Last Updated on 29th January 2018 by Sophie Nadeau
Since starting to take photos just under a year ago, photography has easily become one of my biggest passions. You won’t find me going anywhere without a fully charged camera (even if that just means my phone)! Here’s a quick guide on how to edit Instagram photos (all of the apps below are free to downloads- however, some do have paid add-ons):
If you follow me on Instagram (@sophieannenadeau – lots and lots of Paris inspired pictures), then you’ll probably have seen that I edit nearly every single one of my photos. However, I don’t really have time to spend hours editing each one on Lightroom and Photoshop on my computer so I do 99% of my editing on my phone itself. In fact, I only ever use three apps to edit my photos!
I have only recently started using Snapseed after being recommended to do so by countless friends. Although it has taken a little bit of getting used to, it is easily now my fave photo-editing app due to its versatility.
The best feature: hands down, the best feature on snapseed is the selection tool where you can select a small circle of the image to edit. For example, if you want to darken the sky to bring out the clouds but keep the rest of the image the same, you need only put the little easy to move button exactly where you want the sky lightened.
Fave filter: Tonal Contrast
Fotor has been my go-to photo editing app for some time. It’s easy to use and you can also add text to your images as well as make photo-collages (perfect for Pinterest (@solosophieblog))!!
Best feature: Colour balance options. Not only can you change the red, green and blue, but there is also a handy little colour curve for more precise editing.
Fave filter: Gloaming
3/ Instagram Itself!
Of all the ways on how to edit Instagram photos with free apps, using Instagram itself is definitely the easiest! The tools for in-app editing in Instagram itself are great- particularly if you’re in a rush or don’t have too many things on the original photo to correct. In fact, for the longest time, I was only editing my photos here. The filters are pretty neat too; if you double tap on them, then you can reduce their intensity. I like using filters at 20% and under in order to preserve the original image’s ‘look’.
Best feature: Lux- My favourite little button on the in-app editing software is the little sun in the middle (the sun is in the middle of the top of the screen following the May 2016 update).
Fave filter: Aden
What do you use to edit your images? Let me know in the comments below!