlays – part 1part 2part 3 and part 4 are here – I hope that you guys have enjoyed it!

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