I have fond memories of the MySpace days when I edited all of my pictures with Windows Photo Editor — what a life, right? Now I spend a lot more time and money editing photos for my Instagram and blog, and I want to share my knowledge with y’all! It feels like every blogger has a preset pack these days and it’s super overwhelming to pick which one to try.
I sing Adobe Lightroom’s praises to anyone who will listen, but the photo editing that will always have my heart is VSCO. For those who aren’t familiar with the app, it’s a social media/iPhone editing platform that was seriously the only way to have a cool Instagram account back in the day. Not only is it easy to use, but the filters are super customizable, which allowed you to create a feed aesthetic before having a feed aesthetic was a thing. I personally couldn’t get enough of the A6 filter, and almost all of my pictures were given a desaturated, slightly cool look thanks to the filter pack. Of course, my Instagram feed is now bright and colorful, but I’m able to understand Lightroom partly because of my experience with VSCO.
If you ask me where we should eat lunch, I’m going to tell you to find an aesthetically pleasing place with a lot of natural light. (I never claimed to be an easy date, okay?) There’s so much debate about whether visiting a place solely for Instagram is a vapid thing to do, but I’m firmly in the “live and let live” camp. Even if you visit a restaurant or store because it looks great on the ‘gram, you’ll likely find something you love about it — which is one of my favorite things about blogging.
Look, I’ve always been nosy. When I was in the 4th grade, I figured out my dad’s email password and read as many emails as I could before he caught me. (If my future children are anything like I was as a kid, I’ll need as much prayer as you’re able to send. Thanks.) Even before I started my blog, I loved reading income reports from bloggers and finding out just how much they made from sponsored posts, affiliate links, native ads and more.
I finally checked and realized I’ve been telling everyone I launched last summer when it was actually November 2017. Time flies when you’re having fun, I guess! I officially started to pursue social media influencing nine months ago.
The biggest compliment you can pay any blogger comes in the form of a question: “How did you edit this picture?” Listen, dear reader — I spend an embarrassing amount of time deciding which of the hundreds of pictures from a photo shoot will make it to my Instagram feed, and once I’ve gotten that narrowed down, I have to make the picture look aesthetically pleasing.
My old photo editing guide is a bit of a mess compared to this one, mainly because I had no idea what I was doing. I can’t promise that I know what I’m doing now, but I am definitely more knowledgeable than I was then! The most significant change: I’ve ditched iPhone editing and edit all of the pictures you see in Adobe Lightroom CC. Let’s explore how things happen!
A few weeks ago, I made a big decision. No, I’m not pregnant, and no, we’re not moving. (Those are the two questions we get most whenever I’m mysterious about something, which are hilarious.) I decided that I would only be working on paid collaborations in the future! If you aren’t familiar with the Instagram influencer world, you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about. I’ll start from the beginning.
When I started my Instagram back in 2010, I had no intention of monetizing it. One, I was in high school, and two, I was using Instagram as a place to play with filters and share snapshots of my life. It wasn’t exactly riveting content, if we’re being honest — check out this post that got a whopping three likes (although look at that cutie on guitar)!