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All about my instagram photos: what I use & how I edit

April 27, 2018

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what apps I use and how I edit my instagram photos. So here’s a blog post sharing all the details.

I don’t recommend this camera just because it is quite expensive. There are more affordable cameras out there, but I recently got this one & love it. The fujifilm Xpro2 shoots fast, manual functions are easy to use, and produces crisp/clear shots every time.

If you’re looking into a cheaper version, I used to own the fujifilm Xa3, and it worked just as well except it didn’t have a viewfinder, which I like to use now and then.

I recommend Fujifilm because I take my own photos, and my favorite setting would have to be the interval shooting setting. It’s a game changer. You don’t need a clicker, and you don’t have to keep running back to the camera to click the self-timer button. So find yourself a camera that has the interval shoot setting!

Here’s how it works:

You set how many seconds in between each photo & how many photos you want the camera to take. I usually set this at 50 because you know it takes me 50 photos to get that perfect shot haha. And that’s it! You just have to stand there and pose for 50 shots. Then just repeat if you don’t like any of the 50 shots.

My Editing Style

I recently changed my editing style if you couldn’t tell. I usually don’t stick with one editing style for too long because I get bored easily and like to try new things. Here’s how I’ve been editing my recent pictures. I currently only use 2 apps to edit my photos, and they’re all done on my phone or iPad. And the good news? It’s FREE!

  • Lightroom phone app
  • Afterlight 2 phone app

In lightroom:

I always open my pictures in lightroom first. *Note that each editing app edits differently.* I’ve used a lot of editing apps & love LR the most for adjusting lighting. LR works best because, in my opinion, it adjusts lighting without over exposing the picture.

So let’s get right into it:

  1. Open lightroon
  2. I apply my favorite filter: Matte
    • I consider filters a quick fix to photos, but it should not end there. Applying filters to each photo will give you different results depending on the lighting/other factors of the original picture, so I would want to adjust it a bit more to my liking.
  3. Go to “Light” section
    • In this section, I adjust accordingly to how the pictures looks. The number will vary depending on each photo:
      • I like to crank highlights all the way down
      • Increase exposure
      • Lift the shadows
      • Leave the whites neutral
      • and lastly, I’ve recently been loving the pops of dark in my photos, so I would turn down the blacks a bit
  4. Go to “Effects” section
    • Increase clarity to +10
  5. Go to the “Detail” section
    • Increase sharpening to +10
  6. Go to the “Color” Section
    • Note that the grass and trees are a bit saturated for me
    • So I click the color mix, click the green color, and desaturate some of green in my photo
  7. And that’s pretty much it for Lightroom. Save photo to camera roll & then pull the saved photo to Afterlight 2


In Afterlight 2:

I don’t do a whole lot. I just add a final touch for some warmth to my photos.

  1. Pull up the saved photo from Lightroom
  2. Go to “Color Overlay” section
  3. Add R3 color overlay
  4. Adjust strength of color overlay depending on picture


And that’s it! Hopefully that wasn’t too hard to follow. Good luck, and shoot me a message or comment below if you have any questions! (:

XOXO – Thy

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  1. These photos are just beautiful! I love spring and when everything just blooms and finally warms up a bit! I’ve never used afterlight before, thank you for sharing your way of editing. I do get a bit sick of my editing style at times and have to mix it up too.
    xx Jenelle

  2. Aw, I loved reading this blog post! You should definitely blog more often! You’re so detailed with every post <3 I edit similarly to you (minus the warm filter), where I desaturate green as well LOL.

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