How To Make Your Instagram Photos More Appealing

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hey guys! Welcome back to the blog. Today I wanted to go over with you a question that I get ALL the time: how do you get your photos so bright? I wanted to do an in depth blog post about it so you guys know exactly how I do it.

First I want to tell you that having the best natural lighting is a great way to make your photos look better (even before editing, the more natural lighting the better!) I have my desk right by my window because I like to have natural lighting coming in. 

Here is my folder of editing apps: 

The two that I use for editing my Instagram photos are Afterlight and Phonto. Afterlight is how I brighten and enhance my photos, and Phonto is the app I use to put "FILOALLY" on each one. It's important to watermark your photos because people will try to steal your pictures without giving credit. I had someone put a photo of mine on "We heart it" and it was shared multiple times by people claiming it as their own. They didn't see the watermark, but a lot of other people did and let me know about it! Anyway, next I will be showing you the steps I take using Afterlight to enhance my photos.

Here is what the app looks like. First, I brighten the photo. If you make it too bright it doesn't look right, so make sure you find a happy medium when doing this. Second, I contrast the photo. It makes the photo look a little more sharp and it brightens it a little bit more. Third, I highlight the photo. Again, it just makes it look a little bit sharper and better. Sometimes I will change the temperature of the photo if it looks too orange or grey. And lastly, I will "saturate" the photo or make it a little bit more colorful. You also want to find a happy medium doing this as well because if you do too much, the picture will look off.

After I have done this, I use the phonto app to watermark my pictures. I like to make my watermark blend in with the photo, making it match angles and lines. This app has tons of different fonts and colors to choose from which is why I really like using it. 

Here is a before and after:

As you can see, I didn't have good natural lighting when I took this because it was cloudy today. But I still managed to make it look better by enhancing it with afterlight.

I hope you enjoyed todays post and I hope I answered any questions you may have! Please comment below if there is anything I missed. Thanks for stopping by!


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