Okay, first of all, let me establish this, I am no professional when it comes to taking photos and my photos aren’t really perfect. I mean I only started my Instagram about a month or two ago but I have been getting lots of questions about how I edit my bookstagram photos! Thank you to everyone who always comment the nicest things on my photos because lets be real, my photos aren’t anything that amazing! But your comments always rock my day! Anyway, today I thought I’ll give you a little run down on how I edit my instagram photos! I’ve learned so much over the past month on photo-editing, photography and lets not forget all of you guys on the #bookstagram community because you guys are amazing! BTW: If you want to follow me I’m @hashtaglovebooks.alicia !
First things first (I’m the realest), I take most of my photos on my DSLR, Nikon D3200. Obviously, you do not need to take photos using a DSLR, before I had my camera I used my phone for the longest time and the photos turned out amazing. However, after a long time of getting frustrated with the exposure and quality of some of the photos taken by my phone I got a DSLR. I’m still learning how to use it and I’m pretty sure I don’t even know how to hold it properly but I like the way I have a bit more manipulation and control over the photos I take.
Usually, I’ll take all of my photos on the weekend because that way I can ensure that I’ll edit it all on time and that I can edit it without having to rush and worry about taking more photos again. Also, the lighting is usually the best on the weekend because I’m actually at home from about 8am to 9am which is when there is the best lighting! Normally, I’ll take about three photos of the same type of layout because that way, I can actually choose from a wide range of photos. I’ll then upload my photos all onto my computer where I’ll choose the best ones to edit. I use Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos, which is one of the most popular programs out there! I like how easy it is and it usually keeps the quality of my photos. Here is an example of an original photo I took that hasn’t been edited:
Here are a few examples of how I edit my photos. I first crop it to the size of a square so I can see how it’ll look on Instagram and so I can get the proportions of my photo to a correct ratio. To make my photos stand out I like to turn up the vibrancy and saturation. I also expose my photos because usually my photos are little bit darker than how I would like and then I’ll turn up the highlights as well, just to get rid of unnecessary dark shadows. I also like to sharpen my photos so that the title or words on books will look a bit clearer because it sometimes gets lost in the photo.
For me, I like my feed to have bright vibrant colors, with a white background. I like having a white sheet as my background as it adds a nice background to all my photos. However, I’m super choosy when it come to photos so finding the perfect white balance between the photo will take a while. Once I finish editting photos I save the photo and export it to Google Drive, where I’ll download the photos onto my phone and then I’ll save it onto my phone to edit it on apps like VSCO Cam.
I like to put a filter on my photos because it just keeps my Instagram feed a bit more unified, even though, I have to admit that my feed is a little bit messy but I put a filter on my photos anyway. Usually I’ll put the F2 or A5 filter because it keeps my photos white and crisp. I also like to use A Color Story and for that I’ll use the Ice Ice filter. A Color Story has various editting features and it is a great alternative to programs like Light Room. Here are a few examples of how I use these two apps: (The first one is A Color Story and the other two are VSCO Cam)
Then I’ll post it on Instagram at around 6:45pm everyday! I love using the app Crowdfire because that way I can actually schedule my posts because if you know anything about me it’s the fact that I forget to do things, a lot. Anyway, besides the whole making your feed aesthetic I think another major maybe even more important facet about bookstagram is the amazing people you meet! Okay that was a little cheesy but seriously I love all of the lovely people you meet on Instagram!