Hey guys!! Now that it's summer (blessssssss), we're seeing a lot more cute pictures of fun summer adventures ALL. OVER. SOCIAL MEDIA. At first its super cute and fun and inspiring, but after a while it gets discouraging. Why doesn't my feed look as good as theirs?? Why am I not as happy as them??
First, we need to remember that social media isn't really real. A lot of stuff is staged. But that being said, if you're jealous of people having adventures while you're sitting on your bed watching Netflix 24/7, then girl, get your booty out of bed and go have an adventure!! I'm not saying you should "do it for the 'gram," but you should go on an adventure because its good for the soul. Awesome photo opportunities are just a side benefit.
Even though Instagram isn't always an accurate reflection of our lives, it can be fun to post on, and having an Instagram "theme" can be a fun hobby. You know when you're stalking people and all their pictures flow so nicely together and everything just looks beautiful? Yeah, let's learn how to do that!! I'm going to be honest, my Insta doesn't look all that great, but I'll share the few tips I do have to help you guys out!!
Tip #1: Decide your vibe. Figure out what you want your Instagram to look like. Do you want it to be dark and moody? Or do you want it to be clean and bright? That is 100% your decision, and because it is your account, you should do what makes you happy. A lot of girls who live around me have this whole free-spirit-Jesus-loving-bright-happy-and-positive vibe going on, which I personally happen to love, but if that's not your thing, don't feel like that's what you need to do in order to have a "good" Instagram. Do what you want and do what you consider to be beautiful.
Tip #2: Take pictures that reflect your vibe. Lighting is key for this. If you want your Instagram to look bright and full of light, don't take pictures in the middle of a thunderstorm. Of course, don't feel limited to only take pictures because of how they'll look on your Insta. If you want to take a picture, don't feel limited by your feed. But when looking for pictures that you specifically want to post, look for how the lighting will match your vibe, and think about what types of pictures you want on your feed.
Tip #3: Use VSCO!! This is such a good editing app!! You can download it in the app store for free, and it comes with a lot of great filters and presets. They also have some stuff for sale, but it's all pretty cheap. One of the things I like about VSCO is that it isn't about photoshop, but just about the theme and vibe of the picture. You can't change or edit the way you look, and I think that's nice because it keeps you looking natural and gives off some ~~positive vibes~~
Tip #4: Experiment with filters. When I upload a picture to VSCO, I always click on every single filter to see how it looks on a certain picture. Most filters have a certain mood, so a lot of times your theme might look good if you continuously use the same filter on everything. Although depending on the lighting, a filter may look completely different on different pictures, so play around with a few different filters when editing. Also, if you double tap on the filter, you can adjust how much filter is applied on the picture, so you can tone it down or up depending on what you want. Some of my favorite filters are S2, N1, Q2, Q9, and NC.
Tip #5: Experiment with presets. Presets can change the lighting, shadows, color, clarity, and so many other parts of the picture. I'll give a little overview of what the presets that I typically use do. Exposure has to do with brightness, and it will make a picture lighter or darker. Contrast adjusts the shadows. I sharpen a lot of my photos which makes them clearer, and it makes words show up better in pictures. Saturation adjusts the color, so when I have a photo that is really dull, I'll up the saturation a bit to make it brighter. Temperature deals with the coloring of the photo. If you slide the bar to the left, it makes it cooler, or more blue, and if you slide it to the right it makes it warmer, or more orange. Play around with those to help figure out what makes a photo look good to you. A lot of it is experiment and you'll have to go back and forth between filters and presets to find what you like.
Tip #6: See how it looks. Once you save your edited picture from VSCO, go into Instagram and post the picture. Right after you post, go to your profile and screenshot your feed (which includes the new picture), and then delete your newly edited picture off of Insta. Then look at your camera roll and see how it looks with the rest of your photos. If you like it, repost again with a cute caption, and if you don't like it go back to VSCO and make some tweaks.
Those are all the tips I have for you guys, but before I go, I want to remind you that your Instagram feed isn't your life. It doesn't matter how much fun it looks like you're having if you aren't actually having fun. Rarely does an Instagram account reflect how a person actually lives and feels, so don't get caught up in it. These are just tips if you're interested, but you never have to do this if you don't want to, and just because you don't edit your pictures like this, doesn't mean your Instagram isn't "good." You are defined by so much more than your feed and the amount of likes on your photo. Remember that this should be something you do for fun, not a requirement. I love you all! Happy editing!!
Thank you so much for reading!! See ya later! <3