After having a chat via Instagram Stories on Monday evening, I thought I’d put together a mini guide or walkthrough of my current Instagram process. The little square-grid app has stolen everybody’s hearts whether for good or bad, and there’s no denying that it’s here to stay.
Instagram seemingly wasted no time in racing to the top of everybody’s blogging platform roster from all angles: easy-to-digest content, beautiful imagery, tags so you can easily see where things are from, a somewhat intuitive commenting and messaging system… It’s a no-brainer and I’ve recently found a real groove with the little app.
I feel like I spent months and months in Instagram limbo, hovering at the 2.9k/3k mark before establishing a style and editing ‘look’ that would both showcase my personality and lifestyle as well as resonate with my current and future following. I’ve seen a real growth in the last few months and it’s all down to spending an hour or two each evening, developing custom presets to create a unified look.
Let me take you through four recent ‘grams…
This post went up yesterday evening and is the magnum opus of my recent attainable travel photos. We shot it on my Google Pixel in late afternoon, on infamous Victoria Street in Edinburgh, the supposed inspiration behind Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. My best friend — who isn’t a social media gal at all! — took about 12 shots and this was the 2nd one! I edited it firstly on A Color Story as I didn’t have access to my MacBook, and wanted the edit out of the way.
A Color Story
Noe Valley filter: 100%
Citrine filter: 52%
Enhance Contrast: 44%
Enhance Brightness: 68%
My sister and I shot this set a few weeks ago, in an alley behind our house. I’ve always struggled with shooting outdoors as I find the green tones always overwhelm the photo and subsequently looks out of place on my Instagram grid and even on my blog. Shot on my Nikon D5300 with a 50mm f1.8 lens, edited on Lightroom.
Muted the Green tones.
Amped up Red, Orange and Yellow tones.
Added +4 Grain.
A Cuppa Chai
This was a more posed lifestyle shot. I don’t often set up shots like this but really wanted to make a song and dance out of my custom blended tea, my H&M Home teacup and tea leaf strainer. I shot it in the daytime but for some reason it came out really blue-cast, so I put it through Lightroom to take them out and create the warm, muted soft pink look that I’ve been favouring recently.
Hint: This is the chosen Lightroom preset that you’ll receive upon subscribing to my fortnightly newsletter.
Turned down Blue and Purple tones.
Upped Exposure and Contrast.
Amped up Red and Orange tones.
Freddie’s Flowers/Harvey’s Fleurs
I shoot a LOT on my dresser so I created a ‘Dresser’ preset over the summer. It helps to create a more harmonious colour as the dresser I’ve inherited from my Mum is pink, my walls are grey and my dresser is home to books in all kinds of colours! Again, shot on my Nikon D3200 with a 50mm f1.8 lens and edited simply on Lightroom. I then went back in to the photo via Photoshop to rotate the image.
Turned down Green and Blue tones.
Enhanced Brightness and Contrast.
Added a +10 Grain.
As voted by my own Instagram following, you’ll now receive a FREE Lightroom preset when you subscribe to my fortnightly newsletter. Existing subscribers, check your Inbox as it also featured in this morning’s send-out.