Tech Talk: Editing Photos For Instagram

2 Nov 2015

UK based plus size fashion blogger AmandaApparel introduces a new column, Tech Talk! Today we're talking about her preferred way to edit photos for Instagram.

Hello, and welcome to tech talk! I thought I would start a new wee column about technology! This will be where I post about my favourite apps, blogs I'm loving, cool Instagram accounts, that sort of thing! 


I've had a lot of questions recently about how I edit photos for Instagram, so I thought I would share my process and some tips! 

1. I start by finding the best lighting possible, whether I'm taking a selfie, or photographing my morning coffee. That's why about 85% of my selfies are taken in front of this door. It's opposite a big window! As you can see, it's an okay photo, but I'm gonna make it better! 


2. Next I crop my photo to the same proportions using the iPhone photo editor in camera roll. I crop mine to 2:3 (4:6) so that the end result will have a portrait photo with white trim on either side. 


3. The app I use for editing is called Instasize. It's available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. The app allows you to create a collage, use custom borders, add filters, tweak the image, add text, overlays, stickers, and more! I mostly only use the "adjust" and "filters" tabs. 

4. I prefer to begin with adjustments. Each adjustment can be made on a slider from -5 to +5. I try to keep my photos pretty uniform, which adds to my whole "aesthetic branding" situation. My preferred adjustments are:


• Exposure +1 

• Lux +1 

• Brightness +1 

• Warmth - 1

• Shadows -1 


5. Then I move on choosing a filter. Because I like to keep my photos consistant, I usually use "Madrid," But my other two favourites are "Market" and "Nomad." 


6. Finally, I click the arrow in the top right corner, save the photo, and post to Instagram! Are you ready for the end result? Here is the before & after: 


I definitely prefer the photo on the right. I don't love retouch apps that just make you look like a big blur, so I'm a big fan of this app! It's also a great trick to have for hiding my major excema issue


Would you give Instasize a go? Let me know how you get on in the comments below! 


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Plus size style and fat positive blogger. Born in Kansas City. Matured in Edinburgh Scotland. Feminist killjoy, Instagram fanatic, and avid user of the sparkle emoji. Expect outfit posts, fat activism,
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